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#5988648 - 01/01/12 05:55 PM 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member
Seafire Offline
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the Link in Reloading Section...

http://24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/5982844/1/New_guy_dreaming_of_a_35_Whele

This is from a young soldier stationed in Afghanistan, who is from Alaska, who is "dreaming of a 35 Whelen" to pick up when he gets home from serving his country over there...

I made a proposal this morning on the Reloading Section when I saw this... there has been no response all day..

I know this is New Years day and folks are doing other things than hanging on 24HR...

However, I thought I would bring this up here to the Campfire Forum....

What I am proposing is for us to make this young soldier's dream come true, by we at 24 Hour come up with Donations and purchase a barrel for him, to be put on the action of his choice.....

I am committing $20.00 to the project to get it started...
I gives us an opportunity to show a little appreciation to one of our young soldiers, who is putting himself in harms way to serve his country... a million miles away from home and family.

If anyone desire to contribute or head this project, please PM me...if no one else wants to spear head this, I will be happy to... but it shouldn't take much from very many of us to make a young E5 have something he'd love to have...

Serving his country, where he is... he's already more than made his contribution to this...Matt, thank you for your service to your country...

cheers
seafire
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#5988665 - 01/01/12 05:58 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
huntsonora Offline
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I'm in. How much is a barrel?

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#5988668 - 01/01/12 05:59 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
savage62 Offline
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That will work a great thing your doing here

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#5988669 - 01/01/12 05:59 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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pm sent


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#5988681 - 01/01/12 06:02 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: huntsonora]
Karnis Offline
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You know I'm in. laugh


Edited by Karnis (01/01/12 06:25 PM)
Edit Reason: Diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain

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#5988706 - 01/01/12 06:09 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Idaho_Shooter Offline
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I just saw this and followed your link. Matt sounds like a well deserving young man, especially his last post ##5988657.

Just let me know where to send the USPS MO.
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#5988722 - 01/01/12 06:13 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idaho_Shooter]
exbiologist Offline
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I'm in, I love doing these things. I think the last one we did was for Winnie1300?
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#5988732 - 01/01/12 06:15 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: exbiologist]
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+1
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#5988828 - 01/01/12 06:36 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: stxhunter]
prm Offline
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I'd be in. Be a nice treat for someone away from friends and family for a year.


Edited by prm (01/01/12 06:37 PM)

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#5988980 - 01/01/12 07:20 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: prm]
7x57STEVE Offline
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I'm in.

This may well be the best money I spend all year.

Steve

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#5989026 - 01/01/12 07:33 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: prm]
aboltfan Offline
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Seafire,

I'm in. PM me to let me know what you need from me.

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#5989056 - 01/01/12 07:45 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: aboltfan]
tomk Offline
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I'm in PM sent

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#5989115 - 01/01/12 08:02 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: tomk]
Winnie Offline
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I am in since you guys were nice enough to help me!

PM sent.

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#5989295 - 01/01/12 08:54 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Winnie]
NJelksmacker Offline
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Put me down for $20, PM details.

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#5989388 - 01/01/12 09:27 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: NJelksmacker]
Seafire Offline
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Just got home from being out for family commitments this evening..

With no response on the Reloading forum, the first thing we have to do is get a response from Matt, the young E 5 in Afghanistan..

We need to know what kind of action he wants to put this on etc..

with an early response from so many, lets see when he picks an action, if we can have someone who can donate or knows where an action is, like he would like to have...

Thanks to all the guys who have already responded... its new years day and we are starting off the new year with 'doing the right thing' for a young deserving Soldier!

you guys rock!
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#5989428 - 01/01/12 09:46 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
mart Offline
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Count me in. I have to stand by my fellow Wasillian, Wasillite, shoot I don't know what more than one of us is called but I'm in. PM sent.

Mart
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#5989527 - 01/01/12 11:16 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: mart
Count me in. I have to stand by my fellow Wasillian, Wasillite, shoot I don't know what more than one of us is called but I'm in. PM sent.

Mart


I think Wasillan plural is "valley trash". wink
I might have to enlist you to help me sight this thing in Mart!

I guess I would be the Matt in question. I'm at a loss for words here folks. Here's my reply to Seafire, so the action info is on here too:

Originally Posted By: AlaskaMatt
LOL, thanks Seafire. It does mean a lot. And I'm not as young as you might think. I enlisted rather late in life. I got all the grandpa jokes in BCT, at the age of 31. I'll be hitting 38 in 10 days. I feel younger than I am though, if that makes any difference. ;-)

If ya'll are going to insist on this, the stainless Marlin XL7 '06 is the action I was planning to use. I already have one in '06 and I love it. They are inexpensive, but very well made with a smooth action, adjustable trigger and far more accurate than the price suggests.

I hadn't decided yet on whether to have the factory barrel re-bored or have the action re-barreled. I understand Savage barrels might work in the Marlin action. Ya'll can pretty much decide how to build it. The majority of you probably know more about custom rifle building than I do anyway.

I don't really know what to say here. I've never had anyone offer to build me a rifle before. Here I am brand-new to the forum, just came here on the advice of a friend to pick some of your brains on the 35 Whelen and two days later I'm choosing an action for a rifle that fellow veterans have offered to build for me. I just hope I can someday re-pay your kindness.
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#5989586 - 01/02/12 12:45 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Matt,

you've repaid our 'kindness' every day you get up, put on your uniform and serve your country... just like every other guy over there...

I can't speak for anyone else, but this is the LEAST I can do for a veteran who is still serving in harms way...

I look at myself as really immaterial in all of this... but the response I have already had from fellow forum members and fellow vets.. all I can say is I am damn proud to hang out in the same circles as you guys... you guys are what is representative of what is RIGHT with our country...

Thank you to each of your gentlemen...

I told Matt, all he owes us, is a report on the first success of his Whelan when he gets back to the world and takes her out hunting...and to come home Safe.. like we hope all the boys over there in harms way will do...
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#5989686 - 01/02/12 04:53 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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I might even be able to share some success before the Whelen is done, with it's "little brother" Marlin 30-06. I'm hopefully going home in May for R&R leave. That's the best time to look for a spring bear. cool

I've got some 200 gr. Nosler Partitions loaded up that should work just fine on a black bear.
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#5989864 - 01/02/12 06:13 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
nmitchell Offline
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I'm in.

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#5989890 - 01/02/12 06:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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pm sent.
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#5990009 - 01/02/12 06:54 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: badger]
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PM sent.
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#5990031 - 01/02/12 07:00 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nmitchell]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Just in case any of you want to see the lucky guy who is getting the Whelen.... a bigger version of that little thumbnail to the left:

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#5990109 - 01/02/12 07:20 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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You let the air out of that bear! shocked
















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#5990113 - 01/02/12 07:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Mannlicher Offline
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Seafire, when you get the details set on where to respond, let me know. I'm in for this good cause.
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#5990225 - 01/02/12 07:47 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
TBREW401 Offline
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Seafire
If he is gonna reload, I've got a set of Lee dies to contribute.
May have some bullets as well.

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#5990378 - 01/02/12 08:24 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Mannlicher]
ChasR Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mannlicher
Seafire, when you get the details set on where to respond, let me know. I'm in for this good cause.

Yeah, like Mannlicher said! Count me in. Let me know where and how to send funds.
US Army RVN - 1970-1971


Edited by CRounds (01/02/12 11:30 AM)
Edit Reason: Date Correction!!

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#5990472 - 01/02/12 08:45 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
mart Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Originally Posted By: mart
Count me in. I have to stand by my fellow Wasillian, Wasillite, shoot I don't know what more than one of us is called but I'm in. PM sent.

Mart


I think Wasillan plural is "valley trash". wink
I might have to enlist you to help me sight this thing in Mart!

I guess I would be the Matt in question. I'm at a loss for words here folks. Here's my reply to Seafire, so the action info is on here too:

Originally Posted By: AlaskaMatt
LOL, thanks Seafire. It does mean a lot. And I'm not as young as you might think. I enlisted rather late in life. I got all the grandpa jokes in BCT, at the age of 31. I'll be hitting 38 in 10 days. I feel younger than I am though, if that makes any difference. ;-)

If ya'll are going to insist on this, the stainless Marlin XL7 '06 is the action I was planning to use. I already have one in '06 and I love it. They are inexpensive, but very well made with a smooth action, adjustable trigger and far more accurate than the price suggests.

I hadn't decided yet on whether to have the factory barrel re-bored or have the action re-barreled. I understand Savage barrels might work in the Marlin action. Ya'll can pretty much decide how to build it. The majority of you probably know more about custom rifle building than I do anyway.

