Tech Tuesday- Hog Saddle

Rifle season has arrived and while afield, terrain features and vegetation can make taking shots from the prone impossible. There are many options that are available today that help us as hunters and marksmen get off the ground and over top of vegetation in order to take shots in any condition.

Shooting sticks or a tripod rest equate to additional gear that one has to carry, so when making the basis of selection it is best to first make that consideration with the application in mind. 

If you are afield doing some glassing and spotting with your spotting scope, you can now make use of your tripod to also create a shooting rest. Coupling a high quality tripod and HOG Saddle offers any rifle and shooter unparalleled, steady support in any condition.

The HOG Saddle is a universal rifle rest that literally locks your rifle into position, offering a stable shooting platform. When taking inexperienced or young hunters afield, I really appreciate the stability that the HOG Saddle affords. The Marine Corps actually considers the HOG Saddle to be a safety device because it maintains control of the loaded firearm.

The HOG Saddle is also designed to absorb and dampen the recoil from your hunting rifle. This will allow you as the shooter to stay on target and place a follow up shot if needed. Turkey hunters take note, simply set your rifle into position over your decoys and you are hands free to run your box calls minimizing movement while maintaining your shooting position. 

Simply mount the HOG or PIG saddle to your tripod head or directly to the base of the tripod without using a head. You can attach your tripod's quick release plate to the bottom of the HOG Saddle for easy on and off. 

The HOG Saddle was designed by a Marine Scout Sniper and OIF Veteran with the special operations and law enforcement community in mind, however, I have found the HOG Saddle to be extremely valuable afield. The design is based around four basic principals:

Ruggedness- Impact and corrosion resistant

Portability- Less than 16 ounces

Versitility- Universal compatibility to any tripod platform using 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread attachments

American Made- Made in the USA. Period.  

There are two versions to select from, the MOD7 HOG Saddle which retails at $309.00 and the PIG Saddle retailing at $135.00. Go to www.hogsaddle.com to learn more. 

 

Tech Tuesday- Truck Vault

The road to hunting camp can be a long one, often I find myself on the road for days before arriving at my final destination. Loading and offloading gear in and out of my truck and into my hotel room can be a huge hassle, especially after a long day. Leaving firearms and expensive optics in the truck overnight has not been an option, until now. Let me introduce you to my new favorite piece of custom security gear, the Truck Vault.

100% Made in the USA, Truck Vault, offers a huge variety of secure, in-vehicle secure storage options for trucks with or without a canopy. You want options, Truck Vault has lots of them to fit your needs. For the sake of my crazy outdoor lifestyle, I opted with the all-weather extreme series so that my gear would be safe, secure and weather protected even if I chose to remove the canopy from my truck.

Not only are my valuables protected from inclement weather and theft, I can keep them organized with drawer dividers and compartments that are secured with heavy duty locks. If you are worried about overloading the top of your vault, don’t worry, you can carry up to 2,000 pounds on top of the vault, with their Extreme All-Weather series that you can also add tie down rails to the unit to help secure big loads. The drawers will easily support your gear and will support more weight than you can comfortably pull out. The standard drawer height will afford plenty of room for most shotguns to be stored and the magnum size will allow scoped rifles to be stored with ease without having to lay them on their side.

With each TruckVault being custom made to order, you can ensure that you are getting the perfect vault for your needs and your truck make and model. You can even add power outlets for a working office area, there are tons of options from drawer configuration, drawer divider options, custom carpet selection, cargo lights, tie down rails, table extensions, drawer foam, and drawer face selection options and more. With hunters needs in mind, check out the series designed to fit your application; Bow Hunting, Duck Hunting, Upland Bird, Trap Shooting, Camping, and more.

If you are looking for secure vehicle storage options, be sure that you check out TruckVault at www.truckvault.com

Tech Tuesday- Rifle Gear Disaster Prevention

The animal of your dreams is in your crosshairs, one press of the trigger and all of your dreams will come true. That holds true given that all of your equipment is functioning properly together. Before heading out into the field this rifle season, here are a few simple items to double check on your weapon system and to bring afield to ensure downrange accuracy and consistency.

Here are a few items to double check before your next rifle hunt:

Double checking that your rifle does not have any loose fasteners or cracks in the construction of the stock. It is especially important to torque your action screws.

Use a dollar bill to ensure that your barrel is free floated.

Make sure that your rifle sling stud is properly attached to the stock. The last thing you want is to drop your rifle causing damage due to a faulty sling stud.

In the field or on hand nearby be sure to bring along for field expedient repairs:

A supportive gun case is a must for transit of your rifle. This holds especially true when transporting your rifle to and from hunting areas on bumpy roads where your rifle scope zero is easily knocked off. Check out some great options from Cabela's here...

The Borka Tool Expanded Field Kit contains everything you need afield. The torque wrench can be custom calibrated for your action or scope rings/bases.

Wheeler also makes a Torque Fat Wrench to achieve and manintain factory torque settings.

And don’t forget to ring along your manufacture recommendations for torque specs on action screws, scope rings and bases.

Wheeler Pro Reticle Scope Level System- will ensure that if you need to mount an optic afield, it is installed correctly.  

