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The Freedom Ram #212023 01/27/2023 4:03 AM
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August 2021...

Second DCUA Walkin Ram for me. 38.5" 11 yo. 71 yds with the Freedom Arms 454 Casull. 240gr XTP Mag hand load 1900fps. I thank the Lord and my partner Roy. Over the years I'd been hoping to get a Ram in this class and also get a shot at one with my pistol. Both happened on this trip. Also we got him 1 day before my 61st Birthday so he's a Birthday Ram as well. I'd never hunted sheep this late in August, first BDay in the Sheep Mtns. This is number 4 for me out of 10 I've packed and ate. Other 3 I did euro mounts and sold the capes, this one gets mounted. For me this is the pinnacle, the Apogee of my Sheep Hunting. I am done chasing rams for myself. This is for me "The Last Ram". If one of my buddies draws and needs a partner and if my body holds out I'll enter the Sheep Mountains again. But for me, it's been an awesome ride and I'm more than satisfied. Hmm, I got my first and last rams on DCUA Walkin Hunts. There's much more to the story.

FYI - DCUA is the Delta Controlled Use Area Draw only in the Alaska Ranger here in AK. This is a non-motorized, no pack animals hunt. I killed him 15 miles off the road. Our tent was 12 miles back in. It's all DIY walkin pack it out.

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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212024 01/27/2023 3:48 PM
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Sounds like a great hunting trip. I have a few questions for you.

1. Bears - How many bears did you see? Any near camp?

2. How long have you had the Freedom Arms? It's really a good looking revolver. I was looking at them last week at the shot show? What's the recoil like? I see it isn't ported.

3. I like the hiking sticks you're using. During your hike in & out, did they hold up or would they compress when weight was put on them?

4. What leggings are you using? Mine are shot and I need a new pair. Any suggestions on which pair you would buy again.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212025 01/27/2023 5:02 PM
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No bears on this trip. I've seen a bunch of griz over the years though.

I've had the FA 454 for about 6 years. Recoil with actual Freedom Arms 454 max loads is, as expected, lively! The weight of the scope helps some. I can hang on to it better with the Pachmayr grips as opposed to the wood slab grips.

Those are actually the inexpensive carbon fiber poles from Costco. I've also used and have 2 section Black Diamond aluminum. No problems with collapsing. They are used more for balance.

Gaiters are Outdoor Research Crocodile Gore-Tex. They have held up well. OR makes great stuff.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212026 01/27/2023 7:51 PM
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What a great ram to finish your sheep hunting days, congratulations. A fitting trophy for a hard hunt and quality skill.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212027 01/29/2023 2:30 AM
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Absolutely stunning ram! Congrats on an awesome hunt!


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212028 01/30/2023 2:33 PM
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Truly a beautiful trophy, and well earned. Congratulation, stay in shape and enjoy the good life.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212029 01/30/2023 4:59 PM
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That looks like an amazing hunt with spectacular results. Thanks for sharing! would love to read a longer post with more details on the hunt if you were so inclined.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212031 01/31/2023 4:24 AM
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Beautiful ram.
Nice shot.

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212033 01/31/2023 6:53 PM
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That is an awesome ram! I know this has been a while but congrats are in order.


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: karl] #212034 02/01/2023 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by karl
That looks like an amazing hunt with spectacular results. Thanks for sharing! would love to read a longer post with more details on the hunt if you were so inclined.


Long story with pics is over at Single Action Forums. "The Last Ram"

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212045 02/13/2023 2:02 PM
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Outstanding!


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212046 02/13/2023 9:42 PM
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Incredible ram & incredible accomplishment Perry!


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212048 02/17/2023 12:28 AM
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Just read the writeup on the other site. Really enjoyed it!!!!
Couldnt happen to a more deserving hunter.
If you find yourself down Kenai way once more we would love to have you & your bride over for coffee again. We are no longer in the same house but the same area.


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212061 02/25/2023 1:00 AM
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I mostly read here, but I had to log in and offer my congratulations. A spectacular ram and a helluva effort on your part. Iím 76 in a few days but I couldnít have done that hunt at 41, much less 61. My hat is off to you Sir !

Now, Iíll amble over to the Single Action Forum and read the story. Thanks for sharing !

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212062 02/26/2023 4:07 AM
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Beautiful Ram!! CONGRATULATIONS


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Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212077 03/25/2023 11:07 AM
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Nice ram

Re: The Freedom Ram [Re: Snyd] #212097 05/15/2023 5:35 PM
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I know this is an older post, but I just had to comment. Snyd, I can't tell you how many times I've come back and looked at this post and gone over to read your story on the SA forum. Just too cool.

That ram, the country and the mount are drop all dead gorgeous! And that FA ain't too shabby either.


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