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  • ECFirearmsECFirearms
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    IMHO, 30-06 will take down an Elk, no problem, as long as the shooter does his job with accurate shot placement.

    I would suggest you look for 30-06 ammo that is designed for larger game.  Something like Hornady Outfitter GMX 165gr or 180gr and make sure you shoot it ahead of time to confirm that your rifle likes that ammo.

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    Nikon is not a bad choice but they just announced they are getting out of the hunting optics.

    I’m not a big fan of BDC reticles, but they will do the job if you learn how to use them.  2×7 or 3×9 should do fine for shots up to 200-250 yards, beyond that I don’t believe the 350 legend has enough energy to put down a deer quick and clean.

    Luepold, Sig Sauer, and Vortex have decent scopes to fit almost any budget.

     

     

     

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    in reply to: 350 Legand AR #2950224

    I have heard is very easy to modify a PMag 5.56 magazine with a dremel tool.  About 2 minutes and basic skills.

    You could go to youtube and search for 350 legend magazine modification.

    As with all self modifications to firearm parts, doing so is at your own risk and you accept full responsibility.

     

     

     

     

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    in reply to: Ruger 10/22 22 #2949944

    Where 22LR velocity and accuracy is concerned they both top out around 16-18″ depending on ammo, beyond that friction causes velocity and accuracy loss.

    it’s possible they only made 400, prolly a distributors limited run, but unlikely they command much of a premium if any.

    if the price is reasonable and you like the gun, buy it cause you want it, not as an investment.

     

     

     

     

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    From the Hunting Regs booklet:

    ALLOWABLE STRAIGHT-WALLED
    CARTRIDGE CRITERIA
    ■■ Center-fired straight-walled rimless cartridges
    with bullets from 0.357” to 0.500” diameter
    as published by manufacturer and a case length
    from 0.850” to 1.800.”
    ■■ Center-fired straight-walled rimmed cartridges
    with bullets from 0.357” to 0.500” diameter as
    published by manufacturer with a case length
    from 1.285” to 1.800.”
    ■■ The following cartridges do not meet the
    above criteria, but are allowed: .444 Marlin, .375
    Winchester and .45-70 Govt.

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    in reply to: Fruit Trees #1555424

    Quote by: BullBlueGill

    My best apple tree is a $30 close out mac from walmart. the thing is 7 years old now and it amazing. I’ve ordered from Morse Nursery in Michigan, Deer Candy Wolfwrath’s in WI….Bottomline is, if you are not there to water, weed, mulch and stay on top of things, NO FRUIT tree will thrive. After many failed attempts of thinking planting trees and they will just grow if fenced is a huge waste of money. I learned the hard way, now my apple tree’s are fantastic but it takes some redneck engineering. I built a watering system on a scaffolding. built a few water catching devices that funnel water to a 55 gallon drums and made an over flow and a drip system. I kill all the weeds with gly, mulch yearly. Plant and go will NEVER work regardless of how great the claims are about how good of a tree it is. ANY tree from ANYWHERE will grow if you take care of it. I go there in the spring to mulch, I use leaf mulch from the city and compost. Throw that down in may….go back one time at the end of may and kill everything around. After that it pretty much takes care of itself. I haven’t had a year where it’s been so dry I had to bring water in.

    As for pollination, keep trees 15 ft apart. any farther you could have some issues. Talk to someone about trees that are good cross pollinators. I picks apple trees, 3 early season, 3 oct and 3 crab apple that are latter dropping. I made a funnel system that when an apple drops it goes outside of the fence. Keep the deer off them with a fence, water, weed and mulch. there is not much else to it…..just don’t plant and hope nature will do it for you. I pull most of my apples/buds off and it apparently makes the branches bigger and stronger. who knows if that’s true. I let them all just grow now.

    I see this mentioned a couple of times that it does not matter where the trees are from in the previous posts.
    I suggest doing some research on whether trees, of the same variety, from different climates will thrive in Iowa.
    I have worked with the Iowa State Forest Nursery for over 20 years on plantings and have had very good luck with my projects.
    This from their website:

    http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/State-Forest-Nursery

    Why Plant Native Trees?
    No matter where you live, it’s always best to plant trees grown from locally-adapted seed. The further a tree is planted from its seed source, the greater its risk of suffering from disease or early mortality, even if the seed source and planting site both fall within the native range of the species.

    IMHO, why not buy locally grown plants? You give your plantings a better chance to thrive and you also support locally owned IOWA businesses..

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    in reply to: Fruit Trees #1555476

    Quote by: bbump

    Good info here. I didn’t think about the zone 4 thing, that is a great idea.

    I had the japanese beetles on my cherry tree and they were working it over. Called my exterminator and they had a food safe spray that wiped them out in a day.

    I was thinking about getting a hive of bees, but they are very sensitive. I will research more on the Spring Mason Bees.

    I get my bees from https://www.crownbees.com/. Prices are reasonable and the owner is VERY knowledgeable. Buy a starter kit. His website has a great section and vids on this type of bees.
    Once you get the bees established you shouldn’t have to buy bees after that, of course that can depend on mother nature. You will not get honey but your costs and labor are 1/10th compared to honey bees.

