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August 20, 2008

Petzal: Shameless Products Plugs

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

In case any of you were wondering where the hell I was for most of July, I was in Africa, and have come back at great risk and personal expense to make you aware of the virtues of the following:

Hardigg Storm Case Model IM 3300: This is a two-rifle case made of high-performance resin. It’s light for how strong it is, comes with two handles and wheels, six latches (which open by depressing spring-loaded tabs so you don’t rip your fingernails out) and hasps for four locks. Two of us had Storm Cases and wore big smiles. Two other hunters shared a lesser aluminum case and ended up with a busted stock and a wrecked scope. They did not smile. As the airlines descend into total chaos and anarchy, you would do well to visit Hardigg’s website, which is stormcase.com

Barnes TSX and MRX bullets: I used a .338 loaded with 225-grain TSXs at 2,750 fps; one of my friends used a .30/06 loaded with 180-grain MRXs at 2,700 fps. Between us we shot something like a dozen animals from 50 pounds up to 450 at ranges from 25 yards to 320. Nothing required a second shot. Not a single bullet was recovered; everything went clear through. How do you do better than that? Barnesbullets.com

Zeiss Victory 8x32 T* FL binoculars: These were loaners. The weigh 20 ounces, are 4.6 inches tall with eyecups extended, and were best summed up by a PH who took a look through them: “They make you want to take your own binoculars and throw them as far as you can.” Are they expensive? Of course, but on the other hand, what the hell are you saving it for? The end is near. Zeiss.com

Mystery Ranch Crew Cab Pack: This is an expandable daypack that employs a frame. There are three cells (plus two more in the cover) that expand from 1900 ccs to 5,000. You can pack it in all sorts of configurations, and it has the best suspension system I’ve ever used. Moreover, all those cells and straps and buckles appear to keep the TSA from asking you over to the little table to see what you’re carrying. Even loaded to near-max capacity, it fits in the overhead compartment of a jet. Mysteryranch.com

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

This year I was going to be frugal and not get myself anything for Christmas. I think thats changed. While I have always thought a Garmin GPS would be nice they looked complicated and cost more than I would use one. I was on Richard Manns blog Ramworks and today he has a blog on an ideal Xmas gift for a friend. It is a small GPS, looks about the size of a wristwatch called the Bushnell Backtracker. It stores three waypoints, compass directions and their distance with a push of a button. Thats plenty for me. Price seemed right at under $65. I'm going to look for it even if the friend happens to be myself.

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from Rocky Mtn Hunter wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

All my RockyMtn hunting Optics are NIKONS.Scopes, Bincs,Range Finder, Camera,etc. I looked at dozens prior to selecting the Nikons. In my opinion you cannot find better equiptment of anytype that out-shines the Nions. All my rifles have Leupols Stell Dual Dove Tail bases and rings,and they have stood the test on 7 flights out west.Have not had to re-zero any of the rifles.All are zerod at a true 200 yds ( not 2" high at 100 yds). As a comparison, I just bought a new Marlin XL7 in 270 and Weaver bases came with the gun. I ordered the take off and reattach type, but have my doubs of the zero staying in place. If not,will take them off then the Weaver comes off and the Leupold's go on. Spending big bucks don't always get the quality you want and a price you can afford. Will let you kow on the XL7 next week, as plan to get Gunsmith stared. i got to patice a lot more before heading west. Litle shooting since last season ended. At one time,Weaver was top cat to me, but now the Nikons outshine them.

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from DavidS wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

just a quick note. david, i can not believe, after all these years, someone has to question your intergrity. either he doesn't know who you are, or he won't even take Gods word.

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from Frank in MI wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

David,Those binos look great but I'm hardly in a position to spend upwards of $1500 for them. What would you recommend for $500 or less?Thanks,Frank

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from james ti wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

clay,did you ever pull the smart**s trick of putting a leg bone in your buddies pack while you were helping him load up for the 5 mile hike back to the first camp with a hundred plus pounds of moose meat? man that's good stuff for alaskan hiking. really good if you are walking behind him the whole way.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

Dave,You can't let us dangle on this one.Was the "emergency rebed" on the M77 Ruger's wood stock necessary after water immersion or a torrential rain?Under what conditions was the scope damaged? If the rifle fell off the back of the truck or had an unfortunate encounter with a hard object, I'd consider it one of the misfortunes of a hunt, but if the scope failed to stand up under normal (?) use and abuse, that would be another matter.I'm glad it was a good hunt. May there be many more in your future.

