I would not recommend a red dot sight. I had one on two guns and had the same problem twice. Late in the evening or early morning you can't see the deer behing the red dot. Your attention is focused on the dot and you cannot see the deer. Thats my two cents. The red dots are great at the range and any other time time hunting. I chose to use iron sights for my gun I use in thick woods and a 2.5x-7x for areas with longer ranger possibilties. Good luck the 45-70 is a hammer.
I would love for these changes to stick. I was offshore one day and had to tell my friend's son to throw back a redfish. It broke my heart. The little boy fought that bull red on a little speck rod for 30 minutes or so. He was sweating and out of breath. He was upset. It is long overdue for states to stand up to the feds. Mike, You stated you did not understand why this thread did not have 100 post. I think it is because it is the same problem of conservative amircans are quiet by nature and it will take something drastic to wake up the sleeping gaint of conservative america.
This past season was my first with a summit 180 and it was great. It is comfortable, quiet, and light. I had been using a Ol man for the past ten years and wanted a stand that faced the tree to rest my gun on. If I had to have one negative comment it would be that the ol' man is just a tad bit easier to set up on a tree than the 180. The 180 climbs extremely quiet too. There is a place in Ponchatoula that is closing that has the 180 at reduced prices but I do not know how much. The name is Thompson's.
I am shooting the Buffalo Bore ammo in my TC contender 10 inch bull barrel. I shot a box of the plain Winchester 240 grain soft points with no problem. I plan to call Thompson Center and/or Buffalo Bore tomorrow.
The Bayou Pawn shop in Hammond Louisiana has a 44 mag. Encore pistol in their show case. This would be a great starter for a beginning handgunner. The only reason I am not interested is my contender barrles will not fit the Encore.
I used the $50 camera with good results. It is possible for a deer to walk by and you only get a rump shot on the disc but it works. You need to stratgically place the camera facing towards a trail so the deer is walking at the camera but face the camera north. If face the camera to the south you get these nice bright sunshots and you cannot see anything. Made that mistake already. I had one of these cameras on a WMA in a spot pretty remote and someone stole it. Cabela's has a metal box for about $35 that you can put your camera in to make it a little harder to steal the camera. I saw the boxes in the store last Saturday. One warning these cameras are addictive you will find yourself not being able to wait to check the disc for pictures.
Hangem High I went with the 375 JDJ because it was the flattest shooting factory round without dropping down to the 7mm's. I was leaning to the 35 remington but went with the 375 JDJ. I'll admit the wow factor did have a part in the descision. I wanted a round that I was sure would give me a pass through on quartering angles and leave a blood trail. I shot two does this year with the 375 JDJ and I got exactly what I paid for. One dropped in its tracks and the other ran about 80 yards but left a blood trail that was easy to follow. As far as recoil at the range I have shot a box of ammo through the 45-70 and the 375 JDJ barrels at the range in one sitting. The pachmayr grip makes it manageable.
If I could only have one barrel for my contender I would use the 45-70 and the 44 mag second. I have a 30-30 and have been disappointed with it. The reason I like the 44 and 45-70 is ammunition is available just about anywhere these days and I have never been disappointed with performance. One note: Both have plenty of recoil but the 16" barrel helps on the 45-70. The scope choice is Burris hands down. I decided to spend the money on a quality scope and after plenty of research decided on Burris and have not been disappointed. The Burris 2x7x32 has the greatest field of view of any scope in its price range. I would not use the scope for areas where I would expect shots less than 50 yards. I have missed 3 bucks because I could not get them in the scope. The deer where less than 25 yards in heavy cover. If you hunt open areas or food plots you should not have trouble with the scope at close range.