Sam in Maryland
I found this sight a few months ago and was instantly addicted. I live on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore but my heart is in the Rockies.
I lived in north central Idaho for 12 years. I moved east chasing money, running from an insane ex-wife and to be closer to family. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Hardcore hunter and fisherman, guns, bows, flyrods. Spent my first year in Idaho as a backcountry guide/ packer and the next 11 years working 70+ hours a week in order to live in the woods for a couple months in the fall hunting for myself and guiding my buddies[maybe the reason for the crazy ex?].
I've managed to kill a couple 400+/- yard elk and deer and more than a few at considerably less yardage. I've always understood that long range shooting[I used to think 400-500 was very long] is a skill not a trick, but in my experience most guys who brag about their long range guns [the worst seem to work in sporting goods stores] dont know squat about rifles or balistics. They buy a big caliber, a box of $10 ammo, hit a paper plate twice at 100 yds,throw some money at an outfitter, then go wound game or at least scare it into the next county.
Its nice to find a fraternity that takes what they do seriously, willingly shares their knowledge and understands the importance of ethics and modesty in a sport that has so much opposition.
Anyway, my short term goal is to increase my comfortable range to 600 or 700 yds with a gun that I can carry all day. I'm having a 7STW built which should be done in April, and will install my first dial up scope. I'm sure I could accomplish the same thing with one of my factory guns but it wouldn't be nearly as fun. I just signed up for Shawn Carlocks class in May, and joined a club with a 600 yd range and plans for 1000. Maybe next year I won't have to pass on that 370 bull like last season.
Outside of a dog a gun is mans best friend.
Inside a dog its too dark to shoot.