Hello and Happy newsletter number ONE of
2007..... At this point of
January it is proving to be one of the mellowest winters in quite a while.
Quite a ways to go til true spring arrives. Those of you who actually read
this newsletter may be asking; where in the heck were last years
Well folks, in the last year or so there
have been about 30 different Sporting Goods Stores opened in the general
area. And we were so busy baking cakes for them plus selling stuff, we
didn’t have time for ye olde newsletter. But we will see if we can catch up
NEW GUNS AND CHANGES AND OTHER STUFF …..
What would a new year be without a new
Caliber? This year so far the only one of note is a new 308 Marlin Caliber.
This will use the Hornady soft tip pointed bullet and allow a tube magazine
lever action gun shooting the always great 308 caliber. This is the same
bullet type that last year made the 30-30 and other lever action calibers
into such improved performers. It goes by the name of The Hornady
Leverevolution. It uses a pointed bullet for better aerodynamics with a soft
plastic point. It is safe to load in a tubular magazine.
In other news;
Smith and Wesson has just purchased Thompson Center. This is big news for
the company that was so on the ropes just a few years ago. And hooking up
with T/C means nothing but good things. They will both operate as before.
And great new products coming this year from both.
is not out of business. We are going to try here to explain where they are.
Repeating Arms is the gun company that ‘leases’ the Winchester name from the
parent Winchester company that is really Olin Corp. This Olin/Winchester is
the ammunition company. That name lease ended a year ago but has been
renewed. Meanwhile Winchester Gun (U.S.R.A.) ceased production of all its
USA built guns but NOT the ones made in Belgium Portugal and Japan. But,
starting in 2008 you will see Winchester guns being built in this country
but in sunny Georgia, not Connecticut.
So, the gun company
is alive and well and getting better, the ammunition company is alive and
going great guns.
This is a little late to be new news, but, Hornady did a pretty big thing
with some calibers. 30-30 ,35rem, 444, 45-70 and 450 Marlin all got some new
loads. These calibers are generally used in tubular magazine firearms. The
Shells have been limited to round nose bullets for the sake of safety, (A
pointed bullet end against the primer is not a cool scenario). What Hornady
did was use a softer plastic tip on their loads. This allowed a better more
aerodynamic bullet to be used safely. The result is a 30-30 that shoots
flatter, further, and with more energy than ever before. And this holds true
for the other above mentioned calibers as well. These loads are called the
And in the ‘. 17”column...
Not counting the countless wildcat cartridges, this ‘arena’ gets a little
more crowded. Decades ago there was the 17 Remington, a hot little
centerfire cartridge. Now Remington has a 17 Rem Fireball. Again a
centerfire. Perhaps this is a result of the 17 rimfires, the 17HMR and
17HM2. The rimfire 17’s are still making waves , particularly the 17HMR. ..
Turkey Season will soon be upon Us.. The only news from the DNR as we all wait for tags, is that the allotted
tags are up about 5000. The leftover permit drawing that started last year
will go on again this year. The first one held last spring was kind of a
disaster at first. But ultimately wound up working smoothly. No problems at
all in fall. And this years so far mellow winter should make life easier on
the big birds. It won’t make them any less wary. I think though that if
turkeys could smell, the harvest rate would plummet. Different companies
continue to add to the available guns, ammunition and other miscellaneous
odds and ends. Are these all ‘gotta haves’ ?. Maybe, maybe not, but if it
makes one happy, why not?
Black Powder Shootin......
From the ancient days of Flintlocks, to the olden era of percussion
sidelocks, to today and the vast choices of Inline Rifles. And yet keep in
mind there were inline rifles a 100 years ago. Ease of cleaning is the big
draw these days. When we were once amazed by a breech plug that came out.
Now you can have a plug that comes out with a mere half turn. And more and
more of these smelly olde smoke poles are being used during the regular gun
season’s. If you want to find out what all the fun is about, just stop in
and look and ask.
