Archive - September, 2010

Deer Hunting With the iPhone Part 1: Accessories

28 September 2010 by , Comments Off on Deer Hunting With the iPhone Part 1: Accessories

An iPhone is a great piece of deer hunting gear to take with you into the woods. With its thousands of apps and accessories, it gives it gives you an incredible array of options when you are out in the field or on the deer hunting stand with your deer hunting rifle. You can use it navigate to your favorite hunting places, keep you entertained on the stand with music or hunting podcasts, allow you communicate with fellow hunters where legal , and serve as as emergency communication device to call for help in case something goes wrong. Perhaps the most important use of the iPhone is to keep some connectivity with the office. If the boss doesn’t know you’re on the deer hunting stand, you can still make it look like you’re working.

Today we’ll be looking at some of the accessories that you can add to your iPhone to make it more suitable for hunting. If you don’t have a case for your iPhone it’s probably one of the first things you should add. Add the minimum, you should at least put a Skinit backing to help break up the outline of your phone. Its available in both hunting and digital camo whatever your preference is.

If you’re a fumble fingers like me and want a little more protection, the OtterBox line of Defender cases is an excellent case for your phone. It offers three layers of bump, scratch and drop protection and is available for both the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4.

The standard OtterBox Defender is not waterproof, but there is version used by scuba divers that should protect your case in the harshest of weather conditions and still let you use it.

The Otter Boxes don’t come in camo, but if you put on a little camo tape on the back to make them blend in better.

Camo Tape

The Simplism Dock Strap for the iPod/iPhone is also a handy piece of deer hunting gear to have. It let’s you hang your iPhone around your neck and keeps both hands on your deer hunting rifle.

If you’re one of the unlucky people like me who’ve seen their battery life go down with the release of iOS 4, you know that you’re going to need an extra bit of power to make sure that you last the whole day. There are two solutions, the first is a specialized rechargeable battery by Duracell.

The second is a solar powered cell by Solio. I’ve got this one and it’s pretty nice. You probably won’t be able to charge as fast it in the fall, but when you’re outdoors in the summer it’s pretty handy when you can’t plug in.

Next week I’ll review some essential iPhone apps for deer hunting.

New Ultra Light Arms: A Revolutionary Rifle

24 September 2010 by , Comments Off on New Ultra Light Arms: A Revolutionary Rifle

A West Virginia high school shop teacher and part time gunsmith named Melvin Forbes is the unlikely creator of one of the lightest deer hunting rifles on the market. His New Ultra Light Arms deer hunting rifles are incredible pieces of engineering but they are very expensive. On first glance they resembles a Remington Model 700 but on a smaller scale. Starter guns cost $3000 and an additional $100 for left handed version and can take six months to deliver.

Forbes has created many versions of his custom made rifles to fit a wide variety of actions. The gun models are named based on the weight of their actions. The Model 20 Ultimate Mountain Rifle for example has a 20 oz action weight. It is sized for cartridges like the .308 Winchester, .243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, .257 Roberts, 7mm-08, and .284. Likewise the Model 24 Ultimate Plains Rifle has a 24 oz action weight and is chambered for the .30-06. There’s even a muzzleloading version as well.

The New Ultra Light Armscan handle these calibers in a lighter configuration because it has a stronger action. Since the wall thickness of the barrel is unchanged at a a reduced diameter, the overall strength is increased. Forbes reported that he knew one owner had the gun for 12 years and shot 4.5 million rounds through it before the action wore out.

Another feature that distinguishes the New Ultra Light Arms is its stock. Unlike other synthetic stocks which trace their origins back to the fiberglass boat industry, Forbes designed his from the ground up using Aerospace technology. As Forbes says, it’s high tech but “we do not use anti-gravity paint.” Even at 14 oz., the stocks are very tough and have been run over by trucks, had horses walk on them, and been dropped out of trees with little damage. However, they can melt so watch were you put them. The stock also helps improve its accuracy by stiffening the action and barrel.

Listen to Melvin Forbes talk about his rifles:

If you do a lot of walking in the woods, a New Ultra Light Arms deer hunting rifle is a great high end rifle to bring along with you and make that long hike a little easier.

A Public Service Announcement: The Rules of Firearm Safety

22 September 2010 by , Comments Off on A Public Service Announcement: The Rules of Firearm Safety

As hunting season starts back up again, it’s always good to have the basic rules of gun safety like the ones at this range in case you’re bringing along someone new and to make sure that everyone fun and safe hunt.

The legendary Colonel Jeff Cooper who pioneered the modern firearm safety, created these rules:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Whan you take your deer hunting rifle into the woods be sure of these things as well

  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
  • Don’t rely on your gun’s safety.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using and have it serviced regularly.
  • Alcohol and firearms do not mix. There’s always time for that kind of fun when you make it back ot camp

Remember we want more of this and less of this.

The United States has one of the lowest per capita firearm accident rates in the world. Let’s try to keep it that way this deer hunting season.

