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First elk with the 270WSM

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Unread 12-03-2009, 07:34 AM
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Re: First elk with the 270WSM

Good pictures and description of bullet performance.
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Unread 12-04-2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: First elk with the 270WSM

Nice rifle; my hunting partner has identical rig, save the glass.

Thanks for the report!
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Unread 12-04-2009, 10:06 PM
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Re: First elk with the 270WSM

Thanks for all the back slapping I sure did learn a lot this hunting season. I found that defeating my built in Kentucky windage system was the hardest thing to try to over come, I knew where my rifle shoots and felt confident in my abilities at the range or out blasting rock but when I got down to taking a shot on game I found myself holding high and it cost me two deer at 790yds, the shot went right where I was aiming and it was right over them. It's like I went brain dead, the scope I shoot has 2MOA marks on the reticle and I looked at my chart when I was getting ready for the shot on this cow and I needed 3.5 MOA down but instead of holding on my 2nd hash mark for 4MOA I held low with my main cross hair, I didn't use the all the tools I had given my self but instead slipped into Kentucky windage mode.

The next biggest thing I learned was I need a Kestrel meter, my cheap Caldwell is giving me low wind speed and I under corrected one time an Elk, I never over correct for wind so I kept all my long range shots so that if I under corrected it would drift into the shoulder not into the guts. But I found out at LR if your of on your correction your most likely of the animal.
I had a couple goes at using LoadBase 3.0 on my Axim in the field and the corrections were spot on so I was perty stoked about that, I just need the Kestrel to give it better inputs for windage.

By the way I really dig what the Bergers are doing. That bullet in the picture has most of it's jacket, it pealed around it's self down to the base, the rest I could not find in the mess.
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