I made the switch a couple years ago. I've been a fan. I also was shooting 777 pellets beforehand. I've never put the gun on a chronograph but from the feel and the sound and other anecdotal evidence 100 grains for blackhorn is faster and more powerful than the equivalent 2 pellets of 777.
Centerfire rifles for deer are a no go in MA.
Primitive firearms covers muzzle loaders. Including 209 fired break/hinge actions. (Break/hinge actions were not allowed until a few years back.) As well as the traditional cap lock and flint lock styles.
I've had some luck finding dogs on Uncle Henry's in the past. These look to be the only labs listed there right now.
My group has been pretty good at getting pictures after successful hunts that include everyone that was in camp at the time in them. It can be a hassle to get everyone on board for picture time with all the post hunt excitement but no one has ever complained about looking...
I'm a VXR fan as well. Leupold did stop producing them but has moved the firedot reticle to be available in other lines. The VXRs that are still available on the market are priced higher than the equivalent VX-Freedom with the illuminated reticle. I called Leupold and they confirmed...
I abut powerlines and conservation and a reservoir that all have trails. It's busier with walkers, runners, dog walkers than I've ever seen. Weekends always used to attract people but now its busy every day.
On the other hand my dogs are living the high life with people in the house...
I had a saddle mount on a Nova for a while. It's a big heavy gun to begin with. The saddle mount just added to that. I found it very bulky. I'd recommend getting it drilled and tapped vs the saddle.
oh, also it was a PITA to get the mount on and off. I think I had a B-Square mount.