Get In Touch With Your Inner Cowboy: The Marlin 336

17 September 2010 by , Comments Off on Get In Touch With Your Inner Cowboy: The Marlin 336

On a budget, a teenager, or just don’t want to spend a lot of money trying out the sport of deer hunting, no problem! There are many perfectly fine deer hunting rifles that only cost a few hundred dollars that you can get and try out the sport. One of them is a the Marlin 336. Introduced in 1948, it still works perfectly well as a hunting rifle even though it may not have a lot of features compared to today’s guns. It is a lever action rifle with a 6 shot tubular magazine which can still give you a good rate of fire as the following video shows:

It is not the most accurate rifle at long ranges but for shooting at ranges under 150 yards it works well. This short range does restrict it to hunting in woods and scrub locations so if you’re hunting at long ranges, this one might not be for you.

It is commonly chambered in 30-30 Winchester, .35 Remington, .308 Marlin Express, and .338 Marlin Express. However, for deer hunting purposes, the .30-30 caliber is probably your best best bet. It it is a common type of deer hunting ammunition, is widely available, relatively inexpensive, and doesn’t excessively damage the deear when hit.

It’s also a good looking gun. It also has the classic old west features of wooden stock, checkered, deeply blued metal surfaces. It weighs only 7 lbs. making it easy to carry into remote or difficult locations.

You can find this deer hunting rifle at sporting goods stores new for between $250-300 but there’s plenty floating around in pawn shops many can be found in the $150-200 range which should also include a decent scope. Make sure that you get a reputable gunsmith to check out your rifle before using it.

Many hunters have brought home a deer with this little gem of a deer hunting rifle and so can you.

Want to get a few extra days of deer hunting? Try a Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Rifle

10 September 2010 by , Comments Off on Want to get a few extra days of deer hunting? Try a Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Rifle

A muzzleloading deer hunting rifle is a great option no matter if your an experienced or a new deer hunter. If you’re a new deer hunter, it is an opportunity to get in to the sport at a lower price point. Quality muzzleloading deer hunting rifles can be found for a couple hundred dollars, or about a third less than their equivalent modern deer hunting rifles. They are also quite effective in taking deer as the video below shows:

Deer hunting with a muzzleloader also give you the advantage of up to nine days of extra hunting depending on your state. Whether it falls at the end or beginning of your state’s deer hunting season, that means two extra weekends of hunting for us working stiffs.

If you’re an experienced hunter, muzzleloading can bring an extra challenge to the hunt. Unlike modern guns, you only get one shot and you’ve got to make it count. This helps build patience and timing. If your target is right in front you but your shot isn’t good, then you have to be exceptionally patient for the right shot (and maybe a little disappointed if the shot isn’t good).

Muzzleloaders are more inconvenient if you’re in the field. You have to carry around extra equipment such as balls, powder, a ramrod, patches, cleaning rags, patch lube, solvent, ?n? a ball pulling worm. If you’re walking to your deer hunting location, this can be factor in how much weight you’re carrying. Some of these pieces of equipment can can also carry a scent that can spook nervous deer.

There are a wide varity of powders (pyrodex, stick, black powerder) and bullet types (sabot, shot, etc.) to choose from. Additionally, the muzzleloading calibers are much larger than non-muzzleloaders so some experimenting with the various combinations of powder/bullet type/caliber is needed on this type of hunting.

Muzzle loading hunting is typically done a about 100 yards. Most modern muzzleloading deer hunting rifles are almost as accurate at this range as non-muzzleloaders. However, this shorter range limits the type of hunting you can do to shorter ranges in woody and swampy areas.

A muzzleloading deer hunting rifle is a great and inexpensive addition to your list of deer hunting tools. Although it’s a little more difficult to use, it gives you more opportunities to hunt and get that big buck.

If you had to buy one deer hunting rifle what would it be? Remington 700

3 September 2010 by , Comments Off on If you had to buy one deer hunting rifle what would it be? Remington 700

Remington 700 Deer Hunting Rifle

The Remington 700 is one of the most popular deer hunting rifles of all time. Introduced in 1962, it has a long and venerable, history with a great reputation for hunting deer. It is a bolt action, rotating bolt with 2 lugs rifle and has all the necessary features of a deer hunting rifle including, an adjustable trigger, detachable or non-detachable box magazine with or without hinged floorplate (depending on the model), and a side-mounted thumb safety. There are also left handed versions available. The stock also had a great design and handles recoil well.

But why is it so popular as a deer hunting rifle? The Remington is reliable and extremely acurrate right out of the box. Its performance has been so amazing that the military and police have adatpted it for there high performance, high stress purposes.

It comes in multiple barrel lengths, 22″ to 26″, and has been available in a wide variety of calibers, including 243 Win, 25-06 Remington, 270 Win, 7mm-08 Remington, 7mm Remington Mag, 7mm Remington Ultra Mag, 30-06 Springfield, 300 Win Mag, 300 Remington Ultra Mag, and 35 Whelen. These options give it a good balance between short range hunting in brush and swamps and long range hunting in open areas. The 7MM, .308, or .30-06 caliber rounds are some of the most common chamberings and are ideal for deer hunting.

There are two models that would be an excellent first deer hunting rifle the: CDL, BDL. Both have the classic styling of the original model. They are also lighter than some of the heaver rifles are are much easier to carry around. The LSS is an even lighter version of the CDL and BDL. Its wood stocks and steel parts have been replaced with synthetic and stainless steel.

They typically run between $600-$700 new but since so many have been maufactured, you’ll probably find a good condition rifle for sale for even less in the classifieds or at a pawn shop.

Check out the Remington in action in this video