Wednesday, February 20, 2019

.270 Winchester Handload Testing (All Copper Projectiles)

Hunting in California is becoming more challenging every day. As I have transitioned from strictly bow hunting to include hunting with a firearm, I have realized that many hunters need guidance as to what to hunt with in regards to ammunition due to ever changing regulations. I mentioned in a few seminars, and on social media, that I would be testing out some handloads for .270 Winchester using Shooter's World powder (to see how it compared to mainstream powders) and utilizing 130 grain Nosler E-tip, Barnes TSX, and Cutting Edge all copper projectiles. The results of the first tests are posted below. 

Rifle: Remington 710 chambered in .270 Winchester
Optic: Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16x42

I allowed five minutes in between each load to allow the barrel to cool a bit. I ran a dry cleaning patch through the barrel after each load. After each group of 50 rounds, I allowed 45 minutes for the barrel to cool and change targets.

Five rounds of each load at 56°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.

(click on the picture to bring up the large version)

Five rounds of each load at 66°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.

(click on the picture to bring up the large version)

Five rounds of each load at 66°F in the desert. 5-10 mph crosswind east to west.

(click on the picture to bring up the large version)

Over 150 rounds were fired during the testing. The rifle was originally sighted in for the Cutting Edge rounds over a year ago. I have chosen the top 3-4 groups (in my opinion) to reload and test for additional accuracy, bullet performance, and velocity. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Upcoming Archery and Optics Seminars at Bass Pro Shops!

On February 16, 2019 I will be giving two seminars at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Both seminars are completely FREE. Yes, I don't charge to share information. My seminars are for all ages, too. Bring the kids, bring your grandparents, or bring that person who wants to learn about hunting but is afraid to ask. I will field questions and help you to the very best of my ability. I have some great giveaways from my sponsors and partners, too. You won't want to miss these!

Introduction to Archery Seminar
February 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Topics of Discussion:
  • Mainstream media
  • Where to begin
  • Choosing the right gear
  • Importance of form
  • Pro shops

Scouting & Hunting Optics Seminar
February 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Topics of Discussion:
  • Where to begin?
  • Choosing the right Optics
  • Methods and Tactics
Time and in-store location is subject to change. The upstairs conference room is past the shooting range desk, near the restrooms on the right hand side.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Long Beach Pint Night

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers are having a Long Beach Pint Night a week from today. We will be at Ballast Point on January 7th from 6-9pm. Hope to see you there!! If you would like to have a Pint Night in your area, please email the chapter at

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Moe Falls in New York!

A few days after I had returned to California and had rearranged my freezer, I couldn't stop thinking about the hunt. The excitement, challenge, and the sheer numbers of deer we saw made my mind spin. My dad and I had talked about my uncle David and how lucky he was when hunting or fishing. I think some of that luck was handed off to my brother because over the years he has had some awesome luck both hunting and fishing. There are many stories to tell!

Opening day for the NY firearm deer season was that Saturday and I waited on pins and needles for a text from either one. Early on, texts started flying in from my dad saying he had a buck down. Then a doe. Then another. It was looking like a great opener! We sent messages back and forth as I lived vicariously through them. When the day ended, they had work to do and I went to bed thinking about the fun they must have had.

Sunday morning came and went without a text, but the afternoon proved to be a highway of electronic communication.
"I just shot Moe!"

My brother's words popped up on my phone and the smile on my face kept growing. That lucky summina...! I knew this was one of our top hit list bucks and my brother had just dropped him. Then I thought about how much money he was going to have to spend on the mount. I'm glad I shot a doe! I joke about it, but I am thrilled that he was the hunter to take Moe. He and my dad put in a lot of hours setting up cameras, treestands and hauling me around the woods. What a great hunting season we had!

So there you have it. Moe was taken after all and we all filled deer tags this season. I am already planning my 2019 NY deer hunt, but first I have a couple more weeks to try and fill my California deer tag. It will more than likely turn out to be a beautiful hike, but maybe some of that luck my brother shares with my late uncle will make it out west. One can only hope!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

2018 NY Bowhunting Trip Recap

Hunting in New York has become one of my favorite activities. Why would a guy who is from NY say that? After having lived in California for the past 12 years, going back to NY is a blessing and one hunting trip I LOVE to plan for. I prefer to hunt there vs. hunt here in SoCal due to many factors, but it's all personal. Traveling to see my family and hunt with them turned out to be one of the most memorable hunting trips ever.

To begin, I have to take you back to early September when my dad and brother were setting out trail cameras. They figured a couple spots were going to be gold mines and they were not wrong! They sent me pictures of buck after buck after buck. One buck they named Moe, due to Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and you get the idea. They didn't see him in person, but he was there. Somewhere.

Weather is always a factor when hunting and hunting in NY during the rut usually means cold weather. The weather report mentioned 40s and rain. I packed my cold weather Badlands Approach camo fully expecting snow. I forgot to pack my High Unitas Vest (I love this vest for the warmth it provides) and was very disappointed. I had my Badlands merino wool base layers and that helped a great deal, but I was very cold at times. 

We saw deer every day, from every stand, and had a blast! I passed on a yearling fawn the first day, but that didn't stop her from eyeballing me for over an hour and walking up to my stand. Let me say this, I stand by my Dead Down Wind spray. I have said it before while hunting pigs and now with this hunt, the deer were downwind of me for hours, but they never spooked. Not one time did a deer snort or kick off due to smelling me. This particular doe was downwind for a long time and kept smelling the air, knowing I was there, but couldn't place the scent. It was great fun to watch!

I was blessed to be able to harvest a doe on day three at 8 yards. Yes, 8 yards from the stand. Most of the deer I saw were within 30 yards all weekend. My dad sure can pick a good stand location. 

Jumping ahead to the last day of my hunt, with thirty minutes of daylight left I saw Moe for the first time. He was beautiful! He came from downwind of me, walked into a shooting lane and I watched in awe as he walked by at 35 yards. After already filling my archery tag, I was left with only a doe permit, so I could do nothing but watch. It was an amazing sight. The biggest buck of my life had just walked by and there wasn't a thing I could do but feel blessed to have witnessed him.

I came home with a cooler full of delicious venison, but the story doesn't end there. The New York firearm season was about to begin in a few days and while I may not have been there physically, I was there in spirit as the two best hunting buddies took the stand with their rifles. What would happen? Would they see Moe? Stay tuned!