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Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:05 pm
by Bandersnatch
Took the ole 81 in .35 out to the deer fields this year. First one down was a nanny goat at about 85 yards:

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Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:07 pm
by Bandersnatch
The second one down was a little nine point. Dropped him like a sack of beans at 98 yards:

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Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:08 pm
by Bandersnatch
The rifle battery this year

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Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:35 am
by Phyrbird
Bander
You had a great year, Bucks, does, hog, & a apprentice getting their first. Nice...
And the 81 looks ferocious with all that scope on top, SWWEEET :!:
Wish my back would let me have that kinda year :oops:

Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:55 am
by Bandersnatch
Phyrbird wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:35 am
Bander
You had a great year, Bucks, does, hog, & a apprentice getting their first. Nice...
And the 81 looks ferocious with all that scope on top, SWWEEET :!:
Wish my back would let me have that kinda year :oops:
Thank you, good sir. I was really interested to see if the off side scope mount would actually perform in the field and if the .35 caliber would have the terminal ballistics it has been attributed with. I was not let down on either topic, though I'm still not comfortable with the scope set up. Also going to replace this scope with a better quality one.

When the little 9 point came out the light had almost gone, but there was still some residual light coming over the tops of the pines directly across from my stand. The deer was at the tree line directly in front of me so that the residual light was washing out the scope. When I took the shot the deer looked like a pencil drawing on white paper. A better scope with better anti glare coatings on the lenses will keep this from happening again.

When I took the shot and the gun recoiled I lost sight of the deer and had initially thought he had run. It wasn't until I got on the ground that I found he had dropped in his tracks with a 200 grain Hornady through both shoulders.

Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:44 am
by 81police
I used to have an 81 setup just like yours that I hunted with (it was in 300Sav though). But great pictures! I love seeing these rifles still in use today...thanks!

Re: Alabama 2017 with the Model 81

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:02 am
by Bandersnatch
81police wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:44 am
I used to have an 81 setup just like yours that I hunted with (it was in 300Sav though). But great pictures! I love seeing these rifles still in use today...thanks!
Oh, this was a hoot to shoot in the stand. As we all know .35 has some thump when it recoils but I can't remember feeling any recoil when I shot these two.

With a better quality scope this may become my close range hunting rifle. :)