Junior Long Range Sharp Shooters
I know I'm just a proud Dad, but I gotta tell you guys this story. I took my wife and my boys deer hunting last Saturday. My boys are 8 and 9. My 9 year old is able to hunt Oregon's mentored youth hunting program on mommy's tag. About 6 months ago I re-chambered my 300Wby to a 300RUM and had my gunsmith install one of his custom muzzle brakes so that the kids could use my rifle for their hunting as well, saves me buying a smaller gun right now. I push 210VLD's at 3,190fps and run a Shepherd scope, the rifle shoots between 1/3 and 1/2MOA at all distances. I have used the set up successfuly on milk jugs at 1,600 yards. The kids have been able to shoot the rifle with no problems at 350 meters and at 550 meters and have been very accurate too. Back to the story. We glassed hard all morning and ended up at our last clear cut having seen no deer, they just weren't moving, still early in the season and the weather is too nice. We were at the lower end of the clear cut. Looking up and accross at a 15 degree angle is a nice big orange dirt bank full of nice shooter rocks. Straight line distance is 975 yards, correction after the angle made it 936 yards. I watched through the spotting scope for a few minutes and determined that I needed no correction for wind. I had my gun on a low lying stump in a very comfortable position. I asked Caleb, my oldest if he'd like to shoot a rock since there were no deer. Sounded good to him! Got him set up on a rock the size of a 5 gallon bucket and told him where to hold in the reticle. I gave him one shot. As I watched through the spotting scope he let drive and to my surprise the shot was only 8 inches low and about 6 inches right! Of course my younger boy Alex really wanted to give it a try too! I made sure he was tight into the gun and still, only one shot for him too. This time as I watched through the scope all I saw was bullet fragments fly off of the rock and got that nice "crack" sound all the way down where we were! 975 yards, an 8 year old, only the 3rd time shooting the gun, are you kidding me!! You see, no one has told them that they CAN'T do it, how many times do we handicap our kids potential in any area of life?