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Old May 11, 2013, 09:49 AM   #1
Jack O'Conner
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Savage rifle vs muley

I'm certain that some hunters have the assumption that a takes a big scope and magnum rifle to be successful on a mule deer hunt. But many hunters do just fine with their hard hitting Savage rifles combined with genuine hunting and stalking skills.

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Old May 11, 2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Nice buck! I killed 2 cow elk with a Savage 99 in 300 Sav. as a kid. Does the job. My dad sold that rifle years ago, I wish he hadn't.
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Old May 11, 2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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Cool pic Jack! I would like the 99 even if it were scoped....
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Old May 11, 2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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Now that's the way to do it. Nice size buck. Good look'in 300 E model too. Don't know how you handled those hills there. But that's were their undoubtedly at. A guy on the ground has to do what it takes (hills & swamps) Old School stuff as I call it. Congras are owed no doubt.

Now a days I like so many others jump on my 4 wheeler before the break of dawn. I ride mine up to within an arms length of my enclosed stand which over looks a food plot. Climb up sit in a nice soft office desk recliner. Look out thru that panoramic view from up high into darkness. I don't find it necessary to carry a rifle anymore. I leave it up there in the stand as I find it inconvenient for me to drag it back and forth everyday from the cabin to the stand. (it's such a strain having too do) I then see that a shell is chambered set it back in its right-full place (the corner) turn a put on my headphones on and dial in some nice music from my generation. (real rock and roll >50-60s) then pour me a cup of coffee. Then I'm pumped and I'm ready. After a minuet or so. I figure I had better settle back for a long exhausting hour and a half (1-1/2 hr.) hunt. Morning and evening that same routine is in play for me till I get my quarry. I wonder if am I a Hunter or just a Shooter? The State sells me a license and refers to me as being a hunter. But I know from years past what my father would say. "No hunting skill seen there son: Behavior like a _"Turkey roosting up in a tree is more like it."_ I wonder?

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Old May 11, 2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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I have no quarrels with scopes, 4 wheelers, blinds, or treestand hunting. Some states even allow baiting and I have no quarrel with legal baiting either.

Sometimes the challenge of hunting with open sights is rewarding in itself.

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Old May 11, 2013, 12:29 PM   #6
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Gun and prey. Nice pair.
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Old May 11, 2013, 03:11 PM   #7
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Sometimes the challenge of hunting with open sights is rewarding in itself.
I agree!
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Old May 11, 2013, 03:34 PM   #8
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hey, if i can spot and stalk with a bow, any shootin iron will do just as well. its all about how much ninja smoke you have
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Old May 12, 2013, 07:30 AM   #9
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Nice rifle, nice buck. If that were Arkansas, the road would be about three miles up that hill.
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Old May 12, 2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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Nice buck and congrats. I shot my first deer with a 300 Savage in a model 99 and have no problems using it now. I do however like a scope, mostly due to my eyesight though. Not bad enough for glasses but no where near as good as it was 37 years ago when I shot that buck
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Old May 13, 2013, 08:00 AM   #11
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Great rifle and a nice buck.
As a young man I killed a lot of Missouri deer with a 99, as of last year that's what I started hunting with again.
Both my 99's have iron sights only, even with my old eyes I'm shooting them pretty good.
Thanks for the picture.

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Old May 21, 2013, 03:05 AM   #12
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Since when was a 300 savage a minimal cartridge? Its right there with the 308 and 06. Maybe a tad less, but not by much, and a lot more than a 243. Magnums are great for the long shots, they have more energy down range. They also work well for the close ones. You don't have to have a magnum to hunt deer but if you like them, why not.
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Old May 22, 2013, 08:19 PM   #13
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Jack, you mush have photo shopped that picture. It is well known fact that only .338 Lapua and larger can kill mule deer.
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Old May 23, 2013, 04:04 AM   #14
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Nice picture. I would love to have a model 99 in my collection. It's on my "to acquire' list.
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Old May 24, 2013, 02:37 AM   #15
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I would love to find a 99 in .308win. Nice kill.
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Old May 31, 2013, 02:39 PM   #16
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Congrats, that is a beautiful deer.
I'll never forget a guy I met while hunting mule deer in Colorado. He was also from a southern state and assured me that mule deer required a magnum caliber to get the job done. He told me some sad stories while eyeing my underpowered 270 Win. It was difficult to keep a straight face but I was enjoying the mountain too much to start an argument.
You can certainly meet some interesting people in such places.
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Old June 1, 2013, 09:33 AM   #17
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Jack, were did you shoot that Muley? Colorado? I know it wasn't in Lancaster.
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