I don't really know what to say here. I've never had anyone offer to build me a rifle before. Here I am brand-new to the forum, just came here on the advice of a friend to pick some of your brains on the 35 Whelen and two days later I'm choosing an action for a rifle that fellow veterans have offered to build for me. I just hope I can someday re-pay your kindness.


Matt,

Just give a shout when you want to go to the range. I work a week on/week off schedule so can hit the range during the week when there is not so large a crowd if that works for you.

This was a great idea Seafire. Thanks for starting it.

Mart


Edited by mart (01/02/12 08:46 AM)
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#5990691 - 01/02/12 09:31 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: mart
Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Originally Posted By: mart
Count me in. I have to stand by my fellow Wasillian, Wasillite, shoot I don't know what more than one of us is called but I'm in. PM sent.

Mart


I think Wasillan plural is "valley trash". wink
I might have to enlist you to help me sight this thing in Mart!

I guess I would be the Matt in question. I'm at a loss for words here folks. Here's my reply to Seafire, so the action info is on here too:

Originally Posted By: AlaskaMatt
LOL, thanks Seafire. It does mean a lot. And I'm not as young as you might think. I enlisted rather late in life. I got all the grandpa jokes in BCT, at the age of 31. I'll be hitting 38 in 10 days. I feel younger than I am though, if that makes any difference. ;-)

If ya'll are going to insist on this, the stainless Marlin XL7 '06 is the action I was planning to use. I already have one in '06 and I love it. They are inexpensive, but very well made with a smooth action, adjustable trigger and far more accurate than the price suggests.

I hadn't decided yet on whether to have the factory barrel re-bored or have the action re-barreled. I understand Savage barrels might work in the Marlin action. Ya'll can pretty much decide how to build it. The majority of you probably know more about custom rifle building than I do anyway.

I don't really know what to say here. I've never had anyone offer to build me a rifle before. Here I am brand-new to the forum, just came here on the advice of a friend to pick some of your brains on the 35 Whelen and two days later I'm choosing an action for a rifle that fellow veterans have offered to build for me. I just hope I can someday re-pay your kindness.


Matt,

Just give a shout when you want to go to the range. I work a week on/week off schedule so can hit the range during the week when there is not so large a crowd if that works for you.

This was a great idea Seafire. Thanks for starting it.

Mart


Sounds good to me, we tend to get a fair amount of time off when we get home from a deployment. I assume you're talking about birchwood - I may go ahead and spring for a membership again since the Wasilla range seems to have fallen through.

That bear was the best meat I've ever tasted!
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#5990781 - 01/02/12 09:54 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
mart Offline
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I am a member at Birchwood. There is the range out north of Willow on the Parks but I don't know the name of it or the contact information, or if it is even still in operation.

Mart
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#5990951 - 01/02/12 10:34 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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I've driven by it a few times, but I've never seen anyone there. I just assumed it was closed. I think it's a bit farther than birchwood.
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#5991083 - 01/02/12 11:04 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
mart Offline
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It is a bit farther than Birchwood but probably less crowded. I have never seen anyone there either. I should post that question on the Alaska Outdoors Forum and see if anyone knows the status of that range.

Mart
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#5991192 - 01/02/12 11:27 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Idared Offline
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Count me in.

PM sent.
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#5992661 - 01/02/12 05:24 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idared]
duck911 Offline
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I'm in! Will you keep us updated here on the build he wants? (I may be interested in donating a scope, bases/rings, or something else depending on the gun!)

--Duck911

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#5992962 - 01/02/12 06:22 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: duck911]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Before I logged on here, I had sent a message to Wild West Guns asking about the cost of the build. He replied today telling me that re-barreling the Marlin would be almost four times the price of the rifle. I still can't believe ya'll are doing this for me. I'm gonna need adresses for everyone involved so I can at least send a thank you card or something. So whose up for some moose jerky? confused
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#5993148 - 01/02/12 06:55 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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I'm in. Pleae tell me where to send the cunds.

Bill

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#5993170 - 01/02/12 07:00 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Karnis Offline
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I think most any one of us would gnaw on a stick or two. grin

What's happening here has happened in different variations/themes. There are too many gentlemen on this forum to list that have helped others. Frankly, I'm not sure there is any other innanet forum that has the quality of folks than here.

I've made more than one life long friend by joining and spend 99% of my rifle looney time here (much to others chagrin eek ).

Stay awhile if you would, we need to add to the ranks.

Stay safe and get yer azz back home.

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#5993176 - 01/02/12 07:00 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: WHM77]
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I have a friend of mine in the Army in AK, Ft Richardson, whose husband is back in Shitghanistan, they are great couple. Love to help this nice Soldier too. Please let me know where to send some funds! Otis!
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#5993250 - 01/02/12 07:12 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Otis]
Steve_NO Offline
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just finally read this and realized what the title meant....I'm in. Let me know where to send and what the tariff is to cover the costs.
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#5993272 - 01/02/12 07:16 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
Elf Offline
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Originally Posted By: mart
I am a member at Birchwood. There is the range out north of Willow on the Parks but I don't know the name of it or the contact information, or if it is even still in operation.

Mart


Mart,

If your talking about the range on the right hand side going towards Talkeetna, it's still in operation, the name escapes me though.

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#5993290 - 01/02/12 07:19 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Scott F Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
I still can't believe ya'll are doing this for me. I'm gonna need adresses for everyone involved so I can at least send a thank you card or something. So whose up for some moose jerky? confused


And I cannot believe what you are sacrificing for us here at home. I think it is we who owe you. keep your head down.
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#5993347 - 01/02/12 07:29 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Scott F]
WHM77 Offline
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Posts: 47
I'm in send me the details.

Bill

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#5993358 - 01/02/12 07:31 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Scott F]
heavywalker Offline
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I'm in just let me know where the funds need to go
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#5993402 - 01/02/12 07:40 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: heavywalker]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Thanks everyone. If I can connect with a moose, I'll have some jerky made up and send ya'll some. Don't worry - there will be plenty to go around. A mature bull will yield about 700 lbs of meat. That would feed my family of 7 for about a year.
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#5993546 - 01/02/12 08:08 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
mart Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Thanks everyone. If I can connect with a moose, I'll have some jerky made up and send ya'll some. Don't worry - there will be plenty to go around. A mature bull will yield about 700 lbs of meat. That would feed my family of 7 for about a year.


Seven! Does that mean you have 5 kids? Man you do know what causes that don't you? Just kidding I come from a big family and loved it. Are any of them old enough to hunt with you?

Mart
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#5993849 - 01/02/12 09:34 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
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I'm in... both for helping out with the rifle and the moose jerky!
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#5993867 - 01/02/12 09:40 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: KDK]
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I'm in. Where do I send a check?

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#5993973 - 01/02/12 11:48 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: mart
Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Thanks everyone. If I can connect with a moose, I'll have some jerky made up and send ya'll some. Don't worry - there will be plenty to go around. A mature bull will yield about 700 lbs of meat. That would feed my family of 7 for about a year.


Seven! Does that mean you have 5 kids? Man you do know what causes that don't you? Just kidding I come from a big family and loved it. Are any of them old enough to hunt with you?

Mart


LOL, I figured someone would catch that. Yes, I have five kids. All of them perfect, too. My oldest, and the only boy, Timothy is 12 and he's already a veteran of several hunting trips with me. He's put a fair amount of small game on the table himself. My oldest girl, Sarah just got her first rifle for her 9th birthday. It's a cricket single shot .22 and she loves it. She needs a bit more practise before she's ready to hunt. Timothy has a .22, a pump-action 410, and a Rossi youth combo in 20 gauge and .243 Win. We're a hunting/fishing/outdoors family.

Ya'll ought not to get me started about my kids. I can brag on them for the whole deployment. grin
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#5993985 - 01/03/12 12:16 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Okay, here's one more pic of my ugly mug taken three days ago in my motorpool. That beast behind me is my truck.

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#5994008 - 01/03/12 01:18 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Gee Matt... Too bad you couldn't take the truck home as Surplus...

looks like that thing would get you around the Alaskan wilderness pretty darn well...that thing is cool!
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#5994012 - 01/03/12 01:32 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Seafire Offline
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Okay,

for all the Wonderful folks here who are diving in on this project, which some did a simple name for it, which I am going to adapt... "Project Matt"....

I am trying to return PMs as fast as I can...

this has been less than 48 hours and the responses have been overwhelming..

for those that wish to donate, or contribute anything to "Project Matt"...please PM me.. it is easier for me to manage and follow up on...

I am running this thru my small company... on PM I am giving out that address and also am giving out my personal mobile phone number if anyone needs to contact me beyond PM....

I also want to put this out there as an idea from another forum member who desires to remain anonymous, but has done a very generous contribution for Project Matt....

