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Owned a couple New England short barrel blk/blk 45/70s. The Remington rounds shot great out of them. Very accurate and smooth. I used a Bushnell banner turkey fixed 4 power scope on them with the turkey plex reticle. I killed several hogs with them too. I like how much quieter the gun was compared to higher velocity guns are. At 1300 ft per second out of the barrel it was definitely more like the sound of a 410 slug. I shot one buck through the top of the back into the dorsal aorta. Only shot that I had when I stopped him verbally. He was following a doe and I was in a tree. He stopped right underneath me and behind a triple growth tree like triplets. He was down wind and I took my shot. He hobbled down the edge of the Ozark mountain and went just out of my view and was done. It was a well placed shot with a bone crushing round.
 

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Sounds like a great shot! I put my last two bucks down with the 350 legend ar one shot each. They weren’t particularly far, but a pass through the lungs and nicked the heart both times. Ran 20 yards and pulled up. Entrance and exit wounds both the size of a dime. For indiana, I can’t ask for more. Where I hunt, I can’t actually see far enough to use a bigger rifle caliber. Just no need. I’ll take it! Lol
 

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Good season for meat (2 in the wild, 2 in a state park hunt), not a great season for a buck. My buck tag went to a spike that I mistook for a doe. Antlers right in line with the ears. But hey, I have my venison for this next year.
Kentucky next weekend and hope to see a buck there.
 

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I have always used casings. But yours look like they came out fine without them. Well done.
they arent as strong as casings by any means but they hold pretty well. as i stated i use some liquid binder. i dont use pork usually so i have to grind the deer meat at least 3 times to get it to hold together well enough to slice. grind up enough to try a log and see if you like the results.

i did some the size of hot dogs this last time. now those are great for snacking. ill be making a pile of those instead next time. they didnt last 3 days around here. lol

GL in KY
 

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Was finally able to put one in the freezer the last weekend of firearm season. I still have an antlerless tag and an archery tag, but plan on getting the dogs out more now. Until I get a deer, I will spend the time in the stand, and the pups sit at home.

We did some rabbit hunting saturday, Deer Creek FWA and private land near Bainbridge. Not one rabbit, the young dog opened a couple of times, but nothing ran. Still a good day out.
 

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Running dogs is always a good day! I’m switching over to birds. Mostly pheasant farms due to our lack of wild stock. And trapping, got a few sets out last Sunday. I’ll spend this weekend finishing putting in the line. That’ll keep me plenty busy until end of January!
 

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Yea, a couple of the kids, I say kids they're 27 or so, are buying quail and putting them out on private land. Have seen/heard a few, but haven't started hunting them.
Funny you mentioned the trapping, i just ordered tanning solution 15 minutes ago, to work on muskrat I have.
People complain about winter and the cold, but I think it goes by extremely quick. When you're worried about running out of time to deer hunt, then rabbits, and hoping all the time for some serious cold and hard water for some ice fishing. Next thing you know, bang it's mushroom/turkey season.
 

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only thing i have against winter now days is snow. kills my back to shovel that stuff anymore. i love to ice fish so cold is my friend. lol i sure harvested a bunch of rabbits when it was 10* or less as a kid too! you could see them setting under the brush in the snow. they wont run when its that cold, so i used a 22 and head shot all them at like 6ft or less. wouldnt take long to get a limit.

i guess my deer season is over but you never know. the option still open this month yet. im thinking about poking a turkey but work has me strapped. id rather hunt spring when they talk to ya more.

the boy put out the decoy in gun season for 2 days. he lost confidence in it and didnt use it anymore. next year ill get him bow hunting and then he will see what it can do. lol he probably screwed up the first day when he just left it out mid day. he went back in afternoon and it was layin on its side! lol no telling what happened to it, though it was staked down. my guess is he educated a buck on its mid day run.
 
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