    I also have the summer leaf-cutter bees for pollination of my garden and later blooming plants.
    Greg

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    in reply to: Fruit Trees #1555506

    Quote by: brausch

    I am looking for garden center recommendations in the Des Moines area for buying some fruit trees. I am planning on planting a few apple trees for sure, but am not ruling out peach, pear, & plum trees. I have contacted the ISU horticulture dept and received some good reading material – but they didn’t want to recommend any garden centers.

    I would like to talk to a good garden center to make sure I am buying the right varieties, to ensure pollination and hardiness, among other things.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Brian

    IMHO, stay away from the big box stores garden centers, the trees they sell can come from anywhere and may not grow well in zones 5a/5b in Iowa. Find an Iowa nursery if you can. I have had good luck with Kelly Tree Farm LLC. I only buy trees that are hardy enough to zone 4, better chance of surviving the worst Iowa winters. As for peach trees, look for an”Iowa Peach” variety, they are hardy enough to survive our winters. Smaller fruit, but they can handle our winters.

    Do your research, some trees will need a cross pollinator, some are self pollinating. Also give some thought to pollinators like bees. I have been using solitary bees called Spring Mason Bees, no hive. No work and they have tripled my fruit tree production.

    I saw mentioned above honeycrisp apple trees, I have them, love the apples. The Japanese beetles love them too, they can strip a tree bear of everything.

    Send me a PM if you want more info.
    Greg

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    Quote by: The+Rat

    I can’t find the answer to my question anywhere, I am hoping some experts can help me. We bought a 10 acre parcel of land in the Loess Hills with plans for our kids to learn how to shoot guns and bows so they can eventually hunt on our own land.

    One of our neighbor is also into firearms and loves to target practice on his property. However, we have another individual who owns property here who doesn’t like us practicing on our property. He says Iowa law requires us to be 200 yards from any building structure.

    I can’t find this information anywhere on the net. Does someone here know anything about this? This same individual hunts on his own property a lot, which I think is fine, but I also think I should be able to target shoot on my property without hassle.

    Can someone help me? I hope all this made some bit of sense….Thanks.

    Find out what the law says from an attorney on the 200 yard rule. Keep a copy handy.
    second, maybe your neighbor would be less of problem if you were shooting suppressed? Sometimes it pays to try to be a good neighbor and its a good excuse to buy some suppressors. 😉

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

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    Here is a super easy and quick way to contact all 6 of your elected iowa representatives.

    takes less than 30 seconds

    https://act.nraila.org/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=1901

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

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    in reply to: Ar build #1556333

    Quote by: Shooter.250

    I was looking at parts to build an AR 10. I’ve noticed that there can be quite a difference in the cost of parts. The uppers and lowers have several hundred dollars difference between them. I thought, I had read somewhere that there are only a couple of manufacturers and they just stamp a different name on them. So why the big difference in price.
    And when looking at bolt/ carriers they can range from $100 to over $300. Are these that much better?

    AR10 uppers and lowers specs can very from manufacturer to manufacturer. Make sure you do your research. Just one of many things to confirm is some accept one style of magazine and some accept another. not as easy as an ar15 build.

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    in reply to: Binary triggers #1556374

    Franklin Armory will not sell their trigger to IA residents.
    FosTecH and others will sell their trigger to IA residents.
    A lot of grey area with these.

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

    ECFirearmsECFirearms
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    Sheepdog Seminars coming up next month in Des Moinse area, Pleasant Hill. We have been signed up for several months.
    March 19-20, $49 for both days.
    Colonel Grossman is a very good speaker. worth your time and money.

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

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    Quote by: kenhump

    Quote by: ECFirearms

    This is not good news as we all know that a compromise with democrats on gun rights means gun owners have to give up something…

    From the bloomberg news:
    A day after another school shooting massacre, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley indicated he�s willing to discuss new gun measures as Democrats begged him Thursday to take up the issue.

    Read the article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/grassley-says-he-wants-to-discuss-gun-legislation-after-massacre

    Time to start hammering Grassley’s email.
    https://www.grassley.senate.gov/constituents/questions-and-comments

    Come on let’s be straight. He said he would be willing to discuss, not wants. Not to panic yet.

    Post title corrected.
    As for contacting our reps, the anti-gunners are in full swing contacting them already. I am on several of their email lists, and they are hammering this issue hard to their followers. Pays to know what the enemy is doing…

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

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    in reply to: 4 Wheeler on Ice #1556701

    Quote by: hopintoweighin

    Can you legal drive your 4 wheeler on public lakes in Iowa to ice fish?

    Someone asked me to go this weekend and wanted to know if I would bring my wheeler. I would love to bring it, but did not know the legalities or if people care.

    Yes, must be registered and insurance is required I believe.

    “Second Amendment – Either you are helping pull the wagon, getting a free ride in the wagon, or trying to take away the wagon. Which one are you?” -- IAShooters

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