DNR Calendar ……. This will be
a short calendar for now. Remember that your licenses are good until March
31st. Dates are as follow:
First Turkey session open
Hunting Last Year…….. Was totally different than the year before. These
seasons get shifted here and there and its tough figuring out what to do
when. So in review; A lot more deer were taken this year. 20 gauge was the
hot shotgun for the year. 30-06 was still the rifle of choice. Hornady SST
slugs were the hot number. And the easy winter so far means that the
opportunities will still be there next season. Black Powder season was
embraced even more again this year. And it was a safe year. What more can
one ask for ?
Coyote and Fox Folk......
Maybe by the time your reading this there is, or will have been some snow
cover. How can there be a coyote left standing with Center fire rifles, 17
HMR’s and Buckshot rounds waiting for them at every turn.
Shotgun Slugs: Rifled and Sabot……….. It seems as though every year we talk of all the new slugs that come
out. And 2007 is going to be no different. But if 5 new slugs/sabots come
out this year, don’t you think that 5 would be dropped? Nope. On the other
hand, maybe the frustrations of a 100 different load choices just adds to
Open 9 to 9 Mon to Friday
9 to 5 on Saturday,
Closed Sundays and Holidays.
And what is going on with CONCEALED CARRY? …..
At this point, at least in Wisconsin, not
too darned much. Sure makes one wonder about this political business.
Especially when you look around at the 40 plus States all around that have
this privilege for their citizens, and it has worked out VERY WELL for
everybody involved except the bad folk.
Internet.... We have a
website. Give us a visit, Have fun!
http://www.billssport.com/. Or e-mail us at email@example.com.
The new e-mail address was necessary to try and avoid e mail spam.
THE USED GUN LIST…… One thing
that is always a problem is that this used gun list is put together and is
up to date as of a week before mailing this newsletter. But it changes so
fast. However, if something on this list gets sold, it seems like another
one always takes it’s place. So I am going to quit worrying about it. Last
year in 2006, rifles were very strong in sales and shotguns were a little
lighter. The year before was opposite. This issues list has a lot of
interesting rifles, an nice bunch of pump shotguns. A few used semi autos.
Bunch of handguns and some really nice Over/Unders. And more used Side by
Side’ss including a batch of old hammer Damascus guns.
Optics...To include Scopes- Binoculars-Spotting scopes - and Range
finding units... We might be
wearing out the drum here by beating it so much BUT. Scopes are constantly
evolving into brighter, clearer, more reliable units every single year. And
the choices available are bound to more closely fit your specific needs. 30
years ago Leupold made about a dozen different models. Bushnell about 24
scopes. Now you have 4 times that number of choices. And companies like
Nikon and Burris, Weaver, Simmons, and many more.
campers we’re going to focus on those of you who are metallic Reloaders.
Rifle/Handgun Centerfire cartridges. More Specifically talking about case
care and maintenence. In looking at the Forster Products list and realizing
what an incredibly complete line of tools they make for case care. They
started out with a Case trimmer to deal with the stretching of cases,
particularly necked cases. (Forster used to be known as Forster-Apelt Mfg.)
Now their case care line has parts that
allow you to trim to length any caliber brass casing you could imagine. They
offer a simple and effective bullet puller system with various collets of
every caliber. Inside and or outside neck reamers for the perfectionist.
Power adaptors for any of these above devices. Deburr tools, primer pocket
cleaners or trimmers or swagers. Case graphite device. Stuck case removers.
A great lube. In other words, the Forster product lineup is a complete array
of case care products. To meet every conceivable need.
One reason for the focus on reloading, is
that we are seeing a lot more of you/us reloading due to the incredible
increases in ammunition costs of the past year. Components for rifle,
shotgun, or handgun, have risen in cost a LOT. Not to mention the
satisfaction of rolling and using your own ammunition.
Gun Safes.......... The gun
safe market has changed a bit in the last four years. It has become what is
called a mature and stable market.
