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October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« on: October 21, 2021, 05:34:22 AM »
I can tell you already that this gun is going to be a heck of a good hunter, very accurate with slugs, I haven't even tried pellets in it yet because basically I bought the gun to shoot slugs in it to begin with.  It was a 40 yard shot approximately while the squirrel was basically in motion yet with a quick pause on a limb to scratch itself and I went for the shot, he folded up and dropped from about halfway up the tree.  Heck I still haven't even assembled or shot my 30 cal Challenger yet but that'll be the next one that I do.

 

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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2021, 07:28:37 AM »
Nice one Wayne!
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 07:32:33 AM »
Thanks Dave !!!
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2021, 11:13:15 PM »
Wayne, great shot and first blood with it! Boy, it sure is slinging those slugs quickly!
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2021, 12:02:38 AM »
Thanks Randall !!!  Those slugs do more damage than I expected, even with only the cup points, if I was shooting the hollow points it'd be even faster and more devastating on impact.  I literally gutted a chipper this morning with it at about 30 yds.  I figured I wouldn't post it because it would be going overboard in the graphic department.  Another really nice thing about those slugs is they cast up very fast without a hitch of sticking to the pins  or the mold.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2021, 12:24:50 AM »
Great hunting and shooting Wayne.  :D Those are great numbers for the challenger, your not making my decision on which gun to get any easier.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2021, 12:36:41 AM »
Thanks Buddy !!! According to "The Pelllet Shop" they still have them in stock at $359, you're aren't going to find a .22 hunter any cheaper than that and it's very accurate with a very nice trigger, my only complaint about it is the ping that resonates from it.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2021, 08:20:58 AM »
Good kill Wayne...
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2021, 08:28:55 AM »
Thanks Darrell I just got done weighing a bunch more of my cast slugs for it, I gotta hit a store before I head out this morning because I need some new gloves, I'm also going to put the liner in my field jacket because the temps in the morning here in Mi are a bit chilly, it'll be a while before I get my long johns out though, probably right around deer season 8)
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2021, 09:31:58 AM »
I guess all AEA Challenger platform rifles have the really loud ping. Do they all have the same size air tube? I would definitely like to know what size bottle brush I need for my .45
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2021, 11:29:20 AM »
Good hunt Wayne, congrats.
Can the AEA be moderated? I guess it would be the clear choice vs. DAR in that price range. I am anxiously  waiting on your opinions on the. 30 cal Challenge
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2021, 02:36:49 PM »
Thanks DJ and Brewbear !!!  DJ I could be wrong but I think the airtubes are the same on all the different calibers but I could be wrong. ???
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2021, 05:07:04 PM »
You're pretty good with the video and photo stuff. I'm having to make videos of myself presenting information for a college class and I can't stand it. Props to you for uploading a hunting video, that's not something I ever want to do.

Do you do anything with the pelts? The tail looks great.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2021, 06:22:44 AM »
DJ I still have some pelts in the freezer yet that I need to tan, the last time I did any I tried doing it with egg yolk and it's is really the best I've done yet.  There's a gal on youtube that raises rabbits and that's how she does her hides.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2021, 08:53:42 AM »
 I hear animals have enough brains to tan their own hide, may not be the case when Wayne shoots them out though ;)
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2021, 09:12:51 AM »
James I go by a hardware store every time I go to the state land, next time I go by there I'll pick me up an exacto knife set to do a more exact skinning of the head/ears and nose the way the pros do it.
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Re: October 20th Hunt with my AEA .22 Challenger
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2021, 10:29:15 AM »
DJ I still have some pelts in the freezer yet that I need to tan, the last time I did any I tried doing it with egg yolk and it's is really the best I've done yet.  There's a gal on youtube that raises rabbits and that's how she does her hides.

You can use yolks, or brain, but I wouldn't suggest it unless you are doing just for the sake of doing it the old way. You should really just have to rub those down with salt to get rid of extra moisture/fat/membrane/etc. and maybe sprinkle some borax on the flesh side and let them dry. You could stretch them if you feel inclined, but that skin is really thin. I have a dissection kit that has a few scalpels and various tools for small animals, but I haven't used it yet. You shouldn't need to tan a hide unless it's a larger than a rabbit or being used for clothing, where you need that softness. The main thing for small hides is to get them very clean and free of bacteria. Freezing them first is not a bad idea.

So far I've just been preserving culled rooster hides, and they have turned out great. I'll have to take some pics of my most recent batch, which is mostly just tails, saddles, and capes, maybe some wings. My first batch got folded up and didn't come out perfect, but I was able to soak them in water, correct some of the creases, and dry them back out again with no ill effect. You should be able to soak those squirrel pelts after drying them out the first time if you need to stretch them, fix creases, etc. It's not a bad idea to dust the fur and flesh side with borax even after drying once, just to be on the safe side. You can also do the initial drying phase by burying the pelts in a cornmeal and salt mix after rubbing down with salt and borax, if you don't have a clean dry area to hang or stretch them. I put a layer of the mix in the bottom of a box or tote at least 1/4" thick place a pelt, do another layer, and so on.

If there were gray squirrels on the property I would definitely hunt and preserve the hides. We just have the tiny red squirrels, not worth killing one for the tiny amount of meat and pelt. I might though if I couldn't get dog food anymore, just cook the thing down whole after taking out the offal and making squirrel meal for my dogs.

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