Written by Ballistic Technician Duane Siercks
Well here we are again. Deer season. Elk season. Hunting season period, however you want to spell it. The best time of the year. The anticipation of time spent in the field. The memories of seasons past. The camaraderie of hunting camp, or as with our crew, the opening morning breakfast. Then the actual successful hunt itself.
This year like most years the time has approached so swiftly that I am not even sure what gun that I want to hunt with. I asked Paul, one of the other Sierra Tech’s this question. “Why can’t we be satisfied with the gun and load that we used last year?“
His answer was simply, “Because we are gun people.”
The rifle and load of last year still shoots just as well but, I want to try something different. I have been accused of having a malady called “RTD.” If you are not aware, that stands for “Rifle Trader’s Disease.” It seems that every year I trade or buy something different to hunt with.
When trying to decide what I want to try, I have a few things that I always consider. Where will I be hunting this year? What are the distances that I anticipate? What rifle have I not hunted with yet?
At this point I still have time to work up loads and confirm scope zeroes. I will have to make that annual trip to the gun shop and see what catches my eye. If nothing happens I may have to go back to “Ol’ Reliable” from last year. Of course this is part of the hunt. If we only loaded and shot what we needed, we wouldn’t shoot much at all. That would make life pretty boring.
Now, let’s see….. Will it be a .270 this year? Maybe a .250 Savage? Or I could just pull out the ol’ -06 again. Well…… I’m not sure yet, but I can say this – whatever you plan to hunt with, it is time to tune it up and get it sighted in. If you need help with trajectories or loading issues, give us a call at 1-800-223-8799.