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Old 12-31-2004, 11:16 AM
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A few photos from my Scotland trip

This rather pales in comparison to 1894's awesome Alpine post, nevertheless, a few photos from my pre-Christmas hind culling trip in Scotland (please excuse the face blanking…I’m shy!).

A foul day, rain and wind gusting upto 60mph; my hunting partner having just pulled off one of the best shots I have seen. I had shot a hind at 210m, with about quarter wind. Its calf ran in a great loop to put itself full wind at around 250m. Instinctive timing and hold off for wind delivered a one-shot drop.
Rifle is one put together by Precision Rifle Services of Scotland and kindly loaned for the trip. 300WSM, Swarovski 8x50, Talley mounts, Nesika made action (branded as PRS) McMillan stock and (I believe) Krieger barrel. Great little rifle!

Another view of the rifle..

It doesn’t always rain in Scotland! Your correspondent having a quick cup of tea. Given the positioning of the beast in this photo I think this view is suitable for a caption competition. 5,000,000 grains of granite at 1 metre?

After this photo was taken, took a few plinking shots at 540m rock at a 25 degree down angle. Had to take off 6 clicks to account for the slope. By locking ‘slope’ into my mind, this set me up well for my most pleasing shot of the trip;a long crawl followed by a 252m beast around 30 degrees downhill with a full value 15mph crosswind…..not desperately long, but pleasing to put all the pieces together to land the shot absolutely plum.

Did I say it doesn’t always rain in Scotland? Actually it does [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]. Most of the time we couldn’t have got wetter if we’d been for a swim! The beloved AW:

Happy New Year to all!
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:18 AM
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Re: A few photos from my Scotland trip

Thanks for posting...

Took me a little while to hopefully understand the "5,000,000 grains of granite" comment. I was looking at the picture above what you apparently intended. All I could see were hooves just behind the PRS rifle, it cleared up quickly with the next picture.

Are 250 meter shots considered quite long for your area?? I know there are area across the pond that frown on "long" shots, how about Scotland??
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Old 01-01-2005, 10:28 AM
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Re: A few photos from my Scotland trip

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Old 01-01-2005, 03:29 PM
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Yup, the weak ‘granite’ joke was based on the fact that the chance positioning of carcass relative to rock in the photo made me think that, rather than being shot, it looks like the beast was killed by the application of a large rock to its head [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

The perception of long range in UK? Obviously I can’t speak for all, but I’d say very very few people in UK have the equipment, practice-honed skills or even the real estate to tackle what many on this board define as ‘long’.

Obviously I can’t speak for all, but at deer, shots at anything over 200m [excepting shots to drop an escaping wounded beast] are unusual, anything over 300m extremely unusual –less distance for the smaller species.

By way of illustration, on the trip shown above, we were on a new estate with a professional stalker previously unknown to us. I took the shots at the 540m rock partly because ‘I could’ and partly to plant the thought with the professional stalker that I am not the run of the mill ‘fat-banker-up-from-London-for-the-weekend’ quality of marksman. After I shot the 252m beast, he commented ‘I wouldn’t have let you take that shot if I hadn’t seen you hit that rock’.

That’s the mind set over here (I must say at this point that he was actually a bloody good bloke!). Personally –and bear in mind this is from someone with 16 years (and counting!) in the British Army sad enough to buy his own AW- I can’t imagine that I will ever take a shot at an unwounded deer beyond 400m; that’s my self imposed limit at deer –I’m obviously brainwashed too! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:14 PM
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Re: A few photos from my Scotland trip

Thanks for the reply and info.

It's an uphill battle for long range hunting, hardly ever can a fella get by at a new place without a demonstration/test and rightfully so I guess but it's still a bit disheartening.

I'd imagine that many a rock has been used to illustrate marksmanship potential(s). My most memorable was on my caribou hunt in Quebec a number of years back, the outfitter was none too keen on "long range". I was throttled to short range for a bit until I could be trotted off to a <font color="red">"Let's see you hit that!!!" </font> rock. After two shots by me and two by my guide (he was the "control group") I was allowed to go about my business as I wished. (They affectionately tagged me with the "Doctor Death" moniker after that 900+ yard rock killing adventure.)
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Old 01-02-2005, 05:21 PM
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Re: A few photos from my Scotland trip

very nice brown dog

i am sitting here looking at the pics trying to figure out where you were.....

you are spot on about the perception of longrange shooting being frowned upon in the uk. however, i am sure it is ignorance on the part of the masses of uk shooters who never shoot past 100yards

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Old 01-03-2005, 03:34 AM
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Glad you piped up –I was interested to hear your take on my LR at deer in UK comments [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img].
Locations? Given where you live, I’m sure you have access to OS Sheet 34; actually photos from 2 Estates are shown (we had 1 ‘away-day’!) Photo 1, -my pal with the PRS- Grid: NH413005 looking East [this was on the away day –remember the extreme weather warnings pre-Christmas? This was one of those days!].
The photo of me drinking tea Grid NH302152 looking W. We stayed at the Glenmoriston Arms where the food was just too good –we came away feeling like ‘foie-gras’ geese!
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