780 yard buck down!!!
This deer season has definately been one to remember. I've already lost 2 decent bucks to other people claiming them. I"m not gonna go into detail on those, but lets just say I got bent over on both of them, end of story. My so called "friends" ended up claiming them. Oh well, life goes on.
This last friday, I was finally able to get my chance at what I wanted, a 650-800 yard shot on a nice muley buck. My previous longest is 618 yards which was last years buck with the same rifle, but with a different bullet. Last year I used the 168g Berger VLD. I am using a Rem 700 BDL, 7 RM w/162g AMAX @2875fps. Leupold vx3, 6.5-20x50, 30mm tube, SF, fine duplex. A Holland QD brake allows me to spot my own hits. Nikon 800 Buckmasters Laser Rangefinder. Me and a buddy had spotted this nice 25" 2x3 with double eyeguards moving through the bush. We watched him for a while and planned a sneak attack on him. We were already looking 1000+ yards, I just wanted to get to this knob about 300-400 yards ahead of us that would give us a vantage point and a good prone shooting position. Well we made it to the point and located the buck again. He was just milling around feeding, not worrying about a thing. I got out the nikon 800 and ranged him a couple times, I got 778, 780. I felt really comfortable out to 800 with my 7 RM. I"ve been practicing a lot on my 15" gong at 700-800 yards and knew I could do it. I looked at the wind and thankfully, there was none, zip, nadda. I laid the Harris BR bipod out, got all snuggled behind the 7 RM w/162g AMAX and got the buck in the picture. I dialed my scope up exactly 16 MOA, I did not touch the windage. As I was looking through the 20x scope, I was just waiting for him to turn broadside and stop for a few seconds. Theres no need to be in a hurry in this kinda situation. I took my time and when the time came, put the 20x fine duplex crosshair right on his shoulder, and tripped the 2 1/4# trigger and was quite happy to hear the resounding "whop" right afterwards. He reared up and went about 25-30 yards before piling over. I was pretty happy, and my friend was excited to! I had just taken my farthest big game kill, at 780 yards, and made a great 1 shot kill!! After the high fives and congratulating, we made our way down to the buck. I had hit him a bit back, but the 162g AMAX did its job beautifully, leaving plenty of damage. Musta been about a 1 MPH wind I didn't see, ha ha.
Pics might be a while..I have no home computer, and the one I am using is SUPER SLOW. However, I would really like to get them on here, so stay tuned and I'll try my best to get them ASAP.
All in all, its been a good deer season for most everyone I"ve talked to. Lots of bucks taken, and lots of big bucks taken or being seen. So there still plenty out there..