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Unread 09-17-2009, 08:14 PM
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700 yard bull elk

As promised, here's some pics of the bull elk I helped kill this week. It wasn't really long range or the biggest bull on the mountain but considering it was shot on the second to last day of the hunt and the hunter was a bit intimidated by "old green", I think it's noteworthy.

I especially loved the bullet mushroom. This bullet went through some scrub oak, through the neck, into the shoulder, ran down the length of the spine and stopped under the sixth broken vertebrae. Gotta love those .338's!

The elk went down like it had been hit by lightning and the classic "whhhopp" was probably heard for miles. Ok, maybe not quite that far but it could be heard quite clearly from where I was even through the pouring rain.

I haven't scored it yet but I like the uniqueness of it and it's got lots of character. It's an old bull and definitely on the downhill side of life. Sure wish I could have seen this bull several years ago.

Anyhow, specs are:

225 grain .338 Accubond at 3310 fps (I usually shoot the 300 grain SMK but I didn't want to abuse the poor girl with recoil so I chambered an accubond for her as it recoils significantly less)
7.5 MOA up/ 15 degree angle
Leupold VXIII 6.5-20x40 LRT fine crosshair
Ranged by Swaro 1500 rangefinder at 696 but that was before the bull moved a few steps away from us.

Find it
Range it
Click it
Pull it
Dump it

If it's not far, it's boring.
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Unread 09-17-2009, 08:19 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Wow congrats to all involved! It does have nice character to the rack. Those .338's sure do pack some heat don't they?
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Unread 09-17-2009, 08:48 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Nice! Excellent job and an excellent bull. Congrats.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 09-17-2009, 08:54 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Nice bull.
We know for you 700 yards is not long range, but some of us have never killed anything that far.
I have to tell you I have been waiting to read your story for your Elk hunt this year, and I am expecting something around 1500 yards or so. After your 1406 yard cow elk from last year, you can get better.
Congrats again and keep us posted.
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Unread 09-17-2009, 09:13 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Nice shot, nice bull, great smile says it all...
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Unread 09-17-2009, 10:07 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Great bull, thanks for sharing GG!
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Unread 09-18-2009, 12:08 PM
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Re: 700 yard bull elk

Neat bull, WTG, thanks for sharing...Old green thunder has been piling them up for a while now, what is the round count on that thing?
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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