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from Pappa Bear wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

Steve:Complimenting him, actually - or at least trying to. He's a worthy heir to the stage once trod by Warren, Bob and Corey.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, I'm glad to hear you paid for the hunt, gives a man a better perspective of things if he has to pay. No gratuitous 'thank you' for the hunt.BTW, the broken scope, was it shipped in the aluminum case? The only metal case I ever heard of any good was made by Cabelas but the damn things weighs 30lbs and near $300. Forget that.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Jay,damn boy you must be one friggin genious to come to that conclusion on your own. You ought to be postin on the astrophysics blog.

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from Michael wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Chad,I have first editions of Horn of the Hunter, The Old Man & the Boy, & The Old Man's Boy Grows Older. Before you get any larcenous ideas about crossing the state line into Texas, they stay locked in my gun vault.My 6.5x55 will be stuffed with Norma 120 Nosler Ballistic tips this season.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

EarlGo on a Alaskan fly in and you will really find out and do not forget the Super Leatherman Tool!!I don’t have a fancy $$$ backpack like Dave’s. The old pack I have, I can carry more and do more than what I’ve generally seen on the market today. Called the Alaskan Freightliner and designed for fly in hunts. As long as I can get to that mission essential item that you may need in a hurry, I’m happy for what I have. The cargo bag separates from the frame so you can strap and carry heavy and bulky like a Moose Rack and a hind quarter. Recommend you debone your game before hauling. One more thing, if you shoot a Ram, the biologists will and I emphasize will weigh your meat and if it doesn’t add up, they will stuff you in a chopper and fly you back out there. You better have taken all eatable portions including below the knee. Those Homeboys don’t play!

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from Earl wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave's equipment did not fail him on his adventure. This should be a lesson to all. Buy the best and it will usually perform as intended, there will be less failures to worry about, thus making you the variable not your equipment.

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Jackrabbit:I want to get the lighter bullet because according to info on the website it flies flatter with less wind drift than the 130, and has just as much or more energy. I want to get it because it is cheaper to buy a box of ammo than a new rifle in .257 Weatherby or .270 WSM. I want to get it because a 110 grain bullet that loses 0% of its starting bullet weight in an animal may work better than a 130 grain that loses 40 to 50% (Nosler Partitions can do that). Mainly, I want to get the lighter bullet because I CAN. I just would like to know if anyone out there has actually shot a deer with it, not just paper. The guy with the 7mm STW was a paper shooter.

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Do you really believe that I'm interested (or that I care one hoot)in spending $490 for the Mystery Ranch pack sack? Pack Suck? Obviously meant to make us all more efficient hunters, I'm sure.

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from buckstopper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave,Who was your outfitter, if you had to pay then surely I could afford it?!BTW, Was it Obama's brother that got tracked down and lasso'd then given a pair of sneakers in that bad SuperBowl "Just for Feet" commercial several years ago?Anybody tried the Marlin XL7 yet,(besides Dave) I got one in 30-06 at the BuckMaster show last weekend haven't shot it yet, what is the best fodder for it.

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from Steve Ferber wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Re: Papa Bear. I don't know if you're warning Dave or complimenting him, but know this: all the old, long-gone shooting honchos, from Bell to O'Connor's early years, could put the then available cartridges and implements of the day into the pack Dave described.The availability of game world-wide, access to them, and the cheap to reasonable hunting expenses then, was as close to heaven as any of the old timers were likely to get. And, unlike Dave, most were merely adequate writers...not gifted.Even early in the 70s when I was Shootng Editor of Argosy, I could barely keep up with 'What's New', and mainly didn't.When Remington unveiled their Model 3200 shotgun at the Remington Farms writers seminar, I detailed its workings, performance, etc., fairly carefully...but accurately and humorously added that I copied the technical material from Jim Carmichel who was sitting next to me at the presentation. My columns were typically about competitive shooting or guns/items I liked; my monthly features about places the magazine sent me to hunt and shoot (providing at least a sniff of heaven).Today, the plethera of guns, ammo, gear, hunting/shooting restrictions make such a job as Dave's almost impossible to be competent, not to mention the toll it takes on one's mental state, i.e. Petzal.So apples and apples it ain't. By the way, having first-hand knowledge of the chap for 40 years, I know him to be an excellent trap and bird shooter, First-Cabin rifleman/hunter, and he knows more about such stuff than anyone should...even though he didn't include the Model 1911 Colt .45 in his top 50 list.

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from jackrabbit wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

eyeball,acknowleding my experience with Barnes is limited to shotgun slugs and muzzleloading rounds (which have worked very well for me), I would ask why you want the lighter bullet for deer. Prior blogs on this site have dealt with the issue of bullet failure at high impact velocities, and all you're getting from the lighter bullet is increased velocity. Hydrostatic shock is a Roy Weatherby falicy that persists to this day. It's that permenant wound cavity that bleeds an animal out, not the temporary wound cavity that looks so impressive in ballistic gelatin but doesn't do much when it comes to elastic animal tissues. Longer bullets are more stable in flight, and penetrate in a straighter line than lighter bullets which are more easily deflected. Not saying that Barnes isn't a good way to go, just why the lighter bullet? If the 3,000 fps you get from a 130 grain bullet out of a .270 Winchester isn't fast enough for you, then why not get a different rifle?

