Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Improving the Odds and Increasing Opportunity

This blog has been dedicated to hunting ever since I started it. The main focus was bow hunting and getting more people involved. As I have lived in California now for ten years and learned many of the ways of the people, the laws, and the areas to hunt, I decided last year I would start hunting with a firearm again. There are many reasons why I wanted to focus on bow hunting for six years, but it was a personal choice. Late last year, I decided I wanted to purchase a new rifle. It had to have knock-down power, longer range capability, and needed to be something I would really enjoy shooting. After much research, I realized the only way I could accomplish this was to put together my own rifle.

My rifle build has become an interesting one. I found the base rifle online that I wanted to purchase, but my local Bass Pro didn't have it in stock. I sent some emails and the fine folks at BPS had it in before I knew it! Last Saturday, the family and I went to Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga to pick up my new weapon. The girls were nearly as excited as was. Not for me picking up my rifle, but for the boats, the toys, the food, and the atmosphere. I wanted to pick up my rifle, but also sit in on Steven Lenoir's Trail Camera Seminar. Traffic was crazy on the way up and we made it just in time for the seminar to start. Lucky for me, no one had sat down yet, so I introduced myself to Steven and we began talking about everything hunting. After his seminar and swapping stories for a while, I made my way over to the firearms counter.

I waited in line to pick up my rifle and spent some time checking out ammunition, gadgets, and sidearms. When my number was called, I sauntered to the counter and proceeded to have a great conversation with Larry, who had helped me with my initial paperwork a few weeks prior. He has great customer service skills and is quite a jokester. Plus, he is efficient and makes the process go smooth. Thanks for the great conversation and service Larry!

Once the rifle was home, I weighed my options and reveled in my new purchase. Now starts the breakdown and build of my new hunting rifle. What did I get? Well, I'll be sharing that in due time, but I am videoing the process and making some modifications to allow this rifle to accommodate me. I have done plenty of research on stocks, mods, scopes, etc. Now comes the fun part!

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