Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 18, 2005 12:19:39 GMT -5
Just bought a new Mossberg 835 Ulti Mag 12 ga. 3 1/2" fully camoed with Mossy Oak's new Break UP pattern. Haven't patterned it yet. Came with 2 barrels: Bird barrel with front and rear fiber optic sights and a cantilever scope mount barrel that also was fully camoed. Going out this Sunday to sight in with Tom out on the farm. Gear and ammo to go with us:
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 18, 2005 14:28:58 GMT -5
Saw a Tom or Jake??, wasn't quite sure since he had his back to me, on the side of the road on I87 by exit 2W. Around 12:30. He was with a hen who was feeding. He looked kinda puffed up but not in strut. He was looking at her with his head tilted to the side like..... "hmmm, she looks kinda good, not quite sure if I really want to though, give me a couple weeks and I'll be all over that"... kind of look.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 21, 2005 11:26:47 GMT -5
[glow=blue,2,300]Post by MKMGOBL 3/20/05:[/glow]
Drove over ot NY to give Jrock a hand with ammo and sighting in his new 835. I was very impressed with the way his new gun shot out of the box with the factory tube He'll be posting the numbers up soon and I'm sure he'll be thumping a longbeard this year.
Well the nice guy I am, I went and had to messed with his head by shooting my last Nitor 3.5" Sorry about that Jrock At 40yds I put 247 hits in a 12" circle and 76 were in the turkey outline. Did the math and it 30.7% of that 12" pattern hit the turkey. If he can duck or out run those numbers than he deserves to live I guess now I'll wait until the ammo and Holo sight gets here before I post another pattern photo. Come on ammo and sight!!!!!!
After receiving my new 835 I was more than excited to pattern my gun as soon as possible to say the least. I hooked up with MKMGOBL yesterday to run some shell/choke combinations through the mossy and was more than pleased with the outcome and results! We shot mainly Winchester ammo in 3" and 3 1/2". We also had tested the new Winchester Xtended Range and a Remington or two. But the highlight of the day was the Nitro's through his 870 with the Rhino choke.... man what a pattern, I was stunned by the performance!!! (I posted my thoughts on that combo under the "Rhino Tubes" thread) In my 835 though, Winchester High Velocity's won hands down. We also tried the Kicks choke tube (.675) and were not impressed with it's performance out of this particular gun. The factory tube (.695) performed beautifully out of that gun with both a Winchester High Velocity 3 and 3 1/2 #6. The number 5's were ok, but not as good as the 6's by any means. I only got to get a hit count on one of the targets last night so far, and will get the rest of the counts by tomorrow for posting. The hit count for the 3" Win HV #6 was:
188 hits in a 12" circle! 53 hits in the Turkey silhouette kill zone.
Not bad at all for the factory tube! This gun really shot well straight out of the box. No sighting in was necessary at all. Now I want to try the Nitros through that gun and I'm sure it will only get better after seeing it in action this weekend first hand.- Thanks MKMGOBL, I'm glad you found it necessary to give me one more reason to declare bankruptcy! Well, once I get the rest of the results I'll post them on here. Needless to say, I was more than impressed by the performance of my new cannon and wanted to spread the word about the field testing results and how well it performed. One thing I want to add.... I've got a bruise the size of Wisconsin on my shoulder that reminds me every time it hurts how much fun turkey hunting really is!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 21, 2005 11:43:24 GMT -5
Saw 8 longbeards on 146 traveling towards Peterson's right past the park on the left. No strutting. They were with 2 hens. Also seen about 14 deer in the field to the left of them. Parking right around the bend over the overpass by the railroad tracks.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 24, 2005 17:28:03 GMT -5
Well, the Nitros seem to be the shell of choice for me this season as far as wanting to test them. Unfortunately it's not going to happen this year Just too expensive (especially as much as I have spent already.... this isn't healthy!). Much more important to please the lady. Dinner on Friday. Would like to play guitar more though, wish she liked my playing better . God, my 835 is a beatiful thing to behold! Ok, I've gotta name for her....Mossy May. I think it fits her well. She's dressed in Mossy Oak camo, May 1st is our opener, she's got kick, kills on both ends, points well, and if your in her sights.... LOOK OUT! Yeah, Mossy May is a good name, I just don't know if it will stick, my fiance is already used to the name she's had her whole life. ;D
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 24, 2005 17:39:12 GMT -5