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, thirty degrees is a warm day in July to some of us Michiganders.(Come to think of it I have seen it snow in July.)(Munuscong Bay great fishing)Tom the Troll

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from Pappa Bear wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

It was while trying to rediscover the outdoor writers of my youth - by Googling for Ruark and Warren Page - that I discovered this Petzal blog some months back.Ruark, Page and Corey Ford made Field & Stream of the 1950s not only the premier outdoor mag of its day, but I'd say of all time.Dave, some seriously big feet have beaten the path you now trek through the pages of F&S. But you, of course, know that.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I've not hunted in Africa, but I don't doubt it would be a great adventure. By comparison, I think hunting pheasant with Dick Cheney would be a death-defying choice.By the way, there are several composites with strength-to-weight ratios that compare very favorably to metals...and they're not "plastics".I agree, I would like to learn more details of the cases and products that performed poorly or failed. I'm always pleased to read recommendations on good products, but I genuinely appreciate learning what products to avoid.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave that Mystery Ranch Crew Cab Pack, can you pack a moose out with it?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

james tiYour o'hell LMAO! Can't wright because thats too funny!!!

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from james ti wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

clay,i bet dave brought obama's brother back in that bag to run for his v.p. if he didn't you probably got him thinking about it.dave, how much do they pay you to be able to afford to pay for that hunt yourself? must have been painful for once!!!

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from zeiss man wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Nice!!!!!!!!!Gotta love the plug for Zeiss. I'm a huge fan & owner of their products.

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from Bernie Kuntz wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Del in KS: Tanganyika has been called Tanzania for some years now. Zimbabwe used to be Rhodesia, and Botswana used to be called something else too, the name of which I have forgotten. I have no explanation for why African countries change their names as often as I change hunting boots."Robert Ruark's Africa" is another book by that author that you might like. I have read just about everything Ruark ever wrote. Same with Ernest Hemingway. I may be a heathen, but I think Ruark was a far better writer. Yeah, the booze killed him. What a waste.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, You had to pay for your own hunt!You got to be kidding us!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

EYEBALLIf a 270 loaded with Hornady 130's clobbers Caribou dead in their tracks, a Federal 110 grain TSX will do a terrific job. I wouldn’t give a second thought!http://www.barnesbullets.com/

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Federal loads a 110 grain TSX tipped bullet in .270. The bullet is light, but the ballistics of that load are incredible on paper. Has anyone on this blog shot/ chronoed/ used that load on deer? I'd love to try it but would like to know it works for deer (see blog a couple of days ago on too much velocity in 7mm STW) before I use it to wound one, or blow one apart like a prairie dog.

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

To all: This was a hunt I paid for (oh, the shame of it). I and a bunch of friends went to South Africa, first to the Karoo, which is open country that looks a little like the real estate near Las Vegas. Thirty degrees; we froze our asses. Second half of the hunt was near the Limpopo River on the Botswana border; brush country mostly.I did very little shooting: one mountain reedbuck, one warthog, and one baboon. Hammered the baboon because they are hell on young wildlife, sort of like coyotes, but with bigger teeth. I also finished off a kudu that a poacher had wounded.The rifle I carried was an Ed Brown Savanna with a Swarovski AL 3X-10X.You want some stuff that didn't work? A wood-stocked Ruger 77 that had to have an emergency rebedding job. The scope that was busted was a Leupold VX-III 3.5X-10X. It is the third busted Leupold I've seen inside a year and a half, and this is after using them for 40 years with never a problem. A Nosler Accu-Bond 180-grain that shed what looked like 75 percent of its weight. It was out of a .30/06, and that shouldn't happen to a bonded bullet.The aluminum case was made by ICC; had not heard of them before. By the way, if you'd like a resin case that's less costly than the Hardigg, Boyt now makes very good one, as does Penguin and Browning (same case), but the latches will rip your fingernails out.

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from VaTxHunter wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I found the Storm case at this web this web site:www.imcases.comI think $180 is a good price for a case that gets Dave's Approval.I spent about $250 for a similar case in steal (that I am happy with) But I am sure the storm case is lighter.

