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First Long Range Deer

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Unread 11-05-2008, 04:32 PM
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Re: First Long Range Deer

How about some more pictures of that rifle?
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Unread 11-05-2008, 08:53 PM
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Nice buck and great story !!! Thanks for sharing. Good you got to share it with your dad. Sounds like that may only be the begining for that rifle.
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Unread 11-05-2008, 09:28 PM
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Man!!! What a great buck. Good shooting and nice looking rifle.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 09:39 AM
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Colby, I have a 300wby annd 7/300wby smithed by Howard Wolfe and they shoot really well. I use H870 powder in both rifles and 190gr smk in the 300wby and 168gr smk in the 7/300wby, I am also trying the 162gr hornady amax in the 7/300 and they seem to shoot just as good as the 168gr smk. My longest kill on deer is 850yds with the 7/300, but I have many kill in the 300 to 700 range with bith rifles.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 09:58 AM
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The 7x300 Wby is an excellent round, ever thought about the 180 Bergers ?
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Unread 11-06-2008, 01:41 PM
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great story and great deer. Way to go! I love it when plans come together. Can you give us some close up shots on the rifle and some more specs like weight.
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Unread 11-06-2008, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for all the nice reply's. I would never post this on any other websites because I know I would get flamed, so it is nice of you guys to be supportive.

I will get some pictures of the gun and post them. It turned out to be a great hunting rifle. I'm looking forward in the future to trying more bullets and powders. My uncle who has been helping me has a 7/300 as well, so we knew pretty much what load would work. Once hunting season is over and I can get back to experimenting and practicing I am hoping to try some Bergers and Barnes, and am going to try to start dialing for distances. I built a range this summer that I can shoot up to 900 yards on. I have only shot up to 700 yards because that is the limit of the Boone & Crockett reticle. This gun shoots much better than the scope is built for. Leupold says dead on at 300, first bar at 400, second bar at 500, dot at 550 and top of heavy cross hair at 600. My gun shoots exactly 100 yards better at all marks, and is only 2 1/2" high at 200 yards, dead on at 400.

I'm not a big fan of the stock, the distance between the pistol grip and the trigger was too short for me. If my hand had a comfortable grip, the trigger was all the way to the second knuckle on my finger. I had never carved a stock before, but I took a file and dremel to it and made it much more comfortable, although not perfect. I couldn't get the finish to match very well, but I didn't build it to be a beauty queen. The last issue was that I bought med rings from Leupy because they said that is what I had to have for the 56 VXL. I think I can get away with low's, but they are too expensive for me to buy another set right now. So instead, I bought a beartooth comb raising kit. Now I get a good cheek weld with a good sight picture. The foam in the kit is squishy, so I know its not as good as a raised comb stock, but I will buy a better stock down the road.

Once again, thanks for the positive reply's and all the help.

I hope to kill a whitetail in MT next month. My goal is to get one as close to 700 as possible. I will be happy with that for now.

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