There is another forum member here, who just got back from Afghanistan.. several forum members here were evidently sending CARE packages to the guys in his unit over there, during their tour...

so the Suggestion has been made to do this also for that returning forum member....

I support the idea and will commit $20 also to that project to get the ball rolling on that one...

The intended forum member probably doesn't even have a clue that he has been targeted for a little appreciation....

but it is up to you guys if you are cool with that also...

I'll post it as AFGHAN VET PROJECT TWO...

While I am at the keyboard also, I want to say that a lot of guys have complimented me for even thinking of this...I humbly thank you... but the heroes on this are YOU GUYS.. the response on this has already been substantial...

you guys are stepping right up to the plate for Matt here...

So I am the architect here... YOU GUYS are the ones that are building this....

This is already a done deal... it is all now just putting together the logistics...

If anyone out there has a really nice scope they would like to donate or sell cheap to us.. I'd like to send this to Matt with a Leupold or scope of his choice on top...wish we could make it a Nightforce or something of that sort... but we are a little short for that much.. unless some well to do forum member has one he doesn't need anymore...

I'll try and keep an up to date report on this as the gears turn...but it is moving quickly right out of the chute...

I'm proud to be on this forum with everyone of you guys!
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#5994449 - 01/03/12 06:20 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Just wanted to chime in and say he is one of if not the most deserving hunting partner I could ever ask for. I was lucky enough to assist Matt in harvesting his first Alaskan Black Bear last year before we both left for the "sand" together. Now I hope I can be blessed with him taking his first Alaskan Brown bear when we get back stateside. Much KUDO's to all who are participating in this!
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#5994507 - 01/03/12 06:41 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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I missed this thread yesterday. I picked up on it when it was linked in the Spano thread (another 10 minutes I'll never get back).

PM incoming.

George
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#5994896 - 01/03/12 08:34 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Originally Posted By: Seafire
Okay,

for all the Wonderful folks here who are diving in on this project, which some did a simple name for it, which I am going to adapt... "Project Matt"....

I am trying to return PMs as fast as I can...

this has been less than 48 hours and the responses have been overwhelming..

for those that wish to donate, or contribute anything to "Project Matt"...please PM me.. it is easier for me to manage and follow up on...

I am running this thru my small company... on PM I am giving out that address and also am giving out my personal mobile phone number if anyone needs to contact me beyond PM....

I also want to put this out there as an idea from another forum member who desires to remain anonymous, but has done a very generous contribution for Project Matt....

There is another forum member here, who just got back from Afghanistan.. several forum members here were evidently sending CARE packages to the guys in his unit over there, during their tour...

so the Suggestion has been made to do this also for that returning forum member....

I support the idea and will commit $20 also to that project to get the ball rolling on that one...

The intended forum member probably doesn't even have a clue that he has been targeted for a little appreciation....

but it is up to you guys if you are cool with that also...

I'll post it as AFGHAN VET PROJECT TWO...

While I am at the keyboard also, I want to say that a lot of guys have complimented me for even thinking of this...I humbly thank you... but the heroes on this are YOU GUYS.. the response on this has already been substantial...

you guys are stepping right up to the plate for Matt here...

So I am the architect here... YOU GUYS are the ones that are building this....

This is already a done deal... it is all now just putting together the logistics...

If anyone out there has a really nice scope they would like to donate or sell cheap to us.. I'd like to send this to Matt with a Leupold or scope of his choice on top...wish we could make it a Nightforce or something of that sort... but we are a little short for that much.. unless some well to do forum member has one he doesn't need anymore...

I'll try and keep an up to date report on this as the gears turn...but it is moving quickly right out of the chute...

I'm proud to be on this forum with everyone of you guys!


I think that is a GREAT idea.
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#5994974 - 01/03/12 08:51 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
mart Offline
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Well the truck is pretty. grin Just teasing Matt. We appreciate what you are doing over there. I notice the 25th Infantry patches. I was in the 25th, stationed in Hawaii, many, many years ago. Is there anything we can do for you on this end while you are deployed to help out you and your family. Our church tries to reach out to help the families of deployed soldiers when we can.

Mart
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#5994976 - 01/03/12 08:52 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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The check is in the mail!! (I LOVE saying that! But, THIS time it's true!) I use Quicken so you'll see it around the 10th.

Thanks for doing the 'leg work' on this.

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#5997107 - 01/03/12 04:52 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mart]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: mart
Well the truck is pretty. grin Just teasing Matt. We appreciate what you are doing over there. I notice the 25th Infantry patches. I was in the 25th, stationed in Hawaii, many, many years ago. Is there anything we can do for you on this end while you are deployed to help out you and your family. Our church tries to reach out to help the families of deployed soldiers when we can.

Mart


Thanks Mart, I appreciate that. There's really nothing I need though. My family goes to Wasilla Christian and they do an excellent job of taking care of my wife and kids while I'm gone. They send me goodies too. I bought my wife a fourwheeler with a plow during my first deployment, but she never had to use it. One of the men from the church was always over plowing our driveway after every storm. cool
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#5998302 - 01/03/12 08:40 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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My check went out today in time to make the last pick-up at 5:00. I am honored to participate.

Another option that could be considered, in order to get a good 35 Whelen, would be to order a Shaw rifle to Matt's specs.

Let's try to keep this thread on the front page.
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#5998764 - 01/04/12 12:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nifty-two-fifty]
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Has an action been picked yet? Like others I have the little stuff laying around that may help. Rings bases and so on.
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#5998771 - 01/04/12 12:30 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: raybass]
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Howzabouda Remington 700 Classique? Little cerakote, different furniture, some QRW's. Haven't priced a Classique but may be an option. Eh?


Edited by Karnis (01/04/12 12:31 AM)

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#5998797 - 01/04/12 01:37 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Karnis]
Seafire Offline
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Matt requested a Marlin XL 7, since he owns several of them as I gather... one in an 06 and then also a short action, I think he said 243...

he has given me the desired specs of the barrel...

now I just need to wait for the funds to start being received in the mail..

He also would just like to duplicate the scope he has on his 30/06, which is a Redfield 3 x 9 with the circle x reticle...

Several members have FFLs and are offering the rifles to be secured for their cost plus shipping...

Matt and I have also spoken on whose barrel he would like, and he is not particular....

he'll be home in May, and I'd like to have this done and available to him by then...

several other guys have also offered reloading dies and some left over bullets from their Whelans...

tomorrow morning this endeavor will be only 72 hour old.. and it has come together quickly...

I have been returning PMs as fast as I can, schedule permitting..I am also putting my mobile phone number on those PMs in case anyone desires to call me regarding the project here..

per the suggestion of another forum member, we are also going to start a second project for a forum member who has not been back from the 'Stan very long at all...

Will try to keep folks posted on this..and its progress..

it would be great if anyone knows how to ask management to allow this to stay as a sticky...help would be appreciated..

best regards
john chr
seafire
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#6000213 - 01/04/12 10:55 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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BTT
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#6000268 - 01/04/12 11:15 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nifty-two-fifty]
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Just saw this!

You guys all know this is near and dear to my heart, absolutely count me in!

PM Sent
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#6000277 - 01/04/12 11:18 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: HugAJackass]
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PM sent Seafire.
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#6000596 - 01/04/12 01:11 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AkMtnHntr]
Seafire Offline
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Well guys, an update from my end...

have to admit I have burned up a lot of time returning emails...
this has been very time consuming, and I have BEEN LOVING every second of this...

Steve 7x57 has given me the theme for this endeavor when he said "its the best money I have spent all year!"

I really believe that...both financially and with my personal time... talk about a small price to pay for such a good cause!

but I also have to publicly admit, doing this has brought me close to tears...I mean I know 24 hour is a place where there is a good crowd here...and I knew that their generosity would step forward... but you guys have just blown me away...

I must admit that something in the heating ducts at home must have been causing me some allergies.. I keep getting all this teary eyed reactions... must be near the computer that I am getting these allergies... at times, I have to walk away just to get my composure back...

When this all gets together within the next week or so, I'll try to figure out how to report this to the group, its progress, how much was received...

if anyone has any questions or comments, I have posted my mobile phone to be contacted if anyone prefers that method over PMs..

it has only been 72 hours since this got started, but the results have been staggering... and I for one, want to thank each and everyone one of you gentlemen for stepping up and showing a soldier serving our country our appreciation in some small way...

wish we were wealthy enough to do something like this for each individual that we find 'in need'...

I salute you guys... with AWE and APPRECIATION!

thank you for allowing me to be a small part of this wonderful endeavor!

best regards
seafire
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#6000695 - 01/04/12 01:44 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Karnis Offline
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Always better to give than to receive and you've given alot.