Going to pattern the Winchester High Velocity 3 1/2's #5 and #6's again. Want to verify effectiveness out to 45. I've got to snipe a bird this year!!! I don't even know what he looks right now but I can envision. Last thing to get is the lady a 20 and some shells for her. Um, hmm... would like to get a digital point and shoot camera though, that might be out of the question too? Midge's computer is working fine, she still has to learn how to use her email properly. No birds have been out lately on their land. It's still early though, we got about 37 days left. Plenty of time. Snowed a little bit last night, got about 3 inches or less. It's ok though. The temps about 40 degrees and melting the snow. We've had decent weather here lately, at least within the last 2 weeks approximately. All in the 40's last week. This weekend looks good for Easter. Going to the parents for brunch. Should be sunny and in the high 40's. Next weekend will start up the annual first weekend scout. I'm getting a Bushnell 15-40X spotting scope, really nice scope. I plan to take that out on the 2nd and see what it can do. Probably drive around a bit to find additional spots to gain permission to hunt as backups. Man, seeing all these birds that guys have gotten already really gets me juiced up and ready to hit the fields and bag me a bird!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 28, 2005 16:00:22 GMT -5
Still waitin on the spotting scope. Wish it would get here soon. Heard a guy out in PA say that he heard a gobble for the first time this year today. Maybe they are around here. Haven't been out to know. This weekend we are planning on getting out to check and see.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 30, 2005 11:14:50 GMT -5
I was on my way to work this morning and looked over in the field across from my place like I do every morning and this morning I saw some birds. I haven't seen them in that field for about a good month, month in a half and the first time I see them since then I see a strutter! I haven't had the chance to get out and see if they are even gobbling yet let alone strutting and it was confirmed this morning.... they are now officially struttin up here in NY!! Well, I had to turn back and get a look with the binoculars and figure I will be late for work if I do.... well, I thought about it and I had to think about what was more important and what my priorities are so.... I pulled over and watched them! If there's one thing worth getting fired for it's TURKEY HUNTING , I mean it's better than being fired for something stupid like.... say um, not doing your job well. So I watched them for about 5 minutes and they walked out of view from where I was at in the car. So I got out and walked to a brushline in the field for a better look. Well, when I got there I could see the one bird all fanned out and in my binos I could see this beard that had to be at least 11" no kiddin! Probably weighs somethin like 22-23#s. The funny thing is, is that I stood there in the open and he started strutting right in front of me at about 30-40 paces. I decided to test my ability to move in silently and I walked on dry twigs, long blown over grass and crunchy leaves and I didn't make a sound. I mean, dang, why can't I walk that silenty when it counts and I've got a 12 ga. in my hand Well, I got within about 20 yds of him and got to watch the show a little bit. Keep in mind I'm in my business attire, and wearing dress shoes. And I'm wearing a bright BLUE shirt no less!!! Well, I figured I had better get going since I was running about 15 mins late, but then I saw Fedex pull in the driveway of my place. I had a Bushnell 15-45X spotting scope ordered and I knew it had came. So I ran up got it, took it out of the package and said "hmmm (looking over my shoulder back at the field), looks like I'm going to be REALLY late now!". So I put it together real quick like and parked into position to scope the birds. What better way to break it in! The first time I use it I see a longbeard through it's lens! I found out that there were actually 3 big boys in the group and about 4 hens. Just got to work and no one noticed a thing! SWEET morning!
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 30, 2005 11:21:53 GMT -5
Well, I'm actually going to get those Nitros after all! She said it was ok and that's cool! I spoke with a guy out in PA [glow=blue,2,300]Smith's Custom Guns, 978 Jackson Avenue, Warren, PA 16365 Phone: 814-723-7583 Contact: Tim Smith[/glow]and he said that they didn't have any in stock right now but could order some for me for the Mossbergs. I gave him my contact # and he's gonna get ahold of me to let me know when they arrive.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 30, 2005 11:23:30 GMT -5
Just spoke with Tim and he said that he ordered the shells yesterday from Nitro. They said that they are two weeks backlogged right now!!! Ughhh! Oh well, hopefully they will get here in time for me to run through Mossy May! We're expecting Mid April. And the clock is ticking.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 30, 2005 12:53:05 GMT -5
As stated earlier, got the spotting scope! Put it together earlier and man... I've never been able to see that far and so crisply!!! Will get good use while scouting this April. Plan on going this weekend.
Post by "The Gob-Father" on Mar 30, 2005 12:57:07 GMT -5
Weather has been gettin better! It's gorgeous today. Supposed to get up to 60 possibly by mid afternoon. It's already 55 and sunshine without a cloud in the sky. The next couple of days are supposed to be in the mid 50's but this weekend is looking like rain and a possible mix of rain and snow on Sunday? Strange stuff around here!
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