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168g vld claims victim #2

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Unread 10-12-2006, 05:58 AM
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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???
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: 168g vld claims victim #2

Nice job Remman, thats a pretty fair poke! Too bad about the pics, you always seem to have some nice bloody ones. Hopefully you'll get that video worked out one day.

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Unread 10-13-2006, 07:02 PM
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Congratulations! Nice shooting, as usual.
Too bad about the camera, hope you can post the video. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Unread 04-24-2010, 01:05 AM
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Re: 168g vld claims victim #2

Great shot, great story.
Thanks for that one.
Hopefully, I will get a VLD load worked up for my 25-06 and see what kind of terminal performance I can get.
Good story.
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