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from Silvertip wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I live about 30 miles from the Barnes factory. I have used the X bullet since it came out. It is the best. The Winchester/Nosler Failsafe was great but is now caput.Silvertip

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from Jay wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Shameless is correct Dave!!"made of high-performance resin". Just a fancy name for plastic. Don't fall into the Trap dave!.Seems like when marketing folks get involved everything ends up better; unfortunately they are typically a coverup for inferior materials.Take for example the concept of "free floated barrels". Based on what I read lately this is the best thing to happen to rifle manufacturing since stamped parts. Truth be told, any good gun guy can tell you, the reason guns are manufactured with free floating barrels is because it is cheaper than properly bedding a barrel to a stock.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

PS,Like the "lesser aluminum case", why not give us a make and model there? We would appreciate knowing what to avoid like the Plague as well!(especially us po' folk who can't always afford the "good stuff")

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Yeah Dave, how about some shameless product Bashing?One thing I don't like about gun and hunting mags, they never say when something is CRAP! Guess they have you trained pretty well to not mention what failed miserably!

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from RLRiggins wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

The first pair of Zeiss binoculars I ever saw was in the late 60's and was a pair my Uncle had liberated from a German tank commander in Africa during WWII. They were painted the desert tan color that the Germans used. I had read enough outdoor magazines by then to know I was holding quality glass and looking through them proved it. He is deceased now and I wonder if my cousins have the glasses. I hadn't thought of them in years until this posting.

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from John Johnston wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

To be completely honest why don't you tell us, with product name, about what did NOT work so well.

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from tom warner wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave: While I would certainly agree that the Zeiss glasses are wonderful, I think that you will find that the Nikon Monarch ATB 8+42's are so terrific that I doubt that you will be able to tell the difference between the two. The REAL difference is the price! Give 'em a try.I think you will agree with me.Tom

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from Lone Star 45 wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

DaveWhere’s the pictures of the hunt!!!

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

DEP- We all welcome your return, even at great risk and personal expense. Please wax eloquently on the .338. Win Mag? RUM? Ruger? ???The extra all purpose handy dandy and supremely useful .30-'06 does not need any introduction, as it is just about everything you need for anything, but a few words about loads, animals taken, etc. would make interesting reading.

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from semp wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Tuff life Dave ... just don't know how you get thru it :-D . Just a FnA hero I guess?

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from Eric wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, Ditto on the Barnes bullets, especially the TSXs. I use them in my 257, 300 and 338 and will nothing else. They are the best bullets available - period! I've had good results with other bullets but now they jsut sit on my loading bench and are used for practice. From little pronghorns to whopper elk, I've yet to shoot a second time or find a bullet. Just got done loading a bunch of 115 TSX for goats and mulies next month and can't wait!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

For $490 that pack had better be good! How's it compare to the Eberlestock? Looking forward to reading about your latest African adventure.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Chad Love,'The old man and the boy' should be required reading at hunter education courses.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, you picked a good gun case to fly with. Some months ago Am. Hunter mag did a torture test on gun cases and Hardig Storm 3300 did extremly well, and those guys actually tortured the cases. I bought two truck cases based on that article (plano airglide) and very happy.

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from Chad Love wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Del, you got a first edition "Horn of the Hunter" and you're still financially solvent?My copy of "Horn" is the Safari Press reprint, while my copy of "Use Enough Gun" is an older reprint from New American Library.Both hardback and very nice but no first editions.I discovered Ruark through what I now suspect was a first edition "Use Enough Gun" at my middle school library back in the early 80s.I've often been tempted to go back and swipe that book...Everyone else will probably chime in in agreement here, but "The Old Man and the Boy" is essential Ruark.I'm not as big a fan of Ruark's fiction as I am his non-fiction, but "Uhuru" and "Something of Value" are both pretty good.Alas, no first editions for me there either, but I'm still looking.One of these days I'm going to open up a book/gun/vintage tackle shop modeled roughly after Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. I'll call it "Ye Olde Book & Bullet."Bet if I did that sooner or later those first editions I covet will start floating into the shop...And to keep things on topic, I'll be trying the 130 grain TSX this year in my 6.5x55. Been reading too much positive feedback not to.

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I have wanted Zeiss glass since first reading "The Green Hills of Africa" almost forty years ago. Putting four kids through private colleges made this impossible but now is the time as you suggested Dave. And I don't want to hear anymore about that 338. I spending my money on the glass. Welcome back.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave,After your recent comments I bought a first edition copy of "Horn of the Hunter". Did you by any chance go to any of Bob's old hunting spots? What is Tanganyika called these days anyhow? So many countries in Africa have changed names I can't remember them all."Lions and Leopards and Rhinos excite me but don't frighten me. But that buff is so big and mean and ugly and hard to stop and vindictive and cruel and surly and ornery. He looks like he hates you personally. HE LOOKS LIKE YOU OWE HIM MONEY. He looks like he is hunting you....He makes me sick in the stomach, and he makes my hands sweat, and he dries out my throat and lips".What a book. I think just about all your peers have quoted the capitalized owes money line at some point in their career. Wish I had read this book before. Already bought "Use enough gun" will read it next. Are there any other books this good out there? Already have Jim Corbett's books. Bob drank like a fish and smoked Chesterfields no wonder he died young. That pain he descibed in his chest was probably his heart trying to tell him something.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Great pack. I love multiple-function gear. This is on my good boy list. and local too!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

