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Old 04-27-2009, 03:17 PM
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Howdy from Southern New Mexico

"It's just like old Mexico...but without the smell!"

Hi all, new to the forum and new to long range shooting. I'm an avid hunter (and professional wildlife biologist) and have always been a shot gunner and bow kind of guy. Picked up my first rifle about 7 years agao, and beautiful original Remington 700 Mountain rifle (real wood) in the mighty 280 rem. I'm ashamed to admit now that I never thought of it as a long range rifle (short bbl, light weight but plan on starting loading some long loads for it.

On a whim (not usually like me) I recently bought a 700 in 300 WSM. I'm not really a 30 cal fan, but it was a deal I could not pass up. I joined this forum to learn more about the round, get bullet and load info, and get some practice tips. Cheers!

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:04 PM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

Welcome to Long Range Hunting.

Sounds like you've got a couple of guns to get started with. Now it's time to do some shooting and work up some long range loads. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:23 PM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

Good to have you onboard. what part of new mexico are you in? I elk hunted around ruidoso in unit 36 last year, great country great hunt.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:24 AM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

I lucked out on the 280, I bought it from a good friend and fellow handloader who had the loads already figured out. I have switched over from H4831 to the SC version so I may have to fine tune the loads this summer. The 243 is going to be fun to start loading for as the idea of pushing a 55 gr nosler btip over 4,00fps sounds like a whoot!

338 Legend - I'm just outside Alamogordo and only 45 mins from Ruidoso...I've actually been working in Ruidoso for the last month. If I ever get a day off I plan on filling a turkey tag or too up there! Unit 36 is awesome for elks, there are some huge bulls on the reservation. The deer are looking great this year too. Now if I could only draw a tag.....
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:29 PM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

Welcom to LRH. I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information here. If you can't find what your looking for just ask, there are alot of LRH member who are more than willing to share their experiences and expertise. Have fun and good shooting.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:39 PM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

fireroad,

Welcome aboard.

You'll like it around here.

Good to see another shooter from NM on here.

I'm up north in Los Alamos. Relocated from Idaho. Will be here for awhile.

This is sure a strange state. I have yet to find a place to purchase powder by the pound and bullets by the box. Not to mention brass and primers..........

Other than doing every thing via the web this is a great place to be.

Oh and I kind of like the green chillies
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:43 PM
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Re: Howdy from Southern New Mexico

royinidaho - I'm an Idaho relocate as well! Been here a year this March, will probably be here a while as well. Where where you in idaho? We lived in Boise, and my wife is originally from Gooding (south of Shoshone, 45 min from Twin Falls). I went to school here so it's kind of a homecoming. Shot my first turkey in Cloudcroft. What brought you down here? I transfered with the Forest Service. I mail order my bullets, but have been able to get primers and powder local (everything except Varget!). Shoot me a pm if I can help you out.

This is a great site, seems like a lot of helpful people.
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