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First Coyote   4 comments

Greetings All,

On our farm, there are a few coyotes that are seen from time to time. Well, last year I decided I would begin predator hunting and start with our coyotes. After much reading, DVD watching, and several failed attempts – yesterday yielded results.

I had arrived at my all too familiar hunting spot on the side of the back field hill and began my setup. At 25 yards, downhill, I put out my little e-caller and my new MOJO Critter. Once settled in and applied some cover sent around myself, I began calling. After about 15 minutes or so I decided to rest a while. About five (5) minutes later I saw a coyote approaching from the left about 250 yards out. There were many trees in the way but I could see him slowly trotting to the sound he once heard.

The coyote crossed the creek and stopped about 160+ yards directly in front of me. A perfect side shot. I aimed and pulled the trigger to hear “click.” Oh my, a misfire perhaps? The coyote at this point spots the MOJO critter and starts walking toward it. I quietly cycle another around and take aim again. My heart is about to pound out of my chest and I have lost all knowledge gained thus far. I could only repeat “put the dot on him and pull trigger. Put dot on him and pull.” I nervously put the middle crosshairs/dot on the chest and jerked off a round. I felt I probably missed and quickly raised up to see where he went. The coyote was hit and spinning in a circle. In a few short minutes, the coyote stopped moving.

Rifle – Savage 25 LV-T
Scope – Hawke Eclipse 4-16×50
Round – Sierra Match King 69gr BTHP
Decoy – MOJO Critter
Shot length – 114 yards

I am now ready for the next hunt. 🙂

Some people do not understand just how aggressive coyotes can be.  Here is some recent stories about what and/or who a coyote has killed or injured.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7247198

http://world-news.newsvine.com/_news/2009/10/28/3435693-coyotes-kill-woman-on-hike-in-canadian-park

http://varmintal.com/attac.htm

http://deltafarmpress.com/livestock/coyotes-create-problems-arkansas-cattle-producers

http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/13576/Default.aspx

One can say with certainty that coyotes are a vital part of the ecosystem; however, over population runs into major issues. I am not a deer hunter, but I am a varmint hunter. I also know there is a limit to anything that is hunted.

Here is some further information from the TWRA site.
http://www.tn.gov/twra/coyote.html

Until next time,

In Him,
Jeff

Posted January 18, 2011 by avv604 in General

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Marauder stock update – cheek rest, finish   2 comments

Greetings Everyone,

I have been busy over the holidays and have not been writing very much lately. I have been working on a few projects at the house also over the holidays. One such project is for the Marauder factory stock and trying to make a risible cheek rest and refinish the stock removing the horrid brown.

For starters, I wanted to refinish the stock with just Tru-Oil. I decided to sand off the cheezy forearm checking and the Benjamin name that is off-center.

I started with a belt sander with 120 grit sand paper (removing butt pad of course). I sanded down the bottom of the forearm and sides. That removed the items mentioned above. I then sanded down the rest of the stock with 120 grit by hand. Afterward, I worked up to 400 grit for the entire stock.

 

Cutting the Cheek Rest

Since I don’t have a work shop or any nice tools, I purchased a long jig-saw blade at Home Depot and began marking the stock. I did not mask off the top of the cheek rest area, but now in hind sight I should have.

I went outside on my front porch, put the stock in the gun vice and carefully cut the cheek out. After some further sanding the results are as follows.

 

Installing the Rising Hardware

With the cheek rest cut out,  I measured and found the center of the bottom portion of the stock. I then found the half way point and then measured the half-way mark  from the center to the edge. Once I had the two points for the holes, I drilled two holes about 1 1/2″ deep. At Lowes I purchased two bolts, two bushings, and two 1/2″ set screws.  I cut off the top of the hex bolts with my Dremel and set them aside. In the top portion of the cheek rest, I measured again and drilled two holes  just big enough for the bolt threads to fit in (deep enough to cover the threads). I then took the threaded portion of the bolt and fit the bolts into the top portion of the cheek rest. Everything seems to be fitting correctly.

For the bottom portion, the bolts will go into (with the cheek rest attached) and simply slide up and down. However, I did not want the set screws to press against and dent the wood. I pushed the bushings (about a half inch long) down into the holes in the bottom. I made sure, while at Lowes, the bolts would fit into the bushings. So the bolts – or cheek rails – are going into the bottom portion of the stock and into the bushings in the bottom. The bolts fit tight into the bushings. When the set screws are tapped and threaded, they will simply push the bolts against the bushing and keep the cheek rest centered.

Refinishing the Stock

With all the holes drilled – and everything sanded down to 400 grit sand paper – I now began to apply Tru-Oil. I used a lint-free cloth and gloves to apply the Tru-Oil. After every coat dried for a few hours, I would lightly sand the stock with 400 grit. Wipe everything down and apply the next coat. I applied six (6) coats of Tru-Oil over a week or so.

Once everything was dry (I let the stock sit about a week or so), I masked off the area for the set screws and installed them.

Here is the finished product.

In the photo above, you can see where I wrapped sandpaper around an old medicine bottle and ‘cut’ a grove for my hand to better fit into.

The stock is too light for FT, but for now I will make due. In the picture below, you can see my nice large sidewheel on the Hawke Sidewinder. The sidewheel was made from a toilet flange found at Lowes.

 

My wife received a vinyl cutting machine for Christmas, so she made me some stickers for the carrying box.

I will need to add a knee riser. I will do that later. For now, I need to work on my yard markings on the scope sidewheel.

Until next time, may God bless your day.

In Christ,
Jeff

Posted January 18, 2011 by avv604 in Airguns, Marauder

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