South Texas Deer vs. 30-06

I had the unfortunate experience, lately, of seeing what a friends 30-06 did to the small South Texas Whitetail. It’s not a pretty picture. In fact I’m choosing not to post pictures because of the mess it made. If we were talking about a horror movie…sure. But not hunting. I’m just going to put this out there and leave it alone. The 30-06 is over powered for Texas deer unless we’re talking about a long distance shot…not that such a shot is readily available in South Texas.

New Hunters

It’s no surprise that hunting is on the rise. Reasons ranging from prepers to dads continuing a tradition share in the credit for it. We’re seeing a new source though. A friend tagged me in a post containing THIS article.

I find the article fascinating for several reasons. The fact that women are finally getting interested in the game in numbers that count is an amazing trend. The one that I really enjoy is that vegans are getting on board. This makes me smile in ways that it just shouldn’t…but I’m still grinning. One that almost bothers me is that the new hunters are being viewed as “athletes”. Someone in good physical condition able to go up mountains and bring meat for the freezer back down said mountain. When I grew up we called such individuals “men”. NFL players…those were athletes. NBA…athletes. Hunters were never seen as those capable of great feets…meerly normal human male activities. I think that trend comes from an increasing level of leisure in today’s world. productImage5415w592MAR

Anyway the world of hunting has changed and there’s actually some cool things happening with it. No longer do we see the best fabrics for hunters containing the words wool and plaid. Adaptations like this has taken us out of the “redneck” category and allowing the “modern man” to join the hunting camp. Sure they are there for slightly different reasons. They are excited for the adventure and filling the freezer is a secondary thought. For many of the older generation those reasons are reversed. I really don’t care if we are seeing a shift. I’m just glad to see a new generation of hunters.

 

The 6.8SPC Hunter

It’s 0500hrs on the last weekend of deer season in South Texas. The December air is chilled just enough for us to see our breath. I’m sitting in the blind thinking about what needs to happen. The feeder was set to go off in about an hour so settle in for some silentimage watching to take my mind off of the cold. Now, this friend owns a 308 Broadsword rifle but I brought along a 6.8 SPC II that I’d been working on. This was to be the first time he had hunted with the caliber.

Long before the feeder went off we had a couple of does come in looking for breakfast. The first, a yearling, was too small and another bigger doe. If you haven’t seen the south Texas deer they are about the size of a fat greyhound dog. So the bigger the better.

We still had some time to wait before we could legally shoot but really didn’t need the law to tell us that. There just wasn’t enough light for the scope yet so we just watched them. They milled around under the feeder, obviously waiting for breakfast to be served, and drifted away as a buck came in from the opposite direction. A nice buck but he already filled his buck tags so we were here for the doe that just left our sight.

About 0630 the does cautiously make their way back to the feeder, a mere 60yds away. My friend raises the rifle to prepare for his work to come. His breathing became long and slow, there’s always adrenaline to battle with in these moments. The doe lines up, broadside, under the feeder and dips her head toward the corn.

The pressure increased on the trigger until it let the hammer fly. She ran about 35 yards and collapsed.

Ballistics on this doe were amazing. The Silver State Armory 115 grain open tip match (or OTM) round we used wouldn’t have been my first choice but it did extremely well. The entry wound looked more like an exit wound but we weren’t using the best hunting round. Even more interesting was the lack of an exit wound. That tells me that all of the 1396 ft lbs of energy it had at impact was transferred to the target. That, to me is ideal. The shot was perfectly placed and harvested the deer with little suffering. When gutting the deer the heart was nowhere to be found. It just became part of the “jello” in the chest cavity.

When asked about the experience my friend was very pleased. The 6.8 kicks like a 5.56 but was an efficient hunting round. The bullet was accurate and was something even his daughters could comfortably shoot.

All in all, the 6.8 SPC is an underestimated round.

Sporting Purpose???

Okay, there’s a lot that needs to be said here. We have heard, and will hear more, from the gun grabbers spouting the term “sporting purpose”. This term is something the left has cooked up over the last decade, or so, to tear down the second amendment. That’s it. It has no other reason for existing and I’ll hear no argument on that. This is one of those “because Gundoc says so” things.

The left is trying to take the second amendment which states that our right to own firearms, “…shall not be infringed”. Never does it say anywhere in our founding documents that we should have to prove a “sporting purpose” for owning any type of firearm. If you believe otherwise then you’re an idiot and need to go back and read the document. Oh, sure they will try to say that they have the right to amend where it is needed and for the most part they are right. They can amend what is already there where it is lawful under the original document. That doesn’t give them the right to re-write our founding documents. Again, don’t even try to argue with me on this. I’m right. If you don’t like it you’re obviously wrong.

Okay, hippie whiners like Feinstein are trying to say that rifles like AR’s, AK’s, AUG’s, and FAL’s have no sporting purpose. They even add in semi auto pistols into that mix. Let’s take a close look at this. If you’re looking only at rifles with higher magazine capacity and a sporting purpose for them….

  1. 3 gun competition
  2. long range competition
  3. service rifle competition
  4. target shooting
  5. predator hunting
  6. varmint hunting
  7. big game hunting
  8. plinking

Is that a long enough list of  “sporting” purposes? Today AR15’s are being used for every one of those purposes. They are the number one “sporting rifle” in the US today. THE NUMBER ONE SPORTING RIFLE. Is that freaking clear? Was I descriptive enough for you leftist? I know you have a hard time accepting logic, other than your own misguided logic, so I just want to be sure that you understand what I’m trying to get through your head without drawing you a picture. If I have to draw you a picture you are too stupid to carry on a conversation and we’re done here.

If that wasn’t enough here is a few videos. In these video you will see, via the rounds expended, why it is really handy to have more rounds in the magazine as well as some of the other competitions and hunting purposes of these rifles.

Okay, did that make sense to you? Do you understand the “sporting purpose” behind high capacity magazines and the rifles that go with them?

What we need to look out for is banning something that simply isn’t understood. Do we need to do something to protect ourselves from mass shootings? Of course we do. Instead of blaming the tool of the mass shooter let’s start taking a look at where the downfall is in our society that produces a person that wants to hurt and kill mass amounts of people. Let’s take a look at how we combat evil because it actually exists. Don’t blame the tool. Work on healing what causes a person to want to kill others in large amounts. Maybe that just has too much common sense in it though. Liberals and common sense usually don’t mix.

 

Safari Club International

Recently Crusader Weaponry donated a couple Training Courses to SCI to help raise some money for them. It raised about a thousand dollars. Yes, I that was approximately $1000.00.  It may not be a whole lot of money compared to some of the other things that were auctioned there… but every bit helps and Crusader Weaponry was happy to do it’s part.  A week long hunt in South Africa only raised $750.00, so I think Crusader did quite well. SCI is a good organization.

The Safari Club International is the NRA equivalent for Hunters. And SCI is a global organization. Most of the money raised will actually be staying in this area to support local hunting rights. All of us at Crusader supports our Hunting Tradition, as well as Crusader as a company and we are proud to help out the cause. Next year’s SCI banquet will be just as great, where we will again make a donation.