Scopes and sights and things.

(warning, this is a long, long read!)

I basically just need to type/talk this out to clear it out in order in my mind… But I do also like sharring my projects as I go, so I hope someone enjoys the read, even if it is a bit long winded and rambling as I make some conclusions.

 So, hunting this year was a bit different than last year, more ridding and less hiking.

But what little hiking I did do, was a pain in the butt… Not literally, and the hiking itself was fine. The problem was with what i had to carry; My rifle.  Not the rifle itself. It just felt wrong, and was hard to carry; Gone was the great ballance, light weight, and ability to go through the brush with no fear… 

The reason? I put a scope on the rifle again. 

The rifle with the scope on it;



Last year becasue the scope had messed up, I ran just the open iron sights. And it was great! I mean yes scopes are durrable, but it really is a pain going through woods and brush with one, trying not to scrape and catchit on things… and even with lens covers, I’ve scraped them off in thick brush..

But not only that, even if I stop worrying about dammaging it, it sits right above the best place to grab the gun to carry it, right around the reciever. It adds weight. It screws with the ballance and feel.

I like having the scope on it for shooting, its nice, honestly for the size of animal I’m going after(read as BIG kill zone), and the ranges the terrain offers shots at(150 to 200 yards Max 76 to 100 average), I don’t really Need a scope… Heck, I shoot a tighter group at 100 yards with the open sights than I do with the scope anyway! (no idea why… Except maybe I’m more steady holding the rifle without the scope on it, and maybe my form/cheek weld etc is better with the iron sights)

And then back to this years trip, the ridding… Nowhere where i rode, could I find a secure place to put a rifle where it was easy access, without the danger of bumping or soaking the scope. Truck cabs, and atv racks are not the most un abrasive places.. Neither are boats I’ve found.

And there is another point… soaking the scope, and boat rides. A wet lens is imposible to look through, so is fogged. The time to take to find something dry to wipe it with can slow down getting your gun tot he point of losing an animal.  You can scope dope the lenses agains water and fog, and use covers too, but I wonder about how water tight a scope is, about getting water IN one… And also, I have had scopes fog INSIDE on me bofore too… Which renders it useless till you can warm it up/dry it out.

There are several other little issues that I’ve come against, but any further here and it just seems like I’m looking for justifications to ditch it, looking for problems,,,

All of this basically boils down to my fear of the lack of durrability of a scope… its aluminim and glass… finely tuned glass in specific precission mountings… No matter how durrable you say it is, I’m still gonna be leary of busting it, or drowning it, or even just scratching the mens so I can’t see into it.

Couple that with the weight and handling changes that they provide to the rifle, and I’ve decded to heck with it for 90% of my hunting.

All that to say… the scope is comming off again.

Actually, it is off now.

I’m going to get my prefered sight style, an aperature sight to go on in its place. Thats quite easy to do, just pick a style, and go; the Rem 700 being an old design, and verry popular, there are several option. A big bonus too, being this is a older rifle, it is old enough that it was factory drilled and tapped along the left side for a side mount style sight, like the Williams 5D, or FP, and the Lyman sights. 

There are also a few top mount peep(aperture) sights out there that are made to go on the rear scope mount holes, or that can be easilly re-drilled to be made to fit this guns hole spacing.

But. (yeah, you had to know that was coming… nothing is ever simple. At least not around here.. ;) )

 I want to keep the capability to easilly put the scope back on, quickly, in the field at the truck or in hunting camp if needed.  90% of my hunting is moose, in bottom land and along rivers… forrest or tundra, its a lot of brush and short ranges, shere a peep or open sight are quite addequate.  BUT There are also the days where you know you will end up above the tree line(especially if I go caribou hunting), or out in the fields, or headed to a specific river bank that affords a great 400 yard field of view…  Days where taking a couple minutes before heading out from camp to put the scope on for longer range safety would be fantastic.

The scope mount I have, a leupold twist lock front and windage rear, actually comes off and on rather easilly, yet locks up Tight.

