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#246832 My Thoughts on EddyBo

Posted by huntfish on 01 February 2014 - 12:57 PM

I can very distinctly remember the feeling I had about EddyBo before I met him.  He was a bit mythical, in that he knew so much about what I wanted to know so much about. I was just getting turned on to this idea of really learning to shoot, and reload, and have accurate rifles...and here was a guy who could not only do all that, but could make it all happen for himself...included plumbing his own rifles. I just thought that was fantastic (still do!).


I can very distinctly remember my first phone call to him.  He had offered to talk with me about making decisions about a build. I was sitting in my office and was a bit intimidated at calling him. But I did, and within minutes, the intimidation was gone. And it was on that first phone call that I got my first hint that evan larger than EddyBo's knowledge, was his tendency to give and share. I was so green...clueless in fact. But EddyBo was kind and careful and never shamed me when I talked foolishness.


I can very distinctly remember my first visit to his place.  It was a bit like walking into a dream world. Lathes, milling machines, shooting benches, reloading presses, guns, work stations, the shooting range. It was candy-land for my little mind, and still remains so.


I can very distinctly remember all the "firsts" at EddyBos place. My first bedding job with his help, my first poke at 1/2 mile with his 6BR, my first really little group at 100, my first witnessing of a barrel being chambered.


I can very distinctly remember so many phone calls when I had a question or I had messed something up and needed a bail-out. My first stuck-case in my reloading die was on Christmas eve several years ago. As usual, he answered the phone, coached my through it, and problem solved. He was my first phone call the first time my 375 showed case head separation, the first time a scope broke, the first time I blew a primer. Always kind, assuring, teaching....every time.


I can very distinctly remember the first rifle he built for me. A 6.5 WSM. Shot silly great.


Rusty said it best earlier in a conversation we were having.  He said "EddyBo was a kind of sun that many people orbited". Lots of that orbiting began around the rifle stuff, and to be sure, he was a great guy to know when it came to rifle knowledge and skill. But many of us had the great joy of orbiting a little closer....road trips, or fishing, or visiting him in the hospital, MM and I eating with he and Marty...it goes on and on. There was so much more to this big guy than rifles. He was a man who forgave; a man who tended to his family with respect and care; a man who chose the high road in business affairs; a man who made it a practice to view himself as no better than anyone else. More than any other descriptor, the one that fits EddyBo best in my opinion, is the word generous. I could learn a very great deal about generosity simply remembering his generosity toward me.


Sadly, I can very distinctly remember my last conversation with EddyBo.  It was this last Tuesday, just after lunch.  Lasted about 25 minutes. We talked very little, if at all about rifles. Thankfully, he knew so much about rifles. But more so, I'm thankful that my friendship with him went beyond shooting. It's the "beyond shooting" part of EddyBo that will be most endearingly remembered. I will miss very much, our exceedingly generous friend, EddyBo.


Posted by Admin on 31 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

In honor of the Greatest Gun builder, and Greatest Gun Smith, the MOF Gun Board will forever hold his name on it. "EddyBo's Corner"

#281793 Younger Brother 1st Deer Ever

Posted by StarvationEnder on 22 December 2014 - 11:05 AM

This is a pic of my younger Brother who killed his 1st deer ever, and who would believe, it would be this big buck!!!! This is his 2nd season hunting, and I'm sooo proud of him. He wanted to bow hunt, so i got him a bow last year, and he stuck with it. But he couldn't seal the deal. I convinced him to take my 30-06 hunting last week, and the next day - Friday (Dec. 19) he called me at 3:30 letting me know he had a buck. Congrats to my lil Bro!!!

Younger Brother 1st Deer Ever (Pic 1)

Younger Brother 1st Deer Ever (Pic 2)

#282662 Molly Kate killed her 2nd deer today!

