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Unread 03-13-2007, 09:49 PM
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Re: moving to trinidad colorado

so far the ultra and 243 sound like they should come. I kinda figured that. I would look into bringing my 338-378imp or 6.5x284 other than the part that I wont be able to reload while down there. Staying in the dorms. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] Cheaper for now since I have never been there. Do I really need my 300rum? I can kill an elk up to a few hundred yrds with a 243. I would say 300 would be my max. I know it puts me under what alot of people would call ethical but I can normally shoot ground squirles up to 2-300 with it and they are smaller than an elks neck or behind the shoulder shot. It is amazing what a 243 can do. I was just wondering if my need for an elk gun for 500 would be needed much. Is there alot down there. I figured I would just get another barrel for a 243 this summer before I move incase i melt mine down in a pdog town I would have a backup. Normally seems you can get a good teacher to help you in a case like that if you are willing to split a few cords of wood or do some yard work. I reaaly just wanting to know if you guys think I can get away with just the 243. Now that I think of it, if I melt mine down, dad has a few that I could have him send me to melt down also. He never shoots them. Give him an reason to have me build a few new things when Im done getting my associates degree too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I really dont care how much of the sex change capital of the world it is when I come back there is still going to be something swinging between my legs.

For those that would know, after you go through gunsmithing, how do you keep afloat untill you are well known enough for people will start trusting you. Im sure its not an over night thing of "theres a new smith in town lets have him build a few thousand dollar rifle." could be wrong but I wasn't sure.

Is there anything else I need to bring other than a rifle or two and an fishing pole? In other words is there anything that I would regret not having when going down there for outdoorsie stuff.

I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Unread 03-13-2007, 10:50 PM
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Re: moving to trinidad colorado

Starting a shop is expensive and your right it takes time to get known. I would recommend starting as a general gunsmith and then as you get known specialize in one thing. Also I have seen many smiths who were very good go out of business because they understood firearms but not business practices. Take business classes they are very important.
Consider working for another smith or if you know of a gun shop that doesn't offer smithing see if you can work with them many times it is beneficial to both of you.
Remember no matter how bad the gun is, to the guy bringing it in its important, don't tell him its a piece of crap and not worth fixing, tell him how much it will cost and let him decide if it should be fixed, get the cost of parts up front though. Don't promise a gun in a certain time frame unless you can do it by then, that is a common complaint by many customers. I made a very good living for many years and enjoyed it better then any job I had.
Good luck
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Unread 03-14-2007, 04:34 AM
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Re: moving to trinidad colorado

... Do I really need my 300rum? I can kill an elk up to a few hundred yrds with a 243. I would say 300 would be my max. ...

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I've hunted that country, spent a good portion of my childhood just west of Trinidad in Segundo and LaVeta. I've also hunted with a 243 and seen elk taken with them. If I were you and planning on hunting elk in that area, I'd bring the 300. For the most part, its open country, shooting up/down hills. The hunting pressure is pretty high in most public areas and the elk tend to be jumpy (moving shots).

If you have a camera, bring it. There are some monster Pronghorns east of Trinidad (on private ground [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] ), there are also quite a few bears in the area (might think about those as well). The last time we hunted that area for elk, we saw 5 bears.

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Unread 03-14-2007, 05:11 AM
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Re: moving to trinidad colorado

Had a fellow from TX in elk camp last year hunting with a 243. He got his bull, hadda shoot it five times, but he got it. Take your 300 RUM.
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Unread 03-14-2007, 05:32 AM
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Re: moving to trinidad colorado

I'd also take a fishing pole have some good fishing around there. They are still drilling(natural gas) west of Trinidad to a town called Stonewall up to the Spanish Peaks north. I drew a deer tag for the second season (unit 85)last year seen alot of elk up high deer hunting was pretty spotty but I'd take the 300RUM. If you can get hooked up with a rancher east of town for deer hunting also around Trinidad which is unit 851 and 140 they have some pretty good mtn lion hunting. There is some state own hunting areas west of town you need a special draw for one(Bosque Del Oso)but others are open bordered by private land. I use a 6REMAI for my antelope hunting.
You can apply as a Full-Time student rule under accredited trade school but you still need to be here six months and I'm not sure if you have to change your drivers Lic best to check with DOW on that. Well good lucky I hear Speedy (SG&Y)is teaching down there now.
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