Archive - October, 2010

Kimber Rifle Classics: 84M and 84L

8 October 2010 by , 4 Comments

The Kimber Model 84 line of deer hunting rifles are an excellent set of rifles to take with you on your hunt. Coming in at 5.5 pounds, the standard 84M Classic is lightweight mountain deer hunting rifle with a shorter length that makes it easier to handle on long trips into the woods. Its light weight is done without the use of aluminum or synthetics, it is built of walnut and steel giving it a great classic look.

The 84M or medium is chambered to shoot some of the shorter types of ammunition such as  .243 Winchester, .260 Remington, 7mm-08, .308 Winchester, and .338 Federal (the later is overkill for deer) and comes with a 22″ barrel. The 84L or long, is machined for slightly longer calibers including  .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield. This along with it’s longer 24″ barrel makes it slightly heaver at 6.2 poounds.

Both or these Kimber rifles have the mauser claw extractor which increases the reliability of the rifle ensuring that you get off that second shot. Additionally they are equipped with he 1″ Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad and detachable sling swivel bases standard. Additional features include:

  • 3 position safety
  • 5 round magazines
  • 2 front locking lugs with a rear lug for safety
  • Steel floor plate and trigger guard,
  • Open topped receiver for easy field loading,

If you need something for varmit hunting there are also flatter shooting, heavier calibers available.

The following videos give you some great looks at the 84L deer hunting rifle in action:

This deer hunting rifle will set you back almost $1000 but they are very accurate, dependable, and rugged and help you get into those deep woods to get that big buck.

Deer Hunting with the iPhone Part 2: Apps

6 October 2010 by , No Comments

Now that you’ve equipped your iPhone on the outside with the right equipment , you’re going to need some programs to run on it. The first thing you need to do is to make sure the day has started and you can take your deer hunting rifle out into the field. Shooting Hours can be set to vibrate when it is officially sunup or sundown so you don’t shoot something at the wrong time.

The iSolunar Hunting & Fishing app determines the best hunting times for any date or any location in the entire world.

It can increase your odds of finding that trophy deer by putting you in the field at the right time.

If you’ve forgotten that perfect place where you put your deer stand, Where’s My Tree Stand is the right app for you.

Hunting Life Weather brings you the latest, detailed weather information.

It uses your phone’s GPS to show your location on the map so you can see any incoming weather conditionas. You can also look up locations by name as well. It will overlay potentially hazardous conditions such as ice, fog, storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, wind, winter frost, and snow.

Now you need to attract the right game.

The Deer Tactics app provides deer hunters with 12 deer calls and sounds including:

  • Contact Call
  • Doe Grunt
  • Doe Bleat
  • Doe Estrus Bleat
  • Breeding Bellow
  • Buck Grunt
  • Buck Bawl
  • Tending Grunt
  • Tending Click-Grunt
  • Snort-Wheeze
  • Sparring
  • Rattling

It also comes with tips and tactics for each to make sure you’re using them correctly.

Next week even more iPhone apps to help you hunt better with your deer hunting rifle.

My Father’s Deer Hunting Rifle: The Remington 788

1 October 2010 by , 2 Comments

I visited my parents farm recently and was looking at my dad’s deer hunting rifles. The one both he and I have used the most for hunting is his old Remington 788 bolt action rifle. A less regarded rifle than its more famous brother the Remington 700, the Remington 788 is a great deer hunting rifle for the short ranges in the brush we have in north Arkansas.
It also is quite accurate at long ranges as this video attests to:

It was introduced as a budget rifle compared to the Remington 700 in 1967 and was discontinued in 1983.

There has been some controversy around this rifle. Some of the main problems cited was that the the bolt is not as rugged as the Remington 700. There were reports of handles breaking off after trying to free a stuck shell.

There was also a problem with the safely as this quote from the Remington site states:

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: If you have a Model 788 rifle with a bolt-lock mechanism, the manual safety must be placed in the “F” or “Off or Fire” position to lift the bolt and begin the process of unloading the rifle. Be sure the rifle is pointing in a safe direction anytime you move the manual safety to the “F” or “Off or Fire” position. After you have lifted the bolt, slide the bolt rearward and then immediately put the manual safety back in the “S” or “On safe” position and then continue the unloading process.

After all these problems, the rifle shoots well and its not hard to get 1″ groups at 100 yards, more than enough for short range deer hunting. Over it’s production lifetime, it has been chambered in .223 Rem.,
.22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 6mm. Rem.,
7mm-08 Rem., .30-30 Win., .44 Rem. Mag., almost all of which are good enough to take down most deer.
The one you see is quite accurate at short ranges as a large number of coyote who’ve wondered through the property can attest to. It’s also pretty light and compact and fits well in the back of the mule we drive around the farm in.

At the time it was very resonably priced usually $150 less than the Remington 700. Lately it has seen prices go up as it becomes more of a collectors item but in the right places they are still quite reasonable for a budget rifle.

It’s bolt action is still quite reliable and if you don’t need anything fancy and can find it at the right price its size makes it a great scout rifle.

The Remington 788 may be getting old in years, but there’s a still a soft spot in my heart for this one since it was my first deer hunting rifle. Thanks Dad for letting me take it out.