What, no pictures!Did you go by and visit Barack Obama's 'half-brother…The youngest of Barack Obama’s half siblings has told of his shame about living in a shack and existing on a dollar a month whilst his brother plans to become the most powerful man in the world.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Sure been boring around here.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Been bragging about those Zeiss optics along with my Vanguard and catching hell... the proof is in the pudding. So we want pictures. Dead animals, not pretty scenery. Party on Dave!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave:Where exactly did you go and what did you shoot? Knowing that information will assist us commoners in evaluating your products as well as your intregrity.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I love Zeiss optics. The quality of the glass and extremely tight quality control(you know those Germans) make them some of the finest optical instruments in the world.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

This year I was going to be frugal and not get myself anything for Christmas. I think thats changed. While I have always thought a Garmin GPS would be nice they looked complicated and cost more than I would use one. I was on Richard Manns blog Ramworks and today he has a blog on an ideal Xmas gift for a friend. It is a small GPS, looks about the size of a wristwatch called the Bushnell Backtracker. It stores three waypoints, compass directions and their distance with a push of a button. Thats plenty for me. Price seemed right at under $65. I'm going to look for it even if the friend happens to be myself.

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from Rocky Mtn Hunter wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

All my RockyMtn hunting Optics are NIKONS.Scopes, Bincs,Range Finder, Camera,etc. I looked at dozens prior to selecting the Nikons. In my opinion you cannot find better equiptment of anytype that out-shines the Nions. All my rifles have Leupols Stell Dual Dove Tail bases and rings,and they have stood the test on 7 flights out west.Have not had to re-zero any of the rifles.All are zerod at a true 200 yds ( not 2" high at 100 yds). As a comparison, I just bought a new Marlin XL7 in 270 and Weaver bases came with the gun. I ordered the take off and reattach type, but have my doubs of the zero staying in place. If not,will take them off then the Weaver comes off and the Leupold's go on. Spending big bucks don't always get the quality you want and a price you can afford. Will let you kow on the XL7 next week, as plan to get Gunsmith stared. i got to patice a lot more before heading west. Litle shooting since last season ended. At one time,Weaver was top cat to me, but now the Nikons outshine them.

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from DavidS wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

just a quick note. david, i can not believe, after all these years, someone has to question your intergrity. either he doesn't know who you are, or he won't even take Gods word.

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from Frank in MI wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

David,Those binos look great but I'm hardly in a position to spend upwards of $1500 for them. What would you recommend for $500 or less?Thanks,Frank

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from james ti wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

clay,did you ever pull the smart**s trick of putting a leg bone in your buddies pack while you were helping him load up for the 5 mile hike back to the first camp with a hundred plus pounds of moose meat? man that's good stuff for alaskan hiking. really good if you are walking behind him the whole way.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

Dave,You can't let us dangle on this one.Was the "emergency rebed" on the M77 Ruger's wood stock necessary after water immersion or a torrential rain?Under what conditions was the scope damaged? If the rifle fell off the back of the truck or had an unfortunate encounter with a hard object, I'd consider it one of the misfortunes of a hunt, but if the scope failed to stand up under normal (?) use and abuse, that would be another matter.I'm glad it was a good hunt. May there be many more in your future.

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from Pappa Bear wrote 5 years 33 weeks ago

Steve:Complimenting him, actually - or at least trying to. He's a worthy heir to the stage once trod by Warren, Bob and Corey.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, I'm glad to hear you paid for the hunt, gives a man a better perspective of things if he has to pay. No gratuitous 'thank you' for the hunt.BTW, the broken scope, was it shipped in the aluminum case? The only metal case I ever heard of any good was made by Cabelas but the damn things weighs 30lbs and near $300. Forget that.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Jay,damn boy you must be one friggin genious to come to that conclusion on your own. You ought to be postin on the astrophysics blog.

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from Michael wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Chad,I have first editions of Horn of the Hunter, The Old Man & the Boy, & The Old Man's Boy Grows Older. Before you get any larcenous ideas about crossing the state line into Texas, they stay locked in my gun vault.My 6.5x55 will be stuffed with Norma 120 Nosler Ballistic tips this season.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

EarlGo on a Alaskan fly in and you will really find out and do not forget the Super Leatherman Tool!!I don’t have a fancy $$$ backpack like Dave’s. The old pack I have, I can carry more and do more than what I’ve generally seen on the market today. Called the Alaskan Freightliner and designed for fly in hunts. As long as I can get to that mission essential item that you may need in a hurry, I’m happy for what I have. The cargo bag separates from the frame so you can strap and carry heavy and bulky like a Moose Rack and a hind quarter. Recommend you debone your game before hauling. One more thing, if you shoot a Ram, the biologists will and I emphasize will weigh your meat and if it doesn’t add up, they will stuff you in a chopper and fly you back out there. You better have taken all eatable portions including below the knee. Those Homeboys don’t play!

