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Choosing My Rifle and Caliber – Or did it choose me?

I purchased my first Remington at the tail end of last winter.  I wasn’t sold on one manufacturer or particular model of firearm.  I was looking to upgrade from my old right hand Savage Model 340 in 30-30 Winchester to something left handed, faster, flatter shooting and a more modern style.  I inherited the Savage from my wife’s grandfather several months before he passed away from cancer in the mid-90’s.  It always was and still is more of a sentimental hand-me-down than a useful hunting rifle due to the fact it’s the wrong hand for me.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 30-30 cartridge.  In fact, if you were taking a deer under 200 yards, which is more the norm than the exception I understand, then 30-30 is the perfect round.  It has much less recoil than larger caliber rifle cartridges (that I can verify) and has more than enough kinetic energy due to the 150 grain or especially the 170 grain bullet to take a large buck in one shot…even with a poorly placed shot.  Sounds like my kind of cartridge!

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Music: Fred Bear

Ted Nugent – Fred Bear

Ted Nugent is a great voice of freedom, liberty, hunting, guns, and music.

He makes himself heard in the media and I really enjoy watching videos of him on YouTube.  Here are some of my favourites.

But he is also a musician and well know for some of his rock’n’roll songs.  Of relevance to you and me here is his famous ballad about Fred Bear, the late bowhunting proponent.

A Great Ted Nugent Ballad – Fred Bear

Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

For a first firearm, you must compare the Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870.

In the USA it is easy for people to buy handguns, so they often do for their first gun.  Plus they are able to carry it with them if they are in the right state and have the correct permit. But in Canada, pistols and revolvers are more difficult to get.  So your first gun should likely be a shotgun.

For my first firearm, I will likely be getting a Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590 (HD military verison of the 500), or a Remington 870.  These are such versatile weapons, allowing you to hunt and protect your home from intruders.  Load in a 1 oz slug and you can take down a deer.  Bird shot will take down birds.  Buck shot will take down medium game and two legged rats (i.e. home intruders).  Finally, you can have a heck of a lot of fun shooting targets or skeet with a shotgun.

The following videos will help you to decide the eternal battle of Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870.  But a couple of the points that I noted were:

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Getting started with Hunting

My Plans for Getting Started with Hunting

Even though I grew up in the country on a farm, raising and harvesting our own meat and poultry – I am slightly ashamed of saying that I have no experience with hunting.  I have never had a problem with hunters, and always wished that I had those skills.  But that seems to be the problem with hunting, most people who hunt were raised by other hunters (father, uncle, grandfather).  But these days you will find older non-hunters, such as myself, becoming interested in learning about hunting and then going out to the field or bush themselves.

I consider hunting to be an essential skill for anybody seeking personal independence and self reliance.  Not only are you harvesting natural resources that you did not have to feed or raise yourself, but this is also likely the healthiest meat that you can find.  Naturally bred, antibiotic and hormone free, non-GMO fed, natural spring watered, free-range, organic meat – Almost the way that nature intended for us to eat.  No factory-farmed meat can compare to the health benefits of consuming this natural resource.

Below you will find some of my initial thoughts on getting started with hunting, along with some of the information that I have gathered.

Hunting is an important part of the Food Pillar of Personal Sovereignty

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