Guns and Gear for a NW Georgia Deer Hunt
by Scott Crawford - March 11, 2020
Ford F-150 & Marlin Model 1895G, 45-70 Ready to Hunt
Editor's Note: 1895Gunner put the following gear to use on a recent NW Georgia deer hunt.
Because both deer & black bear are available to hunt at the same time in NW Georgia I decided to carry a Marlin Guide Gun in 45-70. This particular gun has been on many hunts since its initial introduction back in 1998 as the original Guide Gun. Marlin has been producing this same model ever since. This particular model has the factory porting that was available between 1998 & 2002 allowing quicker follow up shots due to less muzzle rise. Although the porting wasn’t introduced to reduce recoil it does help in that arena as well. The Guide Gun has a shorter 18 ½” barrel helping to carry through tight timber which is what I primarily hunt here in Georgia. It’s topped with a Bushnell Banner 1.5 x 4.5 powered scope riding on Weaver medium height Quad-Lock rings providing plenty of reach for the ranges I hunt in timber.
Hand loads of Starline Nickle Brass & Hornady 350-grain Bullets
The round I chose to hunt with is one of my own hand loaded 45-70 loads. I choose Starline Nickle Plated Brass to load for hunting because it doesn’t tarnish or corrode while stored in leather butt cuffs or ammo wallets. I load a 350-grain Hornady Interlock bullet traveling at 2,000 fps delivering 3,108 ft.-lbs. of energy. It’s a great medium game round with enough power to stop a large black bear as well. This Marlin rifle will print three-shot groups with this load at under an inch.
Bushnell Bino's & Crooked Horn Outfitters Harness
I packed my Bushnell 8X20 binoculars slung on a Crooked Horn Outfitters bino system. I love the way it keeps them handy at all times while keeping them tucked out of the way while hiking & sitting. I’ve had these for years and they always work regardless of temperature or humidity.
Knives of Alaska Capping & Skinning Knife Set
A good knife is always important on a hunt trip and I typically pack several brands & types. Some for constant use around camp like a nice folding Case knife and always in my pack in the field is one or more Knives of Alaska. For skinning/cleaning a game animal you can’t beat the edge and size choices. During a couple trips to Alaska I’ve picked up several sets in Juno.
Cammenga Tritium Compass from Go Gear Direct
While most times in the field I don’t need or use a compass I always carry one or more instruments with me. If you’ve ever been in the field and gotten turned around without one, you’ll never leave home without one again. I always carry a standard compass and often carry a Bushnell Backtrack GPS. If I’m headed deep into the field on unfamiliar ground these tools will keep me situated where I can find my way back to camp or the truck.
Note: Batteries often fail (especially in cold temperature) so don’t rely solely on your phone or GPS. The compass pictured is a Cammenga Tritium Compass (same as used by the U.S. Military). I got this one from Go Gear Direct.
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BUSHNELL STARLINE BRASS MARLIN FIREARMS HORNADY KNIVES OF ALASKA WEAVER OPTICS & RINGS CASE KNIVES GO GEAR DIRECT