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  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Oh great, now I can anticipate two hugs. Looking forward to seeing you both. Bring some long sleeve T-shirts large–they are great in the cool weather here (and hide a couple for me) . And please pass on my condolences to Jon.

    Semper Fi–mom

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Some of us old retired folks tell time by the Trad Bow cover—Thankfully I have just gained back two months that I couldn’t remember anyway.

    Robin–who is coming to ETAR this year.  I will be there for the whole time as Wojo has asked me to assist with his Tuffhead vendor display—so shooting in the morning and assisting him in the PM.

    Trust I will see many of you there.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

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    Jim

    Great view thanks for posting. Side bar of two 70+ gents doing a similar trip is inspiring.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    I second Robin’s welcome back Jim. Sent you a private E-mail not sure the correct address mine is herdering@earthlink.net drop me a note if you have the time.

    Robin—got my annual hug from Kari and meet John at ETAR on Thurs.

    And yes another old timer checking back in.

    Two good books although not trad bow specific–good reads on our “world”  Heart and Blood–Living with Deer in North America, and The Island Within—both by Richard Nelson.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    in reply to: Cock Feather In #126649

    Fletch with four A&A feathers and one does not have to worry about that. Of course you gotta bare shaft tune first.

    Poor Grumpy to long from the evolutionary chain from dinosaurs—although some of us have been referred to as them. Bird brain is another descriptive term applied to me.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Ed thanks for those comments. Although I must admit that I wouldn’t feel comfortable facing any buffalo.

    One of the things that sometimes gets over looked in setting up and tuning bow and arrow–is how well the archer shoots. And as we know lighter arrows and points have taken many prey. Having said that I think that anyone who doesn’t at least experiment with your work and EFOC is really missing out on some of the fun.

    We have discussed this before but it needs repeating—the heavy arrow with majority of weight up front not only produces the humane kill we all want but in my humble opinion they improve (at least for me) my accuracy.   We can get into the physics involved and sometimes that gives me a head ache–but that momentum induced by the heavy front end really adjusts for minor problems with draw and release, not to mention the adrenaline rush of a hunting shot.

    I get many comments when on 3D courses about my giant field points and minimal fletching. But the proof is at the point of impact. And as Troy points out it’s fun to shoot some bare shafts just to make your point (pun intended).

    Sorry been absent from the forum for some time trust we can get some good discussions going again.

    By the way Doc—how are you doing?

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Greetings to all.

    Just back from delightful road trip with my friend Kenny all the way to Durango and 10 day visit with Dave (Elkheart) Petersen. Some great stumping in the San Juan mountains (Kenny adds new meaning to stumping as he lost both legs below the knees 68 at Khe Sahn) Doc Dave Sigurslid joined us on one outing—some of you may remember him as co-author with Dave of the campfire philosopher section in Trad Bow mag.

    Many campfire stories each night and a side trip to Cedar Mesa. Most of the conversation is unsuitable for posting here–well it did include some brown beverage. And for a change I was the youngest of the group.

    Next event is ETAR and hope to see some of you there. Kenny will be coming with me and I’m sure Brennan Herr and Wojo will be with us.

    Must admit that the west has an inspiring panorama of views, but like Kenny we where happy to see our green mountains come into view.

    Dave sent his best to you all. Oh yeah we where all shooting Elk hearts (thank you Gregg). And yes I out shot them all, just ask me.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

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    Sean

    My 52″ Elkheart at 28″. I use the trad only 500 carbons start at 30″ with 100gr brass insert, 300gr field point (later add the same weight tuff head) with 100gr steel adapter. Bare shaft tune (instructions per Troy Breeding on Tuff head site). Once they shoot from 5-25 yds I will fletch with A&A fletching. Think I end up with arrow length of 29 1/4 “. Shoot the broad head with fletched shaft.  Shoot groups with both fletched and not with target point and of course the broad head is always shot with fletching. Bingo it’s tuned. Total arrow weight I shoot is 750gr with 500 up front EFOC per Dr. Ed’s data. This will take any north American game.

    I also shoot blunts for roving but they are a little lighter something like 400 I even use 300 grain screw ins for 3D as they are easier to pull out then Joe’s big brass points.  It appears that these carbon arrows are so forgiving they don’t notice. I have even cut shattered ends up to an inch off and they still hit the mark.

    Have fun and welcome back—trust the shoulder is better. Forgot to mention EFOC is 33%

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    in reply to: Welcome #125836

    Robin

    Sorry this new site is confusing and there is an annoying pop up that asks me to sign up for the tip of the week (which I am) but it moves around so quick I can’t close it and it blocks the list of topics. Get rid of it please?