Compact cleaning rod and cotton patches to remove moisture from rifle barrel. Check out the Herter's All-In-One Kit that covers most rifles, pistols and shotguns. 

JB weld is great to bring along in the event that your rifle sling stud comes loose.

 

 

Tech Tuesday- Magpul Hunter 700 Stock

Fit is key to downrange accuracy on all firearms. This past week in the NRA Women’s Network, Tips & Tactics, I discussed some considerations to make when evaluating rifle fit. One of the barreled actions that I used in the tips was set into a Magpul Hunter 700 stock.

I am a big fan of the Hunter 700 stock for many reasons- first, the length of pull (LOP) is easily adjustable from 13.0-15.0” with .5” spacers accommodating nearly any sized shooter. My LOP is actually 12.5” but the 13” adjusted LOP is still short enough to allow me to consistently mount the rifle for increased downrange accuracy.

The cheek comb height is adjustable as well allowing the shooters eye to be properly aligned with the mounted optic. The stock comes pre-fitted with a .25” riser and includes the option of a .50” and .75” to adjust weld locations for a multitude of shooters.

The stock is a true drop in fit for standard Remington 700 short actions with stock Remington hinged floor plates. It is light weight at 2.9 pounds making it a great fit for your mountain rifle.

And last, the price is what sets the Hunter 700 stock apart from the rest with a retail price of $259.99 available at Cabela’s in black and flat dark earth colors. 

Tech Tuesday- Buck Knives Open Season Series

The work begins, the minute you punch your tag and I used to feel overwhelmed when I had a bull on the ground. Field dressing was a task that I dreaded, it can be messy and time consuming causing your back to ache for days. For me, field dressing a big bull elk has become a much easier task as I have taken up the gutless method which is quick and really easy.

All this talk of field dressing leads me to this week’s Tech Tuesday blog. The selection of a high quality knife is of the utmost importance when taking on the task of field dressing a big game animal. In the past, I have used replaceable blade knives because it seemed like a good option to always have a sharp knife when you need it but there are drawbacks to that train of thought. First, the blades are often too sharp, causing you to cut accidental holes in capes, or yourself, and the blades are flimsy and break very easily. The last thing I want to do is reach inside the cavity of an animal to remove the heart and break off my knife blade inside which I have seen happen on numerous occasions. Not to mention the blades become expensive to replace.

Doing some experimentation with knives, I want to introduce you to the Buck Knives Open Season Series with a S30V blade. Why is the blade important? Well because the type of steel on a blade will dictate how long it will stay sharp.

The steel is the key to your knife staying sharp and the S30V is built to stay sharp. This year, I processed an entire bull elk without my knife dulling. I had no fear when reaching inside the body cavity to remove the heart of my knife blade snapping in half.

If you don’t know how to sharpen a Buck knife, simply send it in to Buck Knives and for a small fee they will gladly restore the edge. I also recently discovered the Buck Flip Stick. Weighing in at less than 2 ounces, you can take it anywhere for field expedient sharpening if it is needed.

The Open Season Series offers a caper, skinner, small game, and folding knife so that you can choose the knife that is right for your application. I chose the 3 ½” small fixed blade caper knife to carry with me afield this year. The beautiful handle is made of Rosewood Dymondwood and is small enough for me to easily control the knife, yet big enough to remove hind quarters on a bull elk. It even comes with a leather sheath that you can thread through your belt.

With a forever warranty, if you break your knife, send it in and they will repair or replace it. Forever. The series ranges in price from $125.00-$140.00 and is proudly made in the USA. Check them out at Cabelas.com.

 

 

Tech Tuesday- Cabela's XPG Outkross Hybrid Jacket

Light-weight performance clothing is on every backcountry hunters wish list and Cabela’s is working hard to bring consumers the best in light weight, performance apparel. Switching gears from hiking to glassing can bring a quick chill to the bone. To offset that chill, many hunters have invested in the “poofy coat” for light weight, warm outerwear.

The Cabela’s XPG Outkross Hybrid Jacket is not from the OutfitHer line, however, I believe that it is a worthwhile addition to your hunting wardrobe. First and foremost, the jacket is extremely light weight and warm with 60 grams of PrimaLoft insulation. PrimaLoft is a favorite of mine as it is warm, even if it gets damp. There are built in hand warmer pockets so you can add chemical heat packs that will keep you even warmer without additional bulk.

The outer shell kept me dry in light rain this archery season with the jacket having a durable water repellant finish (DWR).

And finally, the reason I really like this jacket is because it is super light-weight and it compresses down taking up very little space in your backpack when you are trekking.

Because this jacket is from the XPG line, you will not find it in camo, however, I purchased the jacket in gargoyle gray and found it to be plenty neutral for hunting applications, even during close encounters with archery elk. Having my backpack on added extra camo and if you feel like you need more camo or you want to add a warming layer, simply add the OutfitHer PrimaLoft vest.

Check out the Cabela’s XPG Outkross Hybrid jacket on cabelas.com item IK-974368. Right now, it’s on sale for $119.99 with free shipping.