Was a nice morning so I decided to head back out to the chuck hill to see if I could catch a fat boy sunning on the rocks.
Took the 270 AM and the Kahn and set up in my usual favorite spot. Eariler in the week I had landed a big 169.5 gr WIldcat on a chuck at 1098 yards but unfortunatly he made it to his den, basically fell into and down his den after the hit.
On the den where I hit that chuck there was zero activity which kind of suprised me as there had been four young chucks running all over hell that day but nothing today.
I decided to test the drop of the rifle so I found a chuck sized rock at 1080 yards and figured the hold and took three shots at it. The first one landed just above the rock, maybe 2" high of the roughly foot long by 1/2 foot tall rock. Plenty close. The second shot landed solidly on the left half of the rock, actually breaking off a large part. Shot three landed just high over the left section of the rock. About a 5" groups!!! I was very pleased and began dreaming of a big whitetail at that range being pretty easy pickin's with an accurate range measurement.
I started glassing different areas of the rocky hills and came across a HUGE chuck sitting on a very small rock out in the middle of a grassy hill side. Looked pretty strange to be honest, the rock was around 6" square and this chuck looked huge sitting on top of it. We have taken several chucks in the 12-14 lb range and one just over 16 lbs and this chuck looked as large as any we had every seen on the hill.
Luckily he was in the open part of the grassy hill and I got several reading from 1250 to 1258. I averaged them out and shot for around 1255 yards.
I leveled the Extreme Sporter and made the adjustments for the longer range and settled into the rifle. At this range, 14x is extremely minimum but as the chuck was huge and sitting in the middle of an open patch of short grass, his big black body made a great target.
The wind, roughly 5 mph was directly at my back so I held dead on and let a 169.5 gr Wildcat fly.
The big ULD landed dead center on the rock the chuck was sitting on and that big chuck jumped a full 3 feet straight in the air. The hit was only inches under the chuck and the big boy wasted no time getting up into the rocks and the shadows and I simply could not pick him out of the rocks with the Weaver scope at what was now +1300 yards.
I was very happy with the near miss, again any critter larger then a coyote would have been hit hard in the vitals.
I scanned the slides for about 10 minutes and found another chuck hunkered up on a large flat rock. The area the chuck was in was not offering an accurate range measurement but knowing the area very well and having a spot in front of the chuck(1088 yards) and behind the chuck(1129 yards) that I could get readings on I figured him to be in the 1114 to 1115 range give or take a yard or so.
This was also a large chuck, not as large as the one I had just shot at but still a +10 lb chuck.
The way the chuck was positioned on the rock made him a relatively small target for his size but any hit would produce serious damage and probably an instant kill.
I went though my set up routine and settled in on the chuck. I recovered from recoil just in time to see the big bullet land dead center and he simply slumped over the rock and rolled 30 yards down the steep hill.
I watched as he came to rest and he was moving slighly trying to get back up the hill but he could not move. Within a couple seconds all movement stopped and he was dead!
I though about tuning in the Kahn but then decided I wanted pictures of my longest personal one shot kill so I packed up and drove up to the hill and was happy to find the big chuck where I had last seen him from my shooting location.
This 270 AM in the Extreme Sporters with the 169.5 gr ULD is simply awsome in the field. I often forget to realize that I am shooting a sporter right that weights 10 lbs ready to hunt. I have been totally impressed with this system every time I have pushed its limits.
As of yet, I have not found the rifles limits where consistancy drops off. With this big game hunting rifle, the main limits are the 4.5-14 scope and getting accurate range measurement.
Bullet performance was also impressive on this chuck as it was on that first chuck showing results of high retained velocity and energy and good expansion even at this range.
Had I hit this chuck at this range with my fast twist 6mm-284 I would have lost him as I have seen this time and time again. Just not enough frontal area and energy to open the small caliber bullets up to inflict severe tissue damage, at least not with the 107 gr SMK.
Not the case with the 270 AM though and the 169.5 gr ULD. Unless they fall in their den they are dead from any real solid hit.
Have a good fathers day!!