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January 20, 2013
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Well, another hunting season has come and gone here in south Texas. We put our Winchesters to the test and had a good time hunting doves, ducks, turkey, hogs, and deer.

My father-in-law Joe, my son, and I took a turn at duck hunting on his rice farm in Nome, Texas. The ducks were flying fair and we managed to get a couple with the old Model 12 and the Browning A-5. We ended up trading the ducks to one of the farm hands wife for some grapefruits from a tree in her front yard. Duck has never really appealed to me--the grapefruits were good.

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Back in south Texas, Im fortunate to be able to hunt on my parents cattle ranch and another ranch a few miles down the road. We call it the log cabin ranch after the log cabin that was built on the place around the turn of the last century and believe it or not, it was occupied up until the late 1960's. Here is a photo of the front of the building--We're about to head out for the afternoon hunt, 1894's at the ready (carbine in 38-55 and a 20" short rifle in 30WCF).

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The log cabin ranch is abundant with game because it has a dry creek that runs through the middle of it that acts as a corridor for game to travel, provides lots of brushy cover and it adjoins several big ranches tha have minimal hunting pressure. Unfortunately our part of the country is overrun by hogs making it difficult at times to hunt deer. The 38-55 has been busy and has taken at least 17 out of the current population in the last month, put some meat in the freezer, and has kept the coyotes fed. I also managed to take two turkeys with it--neck shots at 40-45 yards each.

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The highlight of the fall hunting season for me has always been whitetail deer. I had plenty of opportunities to take younger deer this year but since we are a 1 buck county I held out for an older mature buck. I saw plenty of rubs, scrapes, and maybe even caught a glympse at "the big one" but in the end, the old buck won his chance to make it through one more season by being a little smarter and a little faster in seeing me before I saw him. Hunting with these old rifles is challenging when it comes to shooting distances and lighting conditions at dusk and dawn, somewhat leveling the playing field a bit. But even with those limitations its well worth the effort, its the pursuit, getting into the woods and having fun. As long as the eyes hold up, I wouldnt have it any other way. We will see what 2013 brings.

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January 20, 2013
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Chris,

Awesome pictures! 8)

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January 21, 2013
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Chris

Those are really good pictures. I think we think alike; ducks are fun to shoot at, and that's about where the fun stops.

I really noticed the same thing you're saying about the low light this year. Bead front and tang rear were OK after I slid the barrel sight off. Guess that's why a lot of the old timers went that route. Open sights really make me respect the guys that can shoot good with them. A fun challenge for sure.

Again, great pictures. Looks like a lot of fun.

Brad

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January 21, 2013
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Nice Chris,

Those memories and photo's will be cherished for life.

What bullet and powder are you using in the .38-55?

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Rapid taper, standard taper, extra heavy. All 45 caliber.

January 21, 2013
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I enjoyed the post and the photos.

January 21, 2013
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Hello,

I used to hunt ducks quite a bit around Houston. I would make pate` with the breast meat and also use them in cajun gumbo with chicken, sausage, and ducks. Either of those and a hearty red wine and good bread. Very good. If you take the breasts and saute them in butter with a bit of onion and salt and pepper so that the meat is still quite pink and then slice very thin it is fabulous! I will be the first to agree that over done duck is terrible. But I have had lots of wonderful duck dinners.

Chris, we should get together and hunt some hogs. I can introduce you to the night time approach. I have a feeder about 70 to the left of the front porch of my ranch house. If you sneak out after dark, or sit with a glass of wine and not talk much, you can catch a hog or two sometimes. Then it is time for either the thermal or nightvision equipped rifles to come out. Definitely not winchesters but oh so effective. The time stamp is 9:14 on the game camera. At 9:20 he was sleeping soundly.

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Great post.
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January 22, 2013
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I used to hunt ducks quite a bit around Houston. I would make pate` with the breast meat and also use them in cajun gumbo with chicken, sausage, and ducks. Either of those and a hearty red wine and good bread. Very good. If you take the breasts and saute them in butter with a bit of onion and salt and pepper so that the meat is still quite pink and then slice very thin it is fabulous! I will be the first to agree that over done duck is terrible. But I have had lots of wonderful duck dinners.

A lot of the best food I've ever had has been around the Gulf (sorry Mom). Cajun boiled dinner, various types of gumbo etc. Had some alligator I think once in a gumbo. Friends asked me what it tasted like, I said I didn't know since the sauce was so hot I couldn't taste the meat. Maybe that's a good way to have duck Laugh

I'm sure what you described there is good stuff Michael.

Brad

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January 22, 2013
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Thanks guys for the comments. I'm still without Internet and the phone isn't the easiest to post with.
Brad, the top and bottom photos were taken with my phone, the middle one with my beater Sony camera.
Mark, I have been using modern Winchester factory ammo.
Michael, we do need to get together some time. One of my best friends has the thermal scope and the night vision. We may be using it in the next few weeks for the Cuero hog hunting contest.
Chris

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January 25, 2013
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Chris,

I got one coyote last night with the thermal rifle nad one tonight with the night vision rig. The hogs seem to have moved on down the road for a while.

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January 25, 2013
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Good shooting. We dont have a coyote problem around here but the hogs that left your territory must have moved to mine. I went out to check the cattle today and found about 2 acres rooted up from last night. Those hogs are a menace. I can never catch them. They move in for a few days and then I wont see them for weeks or months. They can sure do some damage on improved coastal fields.

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January 25, 2013
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Brad,
You were talking about sights above. On my guns I take to the field, and for general shooting I prefer to use the Marble #3 front sight with Winchester 22H style rear sight on my 1892 rifle (38-40). On my 1894 rifle (38-55) I use a Lyman #4 front sight and a 24G style rear sight. From time to time I may change out the Lyman #4 and use a Lyman #5 combination front sight. My carbine (38-55) has the standard carbine leaf sight with a Lyman #26 carbine front sight. I also like using the Sheard #6 gold bead or the Lyman #894. I think my favorite site arrangement is that for my 1892 rifle.
My father-in-law prefers a lyman tang sight with a Marbles Vickers Maxim style front sight on his carbine and a lyman combination front sight on his rifle.

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January 26, 2013
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Chris

That's neat that you are interested in the sights that much and are shooting your guns. I'd like to get something with a Lyman No.4 on it someday. I've never tried a Vickers Maxim front, kind of an interesting sight.

I'm fascinated with rifle sights. The customization by the different owners is one part of it that's interesting to me.

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January 26, 2013
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Brad,
There is also a Lyman carbine front sight similar to the Vickers Maxim that has a circular globe and I think it has a post inside the globe. I have only seen one--on my father-in-laws 32-40 carbine. I would like to find him another one if I knew what model/code it was.

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Chris

That's a new one to me. I'll ask around some... now I'm curious to see what that looks like.

Brad

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January 27, 2013
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How are they mounting these Marbles Vickers Maxim front sights on older carbines or are we taking later 94 carbines with the ramp ❓

January 27, 2013
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It mounts with a pin like other early carbine front sights. I tried to find it in the Stroebel book but it only mentions the rifle sights. If I get the opportunity soon I will take a photo and post.
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January 28, 2013
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I guess the only ones that I have seen have the dovetail mount.

January 28, 2013
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Road King,
I spoke with my father-in-law earlier and it is a carbine sight, uses the little pin to hold it between the two front sight posts. He said it was coded 46C. I found it at the Tulsa show for him last November.

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Road King,

I finally got the opportunity to take a photo of the Marbles Vickers Maxim 46C carbine sight. I was wrong, it doesn't have a post inside the aperture.

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