Let's see:

1. Ideer.
2. Time.
3. Gathering & counting.
4. Posting updates.
5. Taking calls.
6. Making calls.

I can see how the allergies have kicked in when you've committed so much to an idea and see every ones reaction as validation of #1. Your doing good, actually gooder than good. grin

For me it's like Christmas all over again. A a bunch of Santas helping out, knowing darn well what the reaction is going to be when the perfect gift is unwrapped.

Woooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a Red Skelton jump and wiggle.

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#6001873 - 01/04/12 06:02 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Karnis]
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I just love that truck! What a brute.

Matt, be careful when you get home and transition into normal vehicles. My son-in-law spent a year driving humvees and the first week he was home he high-sided his Isuzu Trooper cutting across a vacant lot. LOL
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#6002056 - 01/04/12 06:32 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nifty-two-fifty]
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Every time I come home from a deployment, I notice my wife leaning over and peeking at the speedometer occasionally. I get so used to poking along scrutinizing every piece of trash that I find it hard to drive the speed limit. 45 or so in a 65 is about the norm until I get used to it. crazy The hardest part is resisting the urge to drive way around every broke-down vehicle since to me it represents a potential VBIED.

I just want to take a sec to express my heart-felt gratitude to all of you folks who have participated in this project. And especially to SeaFire. It's never happened to me before and I find myself in awe of the generosity of so many who have never even met me. All of you enthusiastically offered your time, money and posessions simply because of my chosen profession. It means a LOT to me and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. This will be a rifle that I will someday be proud to pass on to my son.

By the way, Nifty two fifty - do you ride motorcycles? The "high-side" reference clued me in. wink
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#6002512 - 01/04/12 08:01 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Well today I was over at Sportsman's and have lined up a Marlin Stainless Long Action. We are getting such a deal on it, that it is less than I can have one purchased at cost by a few members with FFLs, and then shipped and then paying the 'fees' that are always attached to it...

The scope Matt expressed interest in is already on the way, courtesy of a fellow Alaskan who desire to remain anonymous..
and then was apologizing he couldn't do more!!! Its also a brand new one in the box, not a handmedown donation...

I'm going to ask Matt in PM a couple more questions of how he'd like this thing to be in the end.. got some help on standby with some custom stock work if he desires...

after that is the barrel ( the original idea.. grin)

and then just the wait for it to come together...

with that being done, then I will be focusing on contestant number 2....

I still feel immaterial in this project... as this is a labor of love if no other better way to describe it...

but the rest of you gentlemen have done this web site proud!, darn proud... and it is a personal privilege to be on the same board as you gentlemen...
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#6003042 - 01/05/12 12:08 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
nifty-two-fifty Offline
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Matt,

I rode motorcycles a lot for 25 years. Several years of fairly serious back problems took the fun out of it and I got away from them. My back is enough better now that I may get another one someday.

Back in the '70s I was a volunteer instructor for the first M/C safety course at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA. Those days were before helmet laws, but the base required them. The PX sold helmets from $19 up to real good Bells for $75 (a bargain). I used to have quite a talk with the young Marines about the decision deciding how much their brain was worth.

Be careful over there. A local Shasta County Navy man died over there this week, the victim of an explosion. He was in bomb disposal, on his third tour. Last year he was named Sailor of the Year.

On a happier note, tonight I was pumping gas into my Jeep. A 75-year-old woman walking by saw my Marine Corps sticker. She asked if I had been in the Marine Corps. When I said yes, she thanked me for my service and shook my hand. She made my day, and I think my surprised smile made hers, too.
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#6003084 - 01/05/12 02:51 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nifty-two-fifty]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: nifty-two-fifty
Matt,

I rode motorcycles a lot for 25 years. Several years of fairly serious back problems took the fun out of it and I got away from them. My back is enough better now that I may get another one someday.

Back in the '70s I was a volunteer instructor for the first M/C safety course at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA. Those days were before helmet laws, but the base required them. The PX sold helmets from $19 up to real good Bells for $75 (a bargain). I used to have quite a talk with the young Marines about the decision deciding how much their brain was worth.

Be careful over there. A local Shasta County Navy man died over there this week, the victim of an explosion. He was in bomb disposal, on his third tour. Last year he was named Sailor of the Year.

On a happier note, tonight I was pumping gas into my Jeep. A 75-year-old woman walking by saw my Marine Corps sticker. She asked if I had been in the Marine Corps. When I said yes, she thanked me for my service and shook my hand. She made my day, and I think my surprised smile made hers, too.


That's too bad about the Shasta County man passing over here. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

I've been riding streetbikes for about 16 years now. I have somewhere between 100 and 200K miles on two wheels so far. My last bike was a pristine 1976 Honda GL1000 Goldwing. I logged about 7K miles on it this last summer. I never ride without all the protective gear. (ATGATT) I spent 23 years of my life in CA and I've ridden all over the state. I hope to someday ride down through Canada into CA to visit friends and family then back to AK.

I echo the elderly woman's sentiments. Thank you for your service! It's always nice to receive that support. It always seems the most heart-felt from the older generations too.
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#6006474 - 01/05/12 06:39 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Bump for a good guy!

Matt doesn't deserve to be 3rd page, even if we have already gotten enough support for his dream rifle...

thanks
seafire
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#6006554 - 01/05/12 06:55 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
eh76 Offline
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Dang right!

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#6006678 - 01/05/12 07:20 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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eh76,

I like your sig line. I would think about venturing down there from Alaska for a hunt, but it's too cold for me in Wyoming. crazy

(Seriously! Coldest recorded temp in US history was in Wyoming!)


Edited by AlaskanMatt (01/05/12 07:20 PM)
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#6006695 - 01/05/12 07:24 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
eh76 Offline
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Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
Matt,

Thanks grin not the coldest but in the top 10. I believe AK holds the honor of the coldest. Been to AK once to chase caribou. Beautiful country.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0113527.html

Keith

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#6006881 - 01/05/12 08:07 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Hmmm... I read somewhere once that somewhere in WY it got to -86. Can't seem to find it now. Maybe that was false info. Either way, it's COLD! Where I live in AK it does occasionally get down to -30 but that's not common. Most of the winter the temp stays above zero.
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#6006930 - 01/05/12 08:19 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
eh76 Offline
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Could be correct. Coldest I have seen personally is 50 below near where I live and that was wicked. 20 below is plenty cold. Alaska and Wyoming are very similar other than Alaska has more water. I loved it up there, you have caribou and we have pronghorn grin

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#6006963 - 01/05/12 08:29 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Yeah, I've been through WY a few times. I drove trucks over the road for about 2.5 years. There is some beautiful country there. I have fallen in love with Alaska though. I'm never leaving if I can help it. We have moose bears sheep and goats too, not to mention all the salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfish, trout grayling, arctic char, pike.... you get the idea. ;-)
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#6006987 - 01/05/12 08:39 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
eh76 Offline
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halibut...

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#6006997 - 01/05/12 08:43 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Yeah, Halibut is good stuff! Well, time to get to work. My trucks aint gonna fix themselves. ;-)
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#6007033 - 01/05/12 08:56 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Keep safe!

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#6007621 - 01/06/12 06:19 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
eh76 Offline
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Good morning guys!



Bump for an OUTSTANDING cause! grin

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#6007626 - 01/06/12 06:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: eh76
Good morning guys!



Bump for an OUTSTANDING cause! grin


Almost time for bed here. whistle
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#6008174 - 01/06/12 08:58 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Elf Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Originally Posted By: eh76
Good morning guys!



Bump for an OUTSTANDING cause! grin


Almost time for bed here. whistle


Adding another bump..

Matt, always reminding myself that my son is a day ahead of me time wise while he's over there. Hope you had an "uneventful" day.

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#6008658 - 01/06/12 11:05 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Elf]
Mannlicher Offline
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Seafire, my check should arrive today, tomorrow at the latest. Keep us informed about the project. I can't wait to see the finished rifle. laugh
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#6010393 - 01/06/12 06:19 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Mannlicher]
Seafire Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mannlicher
Seafire, my check should arrive today, tomorrow at the latest. Keep us informed about the project. I can't wait to see the finished rifle. laugh


I use a mail service due to the high amount of mail theft by transients out this way... I'll start checking the box on Monday...

I will also let those that made it obvious who the donation was from, I will notify them of receipt via PM...many request to remain anonymous...

The scope he requested is on the way and the rifle is on layaway already...

Now it is just boiling down on where we can get a great barrel and a fast turn around... for Matt.

Then I am going to start working on the logistics for Vet # 2...
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#6010563 - 01/06/12 06:50 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Glad to see things working out!
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#6012044 - 01/07/12 08:38 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: BearKiller]
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Damn, I am getting behind on this deal.

