I know that this is an old topic at this point but I wanted to add my preferences. Mostly because hunting season is commen soon and I am starting to get excited.
My go to weps for hunting are as follows. My bow is a 30 lbs bear fiber glass long bow. I was of course told by all the experts that it was not enough to take down a white tail, so I was over joyed to prove them wrong. The first white tail I shot with it ran for about a hundred yards on me before dying, and I was pretty sad about that, but after having done more research, I changed up the arrow tip from a 3 blade broad head to a 2 blade and that did much better at getting through rib cages.
For muzzle load I use a 3 band enfield civil war era replica made by Armii Sport. Its an italian company under the umbrella of Chiappa these days. Realy accurate gun, fires a 58 call mini ball that is pretty brutal. However, I am thinking about using a black powder remington .44 copy by Uberti this year. As the rest of you have stated, most of my ranges are pretty close here on the east coast.
Then there is the mossberg 500 for thick brush, short range, and a huge selection of shells for what ever is needed.
And when I am hunting down on the farm in south Ga, there are ranges out too 200 yards, thats when I use my german mauser k98. Its about the same knock down as the 30-06 round.
Ruger 10/22 for small game.
Honestly my goals for this years hunting seasons is that I want to try my AK chambered in 7.62x39 if the range is close. I want to try that remington .44 army, and I want to try the bow on some turkey.
Most often I use a shotgun for hunting. There is a local hunting club that I have been a member of for years now that my wife joined a couple years ago. Because there are several women among the members, she quickly made new friends and came to enjoy group outings hunting quail and ducks. It's nice we can hunt together and to know both of us are capable of huting should there ever be a need to depend on wild game. Otherwise, I usually hunt whatever happens to be in season with the other guys at the club. We hunt a lot of small game and sometimes deer.
Otherwise, I practice a lot with a bow (PSE fan here) and have been attempting to get the wife interested with archery as well. Deer season with firearms doesn't last that long, yet I can hunt with a bow a great deal longer.
Post by Jerry D Young on Aug 27, 2013 22:31:12 GMT -5
I've hunted most of the standard small and medium game, up through deer and antelope. Most of the game birds. I've hunted doves, too, but never killed one. Sigh. I've used pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, and a crossbow. I've always had a bit of trouble (now major) with my left elbow and could never do well with a traditional or compound bow, or any of the slingshot type weapons.
I would still take on any of the largest big game, as well as the dangerous predators in the US, given the right rifle. I've always wanted to take one of the deer size to elk size, and even American Bison with a thrusting spear. But I don't think I'll ever get a chance to do that. Back in the day, maybe. I'm too old and decrepit now.
But one thing I have wanted to do, and might still be able to do, given the right circumstances. Never really had a hankering for the Big 5 African game, or the other normal game animals elsewhere. But for a long time I have had my own non-traditional Big 5 I'd like to hunt. A big Nile crocodile, Komodo Dragon, a South American Jaguar, an 800 pound plus Arkansas Razorback feral boar, all with rifles, and a large Great White shark with a harpoon.
Just my ideas.
Jerry D Young
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