The key to this will be to go shoot the rifle with the scope on, take it off, shoot, and put it back, shoot, and see if zero is the same in the scope..

IF that works, then all I have to do is find a way to mount my prefered style of open sight with the scope mounts in place.

Which rules out any sights that sit on the rear scope mount holes, AND the side mount ones too, since they wrap around the reciever and sit over that spot.


As to the scope mount, to take the scope off, you have to remove one of the rear windage adjustment/lock screws on the mount… which could be an issue. But, if I red locktite the other side screw in place, the scope/ring can be taken off, and put back on against it without it moving, and simply using the other screw as a hold down. Essentially fixing the windage adjustment in place permanently.(I didn;t use it to sight the scope anyway, its centered.)


So far, with out spending any money, I have a few somewhat easy options for that… and one kinda hard option.


Here is one thought I had, to simply drill and tap the scope base for a peep post… the post itself with a lock ring is the elevation adjustment, but this has no windage adjustment outside of drifting the front sight… I’d prefer to have a windage on the rear sight, so this while simple and easy, is out.




 Last year, I had bought a Skinner sight, to try on my Win94AE(.45Colt) Some of you might remember my posts about that mounting, I drilled and tapped the top of the bolt on that rifle to hold it.  In the year since I did that, I have yet to get it sighted in, or even shot once… No loss right now to take it back off. ;)





When I had bought that sight, I made sure that I got something that was also set up so I could add another mount hole to it, to match the hole spacing on the 700. (which is 0.600”) The mount holes on it are spaced between .500 and .600. Too close unfortunetally to .600 to use the rear hole and a new one next to the front one, the new hole would overlap the existing front hole. But as you can see, there is plenty of metal along the slope for adding a secong forward hole.


 So, easy solution, drill and tap the rear scope mount to match the Skinner sights holes.

Or, make a new hole in the skinner to match the rifles scope mount holes.






Actually mounting it low on the barrel, back where I would need to have the holes in it, it would have a clearance issue with the bolt. Could easilly be cut to clear, and I *Think* without taking too much metal off(ie,weakening the sight base in any way).



In a way really wish the Skinner was wider based, I could cut lock notches into it like the rear scope ring has, and simply mount it with the scope base windage screws.


How the skinner sits on the scope base, with different placements;








BUT.(yes, again! :p )  any of those options put that sight super high above the reciever, and a long ways above my front sight, making the distance/elevation setting at an extreme right off the batt.  

Plus the higher the thing sticks up, the harder it is to use from a comfortable shooting position/cheek to stock mount etc. 

AND, the higher it is, the more stuff it can snag on, get hit or caught against, and possibly get dammages. Lower is mor streamlined and protected.

 So far, the idea I like the best, is using the scope base windage screws as the main mounting, maybe drilling a couple holes in that base for locator pins to make sure the sight I use stays parralell to the barrel, or doesn’t cant to one side.   I mean, if those screw are solid enough to hold the scope in place, i can;t see why they cant be used for another sight.


The scope off, here you can sort of see the twist lock front mount, and the simple post rear that the windage screws clamp in place.


Detais of that post, what I will in theory be coppying on the base of a peep sight;




The clean rear base, the key item in all of this;



The trick, is getting a sight to go there that has the features I want, but doesn’t stick up horrendoulsy far.  And so far the only option I can see, is to build one from scratch. Thats the “hard” solution I mentioned above.

MY stock reat open sight is set at MPBR(maximum point blank range) for my hunting load. which is about 1.5” high at 100 yards, which gives max drop of another 1.5” out around 250(something like that, can’t remember for sure now, but you get the idea) so that I can shoot point of aim safely and be well within the kill zone from 50 to 250 yards…  no elevation compensation/hold over required.

So the height of that sight is what I will need, to be able to use the current front sight. Roughly. A touch higher couldn’t hurt too much.

As you can see, I can’t get too much higher than the scope bases, without having to get a taller front sight, and adjust the open sight up too;


There is another thought; the front sight. ANd why i want to keep it the height it is.