Seafire, PM inbound.
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#6015502 - 01/08/12 06:28 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idaho_Shooter]
7x57STEVE Offline
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Bump for one of the best initiatives at the Fire.

Steve

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#6019117 - 01/08/12 09:36 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
Idared Offline
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smile
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#6019455 - 01/09/12 04:51 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idared]
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#6020958 - 01/09/12 11:44 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idared]
MYore Offline
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PM's sent offering to Cerakote it when it is ready.

and a bump

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#6020989 - 01/09/12 11:52 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: MYore]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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That's a damned nice offer on the cerakote, would be a good idea for hunting up here.
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#6021002 - 01/09/12 11:54 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AkMtnHntr]
eh76 Offline
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Glad to see this back up at the top where it needs to be.

Hey Seafire...I'll ask Rick to make it a sticky!

Keith

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#6021074 - 01/09/12 12:09 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
7x57STEVE Offline
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+1 on the sticky.

This is too important, and too good a purpose, to not be on the top of page 1.

Steve

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#6021934 - 01/09/12 03:15 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
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#6022034 - 01/09/12 03:35 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
eh76 Offline
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Originally Posted By: 7x57STEVE

+1 on the sticky.

This is too important, and too good a purpose, to not be on the top of page 1.

Steve


I Pm'd Rick about it

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#6022178 - 01/09/12 04:13 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Idared]
EQFD193 Offline
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I'm in for $20.00 to help the cause..to whom and where do I send a personal check.

Steve
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#6022187 - 01/09/12 04:15 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: EQFD193]
eh76 Offline
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Originally Posted By: EQFD193
I'm in for $20.00 to help the cause..to whom and where do I send a personal check.

Steve


PM Seafire

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#6023416 - 01/09/12 08:19 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
7x57STEVE Offline
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eh76

You done good getting the sticky.

A lot more of the Fire will now have the opportunity to participate.

Steve

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#6023558 - 01/09/12 08:37 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
eh76 Offline
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Steve,

All I did was ask...Rick is da man!

Keith

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#6023617 - 01/09/12 08:48 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
7x57STEVE Offline
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Keith,

If it were not for BOTH of you, it would not have happened.

Congrats and appreciation to you and Rick.

And for those who have not contributed, it is rare that $20 would go so far to show our appreciation and respect for the guys who have earned it, but will never get it without our contribution.

Steve

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#6023889 - 01/09/12 11:20 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
minnmarcus Offline
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I'm in. PM sent to Seafire

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#6024259 - 01/10/12 06:04 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: minnmarcus]
jaydub in wi Offline
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Originally Posted By: minnmarcus
I'm in. PM sent to Seafire

+1

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#6024876 - 01/10/12 08:36 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: jaydub in wi]
eh76 Offline
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Gentleman in addition to AlaskanMatt , we will be putting together a second rifle for another member recently returned from duty overseas as a sincere thank you for his service.

Originally Posted By: Seafire


and then just the wait for it to come together...

with that being done, then I will be focusing on contestant number 2....


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#6024970 - 01/10/12 08:51 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
kend Offline
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What sort od barrel will the Marlin have. Maybe I missed it somewhere. Stainless fluted with a matching fluted bolt would be my choice.
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#6025077 - 01/10/12 09:12 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: kend]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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I just got back from a long mission pushing, pulling and otherwise coaxing Afghani trucks (most of them with bald tires and countless other maintenance issues) over a snow covered, muddy and icy 10,000 ft. mountain pass. IRT Dangerous Roads aint got nothin' on Afghanistan! wink

So here I am two days later, and there are two more pages to this thread and it's now a sticky. All I can say is I'm still very grateful to all of you, and I still find this hard to believe. I don't know how much this rifle is going to cost in the end, but it seems to me there's probably already enough to pay for it, so Seafire: does that mean I can go ahead and send in my donation for the second project for the other veteran?
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#6025388 - 01/10/12 10:22 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Mannlicher Offline
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and Matt proves once again what a wonderful group of guys we have here, and how blessed we are to be among such great folks.
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#6026161 - 01/10/12 01:24 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
Border Doc Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 750
Loc: Desertside, New Mexico Territo...

Wait. . .Wait a second here.

I just saw this as a sticky and want to help out and it has done multiplied like rabbits!

I'm late to the party, but thanks to good work by MANY, I'll sing along.

PM on way to Seafire.
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#6028181 - 01/10/12 08:44 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Border Doc]
Rubeus_Hagrid Offline
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Just spotted this thread. I'm in.

Thank you Matt for your service.

Thank you Seafire for the work you're doing.

P.M. on the way to Seafire.
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#6028497 - 01/11/12 01:03 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Rubeus_Hagrid]
DayPacker Offline
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I'm in. PM sent to Seafire.
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#6029810 - 01/11/12 09:33 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: DayPacker]
BearKiller Offline
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Happy Birthday AlaskanMatt
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#6029856 - 01/11/12 09:44 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: BearKiller]
7x57STEVE Offline
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AlaskanMatt,

Happy Birthday , and also the best of the day and the year to you.

This time next year you will have a new rifle.

And well deserved.

Steve

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#6029926 - 01/11/12 10:00 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7x57STEVE]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Thanks guys, it's been a good day!
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#6030306 - 01/11/12 11:13 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Loc: Southern Oregon USA
Gee....

Happy Birthday on top of it all Matt!
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#6031472 - 01/11/12 03:02 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
7mm08fan Offline
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Just got caught up on this - I'm in - PM to Seafire

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#6032194 - 01/11/12 05:27 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: 7mm08fan]
Seafire Offline
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Registered: 04/20/04
Posts: 17063
Loc: Southern Oregon USA
as for an update of ALL Received donations today 1/11/12

I am listing the city and the amount received... I am not listing names as there were folks who wanted to remain anonymous...

Total received today added up to $665.00 and One Lee die set for 35 Whelen...

List:
1 Die Set- Seffner FL
2.$20: Culloden WVa
3. $40 Kittitas WA
4. $50 Wasilla AK
5. $20 Yorktown VA
6. $20 Greensfield MA
7. $20 Benbrook TX
8. $20 Monitorsville? PA ( 17754)
9. $20 Victoria MN
10. $100 Port Arthur TX police dept
11. $50 Heavener OK
12. $40 Longview WA
13. $100 Douglas WY
14. $20 Lake Elmo MN
15. $20 Silver Spring MD
16. $20 Gainesville FL
17. $30 Pt Townsend WA
18. $25 Palo Cedro CA
19. $25 Roswell GA
20. $20 Corvallis OR
21. $25 Eureka CA

I will also try to contact each donor via PM to acknowledge their donation but many did not put any link to their on line handle and their name.... I'll do the best I can, but if I miss someone please forgive me...

I want to thank all that have sent or pledged donations for this project...so guys were generous enough to say that if they project needs more donation to let them know... is that awesome or not...

It is an honor and privilege to be on the same web site as many of you gentlemen.....its an honor being a little piece of this also...

and remember, as soon as I get this one in the works, we are also going to do another vet who has already returned from serving over there.. another forum member...

thanks to all of you gentlemen and God Bless you for supporting this project and supporting our troops...

best regards
john chr.
seafire
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#6032784 - 01/11/12 07:10 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
ironeagle_84 Offline
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John, have you found a smith yet? if not, i know a guy or two who could probably do it quickly.
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#6032812 - 01/11/12 07:17 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: ironeagle_84]
Seafire Offline
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several offers Marty...

where you referring to Tom Hart? or Mark Skaggs?
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#6032814 - 01/11/12 07:18 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: ironeagle_84]
kend Offline
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And a big round of applause for the Port Arthur TX police dept for their $100 donation.
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#6032832 - 01/11/12 07:21 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
ironeagle_84 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seafire
several offers Marty...

where you referring to Tom Hart? or Mark Skaggs?


Tom Hart, or Dale Martenia... i work with Dale and see him daily.
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30-06 till i die, the greatest round ever!

I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy!

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#6032907 - 01/11/12 07:37 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 336
Loc: HOME! Wasilla, AK
Originally Posted By: Seafire
as for an update of ALL Received donations today 1/11/12

I am listing the city and the amount received... I am not listing names as there were folks who wanted to remain anonymous...

Total received today added up to $665.00 and One Lee die set for 35 Whelen...

List:
1 Die Set- Seffner FL
2.$20: Culloden WVa
3. $40 Kittitas WA
4. $50 Wasilla AK
5. $20 Yorktown VA
6. $20 Greensfield MA
7. $20 Benbrook TX
8. $20 Monitorsville? PA ( 17754)
9. $20 Victoria MN
10. $100 Port Arthur TX police dept
11. $50 Heavener OK
12. $40 Longview WA
13. $100 Douglas WY
14. $20 Lake Elmo MN
15. $20 Silver Spring MD
16. $20 Gainesville FL
17. $30 Pt Townsend WA
18. $25 Palo Cedro CA
19. $25 Roswell GA
20. $20 Corvallis OR
21. $25 Eureka CA

I will also try to contact each donor via PM to acknowledge their donation but many did not put any link to their on line handle and their name.... I'll do the best I can, but if I miss someone please forgive me...

