Well you have to take advantage when lightening strikes twice so heres the latest..
Managed to sneak out of the office by 4pm to get to my glassing spot with an hour and a half of prime time to go. Got the gear loaded up and off for a short half K walk into my ambush.
This spot basically over watches a big long gully that is probably about 1.5 Kms long, and from this rock outcropping I can cover most cnrs with the EDGE. I have managed for the last couple of years to pull a nice stag from it during Sept so I was optimistic we might see something.
Once I got set up, gun laid out, kestrel
rolling etc I got to work glassing the far side of the gully. Unfortunately I saw some cows feeding on the mountain which had me doubting my chosen spot. The deer rarely like to mix and compete with the cattle if they can avoid it.
Anyways I kept the glasses rolling when I spied a solid stag some distance away come from over the opposite ridgeline and start feeding within my effective range. After looking him over I decided he needed a bullet so quickly plugged the numbers into the PDA
RH 65 %
Temp 64 F
Distance to target 890 Meters with the geovid binos.
I had a level shooting position to get prone and with not a breath of wind I dialled on the 23 MOA up with no wind allowence.
I then dry fired on him a couple of times to tame the nerves then wound up the NXS to 20 X and settled the crosshair. YANK Whoops safety on .....
Settled the crosshair again... then the gun spoke. WHooooosh across the valley.
I then get the very solid comback sound of a solid hit... I get back on the binos to see whats going on to see him walking 20M from the strike looking really hit hard... then down he goes into a tree on the slope. Watching him he jams his antlers into the ground and comes to an end upsidedown hooked around a tree. I watch for another 5 mins with no movement. Best of all there is a track accross on the other side of the valley that will allow the vehicle with about 300 M of him.
Hooked around the tree
Twenty mins later I am around there and standing over him. A big old bull probably past his prime and missing a tine but after that shot I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
Thanks Shawn Carlock for building me a gun thats turned doubters into believers !