Re: Grandson\'s last outing...
I have to tell you folks with young ones, it will be your turn soon. It is very rewarding to sit and watch them work to do the things in the correct order. Yes there are reminders and will be for some time, but it is part of the process.
When he told me last year he wanted to shoot his own boar hog, I really thought to myself, it would be a couple more years. I figured however, that I would at least give him the oppurtunity to give things a try before knocking down his idea. Well the M1 Carbine is really more his speed, but lacks the punch to get things done on the hogs. Been there done that. So I figured that the little .308 would be the next best bet. With out the help of several folks, and the loads on the Hodgdon site, I doubt I would have even tried it. I am however so glad that I did, as it has been so rewarding.
I have seen folks with their kids at the range before and they just don't seem to understand that the kids haven't got a clue, nor the stamina to shoot a lot of rounds. They get frustrated just like we do as adults, and if we make it into an ordeal then they shy away from it. With the grandson, we hardly ever shoot more than 5 - 8 rounds at one time from the .308, as the recoil is still pretty sharp on his pint sized frame. With the M1 though I let him have at it. I have tons of cases to load up and the recoil is hardly noticable. The problem we have is it isn't quite accurate enough for him at the ranges he is wanting to shoot. LOL
As for the hog hunting, yep that is on my mind as well. I need to step up the load just a bit and then I believe they would be fine on some of the smaller stuff at the extended ranges, and even better on the bigger stuff up close. I initiall loaded those 130's for a hog which was leaving some huge tracks around our stand. I figured that if he did get a shot on that one that the 125's might not get to where it counts.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"