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I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

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Unread 12-30-2003, 12:11 AM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

I kinda figured you guys would agree I did the right thing not taking the shot. I am still pretty mad about that guy though. On a 10,000 acre ranch out in the middle of nowhere and I get some nut poacher in my line of fire. What are the odds?!
BTW I rarely if ever use orange down here. It's legal on private property. I was tought some pretty neat stuff about concealment and LOOOOOONG shots in the military and still use it to my advantage in the hunting woods. My son and I almost got run over by a farmer on his tractor once laying in a grassy field we were so well camoed. When I sat up that farmer about had a stroke! If I had shot te deer yesterday this guy never would have seen me or been able to tell where the shot came from. Flash hiders do a little more than just conceal the muzzle flash. They also disperse the sound in all directions making it almost impossible to zero in on it. I have been in a big hole on our 1000 yard range neer our silhouetts on our hunting lease while my son shot from various places with my rifle and I never could tell exactly where he was. Did any of you all get nice big deer this season. I didn't but that's ok, we got lots of prairie dogs and still got deer in the freezer from last season. It was my sons first deer season and we really tore em up last year.

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Unread 12-30-2003, 12:26 AM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

right in the line of fire? no. however, if i was a safe distance above the hunter in which case the bullet has no chance of coming close to him while in flight, then yes. much like shooting over a road, i wont do it if the road is in line, but i have taken shots at game in which i'm high enough to shoot over the road, including the power lines beside it, into fields on the other side.
If it were easy, I wouldn't be doing it.
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Unread 12-30-2003, 11:23 AM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

Not if he was in my scope or any where close.
Regardless of skill! Now... If he was in the bottom of a draw and I was well above him. I'd be shootin!
I've had the pleasure of taking out a number of young hunters. Not insinuating you are young. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] . I mean 8yrs and up. Nothing quite like being a part of that. One of the things I've always told them is... If you have to think about it, Its not safe.
Not tring to be a smart ass. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] I've been in other hunters scopes and had some bullits wizz over my head...Close! Its not a good feeling.
I don't know how long your season lasts in Taxas,but if the season is still on, you get to keep huntin him. Hope you still have the vacation. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Good luck!
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Unread 12-30-2003, 11:26 AM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

200 yards for the average hunter meichele? I would call that generous.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Unread 12-30-2003, 03:49 PM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

No. Not to say he'd of been in danger if off to the side far enough, just not something I'd do, or want done with me.

I just had a guy this last summer shoot near me from about 600-700 yards away while target practicing out on the river bar. He parked his rig and what looked like something to shoot off of about 100yds away from us and headed off to the sand dunes to my 10 o'clock to set up what I thought was a target. When he fired back to us from up there, I looked over as I was about to shoot my rig and saw he had set up a target up next to us, not something to shoot from! I heard the bullet ricochet past us, then the blast, right in the direction of my house across the bare river bar! No friggin backstop with a subdivision a mile or so away. I refrained from firing back, barely. I yelled at them and they jumped in their pickup and drove off the hill and took off! A$$holes! I was HOT!! But couldn't catch the little ba$tards!!
Brent Moffitt
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Unread 12-30-2003, 04:19 PM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

168 xlc at 2650 fps. zero 800 the bullet is 66 inches high at 300 yards. Bullet in the brain pan on a 6 foot man on level ground.
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Unread 12-30-2003, 06:36 PM
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Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.

I like that "bullet in the brain pan" . funny! [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] I was slightly higher than him but still you gguys are right. It wouldn't be worth it. I have been shot at in the woods before a long time ago before I learned the art of concealment. It was a nut up a tree with a muzzleloader on my property. I did shoot back though. At the base of the tree, not him. These days I may not have simply killed the tree though. I was shot twice 2 years ago in the army and lucky for me they were both grazing shots but the one that hit my helmet, cut my left ear and took me right off my feet. The other scratched my ribs. It was from an m-60 that somehow got out of control 5 feet away probably due to a loose nut behind the trigger. I practice safe hunting as much as possible and I can definitly see where it wouldn't be cool shooting near someone. I have been taking my son hunting the last few years and it wouldn't be much of an example for him if I took the shot either. I am sure glad to see so many of you all feel the same. I wish we had more responsible hunters around here. I left my last lease because everyone else was drinking too much. They would be drunk as a skunk when they went off to their stands. I really didn't want me or my son around that. One night I even took everyones bullets that had been drinking. That didn't go over too well. They were playing with their guns in camp though. How would you have liked one of them types of hunters getting you in his scope? [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]
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