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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Well after months of planning, I will be leaving for Sheridan, Wyoming on Thursday. We have reservations for hunting on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July. I will be taking a Ruger 10/22 with a target barrel, Ruger KM77VT in .223, shooting georgia arms 55gr ballistic tips, and a Remington model 7 in .223 as a backup. I am unsure whether to take my Ruger Km77vt in .220 swift, or my Ruger 77/17 in 17hmr. I have no problem shooting out the bullseye at 250yards with my .223 I have never shot over 250 yards. Grandpa told me I am as good of a shot now as he ever was. That's saying a lot for a man who doesn't brag. He has been hunting all over the US, for pretty much everything. The past 2-3 years his eyesight has been going downhill drastically due to him being diabetic. He wanted to go one last time, so I'm taking him. I'm sure it will be a trip that he will never forget. Please help me out with the rifle selection. Thank you

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Good luck opn your hunt.

I'd take the VT in Swift and stretch it out. You'll have plenty of long opportunities in the dog fields.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

That's what I was leaning toward. I sold my 17Hm2 because it didn't group very well at over 100yards. Granted I had a pretty good wind, but I was disappointed with how the bullet drifted so easily. I am worried about the 17Hmr doing the same. It is at a higher velocity, but the bullet is still only a 17gr. The 220 swift is sighted in at 200 yards using winchester cxp1 40gr silver ballistic tips. No problem keyholing 3 rounds. I would prefer handloads, but I haven't had a chanch to learn yet, so this will have to do. Kinda sucks having to pay $28 for 20 rounds though Sad

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Shocked ,At that price I would learn to reload darn fast!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

codybrown wrote:
I am unsure whether to take my Ruger Km77vt in .220 swift, or my Ruger 77/17 in 17hmr. He has been hunting all over the US, for pretty much everything. The past 2-3 years his eyesight has been going downhill drastically due to him being diabetic. He wanted to go one last time, so I'm taking him. I'm sure it will be a trip that he will never forget. Please help me out with the rifle selection. Thank you
Cody Brown

You are a champion Cody.....taking your Grandpa out for a hunt. Very Happy

Why not let Grandpa make the rifle selection. He knows his eyesight ability now and also his ability to cope with recoil and weight of rifle so realistically this is most likely the better option. As you mention, he is a hunter and and would no doubt have good hunter ethics so he wouldn't want to risk a poor shot. If his eyesight is bad he may only be comfortable with the closer shots using the rimfire. I feel certain that he will get as much enjoyment and pleasure from manning the spotting scope whilst you take the long shots....and he will be able to assist you with any little foibles you may have. wtf

Whichever way mate, I am proud of you for caring so much about your Grandpa, and giving him a hunt to remember. Well done mate. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Good for you...... enjoy his company and wealth of knowledge while you can. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

good luck with your hunt
and totally cool you're taking Grandpa.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

I would leave the 10/22 and take the 17 Hummer. You will run out of targets for the 22 LR pretty quick and a 3 lb PD can walk off with a decent 22 LR shot placement. The 17 Hummer will work pretty well out to 200 yds and there by covers everything the 22 LR will do and eleminates having to change rifles everytime one pops up past 100 yds. You and your Grandpa have a good time. JMHO

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

HI Codybrown, I would like to congratulate you for the love and compassion you are showing your grandpa. Vince made a good suggestion let your grandpa make the decision on what rifle to take and then just enjoy, enjoy and enjoy.
It is sure nice to see that kind of thing still going on.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Well, I got back in last night. Drove straight back, for a grand total of 22 hours straight Surprised My grandpa didn't do any shooting, but he still has lots of fun though. The only rifles I used were my KM77VT in .223 and .220 swift. I also used my grandpas car gun. It's a Thompson center 22hornet with a bullberry 16.25 inch barrel. I lost count after about 300 dogs. My longest shot was 637 yards with the .223. I walked out to the dog and shot the truck with the leaupold rangefinder. I doubt my grandpa will ever be out there again, but I sure as hell will!!! It will probably be a couple of years though.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

codybrown wrote:
Well, I got back in last night. Drove straight back, for a grand total of 22 hours straight Surprised My grandpa didn't do any shooting, but he still has lots of fun though. The only rifles I used were my KM77VT in .223 and .220 swift. I also used my grandpas car gun. It's a Thompson center 22hornet with a bullberry 16.25 inch barrel. I lost count after about 300 dogs. My longest shot was 637 yards with the .223. I walked out to the dog and shot the truck with the leaupold rangefinder. I doubt my grandpa will ever be out there again, but I sure as hell will!!! It will probably be a couple of years though.

Way to go CodyBrown. It great you got to go and take your grandpa along. Ya got to love the old .223. It's sure my favorite. Thanks for keeping us posted. Hope you get to go again soon.--tr Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Glad you and your Grandfather had a good time!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

Salute I salute ya codybrown for given your grampa a once more in his life trip with you. It's good to hear about another person enjoying the fruits of their elders. Dave ps, wished I had a grampa to hunt with. Wave

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

codybrown,

Glad to hear things went well for you and your Grandpa. Those prairie dogs are addicting.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Finally, it's here Reply with quote

fireball 3 wrote:
:salute: I salute ya codybrown for given your grampa a once more in his life trip with you. It's good to hear about another person enjoying the fruits of their elders. Dave ps, wished I had a grampa to hunt with. Wave

Cody, Dave said it all mate. Never say never....Grandpa just might surprise you with a request to go again. Maybe a trip to the range, or an area nearby with Grandpa and a .22 rimfire will allow the old fella to have a shot, without wearing yourselves out on a long trip.

I'm proud of you mate. :salute:...I lost my Dad a few weeks back and I am extremely disappointed that I can no longer take him out, enjoy a beer with him, tell lies around the campfire, ask his advice etc etc etc. Sad

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