First off, I will be changing the front sight to a fiber optic unit for low light and dark target shooting. But I want to keep the same height if I can, so that it still fits under the protective sight hood. (although, Williams fire sights offer a hood for their front sights/ramps if I need it).

But also, I want to if at all possible KEEP the stock open v notch sight onthe gun, and functional… So if I do change the front sight for the peep sight, I have to make sure it will still sight properly to the open sight.

Why keep the stock open sight? It gives me a backup. Crap happens. Usually at the worst times.   Something happens to either the peep, or the scope, and they could be quickly and easilly taken off and the open sight used(yes, its field of view/height clears the bare scope bases.) 

See, I’m not considering the peep as a backup to the scope, but as a prefered main sight, that will have the option of being changed out for a scope when its needed.  ( a good comparison here is winter and summer tires. For the winter here, a lot of us run studded all terain tires, leaving some street treads for the summer. Well, when you change tire type for the seasons, you still carry a spare tire… the backup is always there regaurdless of the style of the main item in use.(And for those that know my truck, yes, your right, I don’t carry a spare tire, but the concept is still sound!!))


But, back to the concept at hand now; A low profile peep sight to mount to the windage screw rear scope base.


What really got me to thinking on this, and making a design, was realizing that the peep post and windage block from the Skinner sits so low, and compact on the scope base;





But unfortunetally, again, it is too narrow to just mount there as is. Turn it the other way and it fits great, except for the offset for it original lock down screw;






But you see how low and compact that is on there? It just looks good.  Its almost low enough to work with the current front sight height, and honestly I think its about right, if I go a little higher with the front sight, and notch up the open sight, it can work out close enough. 

That got me to thinking, that If I simply make a block that general size, but cut a normal 3/8” dovetail across it for a windage adjustment, mount a peep post in the top of a piece to slide in that dovetail, a screw up/down elevation adjustment, some simple lock screws, and notches cut in the sides for the scope base windage screw to lock into, and Bingo!

So, I fired up the modeler, and threw together a rough draft. I eyeballed the angles etc, none of this is exact/right. I can re-do it later with Perfect dimensions if I need to blueprint it before making it.



(I used brass and aluminum color in the render for clarity/contrast of parts. Actualy unit will be all one material, as such yet to be determined.)

The big key here in building this sight will be measurements. If Iknow my sight radius, and how much the point of impact moves at 100 or 200 yards for every increment, say .002” at the rear sight(and actually, it would be what ever 1/2 turn of the threaded adjuster nets in movement), along with my intended MPBR setting that will be standard, I can know exactly how high or short I can make the mount.  

And know exactly how much adjustment I will need on the apperature post, counted per thread of adjustment, to give a safe buffer for re-sighting to different loads/ammos for hunting.  If I know where it will be at most of the time, ahead of time, then I won’t need to build in a lot of adjustment above or below that point, thus removing unnessicary base/post height.  And keeping the sight low and compact in the process.

So, thats the end of my little story for now, and where I am at now…

Unless I come up with something easier, or simpler, I’ll be trying to find some shop time this week, and start machining. 

And yes, a warmer/dryer day to go shoot the rifle with the scope, remove it, then put it back to shoot and check zero…  But honestly, I’m not too worried about that. I’m 99% sure it will work out as I need it to, and hold zero when reattached.  And, if not, I won’t have lost much, just time and effort, and had some fun making a rear sight that I can still use. Will just have tog o back to the drawing board for being able to quick change the scope too. :)

Thoughts? Coomments?  :)

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First snow, fall 2015.

About 8” of wet sticky mucky snow came down yesrterday afternoon, in about 4 to 6 hours… It was literally “white out” conditions at times, really socked in. Also poured rain, sleeted, and even hailed once..



Look close in all three of these first pics, and you can see the snow comming down in big fluffy chunks..






