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Re: Ice
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My friend was fishing by Merrifield last night, and had a good night. Be he said he called it a season as the ice is getting pretty bad. I didn't ask how the landing was, but the couple lakes we fish there tend to have pretty poor access once the ice starts going out so I wouldn't be surprised if he was in hip boots.

Posted on: 4/27 11:39:39
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450 Bushmaster
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I'll apologize, this could be long winded. So, I used to sell firearms and firearms accessories. I haven't for 10 years, but I've never felt like I was way out of the loop on anything. Until this weekend when I went to the Reeds gunfair, and there's stuff all over the place that I just can't wrap my head around. So, I went there with the purpose of picking up a decent deer rifle, with very manageable recoil so when my kid is a little older he can shoot it effectively and eventually he can just have it because I like to hunt with shotgun anyway. So I squeeze into the giant pole shed between all the people and conduct a full ocular assessment of the area. I happened to be shading to the Ruger table when a gun rack catches my eye. It has green on the bottom, just like the ones we had at Gander years ago. Aside from that there was little to pay attention to except this short little rifle with a fair sized muzzle-brake on the end. It was very light, and felt really good to hold up. It was a Ruger American Ranch rifle. So I had to see, why the brake? It was chambered in 450 Bushmaster. I had never heard of such a thing, but judging by the name I was guessing this originated somewhere in an AR and got turned into a hunting cartridge. So, I pulled my phone out and did a search on it. Rave review, rave review, rave review. Ok, well I'm sure with this being almost a specialty round the ammo has to be through the roof. $25.99 a box of 20 Hornady cartridges. Wait, What?! So, I decided to bring the thing to the counter and just ask the guy about it. He rambled off on this long story about how Michigan and other states are actually modifying their firearm deer season regs to allow this cartridge and a select handful of other "straight walled cartridges" to be used in their "shotgun zone". Indiana and Ohio, and maybe Iowa are involved in this as well. So, hence Ruger making a rifle to match the round. This was not the 7mm-08 I came here for. But. I just couldn't watch as my friend went through a 4 hour line wait alone, so I bought it. Impulse - probably, but what's done is done. So I went back to the fair on Saturday, sought out the Ruger tent, and even though it was way too late for remorse if that's what I was looking for, I started asking the pro staffers questions about it. They had my identical rifle laying on the table. After the guy raved about it for five minutes I said "I just bought one of these here yesterday". He reaches back and hands me a box of shells and says, "here, this will get you started". Day made. So they let me sit down with the exact gun I just bought, sited it, and was thinking man, I wish I had thicker clothes on. I fired it, and believe it or not, I'm still waiting for the recoil. For a gun that weighs 5.5lbs, and a round that shoots a 250gr bullet, the recoil was lighter than my 20gauge with slugs. The brake probably helped, but man. No remorse here. I don't know if anyone else has shot this round or has experience with it, but I am really excited to site it in, and try it out next fall. Sorry about the long post.

Posted on: 4/23 21:24:03
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Re: Reeds gunfair
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So did anybody go to this thing? I went both Friday and Saturday, like an insane person would do. Friday I went with my cousin who wanted to pick up an over/under. We wandered around a bit, and I was in search of a good rifle. We both found something to buy, and at about 3:30pm we went and got in line. The first line. It took until 5:30 to go through the background check. Then we went and stood in the 2nd line. To pay. It was 7:30pm when we walked out of there. Holy hell was it a long wait. But, we both did save considerable money and we're still alive so I guess it was worth it. Saturday I went back, and got to shoot the identical rifle that I bought. I would have preferred the other way around, but that didn't happen. But with no pressure on Saturday (I went with a friend of mine, and we got free parking for dealing with the long line the day before) we were able to take it in, shoot a bunch, talk with folks etc. There were a lot of people, but it really wasn't too bad. I think they also had the gun registration and sales figured out a little better. People could actually shop for ammo on Saturday rather than try and cut between the line to look at shells and get pushed around. Anyway, I still say, if you're in the market for a firearm, I'm not sure you find a better deal than what they had. With the savings and no taxes taken into consideration I paid $200 less than what the retail was on my rifle. I also managed to pick up a Vortex scope Saturday. Prices on select optics were pretty good, but others were just so-so. Ammo prices were also hit and miss. It' definitely something to behold though. I would recommend it if you don't mind crowds.

Posted on: 4/23 20:55:55
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Re: Ice free opener??
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One issue with fish spawning under ice conditions is lack of oxygen incorporation. Lakes that are frozen with snow on top have a finite amount of oxygen. Sunlight that can penetrate and stimulate plant respiration will increase oxygen, but not as much as wind driven water aeration. That's what most eggs need post spawn for walleyes especially is aeration and water movement. Lakes where walleyes have access to inlets of streams will be fine, those that are land locked may have a poor year class if we have a very late ice out.

Posted on: 4/17 10:15:30
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Re: Inverter Generators
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If you look on amazon, some of the inverter generators with different brand names look very similar. There is a homegear brand that looks like a sportsman, that looks like an earthquake etc... I picked up a "homegear" on sale for like $250 bucks (a 1000 watt), that Sams Club was also carrying and had a sale on for about the same price. It ran great, was very quiet, just as quiet by rating as the Honda and ran 8 hours on .6 gallons just running my lights and fans in the fish house. I took it to Red Lake this year, in 20 below cold, fired right up and ran for about 2 hours and then died. I went out to find out what happened because it was full of fuel, and there was oil all over the place. Had battery backup, so no big deal. Took it home, took it apart and discovered the rubber breather tube from the crank case basically exploded. Likely brittle from the cold temps. Called the company I bought it from, it had a one year warranty, I owned it for 13 months. Wouldn't touch it, no parts available for it. Moral of the story, buy something you know has a good warranty, and you can get serviced somewhere. Because otherwise you're just spending money on a timebomb.

Posted on: 4/17 9:50:37
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Re: Reeds gunfair
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Posted on: 4/14 7:26:43
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Re: Ice free opener??
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Man. 40" of ice is a lot of insulation to burn through. We need overnight lows to stay above freezing and rain. Not seeing the temps come up until at least the end of next week... I wouldn't say it can't happen but...it would be close.

Posted on: 4/13 14:02:30
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Re: Ole' 2-stroke vs. 4-stroke quesion
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I did this. I bought a boat that checked all the boxes, except it had a yamaha 2-stroke on it. I reasoned that I could deal with it, even though I wanted the 4, because it was a good deal. 3 years later I repowered the boat to a 4 stroke motor. After having a 4, the 2 just didn't do it for me, and I lamented the boat all the time because I just didn't like the motor. Repowering is not easy, and comes with a bunch of balance issues because of the weight difference. I would not recommend having my same reasoning and repeating what I did. Buy a boat with a 4 stroke on it if you want a 4 stroke.

Posted on: 4/10 12:25:29
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Re: PR ice conditions??
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Just looking at the long range, and I see one 40+ degree day in there, and that carries us to the 15th of April, with nighttime temps below freezing to well-below freezing. Opener is going to be really questionable.

Posted on: 4/6 14:53:34
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Re: PR ice conditions??
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There's going to be ice for awhile. It is very wet on the lakes right now though with the little bit of melt we get and then the heavy wet snow creating some really nasty slush. But. 10 day forecast is for cold weather starting Friday going through next week so that should harden the top layer. Most landings I've seen there's no shoreline melt yet either. Unless we get a good temp spike and rain, we'll have ice well into the middle-late part of April if not beyond.

Posted on: 3/27 11:06:14
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