Archive for Oryx

Oryx Mount

Here’s pictures of the Oryx [Gemsbok] I shot on August 1, 2009, now proudly hanging on my living room wall. This is a “Bull with non-typical horns”, as you can see. The pictures do not do it justice. “Garcia Taxidermy” in Alamogordo, NM, the company that made the mount, are a “World Class Taxidermist” and to see it gives a whole new prospective. Extremely lifelike and it flooded me with awesome memories.

Cabelas 1 HP Commercial Grade Meat Grinder

I own a Cabelas Commercial Grade 1 HP food grinder which, in my opinion, is a great investment for the DIY-er wanting to make meat products at home. Doing so not only can save money, but it also gives you greater control over the quality and content of the meat products you consume. It is a reliable, durable and easy to clean unit. Because Cabelas uses top-notch components, you can count on years of service with proper care of the equipment. With 10 to 12 pounds-per-minute processing capacity, your processing time is substantially reduced.

I use my grinder mainly for game meat processing. I have put it to the test when making burger by intentionally leaving silver skin and tendon tissue on the meat before grinding. I wanted to see if it would separate the ground chuck from the waste product. I was not let down. The burger, which happened to be Oryx, was as lean as any commercially processed burger you could find at the local grocers chuck bin, if not leaner. There was no sign of silver skin or tendon tissue in the burger.

I always start my grinding sessions by using the larger 22# 7mm grinding plate. My pieces of meat are usually cubed  2″ square. They seem to run effortlessly down the auger tube and through the grinding plate  with ease. Because I was testing the grinder capability, I found I was having to stop about every 2.5 to 3 pounds to clean out the silver skin and tissue [to be expected]. In most cases, this tissue is removed during the de-boning phase of dressing the animal.

This grinder chugged right through the process without skipping a beat! In most cases, the second and third passes through the smaller 22# 4.5mm grinder-plate resulted in little to no waste tissue in the auger tube. Three step-grinding is the norm for me and my family and we’ve yet to come across any “hard” or “chewy” ground meat product.

The grinder comes complete with a sausage stuffing tube kit. Has extremely easy to clean “stainless components” and packs a five-year warranty [best I could find at the time of purchase and I believe still holds true today]. The 1 HP models [and larger] come with a “reverse” drive unit. Several attachments are available for the unit as well!

I am EXTREMELY pleased with this purchase and give it a big thumbs up!

“Kudo’s” to Cabelas for offering s superior quality product!

An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets. II

Part II

Welcome back. So on my 1st day of the Oryx hunt, I was fortunate enough to spot and stalk a bull near to 500 lbs. My shot was ranged at 225 yards and under the watchful eye of the man upstairs I was able to make a perfect shot through the shoulder bone, all four heart valves and the lungs then the bullet came to rest in the meaty tissue of the far side rib cage.

I was certain to extract and keep the bullet as I wanted put to the test Hornady’s claim of 90% or better weight retention. Amazingly, the bullet remained in tact with a near perfect mushroom and most of the jacketing. As expected, no polymer tip though. After a thorough cleaning, I pulled out and calibrated my scale. Remember that this bullet weighed exactly 165-grains prior to loading. I proceeded to weigh the bullet and came up with 154.44 grains. That equates to a whopping 93.6% weight retention. Looks like that clearly beats their claim of 90% weight retention.

Considering the dense bone that this bullet traveled through and shattered, to reach the vitals, yet remained at better than 93% of it’s original weight, I am convinced that this is the manufacturer of which I will continue to purchase from for my reloading components.

My next Oryx hunt, I plan on testing Hornady’s new GMX [Gilding Metal Expanding] solid’s in my Savage 300 WIN MAG.

Feel free to share your stories with me by leaving comments!

An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets.

Let me open by saying that I am an avid reloader and have tried many brands of bullets and wish to share an experience I’ve had with Hornady InterBond® bullets.

For purposes of this blog, I loaded a .308 caliber, 165-grain Interbond® bullet atop a Winchester 30-06 cartridge, WLR primer and using 55.625 grains of IMR 4007 SSC powder.

This would be my first ever hunt for Oryx on the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. An Oryx is a Gemsbok, from the Kalahari region of Africa, which is not indigenous to New Mexico but was brought here in “1969, when the New Mexico Game and Fish Department released Oryx as part of its exotic animal introduction program on the White Sands Missile Range“. As it stands, the Oryx is at the top of the food chain here in the Tularosa Basin, and with exception to the occasional Mountain Lion, has no natural predators to regulate population growth. As luck would have it, the hunting community has been asked to assist with population growth and this exotic, rather majestic animal, is now available to harvest through the New Mexico hunting lottery system.

What makes this animal unique to other North American Big Game is the method of correct “shot placement” used to cleanly and quickly retire this difficult to knock-down beast of 400 – 500 pounds. To ensure a clean ethical harvest, one must shoot “through” the very thick shoulder bone to access the vitals. What this means for bullet manufacturers is to develop a bullet that can travel at higher velocities, without the jacket separating too drastically from the solid inner, yet still provide expansion and maintain near 100% weight retention. In my humble opinion, Hornady has achieved this with their Interbond® line of bullets.

Come back in a couple days for Part II of “An honest testimony of “Hornady InterBond®” bullets”.

Oryx

Ever consider hunting New Mexico Oryx [Gemsbok]? Well, should you be lucky enough to draw a future hunt here in the “Land of Enchantment“, and are skeptical about where to aim and shoot at your prospective trophy, here’s your answer!