This morning I was out deer hunting and I had two does and buck (antlers on one side) come out just shy of 550 yards. I was getting ready to pop on of the does when the buck chased them and they disappeared into cover. I had "Puff" (7mm Dakota XP-100) out and decided to use Holland's ART reticle instead of "twisting." Needed 9.25 MOA with close to bingo wind. My #6 reticle was 9 MOA-perfect! Somehow seeing the "6" I put the 6MOA dot on the buck (My scope has the MOA listed within the reticle 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21)
Well, of course the shot went low and I clipped a front leg. Good thing is the deer will survive except for slight limp.
Humbling thing is I missed because I made a drop chart that could be confused to easily.
My next drop chart will not be listed by reticle number but only by MOA. This will ensure I don't make the same mistake twice.
I had the time to twist the knobs if I had wanted but I wanted to use the reticle. Using the reticle is a lot faster than knob turning so it is great to have both options available.
To add injury to insult "Puff" gave me an extremely light kiss on the upper third of my nose. Not noticeable and there is no torn skin or blood.
Two mistakes in one shot opportunity
I'm very frustrated with myself, but the good thing is both things will stick in my mind for a long time.
We all make mistakes when hunting or in competition, but sometimes it is hard to own up to them.
I think we need to let newcomers to the sport see our humanity or else they will think they are the only ones who are having problems.
Well, that was my confession for the morning.
Things happen for sure, I know that as much as anyone. Like you said, learning from an experience like this is often more valuable then had to made the hit properly.
One question, is the Holland scope a FFP or do you have to be on a specific power setting for the reticle to be calibrated correctly?
This happens alot with my customers using a ballistic reticle that needs to be set on a specific power setting. For some reason during the hunt, they change the powder and forget to set it back where it needs to be for the reticle to work. Then when they shoot, the hit high or low depending on if they scope is set above or below the power setting that the reticle is calibrated to.
THis is a real problem with ballistic reticles and a strong arguement for FFP scopes or fixed power scopes using ballistic reticles.
Not saying this was your error but I have heard this same story over and over, just curious if you had your scope on the calibrated power setting being used to dialing up for your shots?
I also agree with your comments about letting the new to LR hunters know that it is not easy and mistakes happen as with all types of hunting, even for experienced big game hunters.
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It is a second focal plane, and yes, I had it on the right power setting. I even saw my impact, but not like you would from a rifle-Did you hear that Len?
myy mistake was how I wrote my drop chart, plain and simple. I had two different 6's on my chart (one was the 6th reticle and the other was 6MOA). If I would have listed by MOA alone I wouldn't have pulled this stunt to begin with [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Using the Burris Bal Plex for a number of years has me trained good to have the correct X setting.
Humility is a great thing, and I harbor deep respect for those who have it.
I have certainly found its true that the ones you screw up are the ones you remember the most, which, hopefully, will give you the chance to learn from them. I remember my miss this year well, but unfortunatly it was a mystery miss, and for the life of me I can't figure out what went wrong.
Good on you for owning up, easy to keep those in the closet.
You are so very right on all the points you made . I have been subject to the same errors as you have described ........ difference is that I didnh't want to talk about them . Reckon my humility quotient was too low [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Re: Humility is a gift if you learn from it
The real humility comes from being honest in these posts,, like you have been. You could have just as easily kept quiet about it and kept it too your self.
Lets all follow this example and keep it real!
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.