Went for another cadio-hike in the hills today to burn off some holiday bloat and sloth. Nice light snow dustings have made for good tracking weather and I like to go out to see whats moving around, follow hoofed up deer trails a bit then go cross country exploring here and there. Long story short on way back I recut my older trail and low and behold there were a series of fresh cougar tracks paralleling along right next to mine. While not exactly the perfect his paw on top of mine image it none the less would have made a great photograph had I my cell or better camera. Urrrg! See interesting stuff when I forget my camera!
Anyways I thought it was kinda neat that cat and I were both out on the move.
Wife thinks I should combine some weight training on my hikes by carrying the ol' thuddy thuddy lever action bar bell at port arms but I feel safe enough with my double barrel doggies ranging ahead.
Yep, Winchester Model 94 , designed for that fancy new-fangled smokeless powder. Says so right on the barrel!
Classic .30-.30 family hand me down. I need to look up it's value sometime (dates from 1922) before hanging a sling or changing sights. It ,and my wonderful wife, are about the two things I try hard to take care of ( but please don't tell Betty Boop, my TWMistress).
Last edited by Fred; 12-26-2014 at 08:31 PM.
Isn't worth much, too many out there. It's a shooter, enjoy it and treat it with respect.
A little weight training on your walks is in order with a big kitty roaming around, doggies or not... That's a little too close for comfort.
Stick with them dogs Fred. Effective Lion repellant. Cat capable of getting you long
before you'd get a shot or even see 'em. Damn sneaky buggers. But top predators
don't take unnessesary risks an people w dogs are risky prey. Why beat up a nice old
gun. Don't get me wrong I carry a firearm all the time but not for defense from four legged creatures.
Tonto on the "Left Coast"
1987 TW200 (2) 2015 BMW F700GS
More Wagging and less Barking
"Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think"
Make Love not War
I do geta few visitors occasionally.
Last edited by Fred; 12-27-2014 at 12:10 AM.
Last winter I had this bear or his buddy hanging around cleaning up three mule deer carcasses possibly dropped by a cougar. I might start wearing my shoulder rig more often.
I agree Arbolmano, without dogs I am but a babe in the woods. With them I have constant advantage of their pack mentality contributing superior hearing and detection helping keep me safe. Cougars and bobcats seem very feline, interrupt their stalk and they quickly revert to self-preservation and spook. I think they tend to flee today to hunt another day.
Whatever happens I won't be like that girl from Florida last week who laid down and acted like a hamburger when that bear wanted to eat her. Her Brittany Spaniel was smarter than her and ran off the bear. Sound familiar Gary?
Last edited by Fred; 12-27-2014 at 01:15 AM.
Q is right on values. But it's a wonderful gun. The '94 was my first centerfire rifle. Bought it at the hardware store in town. Must have got a deal on it because I remember it was under $200 bucks new. Look at the new gun prices over on the Winchester site and you will feel ok about a small hole in the stock. Besides, sling swivels, if installed correctly and straight in the proper location really don't mess up the value anyway.
That gun was also the author of my first gunsmithing nightmare...seems silly now, but I was young. I bought a big loop lever for it. Decided I could install it myself. Man, that took awhile.