The new rifle is all I had hoped it would be. The thing is lighter and less bulky than the Rugers... and it shoots as well and hits HARD. The ALICE pack worked out very well and, once the straps were adjusted to the right length, it was a great pack for packing heavy and staying out all day. I packed a full MRE with entree and snacks (the lemon poppy seed pound cake is pretty good). If I had been able to stay out instead of coming home it would have been a great day for dining as well as for squirreling.
One side note here about the rifle... 22 WMR is a bit more destructive effect on the squirrels than I like. Shot placement appears to be more critical that with my 22 LR, Sub Sonics. Of the three actual shots I got today, two dropped squirrels. The one above here was a shot to the back base of the scull at about 20 yards. The entry wound is normal size. The exit would is just ghastly compared to what I have become accustomed. In this case no meat loss occurred but it is easy to see how it would be easy to waste a squirrel with a poorly placed shot. I guess I need to wear my glasses. :-)
The Old Oak Canopy Along the South Edge of the ridge
It was just a really great day. The canopy was alive and breeze was nice, my new gear worked and I didn't fall down and break this rifle. It's all good. Ah well.... signing off until next week.