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from Earl wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave's equipment did not fail him on his adventure. This should be a lesson to all. Buy the best and it will usually perform as intended, there will be less failures to worry about, thus making you the variable not your equipment.

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Jackrabbit:I want to get the lighter bullet because according to info on the website it flies flatter with less wind drift than the 130, and has just as much or more energy. I want to get it because it is cheaper to buy a box of ammo than a new rifle in .257 Weatherby or .270 WSM. I want to get it because a 110 grain bullet that loses 0% of its starting bullet weight in an animal may work better than a 130 grain that loses 40 to 50% (Nosler Partitions can do that). Mainly, I want to get the lighter bullet because I CAN. I just would like to know if anyone out there has actually shot a deer with it, not just paper. The guy with the 7mm STW was a paper shooter.

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from Brian T wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Do you really believe that I'm interested (or that I care one hoot)in spending $490 for the Mystery Ranch pack sack? Pack Suck? Obviously meant to make us all more efficient hunters, I'm sure.

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from buckstopper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave,Who was your outfitter, if you had to pay then surely I could afford it?!BTW, Was it Obama's brother that got tracked down and lasso'd then given a pair of sneakers in that bad SuperBowl "Just for Feet" commercial several years ago?Anybody tried the Marlin XL7 yet,(besides Dave) I got one in 30-06 at the BuckMaster show last weekend haven't shot it yet, what is the best fodder for it.

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from Steve Ferber wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Re: Papa Bear. I don't know if you're warning Dave or complimenting him, but know this: all the old, long-gone shooting honchos, from Bell to O'Connor's early years, could put the then available cartridges and implements of the day into the pack Dave described.The availability of game world-wide, access to them, and the cheap to reasonable hunting expenses then, was as close to heaven as any of the old timers were likely to get. And, unlike Dave, most were merely adequate writers...not gifted.Even early in the 70s when I was Shootng Editor of Argosy, I could barely keep up with 'What's New', and mainly didn't.When Remington unveiled their Model 3200 shotgun at the Remington Farms writers seminar, I detailed its workings, performance, etc., fairly carefully...but accurately and humorously added that I copied the technical material from Jim Carmichel who was sitting next to me at the presentation. My columns were typically about competitive shooting or guns/items I liked; my monthly features about places the magazine sent me to hunt and shoot (providing at least a sniff of heaven).Today, the plethera of guns, ammo, gear, hunting/shooting restrictions make such a job as Dave's almost impossible to be competent, not to mention the toll it takes on one's mental state, i.e. Petzal.So apples and apples it ain't. By the way, having first-hand knowledge of the chap for 40 years, I know him to be an excellent trap and bird shooter, First-Cabin rifleman/hunter, and he knows more about such stuff than anyone should...even though he didn't include the Model 1911 Colt .45 in his top 50 list.

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from jackrabbit wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

eyeball,acknowleding my experience with Barnes is limited to shotgun slugs and muzzleloading rounds (which have worked very well for me), I would ask why you want the lighter bullet for deer. Prior blogs on this site have dealt with the issue of bullet failure at high impact velocities, and all you're getting from the lighter bullet is increased velocity. Hydrostatic shock is a Roy Weatherby falicy that persists to this day. It's that permenant wound cavity that bleeds an animal out, not the temporary wound cavity that looks so impressive in ballistic gelatin but doesn't do much when it comes to elastic animal tissues. Longer bullets are more stable in flight, and penetrate in a straighter line than lighter bullets which are more easily deflected. Not saying that Barnes isn't a good way to go, just why the lighter bullet? If the 3,000 fps you get from a 130 grain bullet out of a .270 Winchester isn't fast enough for you, then why not get a different rifle?

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from Thomas wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, thirty degrees is a warm day in July to some of us Michiganders.(Come to think of it I have seen it snow in July.)(Munuscong Bay great fishing)Tom the Troll

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from Pappa Bear wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

It was while trying to rediscover the outdoor writers of my youth - by Googling for Ruark and Warren Page - that I discovered this Petzal blog some months back.Ruark, Page and Corey Ford made Field & Stream of the 1950s not only the premier outdoor mag of its day, but I'd say of all time.Dave, some seriously big feet have beaten the path you now trek through the pages of F&S. But you, of course, know that.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I've not hunted in Africa, but I don't doubt it would be a great adventure. By comparison, I think hunting pheasant with Dick Cheney would be a death-defying choice.By the way, there are several composites with strength-to-weight ratios that compare very favorably to metals...and they're not "plastics".I agree, I would like to learn more details of the cases and products that performed poorly or failed. I'm always pleased to read recommendations on good products, but I genuinely appreciate learning what products to avoid.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave that Mystery Ranch Crew Cab Pack, can you pack a moose out with it?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

james tiYour o'hell LMAO! Can't wright because thats too funny!!!

