Thanks a million for the invite. I'd be there next week if I could afford it. Not so much to hunt, but to meet you. Seems we have a lot in common. I'm sure we'de have a time. I haven't been to Washinton yet, but I'd sure like to make the trip. I have a brother in Lyman, Wyoming, and I've been out there several times, as well as Idaho and Utah. I also have a sister in Tucson, Arizona. My wife and I went there last May. The west is full of beautiful places, and I'm sure you live in one of them.
Whistlepigs are still alive and well in this part of Ohio, but a bag of 3 or 4 a day is pretty good.
By the way, I worked the Remmy over today, got the trigger down to 40 oz. and shot the best groups yet. I think I'll caress it a bit tomorrow and get it to about 30 oz., and then leave it alone. I eliminated all of the creep, and the trigger breaks real good. I'm happy with it, but I will push it further.
Also, I cut my bud's magazine down today, and he has a flush mag on his Marlin 17v. It's only 3 rounds now, but he loves it. It not only looks good, it's all he needs in one mag. Heck, the way it shoots with a 24 oz. trigger, 3 rounds is more than enough. (4 With one in the chamber)
Next weekend, I'm going to install a trigger stop for him, since the Marlin trigger moves about 1/2 inch after breaking. I will also jewel the bolt for him, and he is freefloating the barrel at the points where Marlin did'nt.
My Remmy doesn't need a trigger stop, it has very little travel after breaking.
The 3 rounder on the 17v is a wonderful improvement in the looks and feel of the rifle. Let me know if it interests you. Maybe I'll make you an offer you can't refuse.
Again, thanks for the invite. Who knows? Maybe I'll come out there someday just to find out why you left Ohio