I want to thank all that have sent or pledged donations for this project...so guys were generous enough to say that if they project needs more donation to let them know... is that awesome or not...

It is an honor and privilege to be on the same web site as many of you gentlemen.....its an honor being a little piece of this also...

and remember, as soon as I get this one in the works, we are also going to do another vet who has already returned from serving over there.. another forum member...

thanks to all of you gentlemen and God Bless you for supporting this project and supporting our troops...

best regards
john chr.
seafire


Thank you to all of the above!! That's already more than I've ever paid for a rifle.
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#6033036 - 01/11/12 08:04 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
eh76 Offline
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Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
Happy Birthday!

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#6036486 - 01/12/12 05:03 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Fisch Offline
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Registered: 03/31/11
Posts: 42
Loc: Oro Valley, AZ
Seafire,

If it is not too late I would be honored to kick in $ 25.00. Please provide a mailing address/

Brett Fischer
Oro Valley,AZ

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#6038939 - 01/13/12 09:58 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Fisch]
Tony Offline
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Registered: 03/28/04
Posts: 3407
Loc: Texas, Idaho & Other Places
Is there an address where I can ship a box of the only bullet a Whelen owner will ever need?

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#6039343 - 01/13/12 11:48 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Tony]
Seafire Offline
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Registered: 04/20/04
Posts: 17063
Loc: Southern Oregon USA
send me a PM Tony and I'll give out the address..

thanks

john chr.
seafire
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"To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth." —Theodore Roosevelt"

"why do I carry a 45? Because they didn't make a 46.."






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#6039645 - 01/13/12 01:09 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Fisch]
eh76 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 44781
Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
Originally Posted By: Fisch
Seafire,

If it is not too late I would be honored to kick in $ 25.00. Please provide a mailing address/

Brett Fischer
Oro Valley,AZ


Brett just PM Seafire.

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#6040594 - 01/13/12 04:59 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
Fisch Offline
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Registered: 03/31/11
Posts: 42
Loc: Oro Valley, AZ
Will do.

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#6040680 - 01/13/12 05:26 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Fisch]
Seafire Offline
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1/13/12 update...

received via the mail today:



1 Redfield Revolution 3 x 9 scope with AccuRange from an member who desires to remain anonymous from Alaska..

2. $20 from Zimmerman MN
3. $20 from Fremont Michigan
4. $50 from Reston VA

thanks to one and all...

Going over to pick up the rifle in the next days, when I get a hole in my schedule..

now the hardware part is starting to take shape...its an honor to be the 'control tower' getting this baby off the ground...

best regards
john chr
seafire
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#6047874 - 01/15/12 01:29 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Right now I am Flat Broke, Seafire, I think maybe come spring I should be able to swing maybe a box or two of bullets or something. Unemployment is really starting to get on my nerves never mind about going to the hospital twice last week for an infection that took a bit to get a handle on. I have a follow up. So I will know soon enough what my long term heath problems is going to be. Worst come to worst, I send the guy my 338!
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#6048624 - 01/15/12 04:32 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: gmsemel]
Seafire Offline
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GM:

no worries.. we have had a solid turn out and support per usual from the guys here on the campfire... you take care of the home base first off... this one is covered...

we all can relate to wanting to help others at times in our lives, and there was just nothing there to be able to give..
there is no dishonor or anything to feel guilty about over that..

I am sure many of us taking part in this wish we could do even more...but we are all dealing with ObamaNOmics.. only the guys in Washington don't seem to care.. pretty much anyone else does, because we are being forced to live it..

I know for sure my wallet has seen a lot better days....

just hang in there my friend...Prayers for you and your family that bluer skys and greener pastures are in your near future...

best regards
seafire
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#6049190 - 01/15/12 06:25 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: Seafire
GM:

no worries.. we have had a solid turn out and support per usual from the guys here on the campfire... you take care of the home base first off... this one is covered...

we all can relate to wanting to help others at times in our lives, and there was just nothing there to be able to give..
there is no dishonor or anything to feel guilty about over that..

I am sure many of us taking part in this wish we could do even more...but we are all dealing with ObamaNOmics.. only the guys in Washington don't seem to care.. pretty much anyone else does, because we are being forced to live it..

I know for sure my wallet has seen a lot better days....

just hang in there my friend...Prayers for you and your family that bluer skys and greener pastures are in your near future...

best regards
seafire


Ditto! Prayers for your finances here too. I've been there before. You hang on to that 338. Worse comes to worse, that'll help ya put meat on the table!
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#6049598 - 01/15/12 07:35 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Well, I'm really getting ready for this now. I just ordered some Norma brass from Grafs and a box of 225 gr. Nosler Partitions from Midway USA. I should have everything I need to start building some loads when I get home on R&R leave.
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#6049789 - 01/15/12 08:22 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Matt,

If you haven't reloaded with Norma brass before, you are in for a treat. The quality is superb. When I lose a Norma case in the snow I almost cry if I can't find it.

The funeral for our local EOD sailor was Saturday. There was a huge turnout to show support. Hundreds lined the procession route holding flags. I am proud that so many people are supportive of our troops these days. Sure nothing like I remember in the early '70s, thank God.

I pray for your safety, and the safety of many others, daily. Matt, every time I see your name I am reminded of a Marine pilot that served in the same squadron I used to be in. He was also from Shasta county. He died in a plane crash in Pakistan on Jan. 9, 2002. Ten years and a week ago, now. His name was Capt, Matt Bancroft.

Stay safe, buddy. Semper Fi from an old Marine.
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#6050094 - 01/15/12 11:14 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: nifty-two-fifty]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: nifty-two-fifty
Matt,

If you haven't reloaded with Norma brass before, you are in for a treat. The quality is superb. When I lose a Norma case in the snow I almost cry if I can't find it.

The funeral for our local EOD sailor was Saturday. There was a huge turnout to show support. Hundreds lined the procession route holding flags. I am proud that so many people are supportive of our troops these days. Sure nothing like I remember in the early '70s, thank God.

I pray for your safety, and the safety of many others, daily. Matt, every time I see your name I am reminded of a Marine pilot that served in the same squadron I used to be in. He was also from Shasta county. He died in a plane crash in Pakistan on Jan. 9, 2002. Ten years and a week ago, now. His name was Capt, Matt Bancroft.

Stay safe, buddy. Semper Fi from an old Marine.


Thanks!

It's always sad to hear about a fellow service member passing, but it's the reality of the world we live in, and unfortunately it's a sacrifice that has to be made all too often. God speed to those men!

I haven't used Norma before, but I know it's quality stuff and this is going to be a quality rifle so i decided to go with the best stuff I could find. I figure I had about three choices based on what I could find. 1: Norma brass. 2: Remington brass. 3: make my own from used Winchester 30-06 brass. I decided on the Norma, and I'm sure I'll be pleased with it.

I have the same problem you do with snow - whenever I shoot in the winter, I either stick to old mixed-lot pistol fodder I don't mind losing, or very carefully extract each case in my rifles and shoot only the wheel gun. I hate losing good brass too. Starline makes superb brass as well. I have some starline .460 S&W mag cases that are going on ten loads with no signs of weakening. Most of those have been full-pressure loads too.
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#6054638 - 01/17/12 07:00 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Tony Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Well, I'm really getting ready for this now. I just ordered some Norma brass from Grafs and a box of 225 gr. Nosler Partitions from Midway USA. I should have everything I need to start building some loads when I get home on R&R leave.


Interested to see how those shoot compared to the 225 gr TSX. wink

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#6054805 - 01/17/12 07:44 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Tony]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tony
Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Well, I'm really getting ready for this now. I just ordered some Norma brass from Grafs and a box of 225 gr. Nosler Partitions from Midway USA. I should have everything I need to start building some loads when I get home on R&R leave.


Interested to see how those shoot compared to the 225 gr TSX. wink


I'll admit I've never tried the Barnes bullets yet, primarily because I know Noslers work and cost less. If I get better accuracy with the TSX's though, I'll just as happily hunt with them as the Noslers. It might be tough to do though, I've got a .48" 100 yard group with 100 gr. nosler partitions in a Marlin XS7 .243 and a .75" 100 yard group with 180 gr. Nosler partisions in a Marlin XL7 30-06. I'm not a competition shooter, so accuracy any better than that is really not necessary. It's still entirely possible that the 35 Whelen will like the Barnes bullets better though.
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#6055081 - 01/17/12 09:01 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Tony Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Originally Posted By: Tony
Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Well, I'm really getting ready for this now. I just ordered some Norma brass from Grafs and a box of 225 gr. Nosler Partitions from Midway USA. I should have everything I need to start building some loads when I get home on R&R leave.


