Well, in the words of Lerch, "Today the sun rose on a new man."
We managed to cut our of work about 15 min early to a jump on things. Drove the 45 min. to dog town and got set up.
Luckily, there were some clouds in the west so this gave us a break from the 95 degree heat.
We went straight to the location where Lerch made his lucky shot last Wed. We still had not moved the scope from the last trip, and the wind was just a little lighter, so we knew we were going to be close.
We also managed to get the ok to demo one of the new Swaro rangefinders since our Leica didn't show up last time. As bad as I had to say it, the Swaro is a superior piece of equipment. We got a reading on a black cow @ around 1200 yds. This thing would range things that the Leica wouldn't, all the way out to 1380yds, in fairly bright sunlight.
After testing out the new range finder, I fired the first five rounds. I wasn't as close as I had hoped, but I would say that I never missed by more that a foot @ 1050yds. Lerch then touched a few of with his 22-250 @ around 800 yds. Needless to say, I think he will be selling it!! He then picked up my baby and lobbed 5 105 Amax down @ the dogs. Again, not as close as I had hoped, but still pretty good.
After letting the bbl cool down and talking to my old man, who decided to show up and see if we were lying, the cows made there way to over to our killing field.
We switched over to a different location and got a reading on a large mound, with the Swaro I might add, of 1080 yds.
I cranked the elevation up a bit and let 5 more fly. My last shot was so close it hurt.
The ball was now in Lerch's court. He conected on the third shot of his next round. Looking through our spotter, I saw dirt kick up behind the dog, which was setting up, and thought he had missed. Then the dog just fell over and started twitching. Needless to say, with 2 1K kills to my 0 with my gun, Lerch was done.
After letting the bbl cool, I lined up for a few more shots. I don't remember how many misses, but I do remember my first hit. It was on a hole in the side of a mound that we has mistaken for a dog!! I guess we should have realized it wasn't a dog when he didn't move on the first near hit, as my dad pointed out. I guess we figured we could see better than the old man. Wrong!!
Feeling encouraged by killing the hole, I centered the dot on another dog and lobbed an Amax out there. Steve yelled out, "Hit!! Wait, he's moving. Put another one in him!!" I thought I had found him and touched the 14 oz trigger. The dog I was shooting @ went air borne!! Only to run down in a hole. So close!!
Lerch then proceeded to tell me that the one I had hit had expired, so I had my 1k kill. Since I had the gun loaded, I decided to touch one more off. I looked through the scope and noticed a dog checking out my kill. I centered the dot on his body, took my breath and squeezed. The dog spun in a cirlce and fell over dead!!! The old TX heart shot!!
Upon driving down to the killing field, we discoverd all three of the dead within 15 yds of each other!! Now both of us have 2 1k kills each and will qualify for the 1000 yd and 500 yd clubs.
We had a great time and made some unforgetable memories. Once we get our 270 AM we'll have to back out to 1500 and give it a try!!
About 1 yr ago, if someone else would have wrote this and I would have read it, I would have had to call BS. But after watching Beyond Belief and finding this board, I know this is possible. I would like to thank everyone here for the wealth of information on this site. Pretty much everything Lerch and I have learned, has come from the pages of this message board!!
Lerch trying to find a dog to miss!! The dogs were just under the left side of the dirt bank.
Another pic from our post.
Same pic but on 10x. Again, dogs were just under left of dirt bank.
Shot from dogs veiw. We were just above the dirt on the hill. 10x zoom.
Same as above w/out zoom.
The Triangle of Death. I think you can see all three dogs in this pic.
Lerch cut the jugular on this one.
My TX heart shot.
Me with my kills.
A pic of a bullet we found lieing on top of the ground.
Have a great day!!
I forgot to mention that we fired a total of 29 shots. 10.35% hit rate. Not too bad for a factory gun!!