Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Lady Takes a Lampasas County Drop Tine Buck

On Saturday morning Rachael Flaningan was hunting with Lynch Creek Whitetails in Lampasas County when she got the chance to take a buck that most of us would consider a lifetime buck.  She had seen the buck before but never had the opportunity for a shot.  On her stand before daylight she got her chance around 7:45 and dropped him with her 220 Swift.  The buck had 15 points with an 8 inch drop tine.  The 17 inch spread scored green at 156 B&C.  The field dressed buck weighed in at 155 Pounds.  Way to go girl, I am so envious.  Wild Ed

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Beautiful Buck and A Beautiful Girl

My niece Kayli is one of those special people that is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well.  I have hunted for years with her grandfather and later her father.  I like to think that I influenced her will to hunt.  She has become quite the huntress and is starting to rack up an impressive list of trophies.  She sent me this about her latest hunt along with the pictures and the following is as she wrote it.

Uncle Ed,
I shot this 16 point on December 18 at L and L Adventures.  It was super foggy all morning, we drove around and corned all the roads and saw lots of animals. I had my mind set on what I wanted my buck to look like so we kept driving and hunting.  Finally when the fog started to clear we saw this buck come down from a hillside.  We let him come in and settle down. Then I set up my shooting sticks and took a shot at 150 yards, hit him perfect in the shoulder and he ran about 60 yards.  When I found him he ended up being a lot bigger than I thought he was!  My biggest buck so far! 

 I think she was pretty excited.

Congrats on your magnificent buck Kayli.  I am happy he was bigger than you thought as lots of mine through the years have suffered from ground shrinkage.  Uncle Ed

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Stoeger M3K 3-Gun Semi-Automatic Shotgun Round Two

A couple of months ago I wrote a review on the Stoeger M3K semi-automatic shotgun built for the the sport of 3 gun shooting.  I was so impressed with the gun I handled and reviewed that I ordered one for myself.  I made one major modification and installed the MOA magazine extension so that my firearm now holds 10 rounds or 11 with a ghost round.  After shooting this gun for more than a month with all types of ammo I am convinced this is one of the best tactical shotguns made.  I set mine up for predator hunting even though it would be just fine for birds but I would have to remove the magazine extension or make up a really long plug to bring it to the three shot capability required for dove or duck hunting.

I have fired over 150 rounds through this new shotgun without a single malfunction.  It handled everything from light one ounce loads (even though it is recommended to break it in with heavy loads) to buckshot and maximum high speed trap and sporting clays loads.  It fires so fast that I had to slow down my fire rate just to recover and stay on target.  Ammo to Go sent me some of the new Winchester AA Super Sport Sporting Clays rounds to run through the gun.  This one ounce 3 ½ dram load shoots with amazing speed with the velocity somewhere around 1350 fps.  It absolutely crushed clays when I did my part.  It patterned very well on the target board and the reloadable AA rounds fed through the M3k flawlessly. For those looking for a fast one ounce load for the three gun competition this round should be considered.

I bought this gun with two purposes in mind.  Number one was to be a self-defense firearm for the ranch and home if ever needed.  Number two was to be used on hunts for predators where I might need a lot of shots and have to deliver them with speed.  I believe loaded with buckshot this shotgun will make the finest hog or coyote weapon available inside of 75 yards.  If you get a chance to try the Stoeger M3K give it a run, you might find in makes an impression on you just like it did me.  Wild Ed