Interesting sunset too, sky got peach/pink, then deep yellow, then deep reds and majektas against deep darg grey almost balck clouds… unfortunetally I only got pics of the first part.





First snow day carry;




And, yes, I had an adventure too… in the pics above looking at a road and tire tracks, this is what was behind me at that time;








Made a run to try to get up a friends driveway, and mis judged exactly how bald the front tires were… missed the corner. Ironically, I was headed there to swap out those front tires for the studded winter tires… Heh!  

Ni injuries, and only minor damage(took the pass side mirror clean off, broke the plastic bumper… A little Alaskan engineering by way of self tapping screws, and zipties, and all is well again).

In my defense, I’m not used to the handling of that vehicle, I don’t drive it often, and not on snow for about 4 months…  And no Weston, I really wasn’t going that fast. Really. Serriously.

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Some new toys.

To go with my phone.

Bluetooth earbuds, and a solar panel back up battery/charger.


The earbuds were the second to cheapest thing on ebay… real scietific choice, right? ;) For sub $10 shipped, I figured I couldn’t really go wrong. They work great too, fantastic range, and great sound. On’y issue I have is that the smallest of the three rubber tip sies is still a bit big. I’ll be stealing the ones I really like off of my Nook buds, hopefully they’ll fit the Bluedio speaker nubs..

I started to get a solar backup battery that I saw on Instagram… but googling for their site I found the same thing, same capacity etc somewhere esle for less than half the cost. No brainer ;)

I’d been wanting a backup for my woods trips, where I use the phone in GPS lock for mapping, distance tracking etc, and obviously for a camera. But GPS EATS battery power. A couple hours hiking can eat 75% of a full battery on GPS mapping. Dead phone for the rest of the day is a pain in the butt, especially if you actually do have signal, and might need it for emergency use.

So a backup battery to carry is a great idea; A solar charged one even better, theoretically giving infinate re-charges on extended trips away from power.

It charges by solar panel, or micro USB input, and has two USB outputs to charge two devices at the same time. So far so good, although I have yet to carge anything from it.

It charges by solar automatically, I find it laying randomly in the truck or at the house with the charge light on, even under artificial light!  I even found that it will charge from the light of my BC10 flashlight!

The power loss has to be epic there, going from a LiFePO4 rechargable CR123 out at 320 lumens, into the solar panel and back into a battery… But I guess it is nice to know that at some point I could get device power from the light… maybe.(I doubt it honestly… I’d bet that the loss is so much that you could run the CR123 dead and not get enough power into the other battery to power on my cellphone. I’ll have to try it some time.)




Another nifty feature, a built in LED light;




Its not much, but in an emergency, when your going to backup poser supplies to begin with, ANY light source can be a God sent blessing!


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Fairwell to an old friend… Maybe. Sorta.

No, I didn’t lose anything this time. The clip curve/bend on my money clip bit the dust last week… :(







I got this sucker at the Alaska Mints store in Anchorage, on a trip with a good friend when he got out of the service in late April of 2009. I figure 6.5 years of constant use isn’t too bad! I was always flexing that curve in and out for thicker and thinner wads of cash and cards, kinda amazing it lasted that long.

From the break, it looks brass. If I’d have known that, and knowing that brass will work harden, and get brittle with mosement/flexing, I’d have anealed(heat treating that solftens metal) it every so often to keep it from hardening and breaking. Ahh well. (will remember that for the next one though, if I can find one)

Finding another coin holder money clip is easy, I’ve looked at them before for the idea of using some of my other silver rounds as clips… But as I recall finding one with the cam lock money grip is the hard part, and also they are kinda spendy, at around $30 for a plain clip style.  I’ll think of something though.

In the mean time, I’m back to using my other clip, a brass Marlborro one that I’ve had for ~20 some odd years… got it at a yard sale then, and it was lost in my stuff here for probably 15 years. I’ve used it off and on since I found it again a couple years ago.




