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#500887 - 06/04/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Opps, You answered the question about Bill Milek. I didn't read all the posts.

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#500888 - 06/04/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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I never knew or heard of Bill Milek. Who he be?

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#500889 - 06/04/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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He is truly missed!

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#500890 - 06/04/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Of those whom you've listed, I know, knew, or have met — among many others — Jon Sundra, J B Wood, John Lachuk, Hal Swiggett, Finn Aagaard, John Wootters, Bob Hagel, Craig Boddington, Clair Rees, and my long-time friend and neighbor Elmer Keith. I do not know Lea Lawence or Jack Lott and never met O'Connor in person (only by letter and 'phone). I admire to the nth degree most of those whom I've known. (Never mind who're the exceptions in the above list!)

The full list of my favorites (not to mention mere acquaintances and those whom I'd avoid today) would be much longer than the above list — Bill Jordan, Ken Waters, John Amber, and Bob Brister, for starters. It may be worth my while to make a full list for my own amusement.

My private list of "wet dogs at the ladies' lawn party" would be very satisfyingly short. Most good gun writers are good guys.

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#500891 - 06/04/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Ken,
I got both of the 10 inch Contender bull barrels in the Herrett calibers about 30 years ago. I do not remember the year now they had only been out a few months and they both came with loading data that included Bob's address and phone number. I was having a problems with the .30 Herrett and picked up the phone and gave Bob a call. As I recall it rang a couple of times and he answered and we spent 30 minutes discussing the fine points of accuracy with the .30 and .357 Herretts cartridges. I spent that evening loading the and following his directions. He was dead on, the five or six inch groups went to 1 to 2 inches. A few days later he gave me a call to see how the groups were going. That was really nice, I was nothing but a kid in college at that time and he knew that, but he still called to check on me. I have taken quite a few deer and hogs with the Herrett calibers now, but every time I take one of them out I remember that Bob Milek cared enough to help me.
Take care!
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#500892 - 06/05/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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It may be worth my while to make a full list for my own amusement. ... My private list of "wet dogs at the ladies' lawn party" would be very satisfyingly short. Most good gun writers are good guys.

'Tis just as I thought —

I made two lists last night, (a) the gun writers past and present whom I could think of, whom I've known and would welcome into my camp anywhere, any time, and the "wet dogs," whom I've known and would just as soon would go somewhere else. Both tallies are interesting — 57 good guys and 13 "wet dogs."

Toldya — most good gun writers are good guys.

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#500893 - 06/05/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Ken,
I don't know on which of your lists he falls, but some years back J B Wood and I were neighbors and my limited experience's with him were all positive. Over the years since, I've phoned him a few times with questions about a firearm and he has always been very friendly and extremely helpful.

#500894 - 06/05/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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I don't know J B well, but he's on my big list.

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#500895 - 06/05/05 I,too, met him at a SHOT show and asked him....  
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The first time when I met Bob, it was at a meeting in the early 1980s here in the Old World, according to his name badge I addressed him as "Mr. Milek" - pronounced "Mylek" which is wrong.
In his high cowboy heels an with high selfconfidence he interupted my speech and told me, his family is of Polish origin and his name is to be pronounced "Me:lek".
Bob was a nice and very capable guy, sharing his knowledge with the interested.
RD


how he pronounced his name. Was it Mile-ek or Mill-ek.
He replied that it was pronounced Mill-ek. Later on, as I was leaving, I ran into him again and stopped him and asked, "Are you SURE you're pronouncing your name correctly?" He stared for a minute and then broke out into a grin. I got to see him once more before he died. It was common knowledge that he was in poor health the last time I saw him. I mentioned to him that I had put him on my prayer list and he thanked me and I left.

#500896 - 06/05/05 Re: I,too, met him at a SHOT show and asked him....  
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Sounds like one heckuva guy. I always enjoyed his articles, and had wondered what happened to Mr. Milek. Thanks for the excellent stories about him guys.

