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This is a discussion on Early Deer Season Prep within the Hunting forums, part of the Gunner Forum category; Three years ago I quit hunting the deep woods in favor of open fields and longer shots. Using my beloved Rem. 700 XCR Compact .308 ...


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Old 03-07-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Early Deer Season Prep

Three years ago I quit hunting the deep woods in favor of open fields and longer shots. Using my beloved Rem. 700 XCR Compact .308 I made several successful shots from 165 to 250 yards. I totally enjoy hunting the fields, but lately realized I missed being in a deer stand in thicker woods. So, I have put up a new stand near a swampy area, put out a feeder, cleared some shooting lanes, and think my scouting will pay off later in the year. It dawned on me that I should not try my XCR in such close quarters, and spent the last two days toying with my 30 year old Marlin 336cs in .35 Rem. I have killed many deer with this rifle. I had a Swift Reliant 4X40 Wide Angle mounted on it. The scope and rail looked dated, (glossy and scratched) so I removed them and ordered a new EGW picatinny rail, Leupold Weaver style rings, and a new Swift scope in Matte Black. I cleaned my 30 year old leather sling, and replaced one sling swivel. Iron sights would be sufficient for where my stand is located, but as I slip through the woods I am sure the scope with be an asset. My 69 year old eyes will enjoy this scope. I have bought several over the years for other guns, and for gifts. Here is a picture of my XCR. The ammo sleeve and military sling are un-necessary, but I like the look. I will post one of the .35 Rem when finished. For now I am waiting on the parts. Retirement is a wonderful thing.
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:20 PM   #2
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Looks good, hope you get your deer.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
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Enjoyed bein in the woods this time a year back in Minnesota, preppin stands, findin sheds. Sure beat doin it in august!
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Sounds like you have a good plan there and that is a good old Marlin that you have there in a great caliber! Back in 1971 I bought a Remington 760 Gamemaster .30-06 and shot quite a few deer in the pines, hardwoods, swamp and laurels, but then I got the idea that I needed a scope, and I hunted the field from a tree line for a few years, but with little success. So, I went back to my old stand off of an old abandonded power line right-of-way, and in the woods, with that scope, and with a moving deer, I actually missed some nice bucks by not being able to pick them up on the move with the scope. Since then I bought two Marlin Model 1894's, .44 magnums and put a scope on one and left the other with iron sights for the thicker woods and scrub oaks. Like you say, I too missed being in the woods as compared to watching the field, and recently I have been toying with the idea of taking the scope off the 760 Gamemaster and going back to the iron sights. It is one super accurate rifle with those iron sights. I have hunted that same corner of the woods since 1969 and there is something so special about returning to it each season. Many good memories there. I hope you have success this season, in your neck of the woods.

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The last time I deer hunted was in about 2003 and I use this gun to harvest my deer at 75 yds with a patched round ball .

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I wish my eyes were good enough for iron sights, but they're aren't. You are right Hopalong, it is easier and faster to aquire the target with open sights, especially when on the run.
I think the older Marlin's were much better than the new ones.

tx you have alot of talent and that is lovely wood, and dang accurate......but where is the scope????

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Tx, that is a beautiful rifle that you built, you are quite the craftsman! Yeah, I really can't say that my eyes are that great at 70, but I do like my rifles that have the open sights for thick brush, but occasionally I still sit at the edge of the field, especially around dusk with a scoped rifle. In the woods, if I do use a scoped rifle, I keep them at four power and I have been able to down a couple of whitetails sneaking up through the trees with the Gamemaster with the scope. On this mountain and fields where I hunt in Pa., you see a lot of Remington model 760's and 7600's along with the Marlin in .30-30 and .35 Remington. Other than the fact that some of the old Marlins that were made in North Haven, Conn. had that famous "Marlin jam", I believe that if you can find a good used Marlin with the JM stamp, that you have a great rifle in your hands. However, I have read that Remington has improved the quality of some of the Marlins being produced today, in fit and finish and in cycling. But personally, I have had no first hand experience with a newer one.

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This was my Cowboy Action gun for 16 yrs and when I moved to Tn I got my 1st 3 deer in that state with this gun and I put 3 shots out of 3 shots in a running deer with this gun . That is hard to do with a scoped rifle under 100 yds .


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Lovely rifle.
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Another beauty. I like the leather wrap on the lever.
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I used to have a nice collection of old Marlins and still love those old guns, but since we no longer hunt, we've traded them off. Please do post a pic of your 35 when you get a chance.
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Let me know when the steaks are done.
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The cost of beef has gone up very much. A farmer friend leased some land to some deer hunters.
But...farmer friend raises cattle on the land. He made it clear to the hunters, if they shoot one of his cows it will cost them $2000 no matter how small it may be.
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The cost of beef has gone up very much. A farmer friend leased some land to some deer hunters.
But...farmer friend raises cattle on the land. He made it clear to the hunters, if they shoot one of his cows it will cost them $ 2000 no matter how small it may be.
I had a buddy that went to Texas to hunt hogs on his friends ranch a few years back. The hogs were wary from pressure and they didn't come out till after dark so they brought their night vision scopes. Before they arrived they were told of this giant hog that had been given everybody the slip and they really wanted him outta there. We'll you guessed it, perfect storm. Visions of giant hogs in their heads while they hunted in the dark of night, cow comes in at 250yds behind a group of hogs at 75yds, he thinks giant hog at 75yds, 2 nights, 2 cows. We called him hog fever for quite awhile after! Fortunately it was back before beef prices went up and they were friends to start with so it was $ 850 a head! I've looked at some 5-600lb sows and none of em ever looked like cows to me but I grew up around em both.
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What do ya think Dennis? Is it trick photography? I still don't know the truth.
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The Swift fixed 4X40 scope y'all hear me rave about has a field of view of 35' at 100 yds,
Would you consider that to be good?
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What do ya think Dennis? Is it trick photography? I still don't know the truth.
Yes. It's a kid and he's 10 ft or more behind the pig. It could be a very big pig but they Roland Martined the hell out of it!
On a quick search they said it was released a few days before the kid shot it, domestic boar. Most truly feral hogs struggle to get over a few hundred pounds cause they're up and on the move lookin for food. Sure there's always the exception, maybe one gets to 500 if it lives long enough but that's the exception not the rule.

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"they Roland Martined the hell out of it! "

Ya gotta love it.
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I figured you'd get the Roland Martin reference!

Check out the pics of the pistol on the pigs back toward the end of the second link, then admittedly photoshopped out side by side. They even added tusks!

http://weirdthingshappenalltime.blog...07_15.html?m=1
http://www.imediaethics.org/monster-pig-is-hog-washed/

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He also killed the world's biggest cottontail!
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