Saturday morning me and a shooting buddy decided to spend the day in the veldt, deciding not to practice for the upcoming SA Hunters Nationals.
Not in the mood for training but still very much in the mood to do some shooting we visited a friends farm upon witch we’ve previously build ourselves a “long range” playing field. Distances varies 246m right out to just shy of 1000m – the range lying in a valley between two hills.
We spend half the day shooting the gongs out to 500 meters and were quit chuffed with ourselves being able to hit the six different gongs without fail. The ballistic charts we were using were obviously working!
Upon leaving the range we drove right into one of the largest warthogs I’ve ever seen and remembering that the owner asked us to kill any pigs on sight we scrambled to get the guns out and loaded!!!
My buddy not having shot any large warthogs before were so excited that he just could not keep it in, all the time encouraging me to shoot, SHOOT!!!!, and in the process I missed a easy shot at a 200 pound pig!!!
At first I were mad at myself for missing the shot but then when I went through the motions I remembered that my scope was set on the 350m meter setting and not 500m as I thought!!!
The pig was just shy of 500m - my bullet kicked up dust about 15m short of the pig!!!
Lesson learned: Make shore of the turret settings, do not trust your gut feeling!
I’m planning another trip out this weekend – just maybe I’ll run into that wart again!
Kathu, Northern Cape