Spring Coyote Hunt - KB With His Micro Midas BL-22

KB rabbit squeal

KB working a rabbit squeal trying to bring in a coyote.


KB rabbit squeal

My new Alps Outdoorz Crossfire X pack. This pack is sweet. It is the most comfortable day pack I have ever used. Lots of cool pockets and features. I really like the vented back. There is no sweaty back as the pack rests just off my back behind a neat ventilation system.


KB rabbit squeal

Selfie on KB and me while coyote hunting.

In March my two young boys, my wife and daughter all took Hunter Safety and recieved their blue cards. Since then KB, my youngest, has been asking me daily to take him coyote hunting with his Micro Midas BL22. It has been really cute to see him so excited to want to go coyote hunting.

We set out on a Saturday morning in March to see if we could fool a willey coyote. We took a few hand calls and my DIY electronic caller.

We tired a lot of challenge howls and distressed critters at a couple of different setups as we hiked across the mountain. We saw a lot of deer and caught a glimpse of an elk in the oak brush. Unfortunately we never could find a coyote for KB. He was pretty bummed yet was determined to keep on going until we found some coyotes. It was pretty cool to see his determination. He wanted a coyote. I think he also had ideas for the $50 he would get for the bounty on each coyote.

We were hunting in what should be a good area for shed elk antlers so we spent a lot of time looking around trying to find some with no luck. I'd bet most of the elk still had their antlers on their head but I had been hearing reports that they were dropping them already.

As we were driving back off the mountain KB made the comment that "Dad you were right, it's not as easy to get coyotes as it looks on the hunting videos." Yeap, I have yet to see a hunting video that doesn't make it look too easy.


KB Coyote Hunting BL-22

KB rabbit squeal

KB hiking in to hunt coyotes with his Browning Micro Midas BL-22 rifle.


My DIY electronic coyote caller.


KB rabbit squeal

KB rabbit squeal

KB's Browning Micro Midas BL-22 rifle.


A-Bolt Stainless Varmint 243 WSSM with Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 with SFP and EBR MOA reticle.



Stolen Browning Trail Cameras - DIYHNTR03 and DIYHNTR21

Stolen Browning Trail Camera DIYHNTER03

Here's a sample photo from my Recon Force BTC-2XR camera named DIYHNTR03


Stolen Browning Trail Camera DIYHNTER21

Here's a sample photo from my Strike Force BTC-5 camera named DIYHNTR21.

Well I knew it was bound to happen sometime. Today when I went to pull two trail cameras from some sage mule deer wintering area the two cameras were gone. I had the two cameras watching two directions off the same dead juniper tree in Morgan, Utah. Whomever took the cameras got a sweet Strike Force, BTC-5 and a Recon Force, BTC-2XR camera. They also took the Browning Tree Mount metal bracket and a Browning external battery pack.

The property they were on was on the north side of the valley butting up to Kippen property. The cameras were on my families property placed 50 yards or so from the Kippen fence. There has been an ATV traveling the fence line on the Kippen property.

The cameras were named DIYHNTR03 and DIYHNTR21 and have this in the lower portion of the images they take. I had DIYHNTR03 written on the one BTC-2XR camera but I believe the DIYHNTR21 camera did not have anything written on it.

I was hoping to catch some nice mule deer bucks on these cameras wintering this past winter but nothing exciting was on the cameras on January 31st the last time I checked them. My cousin said they were still on the tree recently when he was up on the hill. I'm guessing someone was out looking for shed antlers noticed they were on camera and decided to keep the evidence of their tromping through the property.

I have some creative ideas on how I could make them trackable if stolen in the future. Hmm....

243 WSSM and 25 WSSM Nickel Plated Brass


243 WSSM Nickel Plated Brass

I've been doing a little cleaning in my workshop and have a few hundred pieces of once fired nickel plated brass. I have saved both 243 WSSM and 25 WSSM nickel plated brass to reload with but now that I anneal and neck turn my brass I will never use this nickel plated brass. I know there are a lot of you out there desperately trying to find any brass to reload with. If you could use some drop me an email and we can work out some way to get it to you. I'm thinking $30 for a hundred pieces or $20 for fifty pieces plus some shipping would be fair.

Hopefully Winchester or someone else starts making some brass soon. It's been a joke at how long we have gone without any WSSM brass. I'm sure it's a supply and demand issue and Winchester is making there money off the masses that need the bread and butter ammo and brass but us WSSM lovers don't have any other options. Winchester will you please make us some brass? Please!

Mar. 14, 2015 Update
All the 243 WSSM brass is gone. I still have several hundred pieces of 25 WSSM left.

Apr. 7, 2015 Update
All the 243 WSSM and 25 WSSM brass is gone.

May 4, 2015 Update
Word on the street is that Winchester Ammunition is telling people that they are going to produce a run of brass for the WSSMs in July of 2015. Let's cross our fingers.

October 19, 2015 Update
Still no brass from Olin (Winchester Ammo). I'm really starting to think that Olin has no plans of producing any more regardless of the demand. I am hopeful that some other brass manufacture will see the opportunity to own the brass market for the WSSMs. There are thousands of Browning and Winchester WSSM rifles out there and more WSSM AR-15's continuing to be made right now. Let's all pray someone starts making the brass soon.

January 2016
I have been getting many requests about WSSM brass and ammo. If you are in need of brass or ammo, like so many of us are, I recomend that you contact Winchester and ask them what is up.

March 2016
We have a supplier of WSSM brass! Bill at Hill Billy Brass is forming WSSM brass from WSM brass. Thank you Bill!