Posted by Trudy.Blue on 11 January 2015 - 03:55 PM

Killed it in Madison County this morning right after daylight. She didn't ever get to finish her biscuit before he came out. Walked across the pond dam, came within 60 yards and turned broadside without a care in the world. We've been watching him run after a doe for two days. She killed him with my .270 :)





#281353 Thank you

Posted by RIVER BOAT JOE on 11 December 2014 - 10:47 AM

Just want to say thank you Rt8. Guys I have never meet Rt8 and when a stranger was in a bind he came through . I bought a gun you can't find ammo for right now. And Rt8 just sent and gave me ammo. I am glad there are people out here willing to help out a stranger. All he asked is to help out someone and I have kept my word. Also want to thank the BOSS ( administrator) of this site. If not for This forum I would not be shooting my 35. This is what it's about Thank you


Posted by Dick Cox on 21 January 2014 - 07:08 AM

For a young man that just turned 6 last month, my son has been putting in some long hours in the woods this year. Well yesterday, it all came together for him! We got in the ground blind on a big wheat field about 3:00 p.m. and waited. We wasn't seeing any deer, and I was getting worried that he was going to have to wait till next year to get his first deer, he has had ample oppertunitys to shoot does, but he said he wanted his first to be a buck, so a spike was in trouble if it came out! Well about 5:15 our first deer of the hunt came out and just by luck, it was a 11pt all by himself. The buck came out and started eating, and feeding our way, so I took his Ruger M77 MII 7.62x39 and set it up on the shooting rail for him, and said get on it, and see if you can find him in the scope. When he said he could see him, I bleated at the buck and he stopped for about 3 seconds and started walking again, again I bleated and he stopped again for about 3 seconds and started walking again. I told my son to stay on him and when he stops again try to be on him and shoot,  so I bleated AGAIN, and the buck stops AGAIN, and as soon as he stopped, my son dropped the hammer on him with a perfect shot through the shoulder at about 50-60 yds! Needless to say there were a bunch of high 5's, big hugs, and a few knuckel bumps, before we went to inspect what he had shot. When we get to him, my son was so happy to find that his first deer ever was a nice 11 point buck!





#286202 Had to post!

Posted by kjb on 09 April 2015 - 01:52 PM



I wasn't going to post any kill pics this year, prolly ain't gonna kill any anyway, but I couldn't pass this up! I am pretty selfish when it comes to turkey hunting. It's a one man's game, right? Finally got a chance to carry my daughter, let her skip school! This was her first turkey hunt and she did exactly what she was supposed to do! In the midst of a biblical swarm of swamp skeeters, she held her cool, let him get the necessary 25 step distance, and when he came out of strut, she unloaded that 20 guage 3" magnum blend right upside his head! She told me that she understood why I loved to turkey hunt so much now! I told her that it doesn't happen like that everytime! He gobbled good, had to play the silent game with him, and he strutted and drummed in front of us before I let out a sweet little yelp to pick his head up away from that breast! A great public land hunt! I told her that I could now change the screen saver on my phone from the nice 8 pt buck I put her on at Yazoo Wildlife the year before last, to this photo right here! I'm just absolutely stoked!

#248117 We laid EB to rest today.....

Posted by Rustyculley on 06 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

In a flurry of snow, in an almost surreal weather event we laid our brother to rest today. It was bitter cold. The wind blew and folks huddled under the tent as best they could. But even as we tried in vain to escape the cold, the harsh biting reality of the occasion gnawed at us like the winter wind. How appropriate, I thought, for a most remarkable fellow to have his life's journey punctuated by such raw, elemental conditions. The funeral service was touching. The friends and family there were celebrant more than remorseful. There will be time for mourning for them and us, but today we celebrated a life that touched so many. I'm happy about that. I'm happy that HF and Snapper and KenACP and DoubleGobble were there. I'm happy that I could share in Marty's pain, even in such a small way. I'm happy that I got to see folks that live only minutes away, yet seem worlds apart sometimes. Overall, it was a spectacular day. Sad at times, but not without laughter. Not a day I would want to repeat anytime soon, but an occasion that I wouldn't have wanted to miss for the world. For those that wanted to come but couldn't, I'm sure the family understands. I do. For those that made donations in EB's name, I thank you on his family's behalf. For those that said a prayer for Marty and those left behind, thank you and don't stop. Their toughest days are ahead. And to the MOF brotherhood, thanks fellas for all the kind words and thoughts. It would appear that of all his talents, Eddy was an excellent judge of character. After all, he hung around with an outstanding bunch of characters. I'm glad I was one of them.

#246833 Molly's First Deer

Posted by huntfish on 01 February 2014 - 01:25 PM

In the midst of bad news yesterday afternoon, my 9yo, Molly, killed her first deer. It was her first hunt and she did great. I wasn't touching the rifle. She was most concerned with the deer "not suffering". We could all learn from her attitude.

80 yards, with a 6x45 (.223 necked up to .243), 80 TTSX, and a Leupold 6x42. Couldn't have been shot in a more perfect spot. See pic. She did great. Ran about 60 yards and expired. Just great fun.