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from james ti wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

clay,i bet dave brought obama's brother back in that bag to run for his v.p. if he didn't you probably got him thinking about it.dave, how much do they pay you to be able to afford to pay for that hunt yourself? must have been painful for once!!!

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from zeiss man wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Nice!!!!!!!!!Gotta love the plug for Zeiss. I'm a huge fan & owner of their products.

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from Bernie Kuntz wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Del in KS: Tanganyika has been called Tanzania for some years now. Zimbabwe used to be Rhodesia, and Botswana used to be called something else too, the name of which I have forgotten. I have no explanation for why African countries change their names as often as I change hunting boots."Robert Ruark's Africa" is another book by that author that you might like. I have read just about everything Ruark ever wrote. Same with Ernest Hemingway. I may be a heathen, but I think Ruark was a far better writer. Yeah, the booze killed him. What a waste.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, You had to pay for your own hunt!You got to be kidding us!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

EYEBALLIf a 270 loaded with Hornady 130's clobbers Caribou dead in their tracks, a Federal 110 grain TSX will do a terrific job. I wouldn’t give a second thought!http://www.barnesbullets.com/

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Federal loads a 110 grain TSX tipped bullet in .270. The bullet is light, but the ballistics of that load are incredible on paper. Has anyone on this blog shot/ chronoed/ used that load on deer? I'd love to try it but would like to know it works for deer (see blog a couple of days ago on too much velocity in 7mm STW) before I use it to wound one, or blow one apart like a prairie dog.

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

To all: This was a hunt I paid for (oh, the shame of it). I and a bunch of friends went to South Africa, first to the Karoo, which is open country that looks a little like the real estate near Las Vegas. Thirty degrees; we froze our asses. Second half of the hunt was near the Limpopo River on the Botswana border; brush country mostly.I did very little shooting: one mountain reedbuck, one warthog, and one baboon. Hammered the baboon because they are hell on young wildlife, sort of like coyotes, but with bigger teeth. I also finished off a kudu that a poacher had wounded.The rifle I carried was an Ed Brown Savanna with a Swarovski AL 3X-10X.You want some stuff that didn't work? A wood-stocked Ruger 77 that had to have an emergency rebedding job. The scope that was busted was a Leupold VX-III 3.5X-10X. It is the third busted Leupold I've seen inside a year and a half, and this is after using them for 40 years with never a problem. A Nosler Accu-Bond 180-grain that shed what looked like 75 percent of its weight. It was out of a .30/06, and that shouldn't happen to a bonded bullet.The aluminum case was made by ICC; had not heard of them before. By the way, if you'd like a resin case that's less costly than the Hardigg, Boyt now makes very good one, as does Penguin and Browning (same case), but the latches will rip your fingernails out.

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from VaTxHunter wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I found the Storm case at this web this web site:www.imcases.comI think $180 is a good price for a case that gets Dave's Approval.I spent about $250 for a similar case in steal (that I am happy with) But I am sure the storm case is lighter.

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from Silvertip wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I live about 30 miles from the Barnes factory. I have used the X bullet since it came out. It is the best. The Winchester/Nosler Failsafe was great but is now caput.Silvertip

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from Jay wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Shameless is correct Dave!!"made of high-performance resin". Just a fancy name for plastic. Don't fall into the Trap dave!.Seems like when marketing folks get involved everything ends up better; unfortunately they are typically a coverup for inferior materials.Take for example the concept of "free floated barrels". Based on what I read lately this is the best thing to happen to rifle manufacturing since stamped parts. Truth be told, any good gun guy can tell you, the reason guns are manufactured with free floating barrels is because it is cheaper than properly bedding a barrel to a stock.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

PS,Like the "lesser aluminum case", why not give us a make and model there? We would appreciate knowing what to avoid like the Plague as well!(especially us po' folk who can't always afford the "good stuff")

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Yeah Dave, how about some shameless product Bashing?One thing I don't like about gun and hunting mags, they never say when something is CRAP! Guess they have you trained pretty well to not mention what failed miserably!

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from RLRiggins wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

The first pair of Zeiss binoculars I ever saw was in the late 60's and was a pair my Uncle had liberated from a German tank commander in Africa during WWII. They were painted the desert tan color that the Germans used. I had read enough outdoor magazines by then to know I was holding quality glass and looking through them proved it. He is deceased now and I wonder if my cousins have the glasses. I hadn't thought of them in years until this posting.