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#500897 - 06/05/05 Re: I,too, met him at a SHOT show and asked him....  
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Had the sense years ago, that Milek really was the sorta guy he came off as in his magazine columns. Really enjoyed these stories.

I would've still liked him even if he hadn't praised the 25-06 from time to time.
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#500898 - 06/06/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Hi Ken
I just saw a picture of Bill Milek in on old issue of Guns&Ammo. It may be a miss print of the picture taken. Below the picture is says " Bob Milek's son Bill Milek with a fine Buck" There is also a picture of his daughter. I well get the back issue out of my stack and let you know the date on the front cover. I will never throw these back issues away. I still use then!

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#500899 - 06/06/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Hello Again Ken
I found the Magazines. It was a special edition called “All Around Rifles” put out by Guns & Ammo. The only date I can find is on the first page where it says copyright 1981 in small print at the bottom. The Article written by Bob is called “ Old Reliable The 30-06.” This issue has a picture of his daughter. Her name was not mentioned. Thought I would throw this one in as you might know her name.

The second source of information on Bob Milek’s son is from a special issue of Guns & Ammo titled “A Complete Guide to Deer Hunting. The front cover reads Guns & Ammo Action Series 6 dated 1983. The article it titled “ Pick The Right Rig For Mulies.” Although the name of the author is not listed where the article appears on page 60, it is listed in the front of the table of contents as being written by Bob Milek. I believe it was written by him as there is pictures of him throughout the article. On that page 60 there is a picture of a young man in a cowboy hat and a nice buck. There is where it says “The author’s son Bill uses a Model model 700 BDL Remington in 7mm Express/280 Rem”. Well, there is where I got it from. It could just be a misprint as I saw a few over the years at G&A.
I wish the family well.

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#500900 - 06/06/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Thanks for all the really great stories guys! It's good to know that Bob was really as good a man as I always figured he was. Those like him are a damn rare commodity these days.

#500901 - 06/06/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Dave--

I have been out doing serious rifle tests for a few days (prairie dog shooting) so got in late here. I knew Bob Milek just enough to also vouch that he was a fine guy, with no airs about him, even though he was extremely competent at everything he did!

I know Bob Jr. much better, in fact have shot with him a number of times. He is a VERY fine rifle shot and a great guy to be around. I just wish he wrote more stuff, because in every other respect he seems to be a lot like his dad (including in height, but since he and I are about the same we get along fine, even tell short jhokes to each other).

MD

#500902 - 06/07/05 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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Thanks MD. I wish Bob Jr well and I also wish he'd write more. His dad was one of the all time best writers and will always be.


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#500903 - 02/20/06 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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The very first gun magazine I ever bought had a couple of articles from Bob Milek and he instantly became my favorite. His advice was good advice always touting the "sensible" cartridges over the fad cartridges. Although he was no magnum basher, he did have a preference for the old standby's like the .257 Roberts, 7x57, .270, .30-06 etc. Call me dated, but I still think his "sensible" cartridges are the best choices today.

#500904 - 02/20/06 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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RiverRider,

I also enjoy reading about the hunters and the hunt. Sure include information on the rifle and equipment used but focus on the adventure. I would love to hear stories about the writers adventures past and present.


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#500905 - 02/20/06 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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It's simple. When equipment makers pay for the trip, most write about the equipment. If the outfitter donates the hunt, most right about all the big trophies they bagged or saw. No one donates adventure (it's where you find it), so few write about it. But adventure is still the foundation of most of our outdoor dreams.


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#500906 - 02/20/06 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek?  
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To put it more succinctly, they used to publish articles so you would see the ads. Now the articles are the ads. This a criticism of publishers and their corporate bosses (Pr------ in particular) , not the writers.


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#1259761 - 02/19/07 Re: What Happened to Bob Milek? [Re: toltecgriz]  
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After reading this thread recently, I looked back through a small stack of G&A issues from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Like all of you, I remember enjoying Mr. Milek's writing during my "formative years" as a shooter, but the thing that struck me most tonight was the photographs of him-in more than half of the photos, he was smiling big and looked like he was really enjoying himself with whatever he was shooting.


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