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Old 11-30-2004, 09:47 AM
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First "shot" at Long-Range-Hunting!

Well, got my first long range kill yesterday.

Btw--ignore my "hat"--that is what happens when you are exhausted and try to get a polar fleece hood as far off your head as you can, but yet keep it on so as to not get shot [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

6.5-284, 142 SMK 760yds--hit exactly where i aimed [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] (well about 2"above POA)

i put the shot where it should have been, but lack of expansion (drilled a hole thru the lung then countinued out the bottom of the ribs) meant we had to watch her for AWHILE before she finally died!!



group of 3 does show up about 800yds--they saunter up to about 770 and i click up to shoot, but not a good shot present.

20 minutes later...
Group of five does show up about the same distance but in a different area. i picked the one with the least brush around her and locked on--was still clicked to 775 so i took off a half-minute or so (16MOA up)

she stood about broadside (more angled than i thought) touched off the shot and she just humped up for about 1 minute(shoulda double tapped her, and would have had i known the shot was perfect)

so we watched as she slowly waivered and toppled over, but she continued to waiver and periodically stumble for a half hour or so till she finally stopped moving (seemed like an hour, but might have been 15 minutes)

so as i walked up to her (eventually) i saw intestines out the exit wound--thought "man, i better not have gut shot her!!"

well, i didnt, the bullet just angled back further than i thought it should have and sucked out some entrails on its way.

she never let out a noise and never ran, so she was obviously neither scared or in pain.

Finally i could test out all my long range practice (matches/groundhogs) on a big game animal

I love it when a plan comes together [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]


p.s. So--im not sure quite what the bullet did, but it didnt hit any bone until it exited thru a rib. If it had hit a rib on entry it may have been totally different. 1 bullet isnt enough to make a valid decision about performance IMO--though it got me the deer [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:40 AM
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Way to go JB! Enjoyed you narrative and the pics. Good Shootin Bro!
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Old 11-30-2004, 11:10 AM
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Great story and congrats. What you experienced is pretty much what I would expect from the cartridge and bullet combo. The exit wound is about 1 1/2" (?) again what I would expect. No you don't pick them off their feet at that range.

Although a lot closer (335yds) my deer did a similar walkabout staggering. I double tapped him and that was that. Your shot probably went a bit far back so didn't completely vaporise the lungs. She would have gone down much quicker had that happened.

My thought is that if I take a shot and hit, I keep shooting until the animal is down.

Not sure if a bigger cal/heavier bullet would have drop it any faster. Love to hear feedback from those hunting with the big boomers.

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Old 11-30-2004, 11:13 AM
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Nice shot. I have seen several animals hit with the smaller smk's 6.5 and smaller. I have yet to see anything that I would consider good bullet and terminal performance. I switched to the Hornady 140 Amax for this reason it shoots very well in my 260 and still expands well at lower velocities. You might try it. Your shot placement couldn't have been much better. It seems that the biggest issue for most LR Hunters is bullet performance. The combo of accuracy and terminal performance. Happy hunting.

Shawn Carlock

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Old 11-30-2004, 11:26 AM
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Re: First "shot" at Long-Range-Hunting!

Mike, thanks-- I luv pics [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

jerry--had i known the shot was perfect, i would have double tapped--next time i will [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Shawn--was just exercising the legs on my 1K BR gun--im not gonna switch anything quite yet based on 1 bullet and 1 animal.

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Old 11-30-2004, 11:54 AM
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Hard to be sure from the pics, but it looks like that bullet must have passaged right through the centre of the chest cavity. Makes the observed reaction to shot sound weird (I don't mean that judgementally, I just mean that I would have guessed a far less satisfactory hit based on the observed reaction to shot that you described. Humping up etc. would have me certain that the shot was a gut hit [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
But then again you chaps are taking on beasts at about double my personal range limit (and, therefore, experience).

Do you attribute the peculiar reaction (to what looks like a spot-on and -normally-quickly lethal hit) to the reduced vel/ energy at the range of this shot, or the actual performance of the projectile itself?

Impressive shot; but you also can't ignore a hat like that. It's...er...impressive too [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

PS. What were the wind conditions?

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Old 11-30-2004, 03:34 PM
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I hope you don't think I was criticising JB; I wasn't! Just asking a question to further my understanding. I'd have been happy with JB's shot placement at 200m -let alone 700+yds!
I just asked because it's beyond my experience to have an animal stay alive for as long as JB described with such a transecting chest shot (90% of my hunting has been with Nosler BTs). Just curious if JB -or anyone else- had a pet theory as to why. Strikes me that -with that wound path- bullet performance must have been less destructive than one might choose -but I don't know what is considered 'normal performance' at 700+yds.

As a eg; I have a colleague with a big pucker of missing flesh 2 inches right of his left nipple, with a corresponding pucker 2 inches left of his spine. A 7.62 FMJ (he acquired this during the South Atlantic unpleasantness in 1982). The apparent wound path looks unsurvivable -but he's fine now. His reaction to the shot: "I was running forward and then I found myself sitting down, but didn't know why". Don't think he'd be around if that round had expanded / fragmented.
Just struck me that, on this occasion, JB's bullet seemed to give FMJ type performance; but -curiously to me- cause a reaction to shot (based on my hunting experience of expanding bullets at shorter range) that I would have misinterpreted as a gut shot. Is that type of reaction to shot typical of deer chest hit at 700yds+ with SMKs? -I've no idea! -just curious that's all [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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