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I am on my way out the door for an elk hunt. I won't be back for a week.

Sometimes I wish I had something I like to do as much that happens in warm weather. The tempertature is down in the low teens this morning down where I am headed and there are two storms headed down the tubes for the weekend-it should be good hunting.
 

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Good luck hunting Steve. Don't you wish you had the knife you're getting from the KITH to process that elk you are going to get. :D
Scott
 
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I am on my way out the door for an elk hunt. I won't be back for a week.
You Dog! :footinmou

Good luck! ;)
 
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Yeah,what Don said, you dawg! I have been too busy out checking deer hunters during my work week to get any hunting done for myself. Our deer are really on the move now, and I spend about as much time dodging deer on the roads as I do checking the hunters. I about pasted a big 12 pointer last night with one of our new patrol vehicles. It would have been a lot of sinew for IG, but I don't think our US Army would be too happy. Hey, we want pictures of a huge hanging bull elk when you get back, Steve.
 
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Got skunked this year. We had a five day hunt and it snowed for 2 days then was fogged in for 2 1/2 days. I got pretty close in a fog, but couldn't quite see 'em.

We had cow licenses and a couple of times were close enough to hear them mewling and found tracks with the dirt falling back into the snow. Attached photos are of the area and my unused gun and the new knife I made myself just for the elk hunt.

I usually just keep the knives for myself that I screw up, but I like this one and have turned down a couple of offers. I guess I will keep it.
 
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Looks like it would have been a good time anyhow, pretty area although I'm not overly fond of snow :D
Is that a ruger number one ? Looks nice. What kind of ammo are you shooting that has moly coated bullets? They're not solids are they :confused:
Real nice knife too, I like the handle.
 
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John Andrews said:
Yeah,what Don said, you dawg! I have been too busy out checking deer hunters during my work week to get any hunting done for myself. Our deer are really on the move now, and I spend about as much time dodging deer on the roads as I do checking the hunters. I about pasted a big 12 pointer last night with one of our new patrol vehicles. It would have been a lot of sinew for IG, but I don't think our US Army would be too happy. Hey, we want pictures of a huge hanging bull elk when you get back, Steve.
John, maybe next time. :D :D
 
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Matt,

It's an area of cinder cones that fed the lava flows that make up El Malpais N.M. to the east and north. They lie along the continental divide in west central New Mexico. The country around averages 7500 to 8000 feet above sea level. It has a winter that is often comparable to the frozen north.

My rifle in the picture is a Ruger Model 1V in 25-06. The bullets are Barnes X coated 100 grain. They are solid copper, notched to expand in the X pattern. Barnes claims the coating is not Moly-diSulfide, but they don't ID it. The bullets are very slick, its hard to pick up a cartridge by the tip. The ballistics are different than non-coated X bullets. These chrono around 3500 FPS from the 24" barrel and retain over 99% of their weight.

The knife handle is old elk antler, stabilized with polyurethane glue with malachite (recon), nickle silver and copper spacers and G10 bolsters. Flat/convex D2 blade at HRC 60. Mostly I make em with drop or clip points, but since this was for me, I made a straight point to increase the length of belly for skinning and decrease the point angle for gutting. And besides, I like straight points.
 
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Cool :cool:
I don't know if I could handle the snow and the high elevation. Might just be enough to make me take my guns and do home ;)

I thought of the X-bullets after I posted that. I've talked to some other people who use them too, I haven'y heard anything but praise for them.
 
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Nice rig, Steve! IG, I will certainly save the sinew for ya! How about that sinew that covers the long loin on the backstrap? Will that work? Can you use the leg sinew, the big sinews that start on the heel area of the deer legs and travel up the leg? You have any ideas, send them, fella.
 
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