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Jackpine Rob

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  • Birthday 10/14/1959

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    stump creek, MN USA
  1. I stopped by the Customer Service in Big Lake to have my auger looked at, fully expecting to be leaving it there for fixing/adjustment for days if not weeks. The fellow took my auger in the back room, made a few adjustments, fired it up, and I was walking out the door 10 minutes later a surprised and happy fisherman. Even better - no charge for the adjustments. They've got themselves a long-term customer!
  2. You need to get out a bit more son! Especially for mallards, locating yourself where the ducks want to be is extremely effective under certain circumstances, and requires no dekes. A few of my buddies scoffed at the notion when we were little nippers, until I left them, the dozens of decoys and hiked about a mile down the shore. A few minutes later, the trusty old .410 spoke, and in short order I had my limit of mallards. The ducks wanted to land in a spot, and that urge was a far stronger pull than the decoys! Over the years, I have built a blind and got very good shooting (especially in small waters) without a single decoy. Its neither sneaking nor pass shooting - but shooting at cupped birds dropping in. Nowadays, I have a half dozen inflatables that go in my pack, but it is rare that I actually need them.
  3. Some of my family choked when I coughed up $$$$$ for a British lab a couple of years ago, and I must admit to whimpering a bit myself when I wrote out the check. However, when you take into account the food, vet visits, and other items, not to mention the investment of time and energy, the initial cost of the pooch is small potatos. My first two dogs were "backyard breeder" dogs, very moderately priced, and I couldn't have been more pleased with how they turned out. Of course, I checked out the parents and grandparents and the pedigrees first.... Just make sure you do a little sniffing around before you plop down the cash, and make sure your pup is out of proven working stock. Bench show lines are a recipe for disaster (IMHO), and pups that are bred strictly for color may not turn out as you might want.
  4. By the time my kids were old enough to qualify, they were both competent and entirely trustworthy. If they weren't I wouldn't have let them take the classes. It starts at home. Spend the time with your kids, make sure they get the basics, make sure they understand both the upside and downside of pulling the trigger. Make sure they see the results of pulling the trigger. I believe the Firearms Safety courses are good, and I sat through most of it (and ended up teaching a portion) with my kids. However, they are not a substitute for hands-on learning with the parents.
  5. Thank you! Is this site the greatest or what?
  6. My son came into possession of a 1977 Plymouth Trailduster, and he is busily working at getting it up and running. New brakes, brake lines, hoses, etc. It runs like a champ. The old 318 purrs nicely and the frame is very solid. Unfortunately, this truck came to us without the removable roof, and both doors had been removed. Seems like it should be simple enough to find a parts car - but these beasts are few and far between! I have been scouring the clist, tried calling junkyards, but so far no luck. The Dodge equivalent is the Ramcharger, but we are needing to find a Trailduster or Ramcharger prior to 1981, when the body style changed. Anyone out there have any leads to an auto graveyard that might have one of these old beasts laying around? I'm thinking that there are dozens of these things rotting in farmyards, but perhaps they all have been crushed.
  7. Yep, the body count last winter was just awful! All of those grieving parents, the families of the dead and maimed snowmobilers.... Gotta love the hyperbole in this thread!! Keep at it guys.
  8. Personally, if I'm going to stick a fish for the pan, I would prefer it to be in that 4-6 lb category. Y-bone removal is a snap, there is enough on a single fish for a nice meal for 2-3 people (with a slab or two for sandwiches the next day). Of course, not all lakes are the same, and there a couple of lakes where I only take the little slimers (1-3 lbs), since the 4-6 lb fish have traditionally been somewhat of a rarity. Most of the lakes I spear see very limited pressure - both winter and summer.
  9. Eric, I'm thinking his name is Ben Revere. Couple of days ago, when he tumbled and somersaulted rounding second base and still got the triple, I think the question was answered. I watched the post-game, and the reaction of the Twins in the dugout said it all. He might not be hitting .400, his arm might be suspect, but the kid flat-out gives it his all. He is a sparkplug. Ben Revere for "that guy".
  10. As you might remember Steve, I am the guy who touted those Federal slugs to you, and it sounds like you are getting the same excellent performance that I experienced with my Model 1100/Hastings barrel. I'm willing to bet you could tighten those groups a bit more - perhaps by anesthetizing your shoulder prior to going to the range..... The 20 is a great performer, but as I have started to push both my gun and my son's 20 870/Hastings barrel out to 200 yards, I am running into a minor limitation with the 20. I've got a few more inches of drop at 200 than I was anticipating with the 20, while the 12 is still within acceptable tolerances. What I am looking for is that "sweet spot" of sighting in where a guy simply doesn't have to think - just put the crosshairs on the target and pull the trigger. So far with the 20, my comfort zone ends at about 175. In order to get that, I had to abandon the Remington Coppersolids in 2 3/4" that shot like a dream, and upsize to the newer Hornady rounds - with an attendant increase in recoil. Jackpine Jr. has taken a number of deer with his rig, and that 20 really puts the hurt on them. Only one major tracking job to date, and that was simple operator error - it was hit too far back and I had to trail it for about a quarter mile.
  11. Several gun makers tout "minute of accuracy" guarantees on their rifle right out of the box. In my opinion, this is by and large a marketing gimmick. Most of the manufacturers do a pretty good job, and whether its a Remington or a Winchester or a Browning or a Savage or a Tikka or a Weatherby - I'm fairly confident that the gun itself is capable of MOA. Differences in triggers (think Accu-Trigger or Tikka's adjustable) can have an impact, although I have only once replaced a factory trigger. That was a Winchester, and truth be told that gun didn't fit me well in the first place... I have an old Savage 99 that shoots sub-MOA, a Browning BAR that shoots sub-MOA, my bolts all do - or I would have ash-canned them long ago. Look for a gun that fits you well, one you like the looks of, and then home in on the caliber. Confidence in your rifle is paramount to making the shot when the moment of truth arrives.
  12. That really stinks! The Billings Gazette is reporting that 1000 barrels of oil escaped before they got it stopped, and it looks like so far traces have been found as far as 25 miles downstream. Lots of conflicting reports - and the Gov out there apparently even said the oil had reached NoDak. Like the Gulf oil spill, getting an accurate readout may prove to be difficult as the politicians hype and the company downplays and everyone with an axe is looking for a grinder....
  13. Great idea! I just signed.
  14. You naysayers better be careful all of the wind coming off the bandwagon doesn't blow your skirts up over your faces! Come September when the Twins clinch I'll be laughing and you'll still be grumbling about something or another. These West Coast games are a pain though - I'm up past my bedtime listening to Gordo and Gladden....
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