........two More Weeks And Counting...........
Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:09 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:06 AM
Anyway, I hope your scouting trip is a good one. I'm hoping to get out sometime within the next 3 or 4 weeks or so. We'll see?!
Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:17 AM
Anyway, I hope to get out July 1st, which I think is a Sunday, to see if I can bring home some cottontails. My new hunting buddy and I are going on July 4th, at least I think we are, to get some of his first California bunnies for his dinner. He'll be using a .22 Henry underlever with iron sights though, so we'll see how many he gets in the bag. I've decided that I'm going to take out my .22 Marlin for it's first hunt in 40 years. The old gun used to go on rabbit and deer hunts with my grandfather (killed many a varmint too), but I'm the only one that has shot it in the last 40 years and only at paper so far. I'm hoping to make my grandpa proud by bagging a few bunnies with it this season.
Well, I wish the best to all of us as the new 2012-2013 season starts in July and may your hunting be fruitful and safe.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:35 PM
Good luck with the powder burner ARH, that should bring back some memories. Hope we see lots of pics and stories from you.
Not quite, you field dress a rabbit with 87gr V-max's in the .243. This one was untouched for the photo and actually how it looked when I walked up to it. I don't really like posting all the gory pics as it can give a bad impression to some, but it amazed me what this 87gr pill did to a jack.
Well I guess that's one way to field dress a rabbit
Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:00 PM
Looks like you butterflied it .
That's exactly what happened. I have had his happen twice, this one and once when i took a head shot just after it ducked. That one was butterflied the other way, right down the spine. I can only guess it hit bone immediately and that is why the excess damage. The V'max's are usually ugly, but not like this. And the worst part is that these are not the worst ones I have had. I started using my first plastic tipped bullets in early 2000's and can honestly say I have never had one fail to expand. I guess plastic is good for some things. This is also why I just laugh (and show this picture) when I hear about V-max's making splash wounds on dogs and not killing them (in the .243). I ain't buying it for a second.
I should also say that I don't, and haven't, used the big guns in a long, long time for rabbit. When I was giving away jacks, he would make stew or dice it up and make tacos anyway, so it really didn't matter much. But now that I am eating them, it is a lot cleaner and more meat friendly for sure. A kind of double standard I guess?
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