Interested to see how those shoot compared to the 225 gr TSX. wink


I'll admit I've never tried the Barnes bullets yet, primarily because I know Noslers work and cost less. If I get better accuracy with the TSX's though, I'll just as happily hunt with them as the Noslers. It might be tough to do though, I've got a .48" 100 yard group with 100 gr. nosler partitions in a Marlin XS7 .243 and a .75" 100 yard group with 180 gr. Nosler partisions in a Marlin XL7 30-06. I'm not a competition shooter, so accuracy any better than that is really not necessary. It's still entirely possible that the 35 Whelen will like the Barnes bullets better though.


From experience I know the Barnes works exceedingly well, at least on elk and moose. In my Whelen's they are also more accurate. This coming from a Nosler fan. You will get to try the TSX. Let us know how it shoots.

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#6055125 - 01/17/12 09:13 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Tony]
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I know, there's a box of them coming with the rifle. They must be from you. wink I'll definitely let everyone know how they shoot. My plan is to start with some "baseline" loads as close to duplicating factory specs as I can to sight in the scope, then shoot groups with three different loads each with both the Noslers and the TSX's. I'll get some pics to share too. I only ordered forty cases, so my loads will be a bit limited until I start finding the rifle's "sweet spot". I got lucky with my Marlin 30-06. I sighted it in the day before my black bear hunt, and I had 8 different loads worked up. I had never fired it before, but one of the 8 loads put three shots into a .75" group and that's what I used on the bear hunt.
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#6064384 - 01/19/12 09:27 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Them TSX's are some goooood boolits. They have a tendency to leave two holes in anything you shoot allowing for proper ventilation and speed cooling of the carcass.


Edited by Karnis (01/19/12 09:27 AM)

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#6066322 - 01/19/12 04:16 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Karnis]
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As a vet and a forum member I am honored to be part of this forum. I am sorry I did not see this sooner. Please keep me in mind for any other needs, I want to help!
Thanks
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#6066358 - 01/19/12 04:22 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: lhead71]
eh76 Offline
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Originally Posted By: lhead71
As a vet and a forum member I am honored to be part of this forum. I am sorry I did not see this sooner. Please keep me in mind for any other needs, I want to help!
Thanks


This will be a sticky soon I hope....

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/6066355#Post6066355

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#6070755 - 01/20/12 05:10 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
Seafire Offline
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Jan 20, 2012 donations update:

I received 13 donations today, and one box of Barnes TSXs in 35 Cal...

1.Vacaville CA: $20
2. E Quogue: $20
3. Fairbanks AK: $20
4. Asbury NJ: $20
5. Franklin TN: $20
6. Burke TX: $20
7. New Plymouth ID: $20
8. Portland OR: $50
9. Curtis WA: $20
10 King City OR: $20
11. Sioux Falls SD: $20
12. Las Cruces NM: $20
13. Magnolia TX: $25.00

thanks for all those that have contributed... so far the contributions add up to $1070, plus a donation of a Rifle Scope, a Box of Barnes TSX bullets and a set of Lee Dies in 35 Whelen.
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#6072454 - 01/21/12 07:27 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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More thanks to those who continue to contribute! I just got back from another convoy, this one was three days and I am beat! I spent about 40 hours in the driver's seat this time around. Not being able to move for that long is a bit painful for this 38-year-old. crazy

I got to push an Afghani tractor-trailer rig up over an icy pass though. (Literally - drove up, bumped his trailer and pushed for a couple of miles.) That at least made the trip interesting. wink

Thanks again everyone, time for a shower and sleep! sleep
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#6094771 - 01/26/12 09:57 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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I can't believe that I missed this for almost a month.

Anyway, if it's not too late I would like to contribute. I have a check and a box of .35 bullets just waiting for a PM on where to send.

Glad to help. donsm70
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#6094910 - 01/26/12 10:37 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: donsm70]
eh76 Offline
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Gentlemen just send a PM to Seafire.

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#6097008 - 01/26/12 07:07 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
Seafire Offline
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Status:

Donations received today:

1. Marseille France: $60.00
2. Dro Valley AZ: $25.00
3. Menasha WI: $20.00
4. St. Louis, MO: $20.00
5. Elmira OR : $10.00
6. East Quogue, NY: $20.00
7. Corvallis, OR: $20.00
8. Palo Cedro, CA: $25.00
9. Omaha NE: $20.00

Total: $220.00

Project Status:

The rifle for Matt has been picked up today, a Marlin XL 7.
We are on hold for the barrel for 30 days or so.
Scope is in house.

Needed: Rings and Laminate Stock

Build is ready to move forward... soon as barrel shows up.
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#6099592 - 01/27/12 12:49 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
Seafire Offline
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Okay Gang...

here is the update on Veteran Candidate Number one: Matt

1. A new Marlin XL 7 is in hand.
2. in the hands of a gunsmith who is going to complete the project
3. Barrel is now being waited for
4. Scope Requested in now in hand.
5. Need to line up a set of rings, which I should get done today.
6. When entire project is done, the action and barrel will be cerekoted.


when Matt gets back from convoy duty, we have a few preference questions to ask him..so this one is now on the way to coming together. the pixy dusty is circulating.. to use a Disney metaphor.
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#6103481 - 01/28/12 01:08 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Okay, it's 1:36 AM. I just spent 19 hours on the road yesterday, and 16 today. Time for sleep. zzzzzzz....
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#6103731 - 01/28/12 02:39 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Hell Seafire, this is a great thing you've started. Send me a Pm with shipping address and I'll send you a box of Nosler 250 grain Partitions as my contribution. Tom.

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#6113232 - 01/30/12 07:32 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: tjk]
acooper1983 Offline
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whats the deal with the second vet, what caliber does he want? Ive got some 30-06, 7-08, 300 rum stuff laying around, brass and such... sounds like matts rifle is well under way, just wondering bout the second fella
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#6113266 - 01/30/12 07:39 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: acooper1983]
eh76 Offline
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Originally Posted By: acooper1983
whats the deal with the second vet, what caliber does he want? Ive got some 30-06, 7-08, 300 rum stuff laying around, brass and such... sounds like matts rifle is well under way, just wondering bout the second fella


http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads...Vet#Post6062986

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#6113378 - 01/30/12 08:10 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
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thanks i found it!
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#6113477 - 01/30/12 08:34 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: acooper1983]
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I believe the caliber chosen for that one was 7X57. I need to PM Seafire again and get the address too...
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#6130118 - 02/03/12 06:13 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Okay, since last update, this week have received;

1. box of Nosler partitions from tjk..
Donations from:

1. S.G., Gainesville FL
2. AL Lake Elmo MN
3. "D.P", Colorado Springs CO
4. D.J. Green River WY..

thanks for the support.. according to PMs, there are still more expected to be received...

every thing but the work and waiting for the barrel should be done for Matt's gift of gratitude...

have some things in the Mill for Brent's Project...

rings and bases have been secured and should be on the way..
working on a couple of options on an action or might have something else, requiring less work in the long run..so that is still pending.. barrel is lined up if one is needed..

thanks to all who are supporting our 24 hour campfire presents for our 2 Vets...

oh and PS, a fellow Guard Member of Matt's is also donating a years membership to the local range up there in Wasilla...
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#6130576 - 02/03/12 07:51 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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My thanks again to everyone, Looks like I'm going to have a near life-time supply of reloading components to go along with the rifle! And a range membership... Hooah! Thanks to all. This just keeps getting better. cool
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#6132102 - 02/04/12 09:25 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Well I don't know about a lifetime of reloading components... but you definitely will have enough to line up a couple of houses with a lifetime supply of bear skin rugs... grin
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#6132143 - 02/04/12 09:36 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Sounds good to me!! cool
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#6132164 - 02/04/12 09:41 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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ya know... its not too late for a real bear hunters gun... in a 338/06... cool
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#6132176 - 02/04/12 09:45 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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I might do that eventually. My affinity for the '06 may have me building a collection of rifles in all it's various off-spring calibers someday. The Whelen comes first though. wink
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#6132601 - 02/04/12 11:49 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Just kiddin ya Matt... one won't do anything the other won't..
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#6135877 - 02/05/12 09:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
MYore Offline
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easy guys, the .35 whelen reamer is on its way... I should have thrown in my vote for a 9.3x62. Then we could have really waited a long time for a barrel.

