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Stan Putz

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About Stan Putz

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  1. Guys think nothing of spending $25 for an arrow/broadhead setup. $60 for a box sounds steep, Cabelas has them for $30-$48 plus shipping. https://www.cabelas.com/product/FEDERAL-PREMIUM-TSS-TURKEY-PER-RD/2685621.uts?slotId=0 These shells are for guys who want to up their game, and take 50 yard shots. Not everyone's cup of tea, but if you have the right gear, why not? HeviShot isn't offering their rebate anymore, so in all likelihood, I'll switch over to TSS next year. You don't use these shells for patterning, they're for hunting and most times you'll only need one.
  2. I also respect your opinion. But I wish someone had told me the cons as well as the pros to owning hunting land from a distance; maybe they did, but I didn't listen. Like I said, it wasn't all sour grapes, but I'm planning to relocate hundreds of miles in the OTHER direction soon, I know selling now was the right move for me.
  3. You can find land in upstate NY fairly cheap (under $1,500/acre). Fracking is off the table for a while, so you can also get the gas, mineral, & timber rights if you shop around. I owned my own camp in upstate NY for 15 years, I just sold it this year. Land was cheap, but what I didn't see coming was the property taxes...ouch! I was paying on average $3,000 per year for 60 acres. Cheap by NJ standards I suppose, but still painful writing those checks twice a year. The pros- I had my own land to hunt, and killed a bunch of respectable deer. I had a place to take friends to hunt, which opened some doors for me closer to home. The cons-Property taxes. A long drive not only to hunt but to do maintenance. Money spent on food plots (some failed), gas back & forth, building a shack, and maintenance. Trespassing when I wasn't there (not a huge issue for me, but I know it bothers others a lot). I sold the place for a profit, but if I add all the expenses up over the years, I lost money. For $3,000+ a year I could have gone on a lot of guided hunts without the pressure of all the work involved. I was smelling a home-run when they were voting on fracking a few years ago, but it got shot down. IMHO, owning land isn't a win-win, more of an experience with some hidden expenses. I won't say I have any regrets because I don't, but I don't think of it as this hugely rewarding experience either.
  4. All good but affordable guns. I like my 870 because it is slim, and points easily. I like the 535 because it is light and easy to carry all day. But my vote goes for an 835, MOST will pattern great if you put the time into them at the range.
  5. Well done! I'm heading to Georgia in 3 weeks for a hog-dog hunt. The meat is fantatic.
  6. LOL...tough hunters & fishermen here. Just cut the worms out or cook them, you'll be fine. PM SENT.
  7. Did I stumble into a bad Abbott & Costello routine? The cop that jumped the fence was fortunate to have been wearing his bulletproof vest. The gunsmith was fine, I brought the gun to him after I realized there was a problem with it, I took all the shells out. Anyone who owns a Model 99 knows you have to load & unload the rifle with the safety in the fire position, the lever that works the rotary magazine won't open to load or unload it any other way.
  8. Thanks. The only reason I brought it up was because MAYBE someone who owns a Model 99 will read this and NOT make an adjustment like that themselves.
  9. I actually had a rifle that WOULD go off occasionally (Savage Model 99), it took me a while to figure out, but it turns out I had tightened the stock too tightly to the receiver, putting pressure on a spring that operates the safety mechanism. Every so often (not every time) when I switched the thumb-tab safety to fire, the rifle would let one fly. Scared the hell out of me the first couple times, I thought it was me being careless but a gunsmith confirmed the problem. VERY fortunate that he was wearing his bulletproof vest.
  10. No two shotguns are going to shoot the same, regardless of what make. And to confuse matters more, every gun shoots a choke and turkey load differently. If you plan to keep your shots within 30 yards, any full choke and a high-brass #6 will kill a turkey. But if you are pushing your shots further, then it gets difficult. If you are aiming for a good pattern at 40+ yards, the only way to find the best pattern is to get your hands on every choke and shell possible, and get ready to spend a lot of time at the range & patterning board. As a rule of thumb, Winchester Longbeards are probably the tightest shooting lead shells out of MOST guns & chokes. Personally, I'm not a fan of lead turkey loads, especially if you plan to push your shots out to 40+yards. In my 835 & 535, I've been using HeviShot 3.5 5-6-7 loads, and I'm confident in a 50+ shot with the 835; the 535 has only been able to give me stellar patterns out to 40 yards, and that's OK, it's my fall turkey gun and shots are usually close. Your results can and will vary. I will probably start looking into TSS next year, Hevi Shot isn't offering the rebate that they used to. If you want to simplify things and still have a good turkey gun that will give you 40+ yard patterns, get in touch with Rob Roberts. He'll try every choke you send him plus every one he has, to get you the best pattern possible, as well as polish the forcing cone and whatever else it takes. In the long run, it's cheaper than buying a bunch of chokes and shells. http://www.robrobertsgunworks.com/computerized-pattern-analysis
  11. Yep, Sla-Tek sounds great. But truly, almost any call will work if you know how to make them sound good.
  12. Not on your wish list, but I'd go to Texas and shoot a whitetail, mulie, aoudad, axis deer, or whatever shows up. Plenty of low fence ranches, and no draw, tags are all over-the counter and guaranteed.
  13. Been there twice, I won't lie, the ride, ferry trip, and then more driving once you hit the island sucks. But it is a scenic ride, if you can stay awake, LOL. But I couldn't even consider the cost of flying all your gear, meat, and antlers home if you get lucky. I just packed my coolers with ice & dry ice when I could find some, it survived the 3 day drive back fine.
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