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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 06:39 AM
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I have a TC pre Seneca 36 caliber that is a turd by comparison to what you have there but nonetheless I have as much fun in the squirrel woods with that old gun as one can have.

A couple of years ago I was sitting on the edge of a woods as the sky started turning pink in the east. There was an alfalfa field to the north and 200 acres of woods to the south. I was perched in position to see a notorious skirl den tree. I say notorious because I have had more squirrels escape me to the security of that den tree than any other tree in the woods. As I was sitting there in the ambush mode I caught movement to the north out in the alfalfa. It was a coyote and since the alfalfa was at 3/4 growth I could only see the top half of the coyote. He was angeling my way with a little rise in the landscape between us. When he went behind that rise I scooched around on my butt and readied my 36. When he came over the crest of the rise he was 150 yards. He closed at angle to about 100 yards and froze in his track when he cut my trail where I crossed the field coming to the woods. It was too late for mr coyotie as I feathered the trigger, the FFF powder lit and the little 36 ball was on its way. I couldn't see anything but smoke hanging in the air and of course there was that rotten egg fart smell blowing back my way from the cloud. Once the smoke cleared I could see the coyote doing the twitch of death. Actually all I could see was his tail come up and then go down a few times. He was stone cold dead by the time I got to him as he had a 36 caliber hole in his chest on one side. It didn't go clear through but then I was not trying to be Jeremiah Johnson by trying to make a grizzler bear gun out of a 36. I had enough powder in the pipe to knock a skirl out the top of a hickory tree and they were my quarry that day.

I have killed almost 400 coyotes in my hunting days(392 to be exact) but none made me smile more than the one that I poleaxed with the little 36.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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That is a great story and why real smoke poles are so much fun! And that is a heck of a lot of yotes! I intend to be tree rat hunting with this one as well, the 40 might be a bit big for them but better than the 54...

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Haven't had much time to work on it lately, but I got the lock and tang tapped and got the trigger installed and adjusted. Pretty nice trigger for the simplicity of it!

(for some reason this site does not recognize a picture as rotated, I save as rotated on my computer and it is still upside-down or sideways...)
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2020, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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A lot of work done on it since last post, I'm in final stages. Just need to put last few coats of finish on, dovetail sights in and blue the barrel and I can throw lead!!!

First pic is the 40 cal with the 54 cal I built last year, second is after first coat of finish.

This project is a good distraction from the rest of the world. Next project is loading ammo...
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Lookin' good! NICE chunk of wood!!
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