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Cool vs Common Sense

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by No_Regerts, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    My buddies and I got together this last weekend to get our hunting gear and load up some ammo. One guy has a heavy barrelled 300 win mag in a manners stock with a yard of scope with mounts that appear to be lag bolted onto it. He easily has $2500 into it. Another guy has a suppressed AR10 type rifle in 260 that is all camofied and weighs about 15 pounds. Who knows how much he has wrapped up in that. They both drool over each others rifle. I whip out my rifle for the year, an M70 featherweight in 270 with a Leupold 6x36 fixed power scope and it doesnt get a second look.

    Everyone has Sitka or Kryptek camo but me. I found these stretchy jeans at Costco that are uber comfortable and tend to wear brown or olive colored carhartt long sleeve shirts over non camo layers. Why does anyone need camo underwear? I also use a $12 orange vest vs the $50 camo kind.

    But im the only one with a pack frame, decent binoculars, decent knives, good boots and a decent range finder and.......a truck.

    Id rather have the last things mentioned and hunt with an H&R handy rifle with open sights than have a ton of money wrapped up in ninja camo and a crew served rifle. Thats just me.
     
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I'd put a bird on it.. but that's just me.
     
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  3. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    I used to have a 303 British rifle:s0035: that was ugly as Hell, but it could drop an Elk at 400 yards. Ya, I hear Ya ! I drive an ugly old Ford Ranger 4x4 Pickup but I love it. I maintain it well and it goes into the hills just fine.:s0168: I get laughs and funny looks all the time on the freeway or in town, but that's ok with me. Its paid for, reliable and did not cost me a small fortune ! :s0083:
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I use a piece a crap Bubba'd by me 03-A3 that I bought when I was 16. kerpow!
     
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  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    These guys with their 10+ pound rifles will be looking very fondly at your lightweight rifle after the first day of tromping around in the woods with their boat anchors - unless they are road hunters.
     
  6. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Funtional over fantastic for me anyday (when hunting;)).

    And that camo... Holy sheep I saw what sportmans asks for a price and about fell over. I think I paid $20 for my pants and a bit more for the coat.

    I am in the "needs better binocs" category though:(.
     
  7. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've had dear come up and eat out of my hand with street clothes on, I don't think ya nee expensive camo:rolleyes:
     
  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes you just get eyeballed.. for cooking on an actual fire.. with an easily gotten stick. And stuff. mall people these days
     
  9. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yea, those are not stupid animals. They know where they are safe and when hunting seasons are.

    My mom asked me, "Why do you need any camo clothing? My grandad would get on his jeans and come home with a deer?".

    I tell her my great grandad had a 8000 acre ranch and there were deer everywhere. I have to share public lands with a bunch of yahoos and I'll take every advantage I can.
     
  10. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've always thought the camo was to hid from the other hunters! Twice I have been sitting by the base of a tree watching a Christmas tree plantation and had other hunters walk within 20 ft of me and not notice I was there. Blue jeans and a camo Remington 3 way parka.

    Oh and I pack a 1977 era Rugar M77R in 30-06 with some Tasco World Class I bought used at a gun shop in the 80's. Or a 100+ year old Winchester depending on the weather.
     
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    But bless all hunters and heavy rifles. I remember Elmer Keith hunted with a 18 lb bull barrel 30-06 a bit.. generally across his legs on a horse though.
    it's all good
     
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  12. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now my coyote rifle is a completely different matter altogether

    Savage model 12 VLP DBM in .243 Mueller 4-16X 56mm Mil Dot scope.

    About 14lbs

    Savagemodel12wscope_zpsdbd50013.jpg
     
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  13. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Take some apples huntin with ya , give it a try:D:D
     
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  14. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Oh, my local stores may be out of stock after I hit them on my way out - I'm going to sleep with the things in my sleeping bag and hang them from my backpack lol.
     
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  15. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    Sounds like your buddies have some pretty sweet rifles that they like.
     
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  16. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    When I started hunting I carried a sporterized Enfield .30-06. Lots of heavy without a lot of accuracy!
    Soon I bought a light weight, Mauser based rifle built by Wes Reynolds, a fine gunsmith from days gone by! .30-06, also it is about 1MOA if I'm careful! It's a bit punishing to shoot but I'll trade a sore shoulder for hauling a monster rifle all day anytime!:)
     
  17. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    I have seen the big rubber Gonads:s0061: hanging in back of a few trucks. I think I will hang 2 Apples:s0068: in back of my truck and hopefully a few gay Bucks :s0055:will be chasing behind me !
     
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  18. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Ya know a nice Yugo SKS with the gas switch turned off is pretty inexpensive and pretty accurate just slap a modified 5rounder on it and go huntin.
    I also do not see what trying to shoot a mile off is needed. Maybe its me but anyone ever hiked in the bush knows every hundred yards is a pain in the arse and then trying to carry all that back ? No thanks if its not within the SKS range I am not going to hike., I prefer the hunt and trying to get as close with skill. Not spend 5K to get 300 worth of meet.
     
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  19. Beefcake

    Beefcake Portland Active Member

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    The only part of your post that I slightly disagree with is the choice of a brown Carhartt shirt. I try not to dress in the color that everyone out there is hoping to shoot at. I've often heard the term, "If it's brown, it's down", and I've seen guys shoot at noise. There is definitely room to debate whether it is better to be highly visible (hunter orange) or semi-invisible (camo), but dressing in the primary target's color seems silly. Do you also wear a hat with antlers on it? (Please note sarcasm in last sentence).
     
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  20. No_Regerts

    No_Regerts United States Well-Known Member

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    I have to wear 400 sq inches of orange in WA regardless of what I wear. I wear olive or brown shirts just so I create less of an unnatural outline.

    I can see what youre saying though.
     
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