When you write up a hunt, your descriptions are so vivid and full of detail that it makes one almost feel like they are with you. And your photos are so great that it really makes me hesitant to even post any when I attempt to do a write up. It's real treat to relive them with you. Thanks a lot. Great shots, great story, and superb pics. RHB's camera is something special.
Super reporting on "in-field" terminal performance of your chosen projectile. Thanks again.......
Come on, MT4XFore, don't do that to GG; he's already having a hard time keeping himself humble, I know I would, and then you talk to him like that!
You just ain't helping the man. I do have to admit you have pretty much told the truth though.
GG, your writing and shooting is alright. Your picture taking abilities need a bit of improvement and you need to talk to your dad to help you get in better shape... I hope we're still friends!!!
Again, you do have one heck of a spotter!
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Our Lord Jesus said that as it was in the days of Noah and
also as it was in the days of Lot so it shall be in the days...
It's happening again!!! God sent to us His prophet, and His Word
to this generation and we once more are rejecting it as was prophesied!!! ---> As promised, God Sent His Prophet to us!
You ever sit down and figure how many miles worth of big game kills you have on that rifle?? LOL
Should be about time for a new barrel here pretty soon!!! Just goes to show how well those bigger 338s do for barrel life.
Good to hear the 300 gr SMKs work. After the constant pounding we have been taking on how they are such old fashioned, worthless bullets, I was beginning to consider just giving up on the 338 caliber all together!! Not really!!!
Anyway, great story, and shot. Being a flat lander, I much prefer reading and looking at such pictures then killing myself to live that. I will stay in the low land where I can breath normally!!!!
Old Green sure has put on some miles. I've got another barrel coming but this one just keeps going and going so who knows when it will finally bite the dust!
I like to look at pictures of high mountains too. I've always wanted to try my luck at Everest as it fascinates me but I don't have the fat on my fingers and toes that a guy needs to survive it. I'd loose every finger and toe and it wouldn't be worth it. But I still like to read about the guys who do make it to the top every year. Makes me feel like my adventures are pretty small.
Your description of hunting with your Dad and 7RMHB made me laugh. That was the way it was this Fall with my two kids. The girl is a great spotter with infinite patience while the boy just wants to get moving and chase something down.
Kirby builds really great hunting rifles. The ability of his smithed rifles to place bullet after bullet in the same spot under field conditions at extreme ranges always amazes me. It amazes me even more when it is me shooting.
Somehow that Luepold scope just keeps on killing animals. Always amazes me that people cannot take a lesson from success. There are scope that work and there are scopes that donít. Although, it would seem like it is time for you to get a new base with more cant in it.
Bullet performance Ė I have a few comments
1. As you demonstrate, it takes a trivial amount of time to take a few pictures of entrance and exit wounds to show what a bullet did so people can see for themselves. In your case you were up in deep snow way up a mountian and still got the pictures, yet we have seen other people who canít get a picture in an alfalfa field and write pages of excuses why they have no pictures.
2. A 300 grain bullet at 1410 yards breaks two shoulders of a cow elk and is retained under the hide. Momentum is zero at that point. The bullet appears to have at least 50% retained weight. This is very similar performance to other witnessed and verified shots at long range.
There was an article recently about elk wintertime coping mechanisms. The article stated that they are able to lower their metabolism such that they do not burn as much energy and give off as much heat. Thus they can get by on less food under colder temperatures. This would imply that their respiratory system is slowed down and that their circulatory system is slowed down. With such a slow system, it will take longer for an animal to either bleed to death of die of suffocation. With all of the hair it is possible to close off the wound so the lungs do not collapse and the animals still has partial lung capacity (this happened to me two years ago with an antelope). This allows the animal to keep up a slow supply of oxygen to the brain and muscles.
I had forgotten what a misery the Utah scrub oak could be. Those pictures bring back some memories of some gruesome hikes through that stuff.
Finally, there are some really great members on this forum who actually know a lot about long range hunting and are here to help people. Hopefully, I will draw out for this Fall and get to visit Utah for a while, but with less snow!
Congratulationson a really great series of shooting and some really wonderful pictures.
thanks for your post. You bring up some very good points and observations.
Perhaps the elk was in "winter mode" and that's why she just kept eating lead. Not even that big bull we killed a few years ago at 1302 yards was as tough to bring down as this cow and he was 1/3 again the size.
10-4 on the great smithing skills of Kirby Allen and the tough as nails design of my Leupold LR scope. And a big 10-4 on the bullet things we've talked about!