It's taken some working around but I'm shooting again....

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Lady Hunter, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2009
    Not bad for an old lady with pins holding her shooting shoulder together, an arm that won't straighten due to arthritis/bone spurs, and torn triceps in the arm that supports a rifle. I've had to drop calibers, it's not looking like I'll ever make it back to the woods with my "baby" (an old 30-06 that I've dropped too many deer to count with). BUT... I'm managing about a 2" circle at 100 yards with two different 270's and about 3" with a .308.

    We're going to the range at least once a week so I can take a few shots & work on consistency. The initial shoulder surgery caused me to have one heckuva flinch that's given me fits over the past several years... The gun stock literally sits right on top of the incision scar... Combine that with a pretty spectacular scope failure (and my family trying to convince me that the problem was me instead of the scope) and it really screwed up my confidence. I'm still having to fight it somewhat even with the lower calibers but it's easier every time we go out.

    I have to use a pretty substantial rest to support the gun for me - that left arm just can't hold anything now (thanks to the European hornet incident some of you may remember) - but it's working. Now to build a blind with a strong enough rest built in for me to use while hunting. Being able to heat with a Buddy Heater will help combat "ol' Arthur" too!

    Fingers crossed that this gets me back in the woods this fall - it's been too long!!!
  2. baknblack

    baknblack 10 pointer

    Jan 30, 2014
    Mt Washington
    Is your 308 an AR? They're a heck of a lot lighter than a standard rifle. My wifes 308 bolt action is a heavy little bugger.
  3. davers

    davers 12 pointer

    Jul 14, 2014
    I own two .308 Deer rifles (bolt actions) plus a .270 rifle. I like the .308 the best as it is just right size for Deer sized game, and the recoil is quite mild too. The .270 is fine for long range shots, but it is a "noisy", with its muzzle blast, but accurate.
  4. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2009
    It's a bolt. Not a fan of ARs personally - they just don't feel right to me. Guess I'm just a traditionalist.

    BUT... I can't hold my son's AR either. Left arm just can't hold any weight when raised forward... Dratted thing can't even stabilize shooting sticks. Aggravating. But at least I can still shoot off a rest.
  5. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2009
    I'll keep on working with them both & then go with whichever I'm shooting most consistently when the time comes. Right now an OLD Ruger M77 270 is leading the pack with an even older Win Mod 70 270 coming in 2nd with the Mossberg 308 not far behind.
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  6. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

    Nov 21, 2006
    Fisherville, KY
    Glad you're back !! A 2" circle at 100 yards with a little confidence is plenty !! Good luck !!
  7. jblack1

    jblack1 10 pointer

    Dec 13, 2005
    Science Hill
    My DPMS AR 10 .308 weighs 11.25 lbs bare
    then add scope and rings, it's gotta be just over 12 lbs.
  8. trapper perry

    trapper perry 12 pointer

    May 10, 2009
    Glad your back to shooting.You sound like a very determined lady.I like that.
  9. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

    Jul 1, 2018
    If the shoulder is an issue have you considered trying to shoot from the other side?
  10. Lady Hunter

    Lady Hunter 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2009
    LOL, unfortunately it's BOTH sides.... Shoulder & elbow on the right and the triceps on the left. I'm a mess! As long as I can come up with a workaround though, all is good!!
  11. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

    Jul 1, 2018
    Well dang , never mind then.. lol.... Thompson contender pistol , but that might not work well either..
  12. Munson

    Munson 10 pointer

    Dec 24, 2011
    Natural Bridge
    I admire your determination as well! Ive seen some Youtubers with tripod rigs that literally hold the weapon. Point n shoot!lol. Goodluck
  13. Genesis 27:3

    Genesis 27:3 10 pointer

    Oct 13, 2018
    Christain county
    Sounds like you doing pretty good.stay tough.prayers.
  14. dirtstalker

    dirtstalker 10 pointer

    Nov 20, 2009
    Clay County
    Caldwell field pod...doesnt contain the recoil...but will hold the gun up great. Lil pricey at 100+ $ but they are worth it. May be something to check out. Good luck with whatever you choose..and stay after it.
  15. Cornpile

    Cornpile 12 pointer

    Dec 1, 2006
    Kornfield County,KY
    Remington SPS Tactical Heavy Barrel 308 win. Then use Remington low
    recoil ammo. Kicks like a 22 mag. Thats a combo you could shoot all day long.
    Glad your back,able to shoot and hunt.

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