22 S/L/LR. Codename: “tanto”

This is a tough one. This is going to be your most needed gun. You’ll carry it the most, shoot it the most, simply USE IT the most. This rifle stays in the truck, because you may need it in an emergency. There’s no other cartridge on the face of the planet I’d rather have than a .22lr in a survival situation. There’s no other rifle I’d want in a survival situation, than a .22 which will feed S/L/ AND LR dependably, accurately, and reliably. The Browning BL-22 is, for me, in the top three…and that’s a close community. Five, measly, pounds. reliable, accurate and most of all, honest. I feckin’ adore this .22!


compass …a very special thing to me. I don’t wear a wristwatch. I’ve no concern what time it is, as that much is easy. It’s early sundown, beginning of winter, at 6,000 feet in Colorado. 28 degrees. THAT’S what “time” it is…

…good ol’ Nuttin’. That guy can talk for England! Great guy though…smart.

gears …this rifle sports a STEEL receiver, and uses a rack and pinion for strength and durability. It is unparalleled.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1008716898?pid=131294 …because shooting with both eyes open means that I don’t have to see the whole bumpy ass – just the silhouette of it.

This rifle should have a side saddle with at least 50 assorted, and 2 wetfires, with some all weather matches. That’s a start.

bl22 pdf …these are my two most common used cartridges in this caliber.

Squirrel: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301367227?pid=638772

General use: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301130954

Snakes and pests: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1002034959?pid=617555


tikka pretty

243 Winchester. Codename: “Slut”

This is the work horse of the centerfires, if only barely. This fella punches well above his weight, and does so with class. It never fails to amaze me, that the “one gun for everything” conversation still goes on. While I truly love the 25-06 in this role, the 243 is not to be dismissed. Sure, I agree that the 243 isn’t my first choice for bull elk, but it IS legal. Besides, I’m about to show you that a 243 Winchester can wear more hats than a politician.


5.9LBS! 22 inch barrel, and it’s a Tikka. (Finnish) Stainless, and light. Magazine fed, which I don’t necessarily like, nor dislike, but it IS a good quality magazine. I believe it will give good service. Tikka promises one MOA, and I believe them.



This scope has a Boone and Crockett reticle, goes down to 2.5 power, and all the way up to 8. (A common setting at prairie dog towns due to muzzle haze.) It features low light gathering and clarity technology which you’ll need. Early morning and late afternoon shots are very common. As a first pass with optics, I feel I could have done worse.


Oh yeah, ammo. This is the round the rifle is built around. Long distance, energy at impact, and constructed much stronger than any other VMAX I know of…it’s a winner. BC is .400 or better…I really can’t say enough. So check out this video, then read the post, lol. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/101953779?pid=405815


If planning to take game, this is what I would use. It’s copper, not lead, and retains 98-99% of it’s weight, leaving no metal in the meat. At 90 grains, and 3200 fps, it’s almost identical to the 87 grain, 3240 fps VMAX. One gun, two loads…HOO-YA!!! https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1016883790?pid=949220

243 pdf …yeah. With 2 feet of holdover, at 420 yards…jeez. Elk energy to 190-200? I still say that’s more number than reality.

At a starting weight of 5.9lbs, after optic, sling, and side saddle it should be at or just over 7lbs. With a conceivable max coyote bustin’ range of 1000 yards (yeah, right) I can easily carry this rifle all day in the mountains. There are lighter rifles out there, but not at this price point, with this quality level.

The 243 is a hot rod. Evidence of this is barrel wear. No worries though, this is a one in ten twist. Optimal bullet weight is 80-95 grains. There is NO SHORTAGE of awesome hunting rounds in this range…but if I’m gonna rebarrel it anyway…

When it wears out, I’ll put a one in eight twist high quality target barrel on it and be able to shoot the heavy for caliber, over 100 grain bullets as well. It just keeps getting better, and better.

…I need a smoke and a beer.



7mm-08 Remington. Codename: “Thors’ Pragmatic Ham-Dammer”

This round is…very surprising. It’s deceptively powerful. Much less recoil, yet downrange, the 7mm-08 even takes over it’s parent cartridge, the 308 Winchester!

7-08 pdf …I’m REALLY diggin’ on this round…



https://www.leupold.com/scopes/compact-scopes/vx-3i-2-5-8x36mm This scope has a Boone and Crockett reticle, goes down to 2.5 power, and all the way up to 8X. It features low light gathering and clarity technology which you’ll need. Early morning and late afternoon shots are very common. As a first pass with optics, I feel I could have done worse. Obviously, Irons at a hundred. This scope is one of the three reasons that I say this is a good “all around, elk to coyote rifle.”

https://www.cheaperthandirt.com/browning-blr-lightweight-81-4-round-magazine-7mm-08-blued/FC-023614027201.html Ya need an extra mag, mang.


It really IS a beautiful thing. Stainless. Strong against the elements. 6.5 pounds! No more than 8 pounds (more like 7.5) fully dressed! 20 inch barrel? I can easily carry this rifle all day. Hand picked wood. Metal trigger guard, not polymer. A metal magazine, not plastic. IRON SIGHTS!!! Do you have ANY idea how rare that is in 2019? Don’t she shine, though…


maxresdefault …it even comes in a takedown model. Neat, but I’m on the fence.