Works great, although its a little light in the pocket compared to that silver round above, and thats unnerving at times… Not that I can feel the silver ones weight in my pocket after 6 years, far from it, it dissapears and I never feel it… But it also Stays at the bottom of my pocket… The other one might not do that as easilly sitting, laying etc.. Gonna have to be bloody careful till I’m sure its not easy to lose.(like I said, I have used it in the last couple years, but not often.)


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Hunting trip 2015

This trip started with a text message, a voice mail, and then another phone call… all in quick sucession on a Wed morning… all to me from one guy.

No, actually, it started the Sunday before that. My new friend Dan, and actually our new pastor at church, had planned out his yearly hunting trip with a buddy. They go out to Dans remote wilderness property in north western bush Alaska for a week of camping, fishing, and mainly moose hunting.

They were slated to leave on Monday the 14th, Early. At around midnight Sunday night, Dan got a text from his buddy; he’d been puttering around cleaning up his garage and thrown out his back… Couldn’t move.

They gave it some rest and pain killers, and waited til Wed morning, trying to get it to straiten out. No luck.  So Dan, still wanting to take the trip, and especially since this was to be his sons first moose hunt, wanting another able bodied adult along, called me.  He had known that I, having never shot or cleaned a moose, was apprehensive of going hunting on my own, and that I was trying to find an experianced hunter to go out with.  Perfect for both of us!

After hearing the details, I thought long and hard about it… for about 40 seconds! ;)  

This was actually a big leap for me, my first true camping trip, and first trip any distance by boat, and first trip this far into the bush, by land or water. 

Having heard some of his stories, knowing of his vast experiance on the rivers, and knowledge of the area were re assuring. So was the knowledge that he’d just bought a 11’X11′ wall tent that came with its own wood stove. :D 

And honestly, I try to be rather adventurous, and will generally try just about anything at least once, so saying yes wasn’t much of a leap.. ;) 

I was also trusting my faith in our God, knowing he might be testing me, but also trusting him to guide me, and actually us, to havign a safe trip..

The property, is ony accessible by boat(or bush plane if your so inclined with $$$), and about a 4 hour boat trip at that, and 30 miles from any civilization in only two directions, hundreds in the other direction, is literally past the last edge of civilization, and on the leading edge of extreme wilderness.

My adventure started that Wed afternoon, running around town and buying gear… Mainly rubber tubs with locking lids for my gear to stay dry on the boat, and a set of rain gear to keep me dry.

And as a side point, it dawned on me then, that in my 30 years in Alaska, about 16 of them outfitting myself, and buying gear, I have NEVER owned a set of waterproof rain gear before. Amazing considering how much I’ve worked and played in the rail over the years, and some of it week long jobs in the pouring rain…

I managed to get a set of Frog Toggs at Wally world. Cheap and light weight, I had my doubts, but soposedly wind and waterproof, while breathable, they were all I could find at such short notice, and all I could affor anyway. ($40)

The reason for the rain gear is the 30 mile boat ride in an open boat… Cold and Wet!

The short notice you ask?  Plan was to leave Early Thursday morning!

And whats the boat like, your also wondering?  Its a 18′ or 20′ canadian freight canoe.







I was up to 1am that night packing food, gear and guns. And after a short sleep got to Dans at about 8am, an hour later than planned…  

That was the first 20 miles of the trip, home to there.  My truck was left and I rode with Dan and his sone the rest of the way. 

From there, its about 148 miles to the river, the Tanana at Manley Hot Springs. Two lane black top for about 55 miles until the Livengood cutoff(highway change just before the mining town of Livengood). Cell reception ceases to exist at about mile 25 of that. Then its almost 100 miles of 1.5 or even 1 lane dirt. It varries. They had a large section of it tore up for road work, so some of it was 20 miles of rutted mud spread out dispersed in with gravel, cliffs, tundra, etc..  The average AK highway really.

At about 15 miles shy of Manley, you pass the road into Eureka, where my property is. And before this trip, my definition of being in bush Alaska… Now, after this trip, that drive and going up there seems, and will be a LOT less daunting to commit to doing. 

