Woke up in pain this morning. Not complaining, It was just a bit more than usual. Signs of getting old I guess. Well, the flooding last weekend put the stop to getting out on the water. I was bummed, but when they close the boat ramps on three of the places I would go, I don’t chance the high water levels. I think the Yough crested at 11.5 feet or there abouts. The white water there gets plenty hairy at around 5 feet. So better safe than sorry.
On the shooting side of things, Dead Eyes .410 Rossi didn’t like the federal reloads. Wouldn’t eject em. Resizing the cases might cure that. The camera wasn’t co-operating or I would have some video. We did a recon of the area for possible deer stand spots and found a defunct moonshine camp, Bear sign, and coyote tracks. While the latter two are not unheard of around these parts, I felt good with a dozen 12 gauge shells in my pocket and the 12 on my shoulder. Normally bears don’t get down this far and any coyotes, can be rabid. Another thing we found was a deer carcass with no head, pretty far gone, mostly bone, with no sign of being shot with either arrow or gun. Another thing we found was widow makers left by wood poachers. I know things are tough and folks are getting a tree or two for fire wood, but that doesn’t excuse leaving huge logs tangle in the forest canopy. Sooner than later will result in an injury or death.
Reloading for the Rossi 12 is a learning curve in itself. As any wax load shells have to be re-sized immediately for reloading or ejection issues result. The rest of the target loads do not. I use some pop can metal shims inside an EMT tube that the shells fit in snugly and am happy with the result. The shim is wrapped around the shell, inserted into the EMT, and pushed out with a suitable dowel pin. The rest of reloading is accomplished with the stick and nail method. Definitely not fast by any means but suits my budget. 2 dozen shot shells take about 30 minutes or so. Soon as I got some bought BP, I’ll make up some 100 grain BP- 100 grain shot loads. Thinking about loading some 50-50 shells too. That will be some easier on the shoulder and a game taker if it patterns well. We will see sooner than later is my guess. It’s after 1 in the afternoon and I still feel achy. So later. Dragon out.
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