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    New 7mm-08 ??

    I never thought I would be the guy asking about what rifle I should buy. With the new Ca. laws I am thinking about buying a new 7mm-08 so I will own a registered gun and then I can buy ammo without a $20 background check for every purchase. I have a 7mm-08 now that shoots almost any non toxic...
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    One gun hunter

    For you guys that own a few guns do you find yourself taking the same gun most if not all of the time when you go hunting? I have a few choices for big game but I usually take the gun that I feel the most comfortable with. I shoot the others at the range every year but almost never carry them...
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    Portable shooting benches

    I am looking at purchasing a portable shooting bench of some kind (or build one) to take to fields where the grass and brush is way too tall to go prone. The ones I have looked at so far are the Caldwell Stable Table ($220) and the Caldwell Deadshot Chairpod ($150). This is for practice and...
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    July 2019 ammo restrictions

    I haven't seen anything on this forum for some time discussing the new ammo rules for California. From what I understand as of July 2019 we cannot buy ammo in this state unless we have a gun registered in that specific caliber. Others say no you only need to do a background check that will...
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    Hunter orange??

    Since I deer hunt way more often than I hunt other big game I will ask on the deer forum. Do you wear hunter orange if the state where you hunt does not require it? I do not typically hunt areas that require hunter orange but I wear it 95% of the time. I wear a hat and an upland bird vest that...
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    Public gun range issues

    There are two public gun ranges within 25 miles of my home. These are on state property and managed by the Fish and Wildlife service. They have no range masters. There are signs everywhere that tell you the rules but reading is apparently not required to shoot a gun. I use one of the ranges...
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    Crossbow ethics and rules

    I thought I would start a discussion here rather than on the archery forum since some do not consider a crossbow archery equipment. This is obviously just my opinion and I know most of you will disagree. I live in California and I am a hunter so I am used to the majority of the people around me...
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    California

    I received my California booklet in the mail today and I have already had 2 phone calls about the plans for this year. I think we are going to just get a point only for the premium zones and then hunt the over the counter D zones. We are saving our points for a year so my grandson can hunt a...
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    Rangefinders?

    There has been a lot of discussion lately about rangefinders I was wondering how often you use one? Do you try to range everything or just shots you think are beyond 200 yards? I don't range shots less than 300 very often but occasionally. A lot of times on the closer shots there is no need or...
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    Chaining the front wheels

    This is mentioned on another thread but I thought I would start a new thread about this subject. I don't have to chain the front often but when you have to you have to. A couple of years ago we were in a buddies Chevy 2500 and he got in a situation where we needed to chain the front. I had my...
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    Polaris verses Honda

    I recently changed from a Honda Rancher (2005) to a Polaris 570 Sportsman Touring 2-up (2016). I had to make the change since the Honda was just getting too difficult for me to ride. I have some issues that the rougher riding Honda really aggravated. I have now had the Polaris for 1.5 hunting...
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    Hunting a good looking spot

    How many days are you willing to hunt a spot that looks great but you can't find a buck in? I am getting better at being patient but I could probably still improve. I will use a hunt from last year in the California Sierras as an example. I had made 2 trips during archery season and one really...
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    When to stop deer hunting?

    When do you stop deer hunting? I have been deer hunting for 50+ years and I am going to continue as long as I can walk away from my vehicle. I have buddies who hunted with me for years but no longer go. Some because of health reasons and others say they have lost interest. A couple tell me...
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    Recoil issues

    As I get older I am starting to have issues with shooting my 7 mag due to the recoil. My shoulder is not in great shape in fact I am a disabled archer as a result of the shoulder issues. The mag is a Featherweight Model 70 stainless classic and it has been my number one rifle for over 20 years...
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    Fire safes??

    Our area in California was evacuated on Sunday night because of the wildfires. We got back home on Thursday. We were out of town so we never had a chance to grab any valuables and all we had was my wife's car and a change of clothes. We had always had a plan on what to grab if we were ever...
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    California deer hunter

    Thought I would say hello and introduce myself. I am an old retired fart that still hunts when I can. I chase deer more than anything else and fish a lot when the hunting seasons are closed. I hunt the sierras in the D zones when I don't get an X tag in the drawing. I have hunted 4 other...
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