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300 Win Mag Handloads and Ballistics

208 A-Max Velocity Model 1885

Here's a sample velocity of my favorite 208 A-Max hand load in my Model 1885 rifle.


208 A-Max accuracy 3 shot group Model 1885

Here's a 100 yard, three shot group of my 208 A-Max hand load in my Model 1885 rifle with 75.5 Grains of H-1000.


208 A-Max and 215 Berger Hybrid three shot groups from 300 win mag Model 1885

Checking the accuracy of my 208 A-Max hand load I also try a 215 Berger Hybrid with the same charge of H-1000 powder. Wow, the point of impact is near identical. This A-Max group is 0.56" and the Berger is 0.74". I'm sure the 215 Hybrid will shoot better I just need to spend a little more time tweaking the load.

Below are my personal favorite loads for my Winchester Model 1885 High Wall in 300 Win Mag. To view the loads you will need to read the warning near the bottom of the page, then accept the warning by checking the box inside the warning.

One of the cool things I like about the Model 1885 is that there are no magazine length restrictions. You will notice that the cartridge overall lengths in my loads are well beyond the listed 3.34" max overall length for the 300 Win Mag.

Using a Sharpie marker on the ogive of the bullets I am able to seat a bullet a little deeper and deeper watching for land marks in the marker on the ogive. Doing this I have seated the 208 A-Max so that it doesn't touch the lands by just a hair. With the 215 Berger Hybrid I also have the ogive really, really close to being in the lands — probably half a hair off the lands.

As I write this I am still working on a 215 Berger Hybrid load. I have it shooting quite well with similar powder charges as the 208 A-Max but I really haven't spent time testing a lot of powder charges. I have just been shooting a load here or there when I have been working on the A-Max load. The 215 Berger Hybrid has just shot well right out of the chute. It is interesting that the point of impact is almost the same with the same powder charge yet two different bullets (see photo on the right).

A few years ago I saw the light on annealing my brass for consistent, accurate hand loads as well as keeping the necks from cracking. I now always anneal my brass every time it's fired.

I noticed visually a lot on inconsistencies in the brass neck thicknesses with the Remington brass I am using for the 300 Win Mag. I purchased a RCBS neck turner and this has greatly helped with improving the accuracy further. Turned necks and annealed brass really help give a very consistent neck tension shot after shot. I'm now a believer in neck turning and will be doing it on all my brass in the future.

If you are needing printable targets for sighting in your rifle you can get them here.

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Full HD Trail Camera - Browning's New Recon Force (BTC-7FHD)

Browning Recon Force BTC-7FHD Trail Camera Mounting plate

The Browning Recon Force BTC-7FHD trail camera has a solid metal mounting plate on the back. Good luck ripping this camera off the tree Mr. Black Bear.


Browning Recon Force BTC-7FHD Trail Camera Door Latch

The door and latch system to access the control panel and SDHC memory card on the BTC-7FHD trail camera.


Browning Recon Force BTC-7FHD Trail Camera with 12V NiMh battery pack

A rechargeable NiMh 12 Volt external battery pack attached to the external 12v power port on the Browning Recon Force trail camera.


In February of 2015 I was able to get my first Recon Force (BTC-7FHD) trail camera, the newest trail camera from Browning. After a couple weeks of testing the camera I am just amazed with the video quality this camera produces.

The camera takes full HD 1920x1080 video. The quality of the audio is also top notch. The video is saved in H264 MP4 format on a SDHC card.

I have just really been blown away by the videos this camera produces. I thought the HD videos the older Browning Trail cameras produce where awesome, now they just don't quite compare.

The camera uses the single buckle latch on the lower half of the camera. Browning used this latch on the sub micro Strike Force trail camera last year. I like this system over the double snapping buckles from the older Recon Force cameras.

I have noticed that the camera does an awesome job with getting triggered by even small critters like robins and cats and raccoons that are 20 yards away from the camera.

Another feature I really like is that the plastic mounting brackets have been replaced with a solid steel plate that covers much of the back of the camera. This will greatly help the camera from being broken off a tree by a bear or an operator trying to wedge a shim in between the camera and the tree while the camera is cinched on tight. Not that that hasn't ever happened to me. ;)

One thing that I have found with this camera is that it does chew through batteries a little faster than the past models. Taking video uses a lot more battery than just taking images. More battery consumption was expected given that it writes more to the SDHC card and captures so much more detail.  To help with making sure the camera has plenty of juice between checking it I have made a 12 volt NiMh rechargeable battery pack.

I also found that set to capture 30 second video clips the camera took 386 videos before the 32 GB SDHC SD card filled up. Many of the videos it captured were 10 second LED infrared lighted ten second videos at night of raccoons. The ten second black and white videos don't take as much space on the SD card. A little math on the file size on the 100,000 KB file size of a 30 second clip gives me 320 videos to fill a 32 GB card.

I picked up some 64 GB cards to try but the camera shows an error. Darn it! There have been many times that my favorite springs to watch for elk have filled up my 32 GB SD cards with the smaller HD videos from my old cameras in less that two weeks. It sure would be nice to be able to use 64 or 128 GB cards. Looks like I'll have to check this camera a little more frequently. I guess the camera isn't quite perfect but it's getting close.

Included on this post are some sample videos from the first few weeks of using the camera. Wow! Just awesome quality for a trail camera.

Thanks to this camera I will now be trying to upgrade my cameras to the new Recon Force Full HD cameras. I may also try the new Strike Force BTC- 5HD camera as it also has better video... although probably now quite as good as this Recon Force.


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