…built like a friggin’ TANK!


Go ahead. Compare it with the 270. …in a 6.5 pound, 3 foot long lever action? No wonder I love it!

…and now, for the keystone. Ammo.

Pelt damage N/A, and exit unnecessary: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001705075?pid=728542

Pelt damage N/A, exit necessary: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1016000018?pid=599091

MVP, Best all around: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001646231?pid=193993

This round is exceptional! Bonded, so controlled expansion. Minimal pelt damage. Adequate big game penetration, and cheap! Sssh, don’t tell nobody!

Lead free: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001615320?pid=441526

Appalachia Stomp.


Meet the Double Badger, by Chiappa. Codename: Optimus Prime.

This evolution is the 22lr and 20 gauge version. I’m about to build the perfect Appalachian hunting rifle. All in one package. You’re welcome.

Pretty easy premise. A good set of peep sights for the upper barrel, and the shotgun should be “close” Lol. Also, a provision on the barrel for a forward mounted optic. (Thank you!)

22lr is a GREAT place to start! but being single shot, it’ll fire 22 short, long, and long rifle. Jackpot! Remember the “.22 drought?” It could happen again and not knowing what you’ll find, it’s nice having options. Besides, I don’t know too many things that haven’t succumbed to the lowly, and colloquial “twenty-two.”

20 gauge is…nice. In a word, I suppose. #3 buck for defense. Number 6 for bird, 4 for turkey. Slugs for deer, cuz Ohio has to. Seriously, a 20 gauge is a smaller, slightly less powerful, but much nicer 12 gauge. Small game and target Wal-Mart loads cuz trees get tall in Alabama, and squirrels can show ya how to climb.

Now, for the deer rifle. I know of a company that manufactures and sells barrel inserts which will allow you to shoot 30 WCF. (Colloquially, the “30-30.”) All you need to install it is a rudimentary understanding of the birds and the bees and PRESTO CHANGO! …a turty-turty! Check it out…


Here’s the company…http://mcaceak.com/shotgun-inserts.html

So…sights. Well, I betcha a 22lr and a 30-30 don’t even kinda hit in the same spot. No worries! Remember that forward optic mount on the barrel? Great place for a red dot! Image.HE510C-GR …ever shot an AK with a gas tube mounted red dot? It’s like that.

2727400_01_chiappa_22_410_with_scope_640 …or, a scope.

I’d set that Holosun for my .22. Use the peeps for the 30-30. Your preference. I just get all warm and fuzzy when I shoot with both eyes open. LMFAO.

There are other adapters as well. A whole kit, in fact. Holy unnecessary “Bravo Sierra” Batman! Lol, I do recommend the .410/45 Colt though. My way is .410 in the summer, and .22 (CB Long, 29gr 710) when the leaves are gone. https://www.chiappafirearms.com/product.php?id=449


A leather cuff really pulls this rifle together, man…fuckin’ A!


Oh yeah, ammo.

.22: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301120182?pid=120182

For snakes, and indoor pests: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/100204184

20 and .410: Take your pick! Whatever’s cheap, usually. I do recommend Hornady’s slugs though.

30-30: Burner rounds, white tail and down: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001659992

First alternate, and should note. This bullet is hard. Mulies and up. https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001670547?pid=782697

The champ:https://www.midwayusa.com/product/100170635?pid=775263

Lead free:https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1001615250?pid=436699

I think that pretty much covers the bases, but the same company makes an 18″ insert for .22 Hornet as well. Very fun, and .22lr prices if you reload!

Appalachia stomp! …right on, man…

Vegan: Indian word for “BAD HUNTER.”


Black Bear over-the-counter w/caps Sep 2 – Sep 30

Deer/Elk West of I-25 and Unit 140 Aug 31 – Sep 29

Moose Sep 7 – Sep 29

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Oct 1 – Oct 25

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Nov 6 – Nov 30

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Dec 15 – Dec 31

Pronghorn Bucks Only Aug 15 – Aug 31

Pronghorn Buck or Doe Sep 1 – Sep 20


Black Bear over-the-counter w/caps Sep 14 – Sep 22

Deer/Elk/Moose by draw only Sep 14 – Sep 22

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 – by draw only Oct 12 – Oct 20

Pronghorn by draw only Sep 21 – Sep 29


Black Bear* over-the-counter w/caps*Concurrent with deer/elk rifle seasons

Black Bear Limited, by draw only Sep 2 – Sep 30

Deer/Elk Combined, 2nd Season Oct 19 – Oct 27

Deer/Elk Combined, 3rd Season Nov 2 – Nov 10

Deer/Elk Combined Limited, 4th Season Nov 13 – Nov 17

Elk Separate Limited, 1st Season Oct 12 – Oct 16

Moose Oct 1 – Oct 14

Plains Deer East of I-25, except Unit 140 Oct 26 – Nov 5

Plains Deer, Late East of I-25, except Unit 140 Dec 1 – Dec 14

Pronghorn: by draw only

…pause, and look into Shockeys’ eyes at the end. THAT. That is what it means to feel connected. Every fish on, every hand fed bird. Damn…

So much majesty…

THAT’S IT! Heck with y’all, I’m going to my mountains!