168g vld claims victim #2
Wednesday was the last day of my hunt. I hadn't been seeing much of anything in the way of a nice buck so I told myself the first forked horn I would be shooting. I wanted a halfway long shot also to test out these 168g vld's, and to hopefully get something shot at decent range on video camera. Well my oppurtunity came yesterday evening. Me and a buddy went out glassing a canyon that I knew should be holding at least a couple little bucks. Started off by seeing about 3-4 does. After a couple minutes of glassing my friend spotted 3 deer down the canyon aways. I looked at them and could tell that 2 of them were forks. I was thinking perfect! I ranged them at 618 yards. I got my MK4 cranked up to 14x and then looked at my drop card to see where I needed to be click wise. After putting on the correct elevation, I checked for wind, which was pretty much zilch, so I left it alone. I had my buddy set up the video camera. For those that dont know, I'm shooting a rem 700 bdl in 7 RM, 168g VLD at 3000fps. It usually groups around 4" at 700 yards, so I knew it was more then up to this task at hand. The deer were just feeding, not caring about a thing in the world. So after everything was set, I let my friend know I would be taking the middle buck as soon as it stopped and turned broadside. As soon as it did, I sent a 168g vld whistling through the air. At the shot, I lost sight of the deer due to recoil, but I could hear the solid and confirming "thump." I regained enough to get the buck back in my sights and see him running downhill. He ran about 50 yards and piled up. Unfortunately, due to a series of events, I did not get pictures of the buck in the field, or of the entrance/exits of the bullet. For one, my digital camera doesn't work very well off regualar batteries. Bad time to find that out! Plus I shot this buck down in a canyon before dark so I knew we had our work cut out for us. I was mainly mad about my camera not working. Anyways, the 168g vld once again performed beautifully. Entrance was high shoulder shot, exit was offside shoulder. Exit was about 2 inches in diameter. I dont see how the buck ran 50 yards honestly. It shoudl have dropped in its tracks as far as I was concerned, but I wont complain. Hopefully I can get this video posted on here, but I dont have any idea as how to do it???