|Shorter guns are more convenient in deer blinds|
The Mossberg has a cantilevered scope mount which is more vulnerable to bumps and the barrel-to-action joint is much more flexible than any bolt action rifle. The Mossberg also has a 9 pound trigger.
The 12 gauge throws a 440 grain, Foster slug at 1600 feet-per-second. The Ruger in .350 Legend throws a 165 grain, jacketed softpoint at about 2100 feet-per-second. The recoil energy of the .350 Legend is about 1/4 the 12 gauge if the firearms are of similar weight.
There are many factors that make shooting a 12 gauge accurately difficult.
Cases for .350 Legend are dirt cheap and the bullets run between $22 and $36 per hundred. In other words, between two-and-three times the cost of reloading a .223 Rem or 9mm Luger or less than one-quarter the cost of saboted 12 gauge slugs.
Inexpensive ammo means the hunter can shoot more and the firearm becomes a seamless extension of his/her body.
The Savage Axis II, Mossberg Patriot and Ruger American are all cost effective rifles available in .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster.
My part of Michigan has large numbers of wet spots that are not suitable for agriculture. Mostly, they have grown up into Silver Maple and Ash (dead and dying). There are also a few, scattered Swamp White Oak, elm and hackberry.
There are also large numbers of shallow ponds where the fish freeze out on a regular basis.
The plant communities are impoverished because of fires, running livestock in them and succession shading out a multitude of species.
Obviously, the Silver Maple would need to go. But imagine what a draw it would be for ducks and whitetail deer.
It is too late to pull the trigger for this year...but maybe next fall.
Melons are a good choice for those corners of the garden that did not get planted.
This spring is shaping up to be a cold one. Virtually nothing will be happening in the garden for the next ten days as nights plunge into the twenties night-after-night-after-night.
The advantage of melons is that they sprawl and can cover a great deal of ground. Another advantage is that they need warm soil to germinate so there is no point in planting them before June 1st. By then, most gardeners are wiped out and just want to be done. Plant the melons and then have a beer. They will spread.
|Russet Burbank after washing but before being cut into seed pieces. They looked a lot better than I expected.|
So, I am planting potatoes from last year. I had the hots to grow Lamoka or one of the MSU chipping potatoes. Potatoes selected for potato chips are enormous producers of medium sized potatoes that keep AND have high specific gravity.
As the great philosopher Jagger said, "(we) can't always get what we want"
The new garden has seven rows of 60 feet laid out for potatoes. I am planting at 15" centers.
|A typical potato from the table|