It takes all kinds of people to make a world, including dorks. I’m not proud to say that I still have plenty of points left on my dork card. I didn’t research my Alaska hunt well enough to realize that there will be a film crew there to film an episode for an EOTech-sponsored TV show, and that they would like me to use their products. Not a problem, really, they are superb optics, except I don’t have anything that will accept the G23 magnifier that I could shoot without losing an eye due to the short two inch eye relief available with these products. Most of my deer and bear-capable guns are in larger calibers, and I like my eyes where they’re at. So here I am with a week to go and without a gun that I would feel comfortable with. Unfortunately, that means that my HS Precision and Leupold VX-6 will go unused this time.
So I ordered up a Remington R-25 in .308. I’ve used the guns before on jackrabbits and hogs, and the gun will be almost perfect for this application. My favorite shop, GAT GUNS in Dundee, Illinois has one coming in for me in a day or two along with an extra 4 round magazine and 5 boxes of Federal Premium 180 grain Nosler Partitions. I’ve killed dozens of critters with Partitions and they’ve never failed me. The gun had better like them. The rifle is camo with a flattop and long tube. A bit heavy for my tastes, and doesn’t have the option of a railed forend, but I’ll deal with that later. I like a mounted light, so when I get it I’ll jury-rig something on it somewhere.
I’ll have Saturday and Sunday to shoot, and if possible, I’ll ship the gun and my sleeping bag and some other gear to Ketchican next Monday. Travelling with a full backpack, a rolling duffel, a Storm 3300 gun case and a duffel bag with boots and a sleeping bag is a pain in the ass, and coming back with checked on meat and animal parts is much worse. It’s part of the whole hunting experience, though.