Is it just me or does this kind of stuff happen to others? I drew an off range oryx tag this year here in New Mexico. I was definitely stoked about that. I have done some long range shooting in the past with my 300 Wby and 700 PSS in 308 Win. I have heard about guys getting 500+ yards shots on these critters so, I figured it's an excuse to buy a new gun.
I bought a Rem 700P in 338 Lapua and I have a 15-35x50 LR Leupy on a +20 MOA base and developed a decent load for it. I am gettin MOA at 500 yards and figure I can take one of these critters at medium range with no problem.
I have had a few great vantage points to look over miles of decent territory and am all set up on my shooting mat, Droid X with shooter program, Kestrel 4500, Geovids, bean bag, and the big gun. I don't see a thing. I decide to change locations and found a fresh trail. I follow them and come around a bush to be face to face with an oryx at 20 yards. The oryx and I were both like "WTF is that?!?" Ever try to find something in a 15x scope at 20 yards? I know my own fault for not being prepared with proper equipment. Luckily, it was not a nice one, so I didn't feel too bad about the event.
I have a Rem Model 7 in 308 that I am bedding right now. It will go along next hunt for a walking gun.