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Mission accomplished.
Sunday was blighted with a migraine and gout. Fortunately I was fit for work today but took my gear for the rabbit I was still after.
I'm pleased to say the powder charge loaded and plugged with a thorn on wet Friday went off perfectly tonight.
It was a lovely evening with a good show of rabbit.
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I had a rabbit in front of me but tried to photograph it instead and so while fumbling with the camera it got suspicious and slipped away. It was only 12 yards away!
I put the camera away and got serious.
After a long slow stalk and the sun on set I finally had a rabbit in front of me. I was convinced it was a young doe and was doing my best to ignore it and watching another buck chasing a doe a little further on.
Well dang it if the wind didn't do a swirl and gave me away and rabbits bolted all roads! Except that is for junior in front of me less than 20yds!
Well she who turns out was a he after all turned and streched that made me realise it was bigger than I had initially thought so I shot. I aimed off to the side of the head.
There was the flash in the pan, then I just had to wait what seems like forever for that stupid course powder to go off. Boom and bunny was down but not out. I was there as quick as a whippet....I wasn't going to lose it at any cost!
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I walked the mile plus back to the car with the wind now behind me. The shouldered gun had its vent by my face. The heady smell of sulphur was intoxicating and I overdosed on it hoping it would be a lasting fix! I doubt it will though, just makes the craving worse!
Bunny should be good. 3/4 grown buck. Probably born in December!
Thank you Lord. 👏.
Now should I clean it tonight or tomorrow. Maybe in a min....
 

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Get the skin off quick , then the guts out. Wash it up clean of blood , then cool it in the fridge unless cooking is next. He has provided........OOps , forgot........Nice smoothbore........oldwood
 

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Brit,
Those Brit bunnies must be some kinda' tough to survive a load of 2oz of shot and 120gr of fine black. But, one must adapt to the game...fyi, I saw a small, crew served gun for sale on "FieldArtilleryRus.com". Price seemed reasonable but the cost of a trained crew could be prohibitive.

Congratulations on a good hunt and excellent write up with pics. Hope you get to feeling better.

I sincerely appreciate your grateful attitude for just being able to be out and about in the field!
 

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Get the skin off quick , then the guts out. Wash it up clean of blood , then cool it in the fridge unless cooking is next. He has provided........OOps , forgot........Nice smoothbore........oldwood
Sorry. I meant clean the gun .
The guts were out before the photo.
Bunny is hanging up now for a couple of days.
The gun is cleaned now too.
Tooth pick and kitchen towel under the frizzen.
Boiled water in and out a few times. Rodded. More hot water. Drying patches and a good lubing when dry. Easy peasy.
 

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Brit,
Those Brit bunnies must be some kinda' tough to survive a load of 2oz of shot and 120gr of fine black. But, one must adapt to the game...fyi, I saw a small, crew served gun for sale on "FieldArtilleryRus.com". Price seemed reasonable but the cost of a trained crew could be prohibitive.

Congratulations on a good hunt and excellent write up with pics. Hope you get to feeling better.

I sincerely appreciate your grateful attitude for just being able to be out and about in the field!
Lol...only used 1&1/8oz of shot and about 70gns of powder. #7shot.
 

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Brit.........Thanks for the commentary and pics. Reminds me of the 1950's in the Pa. and W.Va. coal regions when all the mines were shut down after WW-2 ended. As a kid , we hunted hard for anything edible. Had some good times doing it. In the mountains near home Rough Grouse were on an up cycle , and 50 flushes before noon were the norm. Some good eating............oldwood
 

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Brit.........Thanks for the commentary and pics. Reminds me of the 1950's in the Pa. and W.Va. coal regions when all the mines were shut down after WW-2 ended. As a kid , we hunted hard for anything edible. Had some good times doing it. In the mountains near home Rough Grouse were on an up cycle , and 50 flushes before noon were the norm. Some good eating............oldwood
They must of been tough times.
This old system has been terrible!
I'll be glad when the Kingdom comes, "on earth as it is in heaven".

B.
 

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"on earth as it is in heaven".
That's the way I feel every time I'm out in the woods! If I was surrounded by nothing by man-made buildings, cities, etc. all the time, I'm not sure I could believe in a higher power. Through nature one sees what God intended for us. As Gene Wenzel says in their first production of Primal Dreams: "Some people feel closest to God when in the Cathedral of the Pines."

Great pictures and story, as usual. :thumb:
 

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Sorry. I meant clean the gun .
The guts were out before the photo.
Bunny is hanging up now for a couple of days.
The gun is cleaned now too.
Tooth pick and kitchen towel under the frizzen.
Boiled water in and out a few times. Rodded. More hot water. Drying patches and a good lubing when dry. Easy peasy.
About fell out of my chair when I read this.
I’ve heard of pheasant on high, but never tried it. High rabbit I think might be your last meal, or at least leave you wishing you could die.
But yes, dont let the sun set on a dirty gun.
 

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About fell out of my chair when I read this.
I’ve heard of pheasant on high, but never tried it. High rabbit I think might be your last meal, or at least leave you wishing you could die.
But yes, dont let the sun set on a dirty gun.
I often let the sun set on a dirty gun friend. Never had an issue. This time it was first fired on Friday in the rain then stored until Monday un clean.
The rabbit will be prepped tonight. The temps are up!
 
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