Well I will go ahead and lay it out, we didn't get any pdogs, but it was a hell of a learning experince.
We set out sturday morning and arrived at pdog town around 1:00 pm. We found a spot that presented us with 1500-1700yd shots so we decided it would work. Wind was straight at us about 10-15mph and it was pretty sunny with temps around 85 deg.
After setting up the Wild rangefinder and all of our other junk I got ready to send the first rounds down town. Well no surprise i didn't make a one shot kill [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I started shooting on top of a large hill and my first 3 shot string land a few bullets within about 3-4 feet of dogs.
BJ fired his first set and his last shoot skimmed just over the head of a dog by less than a foot. I loaded up and tried again and this time I nailed the mound a dog was setting on missing him only by 6" or so. A massive cloud of dirt exploded around the dog showering him in dust, but not killing him.
We fired several more times with several near misses. We had repeated problems with the dogs being shaded by clouds and us being in full sunlight. This made seeing dogs impossible at times and we also had to deal with constantly changing wind conditions.
Our elevation was usually pretty good but left and right was harder. That wind sure is a bitch!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Another problem we had was for us to shoot this far we had to fire at dogs near the road. The dogs are used to getting shot at and run for the hills at the first sight of a impact cloud.
We moved to another group of dogs down the hill a way and BJ began firing. He landed a shot real close to a dog and scared him over to his mound. The mirage picked up and our visiblity lessened. BJ said the could see his dog setting on the top of mound and i agreed something was there.
BJ fired and the bullet hit the top of what he was shooting at and then hit some wet dirt behind the target. This sent a red looking jet into the air. We both agreed BJ may have killed a dog but we decided to stay and continue shooting.
I got on the bench and set up to fire on a dog about 1680yds. I leveled the cross hairs on him and touched the trigger. I spotted my own shot and the bullet landed IMMEDIATLY in front of the dog wounding him somewhere in his back legs. BJ and I both sat speechless thinking I had just flattend a near 1 mile dog when all of a sudden he began spinning around and ran up to his mound.
I was actually shaking as I frantically tried to load another round before the conditions changed. The dog sat on his mound but appeared to be having problems with something near his feet. I fired again and this round landed just under him actually flipping him backwards.
Now I cant tell you for sure but these two shots were within mere inches of eachother and I can only imagine what a 3 shot group on paper would have looked like.
Once again I will say Kirby builds one hell of a rifle.
We fired several more shots with many more close misses. We fired a total of 25rnds a piece and even though we didn't kill anything it was a definate success. Here are some pics from the day.
here is pics down the side of my rifle. I am shooting at the top of the hill but the majority of our shots were father down the hill on the left side close to the fence.
Here is another shot of the same hillside.
Here is the hillside again through the Leupold 40 power spotting scope. This is where the majority of our shots were at and there are a few dogs in this pic. One of them is mentally defective because he had 5 rounds land around him before he decided to leave.
Here is me getting ready to miss again [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Here is BJ looking for a target
And finally this is a shot throught my scope, I don't know if you can see any dogs but it was kinda cool looking.
It was a real fun day and i know it won't be long until a dog dies at 1 mile.
Take it easy