Once to Manley, a couple hours loading the boat, and we were on the river.

The launch there is entertaining, and unfortunetally I didn;t get a pic… its a 8′ mud bank, sheear drop, with a 3 or 4 foot wide area at waters level, thankfully for laoading up.

The ramp is about 20′ long cut at a 45deg angle into it. Its steep, slick, and did I mention steep and slick?  We had no trouble with Dans boat, but on the way home, before we got out of there, we had to chain up to a guy and pull him up the ramp, his boat being too heavy to get up it.

We also witnessed another heavy one, where the guy had a IMO under rated truck hooked to it, a 3/4 ton (at the most) Chevy…  At the end of that it was that Chevy and TWO more i ton dually Dodges hooked in line, to get that boat up the ramp! (A North Force full cabin river boat, inboard motor, fully loaded, about 5,000 lbs of boat at least). As I said,that launch is “Entertaining”. ;)

At this point I;ve aready gone 168 miles, in about 6 hours. Then we started down river, for 30 miles, which took about 5 hours.   In those next 30 miles we had motor trouble(bad gas, and learning the ins and outs of a borrowed motor) almost lost the motor because of a mount incompatability issure… ALmost got swamped and sunk is 5′ cresting waves from the wake of a Huge river freight barge in some shallows about 10 miles in. 

Our biggest issure was from that barge wake, and I should note there was no opperator erro in that incident… we were as far from the barge as we could get, and in Years up there Dan has never encountered waves like that in one of those wakes.  But our big issue was that we unexpectedly got water over the sides into the boat at that point, splashing us, and Dans son.  We then fought wet gloves, wet and COLD hands for the rest of the day, especially Dans son, who at one point lost foeeling in his hands, and then after applying chemical hand warmers, his hands ached as they warmed… Dangerously cold.  We ended up with him wrapped in a tarp to keep him from the wind, eain, and spray for the last half of the trip.

I’ve been much colder on snowmobiling trips… Not as wet, but much colder, so I wasnt bothered much. My biggest issue was that the rubber boots I took were old, and I found out the hard way with Wet feet; dry rotted and cracked.  Chemical foot warmers, and keeping my legs moving while sitting/ridding made it berrable and safe enough.

On the return trip, I wore my hiking boots. The ones that are winter boots, Cabelas winter hikers, rated to -40F, that have always been water proof… Guess when they decided to stop being water proof? Yup.  One boot leaked… I must admit the other was my fault, I believe I got water over the top of it. 

So I manages 60 miles round trip on a river with wet cold feet. Next time; I take the freaking hip waders. ;)

By the time we got to the property it was about 7pm, and we were fighting for daylight.

At whick point we still had to assemble camp, which involved me finishing the deck on the tent platform with the several hundred pounds of plywood we hauled in. Dan cut spruce poles for the tent.

This was the first time he had ever set the tent up, and we did a lousy job! But it worked and was a perfctly warm and dry home for two more days… 

We basically cut the ploes too short. They sit in an A frame, and we cut them to the width of the tent… Later realizing they should be wider, to alow the tent to hang inside the pole ends, allowing height for the walls etc to be straight. So we ended up with a slumped, slouching wall tent.

We guy lined ALL the points out though(used up 100′ of paracord, and all the sisal line that came with the tent, probably 30′ more) tarped over it and it worked great. Just looked terrible.   It was 1030 and pitch black before we got to actually get in the tent, have dinner and crash by about 1am.

And, I must say, I Loved all of it!

The next day was spent looking at the area, sitting in camp around the fire doing moose calls, and just relaxing.

The property sits on a natural game crossing of the side river there, about 400 yards up from its confluence with the Tanana.  Its the only easy place close to the tanana, for game to cross that river, and thus is a perfect place to sit and call moose. A LOT of moose have been taken there over the years. 

We also did some fishing, but unfortunetally the pike weren’t biting.