    And when I get notified of personal note —where the heck is it the link sent takes me to the home page.

    OK enough rant. On the road tomorrow with my friend and two too three weeks at Dave P’s place not much planned except some stumping and maybe a trip to Cedar Mesa. Will check in when I return

     

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Hi folks, excuse the long absence. Linda and I just returned (for her 5months and for me 2 months) down in Boca Chica on her boat (I’m just crew). With flying back to Annapolis to testify in the state senate and finally after 7 year battle we won the fight to ban fracking in MD, the schedule has been hectic. Boat maintenance and getting her tied up for the hurricane season, auto breakdowns and such it was an adventure.

    Good news our national capitol region (DC, MD, VA,) just got accepted into BHA at the rendezvous. And for some strange reason I am on the board of directors—just goes to show that anybody who volunteers can raise to the top. Anyway we are already working issues back east concerning pipeline access through our public lands and in our county taking water from streams that support wild trout (with TU) for unsustainable development at a ski resort housing site.

    And finally my friend Kenny (proud owner of a Gregg Coffey Elkheart) and I will be meeting tomorrow for a stumping hike and then planning session over lunch for our road trip to visit Dave in Durango end of May through first two or three weeks in June.

    Dave is doing well and we are looking forward to the trip. Should be some good campfire stories to tell when we return.

    And then of course we have ETAR coming in July—Robin are you coming or are you sending Carrie again?

    Stay safe all of you.

    Semper Fi

    Col Mike

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    Preston

    If your having problems with sharpening single bevel, give Joe a call at Tuff Head or Ron at KME they will talk you through the technique and believe me being a sharpening klutz once you learn it you will never go back. As I remember Clay Hayes also has a video on the subject at Twisted Stave.

    Semper Fi

    Col Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    in reply to: Book Suggestions #125600

    For those of you interested in pre-Clovis Americans Adovasio’s new one Strangers in a New World is a must buy. Pricey but worth it. Section one covers where, how, and what were they doing. Section two covers every Clovis, Folsom, and pre-Clovis sight in great detail. Just the pictures and illustrations are worth the price. You won’t be dissapointed.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    Thanks Doc for showing that one again. Think I may have mentioned this before if so disregard.

    When I was still knocking about in tanks M60A-1 (rise,passive) the primary armor defeating round was a 105mm (they are 120mm now) fin stabilized discarding sabot.

    After the sabot discard the penetrator was about oh 2+ feet long weighing about 35#. With most of the weight in the first 6″ in a depleted uranium tip and about 40mm in diameter traveling at about 1500m/sec. So what you have here is maximum KE with maximum mass of the penetrator and most of that up front. In tests and real life it penetrated a Russian T-70 through the armored front glaceous and after going through the crew compartment and through the engine block exited the rear. Nice fire works.:D

    Point is heavy weight forward gives momentum as the Doc stated and maximum penetration.

    Of course we are not gonna launch arrows at 1500m/s but—IMHO if you tune your bow to the heaviest arrow it can shoot accurately at you distance (mine is 20-25yds) and put as much weight up forward (mine is EFOC %31) you will take just about any animal in N.America even when bone is hit.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

  • Col MikeCol Mike
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    in reply to: Tuff Head #135845

    Raymond (scout) Yes keeping the meat head, plans to provide a package with whatever weight tuff head with matching field point and blunt all with adapters already attached unless you want them for woods and glue on yourself. Because initially it was my idea Wojo immediately drafted me to help—so as soon as this broken ankle heals and the cast comes off–the plan is for me to visit him on weekends and help with packaging, mailing, sweeping the place you know things I can handle without messing it up—and to be clear I am a volunteer–he said if I can prove myself with little supervision he would consider minimum wage in maybe a year or so. No respect these young folks. All joking aside Linda and I are as excited as his wife (Heather) and daughter (Olivia). I will try to keep the forum informed without violating mom’s guidance on advertising. Although in the past she was pretty quick to delete my comments.

    Semper Fi and have a great new year

    Mike

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    Hey David

    Yes been busy with lots of stuff. But all is well.  Spent about 7 days with Dave first of June. We had a good time but the fires limited our out door travels we were confined to “his” mountain. The entire San Juan National Forest was closed. No campfires in his area so we sat on the front porch at night with a virtual campfire. He is doing very well and I keep pushing him for another book—but don’t hold your breath.

    Semper Fi

    Mike

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