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from John Johnston wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

To be completely honest why don't you tell us, with product name, about what did NOT work so well.

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from tom warner wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave: While I would certainly agree that the Zeiss glasses are wonderful, I think that you will find that the Nikon Monarch ATB 8+42's are so terrific that I doubt that you will be able to tell the difference between the two. The REAL difference is the price! Give 'em a try.I think you will agree with me.Tom

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from Lone Star 45 wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

DaveWhere’s the pictures of the hunt!!!

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

DEP- We all welcome your return, even at great risk and personal expense. Please wax eloquently on the .338. Win Mag? RUM? Ruger? ???The extra all purpose handy dandy and supremely useful .30-'06 does not need any introduction, as it is just about everything you need for anything, but a few words about loads, animals taken, etc. would make interesting reading.

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from semp wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Tuff life Dave ... just don't know how you get thru it :-D . Just a FnA hero I guess?

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from Eric wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, Ditto on the Barnes bullets, especially the TSXs. I use them in my 257, 300 and 338 and will nothing else. They are the best bullets available - period! I've had good results with other bullets but now they jsut sit on my loading bench and are used for practice. From little pronghorns to whopper elk, I've yet to shoot a second time or find a bullet. Just got done loading a bunch of 115 TSX for goats and mulies next month and can't wait!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

For $490 that pack had better be good! How's it compare to the Eberlestock? Looking forward to reading about your latest African adventure.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Chad Love,'The old man and the boy' should be required reading at hunter education courses.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave, you picked a good gun case to fly with. Some months ago Am. Hunter mag did a torture test on gun cases and Hardig Storm 3300 did extremly well, and those guys actually tortured the cases. I bought two truck cases based on that article (plano airglide) and very happy.

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from Chad Love wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Del, you got a first edition "Horn of the Hunter" and you're still financially solvent?My copy of "Horn" is the Safari Press reprint, while my copy of "Use Enough Gun" is an older reprint from New American Library.Both hardback and very nice but no first editions.I discovered Ruark through what I now suspect was a first edition "Use Enough Gun" at my middle school library back in the early 80s.I've often been tempted to go back and swipe that book...Everyone else will probably chime in in agreement here, but "The Old Man and the Boy" is essential Ruark.I'm not as big a fan of Ruark's fiction as I am his non-fiction, but "Uhuru" and "Something of Value" are both pretty good.Alas, no first editions for me there either, but I'm still looking.One of these days I'm going to open up a book/gun/vintage tackle shop modeled roughly after Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. I'll call it "Ye Olde Book & Bullet."Bet if I did that sooner or later those first editions I covet will start floating into the shop...And to keep things on topic, I'll be trying the 130 grain TSX this year in my 6.5x55. Been reading too much positive feedback not to.

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I have wanted Zeiss glass since first reading "The Green Hills of Africa" almost forty years ago. Putting four kids through private colleges made this impossible but now is the time as you suggested Dave. And I don't want to hear anymore about that 338. I spending my money on the glass. Welcome back.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave,After your recent comments I bought a first edition copy of "Horn of the Hunter". Did you by any chance go to any of Bob's old hunting spots? What is Tanganyika called these days anyhow? So many countries in Africa have changed names I can't remember them all."Lions and Leopards and Rhinos excite me but don't frighten me. But that buff is so big and mean and ugly and hard to stop and vindictive and cruel and surly and ornery. He looks like he hates you personally. HE LOOKS LIKE YOU OWE HIM MONEY. He looks like he is hunting you....He makes me sick in the stomach, and he makes my hands sweat, and he dries out my throat and lips".What a book. I think just about all your peers have quoted the capitalized owes money line at some point in their career. Wish I had read this book before. Already bought "Use enough gun" will read it next. Are there any other books this good out there? Already have Jim Corbett's books. Bob drank like a fish and smoked Chesterfields no wonder he died young. That pain he descibed in his chest was probably his heart trying to tell him something.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Great pack. I love multiple-function gear. This is on my good boy list. and local too!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

What, no pictures!Did you go by and visit Barack Obama's 'half-brother…The youngest of Barack Obama’s half siblings has told of his shame about living in a shack and existing on a dollar a month whilst his brother plans to become the most powerful man in the world.

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from Jim in Mo. wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Sure been boring around here.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Been bragging about those Zeiss optics along with my Vanguard and catching hell... the proof is in the pudding. So we want pictures. Dead animals, not pretty scenery. Party on Dave!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

Dave:Where exactly did you go and what did you shoot? Knowing that information will assist us commoners in evaluating your products as well as your intregrity.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 34 weeks ago

I love Zeiss optics. The quality of the glass and extremely tight quality control(you know those Germans) make them some of the finest optical instruments in the world.

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