We didn’t connet with a moose either. WIth only one full day to be there, it wasn’t long enough. With a full week to work the area, there is little chance of not getting meat… We just didn;t have enough time. 

Don’t get me wrong, we tried hard, that night we milked it for all we could, sitting around the fire and calling, and hiking around camp in the driving rain and wind, until after dusk.

It was Cold and Wet, but fantastic times! 

We headed back the next morning, a reversal of the first day.

Taking down and storring that tent for the first time was a learning experiance. We got on the river at a good time, and no engine troubles on this trip, although we did run aground in a shallow spot once.

THAT was interesting, because you end up standing Outside the boat, in about 8” of water, in the middle of the river. Literally; There was about 1/4 mile to the bank on either side of us!  Didn’t take long, 15 min max to work it off the sand bar and re-route around it.

Thats when I misstepped and got water over the top of one boot. Like I said, next time; hip waders!

I was verry happy at thoat point we hadn’t gotten a moose; 1000lbs of meat in that boat would have been a real pain in the butt to gett off that sand bar!

And actually, early that morning, before first light, Dan and I were up when we should have been going out to hunt first light… It was still cold, raining steady and windy… We talked about it, and agreed that it was a Bad idea to shoot anything that morning. With the foul weather, the time it would take to process the animal added to the trip back time, we would be dead tired, and WAY later than we needed to be.

Just wouldn’t have been a safe idea to get that cold and wet processing a moose, then get on that river. 

By the time we got off the river, it was about 6pm. The drive back was the same adventure reversed, just all of it in the dark this time, although we managed to get past the worst of the muddy spotts by late dusk.  We hit town about 12 midnight. I got homw around 130 am Sunday.   Dan had to preach that morning, and did… I missed the ealeiest service, but was there for normal morning service. 

If we had gotten a moose that morning, or on the drive back, we woudn’t have gotten to town by 3am if not 4am.. and man it would have been a miserable Sunday morning.

As far as hunting overall, it was the right place, wrong time from the sign we had, a bull had been through a few days before we got there, and from the looks of things if we’d had a full week there, we no doubrt would have connected. like most failed hunts, just bad timming. 

All things considered though, it was All great fun, a little hairy, even frightening in places, but still all fun, and I wouldn’t trade the whole trip for the world.  

It was so fantastic being up there, so far from anything, a true feeling of freedom. IT was SO quiet. I mean, I live in a rather rural area, out in the woods, but we still have civilization noises… Or being up at Eureka is out in the sticks, but its still close to other people(relatively…) But out there, that far up the river, the only other contact with anyone, the only sounds of people were the once or twice daily boat heard on the main river, and maybe a bush plane going over.  It was GREAT!

I actually got about 1.5 hours alone in camp while Dan and his son went grouse hunting on that secong afternoon. With the quiet, and the river, and all of Gods created wonder around me… I can’t describe how calm and wonderful it was. Can’t wait till I get to go up there again!























This tree is over 4′ diameter at the base… unreal old growth forest, pretty rare to see up here, most of it was logged off in the first of the last century.





















cow moose tracks, bull moose tracks and Grizzly tracks, all within a week or so, two at the max, previous of our being there…









Some of the drive;





Some gear;


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Aaaaaannnnnddddd, IT is;

A ring.




Honestly, the teasing was, well…. wanting to tease ;)  but also gave me something to post while i waited to get better pics in the sunshine… Where i thought I was going to get sunshine is beyond me though. ;) And I forgot it anyway…

SO, here it is!













Copper swirl acrylic laminated with glow in the dark Kirinite, and then cut, drilled, lathed on the wood lathe, and then the metal lathe, and repeat several steps… Including re-laminating it twice..

But I got it!


NEVER again!!!

Well. OK, Maybe.


But if I do, I’ll have to figure out a better epoxy, and a better system… This was a LOT of work.

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More teasing

:D ;)



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Teasers of things to come soon…

Laminated acrylic and kirinite blanks;






Some work with the lathe;








Some “iluminated” materials on my work bench;


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