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#1 chuckocaster

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:52 AM

My dad has never neen much of a rifle guy, always a bow hunter and shotgunner. But after his last trip to Colorado, where he shot prairie dogs for a couple days, he was bitten by the squirrel zapper bug. So we went to The Outdoor Sportsman in Stockton and got him a nice rig. Remington 700 Varmint SPS in .223. Comes from the factory with a 26" bull barrel, flat black, comp stock, and an adjustable trigger. We went with a Bushnell Trophy XLT 6-18x40 set in Leopold rings and bases. He'll pick it up Friday and we'll go out on the ranch and sight it in. After that we're taking a week long squirrel hunt trip near Susanville and Modoc county!

I'm super excited as this is something we can do together and not have to do a lot of hiking. I'll post some pics and a range report.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:11 AM

this is something we can do together


And THAT is what it's all about... Good for you & your dad. :good: You made an excellent choice on caliber too!!!

Oh, and yes, I hear those Remmys are pretty cool... :smiley-innocent-halo-yellow:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:41 AM

There are still squirrels out, but they will be heading underground soon because of the heat. Still some hay being cut, but most of the fields are already growing back so it makes it hard to see the squeeks. Nice choice on rifle and caliber. If you come up here bring your 22 also. Ed

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:41 PM

Thanx guys! My dad and I have hunted together my whole lifw! He taught my how to.shoot a bow when I was two and guns when I was five. He's really into duck hunting, I'm not though. Both of us have injuries where we really can't shoot our bows anymore. :( But with varmint hunting we can either ride our quads in or 4x4. I would have buikt him an AR like I have but he has bad feelings about them from being in Nam. But I know the 700s are SUHWEET so that's why we went that route.

And I'm planning on taking my 10/22 for the "close" shots, you know, the sub 200 yarders..... :D

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:51 PM

I had the same rifle. I really liked it for shooting squeaks from the bench. Enjoy!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

Good for you, hope you enjoy the times together. I am in kind of the same boat since this was my dad's last year walking the field for quail and chukar. But we still the the less trying dove season, much like your new found squirrel hunts. May you both enjoy the time together and have much of it, for unfortunately nothing is forever. So may you both enjoy it while you still can :signs1180lq:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:27 PM

Congrats, I bet your Dad's a happy camper.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

Good choice of cartridge. For squirrel shooting, 223 is hard to beat.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:19 PM

Have fun. Great Choice.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:25 PM

Take lots of pictures...these are the good old days!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:17 PM

Indeed! My dad and I have had SOOOO many good times together, and this is the next chapter. I'll post pics as we progress. Friday is sight in day, maybe even some zappin' afterwards since we'll be shooting on the ranch I normally hunt on. Really, thanks for all the positive comments guys! That's why I like this site so much.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:53 PM

We went and picked it up today! Tomorrow we'll get her sighted in. I'm sooooo excited about our upcoming hunt.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:16 AM

One pic from Friday. We're leaving today to go up north and thin the herd. :)

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:56 PM

Blooded the gun.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:45 AM

:yahoo:

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 07:32 PM

Good job! How is your dad liking the new fun and gun?

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:27 AM

Way to go! :good: Ed

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:27 AM

He LOVES it! Second day shooting it he was making 250 &275 yard shots with ease.




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