What does that mean? It means a couple of things. One is that sales have
slowed a bit since so many have been sold. And with that, a lot of companies
that jumped into the making of these behemoths, have jumped back out. This
means that the good companies are left making these . And what better time
to mention that we are having a safe over stock sale. Yes campers, we wound
up with too many 40 inch safes in stock. We have to sell these big units
before we can order more. We have a black gloss Browning Medallion with a
max capacity of 45 guns. And a Black Satin Sterling . Also an FN model in
black and another Medallion with a buck/doe on the door. You can really save
some money here. We also have 3 of those now discontinued safe toppers in
stock at closeout prices. They fit on top of a 30 inch safe and increase
storage a lot. One is Forest Green and the other two are satin black. And 4
other 30 inch and 25 inch safes in stock at this time. And we can order one
also if you like. Think about it. SAVE ON A GOOD GUN
Crow Hunting... The only real
sport left in America. Have to take this spot to mention a newer product.
The Hastings Metro Barrel Extension. Made to use in Metro areas for DNR
control of noxious animals. Its designed to make 12 gauge shotgun noise less
intrusive. This barrel extension screws into your choke tube threads and the
choke tube goes in its end. It is very long and very ported. It is not a
silencer but does cut 25 to 30 decibels . It also has a lot of value to the
duck goose or crow blind hunter since the quiet shots wont flare your birds.
Stop in and heft one of these. Rather entertaining!
An Anniversary….. of sorts anyway.
The Marlin 39A Lever Action 22 which is still being made though a little
hard to find on store shelves, is now the Oldest Shoulder Firearm Design
still being made anywhere in the world. Still a machined steel gun that
shoots 22 shorts, longs, and long rifle shells.. Still Walnut, still fun,
and still accurate as the dickens.
Fishing Department..... Ye
Olde fishin department has lots of tackle you can use. And our special
sale going on til April 15th? Come in and buy any two
fishing lures, get any third one of equal or lesser price for 1 single
penny. Many other bargains to be found – Sale tags on many rods, reels,
combos, and tackle boxes. Stop in and save and then get the heck out there
and have some fun while achieving a little inner peace..
Boots..... Shoes...Hip Boots ..
We have season end sale prices on all remaining boots for men and women
in stock. Give your tootsies a treat and your wallet a break. Got to make
room for next years footwear.
Hunters Safety...... The fine
folks who volunteer huge amounts of time to properly acquaint the future
hunter of Wisconsin and America are to be commended. A Hunters Safety Course
is still one of the very best deals to be had. Plus the online course
availability makes accessibility so very easy. .
Gun Clubs... Are the the
present and the future for all of us. And one thing most of us have noticed
is how so many clubs may be the same but are always changing. Virtually
every club is constantly expanding its’ recreational offerings. Its such a
relaxing place to spend part or all of a weekend or a weeknight. Large club
or small, once you turn in the driveway the tension of the mad world we live
in just slips away. Join one if you haven’t yet and if you already have
,volunteer a couple of hours for the cause.
Tech Tips..... Just a couple
of quick reminders to save to trouble time and maybe money: Have you removed
and cleaned and lubed and replaced your choke tube lately so it does not
freeze in the barrel? Have you cleaned the chamber on your semi auto Deer
rifle lately so it doesn’t rust shut on the next shell? Are you starting the
sight in process for your scoped firearm at 25 yards or are you still
wanting to frustrate yourself by starting out at a 100 yards? And finally
have you renewed your gun club membership for 2007.
Outdoor Wear Department ... T
Shirts from Remington, Ruger, Browning, Kimber and More. Camo Coats,
Jackets, Pants, shirts and caps in a batch of patterns and sizes. Lots of
vests and coats with Orange covering 40% to 100%. Trap and Clay Vests in
all shapes. And lots of other odds and ends including some of the most
fashionable caps and hats to be found. Oh yes, PS, sale prices on
Last Round.... It has taken us
an eternity to get a ’newsletter’ out. Next one will be a lot sooner. Stuff
kept coming up to delay. We hope you all are having fun and finding success
afield and afloat. Thanks for your patronage and lets all have great year.
And Thanks Once
Ken. Steve, Olde Richard, Older Dick, Al, Pat and Kathy