New to the site also. Have been deployed to Afghanistan for the last 11+ months and will be leaving here in 19 days, 18 hours & 3 minutes. (not that I'm counting
) Originally from Marshfield and live near Iron River (Bayfield County) now. Have a cabin near Cayuga (south of Mellen) and land that borders the Chequamegon National Forest and that's where I hunt. Am an Air Force Reservist and have 7 weeks off before I go back on active duty at my home station (Langley AFB, VA) for another 1-year tour. Then I have the last half of September off as I got my bear kill permit this year.
Over here it's either exciting or boring as all hell so I had lots of time to research guns/optics on my downtime over the last 11 months. I'm at a very remote FOB and we go outside the wire for missions about every other day so on the days we don't go out there's not much to do other than go to the gym or look at guns on the web. Since I'm single and don't have to answer to anyone about buying gun stuff
, I was able to save and get some stuff I've always wanted.
I've always liked the Weatherby rifles I own and like the concept Roy Weatherby had with his cartridge designs. So, I bought 3 Weatherby Vanguards; a .240 (S2), .257. & .300 Weatherby Mags and also a Savage 111 LRH in .338 Lapua while I was over here and am anxious to get home and reload for and break them all in. Also ordered the dies, brass, & bullets so will be ready to go when I get back. Ordered a Millet TRS 4X16x50 & also a SWFA SS 16X42 Tactical Scope and just have to decide which scopes will go on which rifles. Am leaning towards putting the Millet on the .338 Lapua as that's what I'll take to Idaho elk hunting in the fall of 2013. Am thinking the variable power scope will be better for hunting. The last many years I've used a Weatherby in .338 Win Mag with the 5.5X22X56 Nightforce scope off my Statearms Rebel .50 BMG but it's a PITA to change scopes all the time. Now I can just leave the NF on the .50.
Got two Timney triggers for the .257 & .300 Vanguards based on the info from this site so I'll install those once I get home. Great info here in regards to stuff like that so am glad I found this online board. Have always wanted to get into some competition shooting but living so far north there isn't much for that up there. Anyone have any suggestions of where I could shoot the .50 BMG or .338 Lapua in matches later this summer? I have a 225 yard range at the cabin if anyone wants to come by sometime to shoot any of the guns. I'll be there most of the time from 7 July-18 August or so. Also have a Ruger Ranch Rifle in 6.8 SPC & a Colt AR-15 A2 that's fun to shoot. Am working with Larry at Eastridge Guns who built my .50 BMG and he's going to build me a .416 Barrett upper assembly to go with the .50 so hopefully we'll have that completed yet this summer. He does amazing work & he's located near Waupaca if anyone is interested in anything like that. East Ridge Gun Company
As you can tell, no mission today so sorry I rambled so much. Am just anxious to finally get out of this place and get home to the real life I've missed greatly.
Everyone have a great and safe Summer.