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#6135910 - 02/05/12 09:30 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: MYore]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Hah, Seafire already tried to sell me on that one too. I've been clinging desperately to my 35 Whelen! grin
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#6137080 - 02/05/12 03:05 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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You guys need 35 Whelen Dies???
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#6137706 - 02/05/12 05:51 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: rahtreelimbs]
AlaskanMatt Offline
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Someone already sent in a set of Lee dies, thanks though! cool
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#6138147 - 02/05/12 07:31 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
Seafire Offline
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
Hah, Seafire already tried to sell me on that one too. I've been clinging desperately to my 35 Whelen! grin


Don't worry Matt, a 35 Whelen is coming your way...

me and Matt Y. are just messin with ya..
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#6139421 - 02/06/12 07:42 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Work up to 60 grs of Re 15 with those 225 gr TSX's. Should go 2700 fps or so in a 22" barrel. Here's one after two Canadian moose shouders. grin


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#6139476 - 02/06/12 07:56 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Tony]
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Nice, thanks for the pic Tony! I'll be working with a throated chamber for longer OAL and a 24" barrel so I might be able to get closer to 2800 FPS. It will be fun to work up the loads and see where I end up. cool
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#6140538 - 02/06/12 12:18 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Seafire, I'm late to the party! Sending PM. Regards, Woody
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#6141281 - 02/06/12 03:37 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: woody1]
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PM sent Woody!
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#6168395 - 02/13/12 02:59 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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2800'ish shouldn't be a problem with the 225's in a 24" barrel. My .35 Whelen AI has little trouble reaching 2900 with a 25" barrel, it's the same capacity for all intents and purpose. I'm not going to tell you that I'm not leaning on it a little to get 2900, but the primer pockets don't get loose after 7 loadings.
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#6168419 - 02/13/12 03:34 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: kciH]
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That's good to know. I'll be starting with some excellent components, including Norma brass. I think I can get there. This Whelen may wind up being a very good long range rifle indeed!
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#6168436 - 02/13/12 03:54 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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There is really no need to lean on it. A lot of folks who've not had one call it a "a good woods cartridge". I don't know about you, but I grew up in the woods, and there where no 300 yard shots available...and the Whelen will do that with ease.
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#6168453 - 02/13/12 04:07 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: kciH]
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Well, there are hunting situations in AK that could call for a long shot. Open ground Caribou is one that comes to mind. Then again, Caribou aren't the most difficult animals to stalk from what I've read, so you're not necessarily limited to the long shot there either.
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#6173186 - 02/14/12 04:38 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Don't know what you consider Long Shots at Matt, but I have taken some at 300 plus yards... I practice a lot with trigger time shooting sage rats each summer...and this is with velocity in the 2400 to 2500 fps range MV

and with the scope and reticle in it, 300 to 400 yds should not be a big problem at least with a little practice..
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#6173226 - 02/14/12 04:56 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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To me a long shot is any shot taken at an animal in which terminal ballistics, or killing power drops enough that precision becomes vital for an ethical kill. That distance is obviously different depending on which caliber you are using, and which animal you are shooting at.

putting the bullet in the vitals is obviously always a must, but when killing power drops with range, it is even more so.

That said, when shooting in the army I am capable of putting 75% of my shots in center mass on a human torso target from 600 meters with an M4 wearing a 4X ACOG from a prone supported position. A sniper I'm not, but I am a fair shot.

If I can get a known trajectory at a similar range with the Whelen, I would feel comfortable taking a shot on any big game animal save a brown bear with it out to about 500 meters. Caribou, black bear and moose all have a much bigger vital area than a human, so I feel this would be an acceptable range for me, and the reduction to 500 meters gives me more confidence of putting the bullet where it needs to go, especially since I'll be using more than double the magnification with the Redfield.

Brown bears are much tougher, and I would place my personal limit in range at about 300 meters on them. I would want to make sure the bullet is carrying enough energy to penetrate to the vitals.

Well, if that wasn't a long-winded bunch of disorganized thoughts I don't know what is! crazy
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#6173321 - 02/14/12 05:31 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Long winded?

you haven't read many of my posts have ya?
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#6173355 - 02/14/12 05:41 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Originally Posted By: Seafire
Long winded?

you haven't read many of my posts have ya?


A bit of a novelist are ya John? grin
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#6179903 - 02/15/12 03:47 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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I made the mistake of calling him once... I'll stick to pm's now! Just messing with you John.

And to make this an official update, we got the reamer in.

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#6180853 - 02/15/12 07:34 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: MYore]
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Hey, My wife is thrilled you guys are keeping me out of her hair!! grin
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#6181012 - 02/15/12 08:11 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Sure can't wait to see some pics of this build I am sure I will need a towel or 2 to wipe up the drool!!
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#6194036 - 02/19/12 09:27 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: mack5511]
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bump!
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#6194067 - 02/19/12 09:37 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: The_Yetti]
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Well, given the time frame, I'm guessing the barrel blank should be in in another week or two. Mack - I'm pretty sure I can out-drool ya on this one! And SFC Yates - if you ever decide there are some critters in Alaska that need to fall to a custom 7X57, let me know. Maybe we can put two fine campfire customs to work together.
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#6194174 - 02/19/12 10:08 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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ya know guys... that thought of you two gents being able to do a hunt together is more than enough to make this whole project and effort more than worthwhile...

this is the best time investment I could have made all year ( well at least outside the family.. big year at home for my son graduating high school, his eagle scout earned etc.. I know you'd understand that ...)

bothers me that some of the gears are turning so slow at the immediate moment... of course a rifle build isn't like going down to Walmart or Sportsmans Whorehouse and buy one off the rack either..

on another note, the forum here has the "Turd" people...

is there a "Nerd" type people I should be aware of?
That would probably be more applicable to my sorry fanny... grin


Edited by Seafire (02/19/12 10:10 AM)
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#6194193 - 02/19/12 10:15 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Good things are worth waiting for!
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#6248206 - 03/03/12 01:09 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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Seafire: I just noticed this thread today (March 3rd 2,012) and the only reason I can think of for my not noticing before is my lack of interest in big bores and the "35" in the title?
Count me in for my share (what ever it is) send me a PM or an E-mail (VarmintGuyaol.com) with my share noted.
On the way out the door to a gunshow right now.
Will check back.
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#6270295 - 03/09/12 07:06 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: VarmintGuy]
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Thanks VG!

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#6270347 - 03/09/12 07:22 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
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Yes, thanks VG!
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#6274863 - 03/10/12 09:10 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Where are the pictures?
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#6274907 - 03/10/12 09:26 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: DayPacker]
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They are still waiting on the barrel - I think it was back-ordered. I'm sure there will be some pics once the built gets underway. Thanks again to all who contributed to this!
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#6275114 - 03/10/12 10:45 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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right now we are in a holding pattern...

still waiting for some UPS packages to show up.. and we are waiting on Matt, the gunsmith has to move his shop due to local ordinances...

once that happens, I'll ship off the components I have... I didn't want him to have to have more stuff to keep track of, while he has to move an entire shop...

and once he gets ready, he is giving both rigs a priority...

right now, we have

1 action in Colorado, 2 scopes in Oregon on their way being shipped back to me from some custom work being done on them, two barrels blanks waiting to be built in Montana, a stock in South Dakota, a stock in or on its way to Texas, a set of Talley Mounts on the way from Wyoming to Oregon, and action in Oregon...
and some bottom metal just back from some custom work on that also..

and the gunsmith having to move his shop in Colorado...

besides all of those logistics, we are coming along just fine...

once this comes together, we'll have two members with something to be proud of and a forum where the members contributed to a great cause...

then we'll see some pictures...
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#6452798 - 04/28/12 11:21 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Seafire]
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I just wanted to jump on here and say a big THANK YOU once again to all who have so generously contributed to this project. I am leaving Afghanistan within the week to head home for 2 weeks R&R. As soon as I get the rifle, I'll post up some pics so all can see the finished product!
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#6452865 - 04/28/12 11:45 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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#6452940 - 04/28/12 12:30 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Originally Posted By: AlaskanMatt
I just wanted to jump on here and say a big THANK YOU once again to all who have so generously contributed to this project. I am leaving Afghanistan within the week to head home for 2 weeks R&R. As soon as I get the rifle, I'll post up some pics so all can see the finished product!


Great news Matt. Glad you are on the way home!
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#6454144 - 04/28/12 08:06 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: Mannlicher]
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Thanks gents, I can't get there soon enough!
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#6454166 - 04/28/12 08:15 PM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: AlaskanMatt]
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Outstanding news! Woot!

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#6511552 - 05/17/12 12:52 AM Re: 35 Whelen for a Deserving Forum Member [Re: eh76]
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