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Old 09-26-2005, 12:36 PM
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First Long Distance Shot on Big Game - On Purpose

Yesterday I went antelope hunting. This season I have passed up on several very nice trophy antelope because they didn't present the test of marksmanship skills that I am seeking. Yesterday it all came together. I harvested (or do we say kill around here?) a very respectable antelope that will score 80 and change SCI. Not a BC book critter, but pretty decent all the same.

The antelope was taken in some fairly rugged terrain as far as what most folks consider Pronghorn habitat. The buck was on the side of a ridge with three valleys between him and my bore. The wind was pretty much quartering from behind at 2.5 mph. The only wind variable was the upslope/downslope winds across the canyons and as calm as it had been I hoped the small canyon breezes would be of negligible consequence. There was very little elevation difference. The temperature and humidity shouldn't play a huge roll at the distance I was shooting.

The animal repeatably ranged at 625 yards with my Leica 900 LRF. His slight quatering away would make up for a few inches if I hit too far back. My rest was rock solid. The bullet entered about an inch ahead of the first rib from the rear and exited through the sixth rib from the back. He was dead on his feet and tipped over shortly without taking a step. That's kind of strange for a "goat". Generally, unless you get a CNS hit they take off like a bat of hell.

For the gadget guys, the rifle is a custom .30-.338 on an old L61R Sako action. Wooden stock, pillar bedded, with the forearm hogged out and filled with glass as was so popular a dozen years ago. The scope is a Nightforce NXS 3.5-15X50 in custom made Warne rings that I had built 10 years ago (It's time to go to a rail and better rings). Weight of unloaded rifle and scope is right on 12 pounds. The ammo was a Nosler 180 grain Accubond at 3100 fps.

This is the first time I have shot an animal over 400 yards. I will start another thread about that issue.

Ron
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:41 PM
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Re: First Long Distance Shot on Big Game - On Purpose

Congrats on your kill, sounds like som damn nice shooting

If you have some pics I am sure we would all like to see them.

Again Congratualtions
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:45 PM
 
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Ron,

See, now you've gone and done it... you're hooked.. just take 1/2 of all pay checks and kiss them good-bye. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

Nice going... sure feels good when it all comes together!

any digital pics of the goat? what area did ya hunt?
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:48 PM
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Re: First Long Distance Shot on Big Game - On Purpose

Fine job, looking forward to the new post too.

One of my hunting friends uses a 30-338 with 200gr partitions (I believe they're 200's), tiny little groups with those bullets out of that rifle. His first olong range kill with it was an elk at just over 600yards. Great old(er) cartridge and seemingly good for long range.
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:05 PM
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See, now you've gone and done it... you're hooked.. just take 1/2 of all pay checks and kiss them good-bye.

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HA HA HA. . . that's a good way to put it Ric.

I haven't even made my first kill and am already hooked to the point that I have no money for anything else.
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:15 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!

There is nothing better than a loooong-range adrenaline rush.

I've been shooting long-range varmints for many years but only recently decided to move up to bigger game. Using the the right equiptment, right ammo and a good helping of knowledge and experience makes it all possible.

OK what's next? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:35 PM
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Ankeny:

Great story and congratulations on your first long range kill. Now, like the guys said, how about some pictures. You can't just tell the story, especially a long range story, and not show some pictures. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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