My gosh CJ, you ruined a perfectly good finish. Seriously, just kidding. Everyone has their preference. For what a Browning cost though, I am not sure I could pick up enough nerve to use that steel wool.
oh well,dont like them wooden airplane signal mirrors.Why spend the extra money for a browning and cover it with something just to hunt.Seems to me they should offer an alternative.I'd buy a BLR if it werent so darn shiny. :rain:
I also did the steel wool trick. Any gun I get with that glassy finish gets a rub down. Cuts the glare and does not require refinishing. Start some place not very visble and rub until you get what you like.
First, I dont think a deer pays much attention, especially if you are not
moving, I think a deer will more likely see your face if you turn your head in a dark woods. Also the butt end is tucked under your arm.
When hunting in bright sunlight and in the open I see light flash from
the barrels of rifles. that usually occurs when a hunter shifts his rifle from his hands to his shoulder or changes his grip and waves the muzzle around. Most times you dont see a flash if a man does not wave his rifle around. As for the stock, I never see a flash from that.
If you are allways stalking, and a good stalker who can stalk in close
then I might be concerned. If that was the case I would just wind
electrical tape around the back end or make some other temporary
change using tape.
I use a BLR and the deer dont seem to notice but my range is usually
around 70 yards or more. At 25 yards or less is when I would guess a deer could notice an un natural brightness.
Just my 2 cents but I dont worry about such things
i just remember using a shiny 700 bdl and seeing a reflection on a nearby tree,couldnt figure out what was causing it at 1st,not my watch crystal.Turns out it was my rifle stock....just like signling a plane.
When i bought my BLR, i talked to my grandpa about the glossy finish of the stock to my grandpa, mentioned to him that i might try to strip it down to look like the old Marlin .32ws he gave me (gorgeous gun) and maybe do some checkering on it. He asked to borrow it a little ways before christmas and returned it to me, stripped, rubbed down with a waterproof brown shoe polish and checkered, exactly like my Marlin. It is beautiful, and the most amazing thing? He does his checkering with a pocket knife, and working in gun sales and custom building, i can tell you, it is flawless. He never ceases to amaze me.
My Bro-In-Law squealed like a stuck hawg about the stainless barrel on his Wby UL in -06. Like I told him, deer don't know stainless from high carbon or copper. But he had this affliction about it shining and scarin the critters and I ended up with it at a VERY good price!
Deer and just about any game animal run from movement and scent. More often than not, a flash is apt to lock them up as they will be curious to find out what it is. Maty be just the time you need to slap em with a good bullet.
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