And yes, she's wearing pearls. Lol.



#172144 Want to share good news

Posted by Digger on 25 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

In early 2008 my son, almost 23 at the time went to Tupelo to by an engagement ring for his girlfriend. He started hurting and ended up at the ER. His appendix had almost erupted and they quickly removed it before me or his mother could get there. A week later he went back for a checkup and was told they had found colon cancer and again quickly removed six inches of his colon and six inches of his small intestine. He's now 28 and had a five year scan this morning and the Dr said it is now as though he never had cancer. He's a good Christian and knows who to credit with this.

He has a beautiful wife and gave me two of the most rambunctious but well behaved grandsons a man could have. God is good. 

#282492 Daughter gets her 1st deer

Posted by LeeRow on 07 January 2015 - 08:13 AM

My 7 year old killed her first deer the first weekend of the anterless season.  I was one proud poppa to say the least.  Killed her at 78 yds with a .243 handi rifle.  Kinda late posting but better late then never.





#274968 Green Jeans Wants To Know

Posted by Admin on 12 September 2014 - 09:47 AM

Sorry guys. I gave ole GJ 92 chances to make it around here, and he refused to step up. he is not welcomed back on this site, and I hate to say and act that way, but he turned a lot of people off and made us take 3 steps backwards.

#259528 "White Pride"?

Posted by MD-Morrison on 04 April 2014 - 02:25 PM

Pride in anything, including your race, religion, ethnicity, etc. can be either absolute, relative, and certainly even both.  The question that Rebs apparently copied from elsewhere was loaded from the get-go as it expressly conditioned "acceptance" of any answer on the total absence of any value judgments made in a relative manner, i.e., in relation to another race.  So, in a word, the question was BullChit from the beginning.  Consistent with this same biased thinking was Reb's retort to BK's reply; simply put, "if it don't resonate with my personal beliefs, it can't possibly be a worthy response...."


I tend to agree with the original tenor of this thread.  I find it rather offensive that merely mentioning, much less rejoicing or taking pride in, many aspects of traditional white, anglo-saxon Protestant male culture in this country often leads to unfair accusations of racism, etc.


I feel that it is my right and privilege to be proud of my ancestors and their accomplishments, just as much as I'm bound to recognize their failures and shortcomings.  Blessed with the 20/20 hindsight of history, I wouldn't trade my race and gender for  that of any other as the facts of history, both good and bad, lead me to conclude that on balance I've been greatly blessed in that regard.  Am I a white American male because of anything that I can personally take credit for?  Hell no.  Race and gender are a few of the things in this world we can't change.  Do I think that others, who are not white men, are not entitled to fair and just treatment simply because they are different?  Absolutely not!  I take each person as I come to them in my life.  If they share in my core values, seek to do me no harm, and strive to make the best of what God has afforded them, then they are my fellow brothers and sisters put here on this earth by something far greater than me, and it darn sure ain't my place to judge them as lesser humans.


Call it arrogance......call it prejudice..........you might even call it racism.........in the end, I call it self-esteem and pride, grounded in centuries of human experience, that will never, ever allow me to be apologetic or ashamed of who I am, where I am, and how I got here.


Plain enough, Rebs?

#278407 The Special Family of MOF Members

Posted by Big Kahuna on 28 October 2014 - 07:39 AM

As I try to catch up on the various topics of today, I can't help but to think of just how lucky and blessed I am to have friends on this forum!  I pray for those who are ill, such as MACDADDY, those who are going through trying and difficult times like DannyT with his mother, and those whom we've lost this year like EDDYBO!


With all that said, I always say little prayers for those who are about to take to the roads and highways traveling to hunitng camps-both inside and outside the state.  That the Good Lord look over each one and their families while traveling and hunting, and keep them safe from harm and injury.


Having experienced almost the same thing MACDADDY's going through right now, I go back and remember the pain and the uncertainty for both myself and my family if I would make it back home!  I know that this sounds weird and out there, but it causes one pause, to realize just how many friends you have when an illness or tragedy strikes!


We often engage in some "spirited debates" from time to time, but to everyone here on MOF, I'd like to personally thank each of you guys and gals for the friendship, ideas and thoughts each of you have sent my way.  With that, I'd like to thank each of you for the kindness and friendship you've shown me!  And above all, please keep our fellow members and their families in your thoughts and prayers who are going through trying and difficult times right now!  Be safe this hunting season and good luck!



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