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Old 11-05-2009, 12:18 PM
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Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

I got back from my yearly cow hunt in New Mexico...we had a blast. I do not have the time or inclination to give a long story so here is a short synopsis of the animals taken with the monster Kirby built me. I will update when everyone on the trip emails me the photos they took, I forgot the camera.

Elk one and two were drilled at 514 from one position, neither ran more than 20 yards. Elk number three was the last tag of the group I traveled with and was 1187 yard one shot kill. She stayed on her feet a while but never took one step before tipping over. Elk numbers 4 and 5 were taken by some great guys we met in camp, both at 740 yards. Everyone who took a turn behind the big gun was just amazed at how well behaved she was and that she could be so accurate.

There were two misses on the trip, a 1890 yard coyote facing dead on got luck not to take a side step to the left as elevation was perfect. The bullet struck so close that my spotter at first thought it was a pass through strike that he saw.
The other miss was because it had been a while since one of the shooters had shot the gun and forgot how touchy the trigger is, causing him to shoot over the head of a 1465 yard cow. After the cow ran just to confirm the accuracy of the drop chart and wind read he busted a basketball sized rock at 1450 with one shot.

There are a lot of truly great rifle builders out there, IMO Kirby Allen is one of the best. Thanks again for a great gun Kirby.
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Re: Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

That is awesome man! Kirby is building me a 338AM and I can't wait to shoot it and if its done in time I will be taking to a late season cow elk hunt in december but if not it will definitely be used on my bull hunt next year.
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Re: Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

Great trip, great gun and great shooting. Doesn't get any better than that.
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Re: Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

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Next year, if you are inclined, send me a PM when you get the hunt arranged and I might join you on the hunt. I am usually out in that general part of the country at that time of the year and as I remember the prices are reasonable for that type of hunt.

I never personally practice with my hunting rifles and certainly never let my kids practice with them. I just practice with a 40X in 308 for myself and them and then hunt with overbore magnums. Last year I let them each shoot 2 rounds with the 7 AM before hunting with it. They did just fine. I got no HOF points so perhaps I don't know much about hunting.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:46 PM
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Re: Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

Is that your way of bragging that you have some HOF points...LOL

I dont need any of your crap boss hoss. I pay my dues by shooting thousands of rounds every year, building rifles, mentoring others on how to shoot, competing in f-class and benchrest. I get lessons in rifle building shooting and load devolopment nearly every week from a benchrest hall of famer, not someone who has a few HOF points. I practice as much as nearly anyone here shooting out to a mile, and practice daily on my 800 yard range in my back yard.

Who the hell do you think you are to assume anything about me, what I do or do not know. Or assume anything anyone here for that matter, so long as they are hunting legaly. I will have you know that before my rifle was fired at any animal my zero was confirmed as were my ex bal calculatons out to 1350 yards. I use the best equipment I can afford including my kestral, swaros, and exbal. 1200 yards is basically a chip shot when the wind cooperates. There was no more luck involved in center punching that elk than an ordinary day at the range punching steel. Now my 1400 yard prairie dog may have been a little luck but that is a different story.

If you do not have the skills to make a first round hit at 1200 it does not mean that others do not. Last I checked this is a long range hunting site. Go shoot some more groups at a known distance I am sure it will impress someone. But, maybe some practice at unknown distances will better help your long range hunting skills.

As far as my buddy missing with my rifle because he was not used to the trigger. He has shot the gun numerous times and has made 1400 yard hits on gallon milk jugs with the rifle. He has been working in China for about 9 months. We shot before we headed west to make sure he was still up to the task, but we planned on him using my 7mm/338 lapua. I guess I should have let him shoot my 338AM but I had not planned on tagging out first thing and acting as spotter for the rest of the trip. After the miss he reaquainted himself with the trigger before taking another shot at an animal. I acted as spotter dialing in drops and windage even though he is competent to do it himself. All of the persons shooting were very experianced hunters/shooters, and were up to the challange of holding the crosshairs steady and squeezing the trigger in the winds we were dealing with.

I do not even know how I got sucked into this exchange....just forget it. I will continue to do what I mostly do anyway read the stuff that I find informative and only post occassionally. In fact I may just quit posting.



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Sorry --- not to rain on your parade well yes I am but it is reprehensible that people who are not familiar or practice extensively with that weapon are taking pot shots at long range that could send a magnificent animal to a slow death. I know others feel the same way but may not post because of fear of being flamed I however, have no such fear. You got lucky-----big dealů.


IMHO Idiots ---- the lot of you.


Everyone who reads this should understand that shooting big game animals is not something to be taken lightly. I shoot long range but have an excellent understanding of the pitfalls such as reading the wind and have the skins on the wall and IBS HOF points to prove it in case you are wondering if I am just another internet wanna be.

This is a subject that I do not take lightly in case you have not noticed... Just my .02
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Re: Kirby built 338AM takes down 7 cows 515-1187 yards

If all goes as planned I would be honored to share a campfire with you BB. I will PM you with the details when they become available so you can see if your interested. 1K all inclusive for a cow hunt is not bad IMO. All you will need is bedding and beverage....oh and that 7mmAM.

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Eddybo

Next year, if you are inclined, send me a PM when you get the hunt arranged and I might join you on the hunt. I am usually out in that general part of the country at that time of the year and as I remember the prices are reasonable for that type of hunt.

I never personally practice with my hunting rifles and certainly never let my kids practice with them. I just practice with a 40X in 308 for myself and them and then hunt with overbore magnums. Last year I let them each shoot 2 rounds with the 7 AM before hunting with it. They did just fine. I got no HOF points so perhaps I don't know much about hunting.
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