This dang APS built XP-100 7mm/270WSM just wants to kill stuff. Everytime I take it too the strip cut it just begs to let loose a bullet! I was in my little hidey hole today...just like last week...not long before lunch, munchin' an apple, fire kickin' to keep me company (and the fact that it was 6* when I set up made greatly welcome) but this time I had a hunting buddy walking the other hillside looking for deer. He likes to push'em and I like to shoot so we work well together. I was content to make sure the fire stayed lit!
He just hit the upper end of the cut when he called and said he was coming back my direction...then he said "deer", hangs up and then I hear "boom....boom". Back on the phone and says he missed. While he was dogging around I watched about 15 different deer sneak all around him including a little buck that gave several shot opportunities around 430yds. I let him walk. Just as Rick called back to report the misses, a doe and the little buck coming running across the cut in my direction and into the creek bottom (only about 50yds wide). I turn the scope to 5X as the shots would likely be less than 150yds. A few seconds later he pops up on my side of the creek bank and presents a broadside 150yd shot. After a brief (and I mean BRIEF) look to make sure he met the "3pts per side rule" in my area of PA, I let the 162gr A-Max fly. That dumped him instantly. This was the closest deer I ever shot with this gun...the exit hole was a sweet 2" circle and had nearly half the right side lung hanging out!
Nice bodied deer, not much on antlers but he met the requirements and is now in the freezer...well...'cept for the big batch of jerky in the oven! So I'm all tagged out this year. Going to be dogging for Rick and Pap tomorrow and with Coyotes legal to shoot I'll still carry a Ruger Blackhawk for company!