Re: Let\'s hear your story!
I was set up for my first long range deer hunt just today. I target shoot out to 1,000 yards and have also shot woodchucks out to 500 (best so far). This season I wanted to try my hand at long range deer. Unfortunately, my 2 rifles suitable for the job were both at the gunsmith. My uncle was kind enough to loan me his 1,000 yard target rifle in 7mm Dakota. I set up my portable bench and equipment while it was still dark. Upon sun up, I realized there was someone upm a tree in the area I had planned on shooting into. This area would have allowed shots up to 800 yards. Now, my only hope was a swamp and some grown up fields that offered shots up to 550. Right away, I realized the straight 24 target scope with ultra fine crosshairs wasn't going to work. After a few frustrating attempts to use this scope, it was packed up and put back into the Jeep. My dad had just shot a buck and came over to spot for me. I took his rifle, a sporterized swedish mauser in 6.5x55 with a straight four scope and set up. At 11:30, 3 does ran out into the field and stopped. Thinking that I knew the range (estimated 450), I took 3 shots using the archaic and not so efficient, "hold over" method. Didn't even make them vervous. I grabbed the range finder and they were 350 yards straight away and still standing. I had shot the gun several times at 300 so knew the drop exactly. I picked the biggest doe, held about 10 inches over and dropped her right there with a shot thru the vitals. If I would have taken the time to range them first, I'm sure it would have been a one shot deal. While this can by no means be considered long range, it was my farthest yet and also very eye opening. The load was a 120 grain ballistic tip at 2800 and killed with absolute lethality. The first thing going through my mind was, if I can make that shot with a 8 pound ex-miltary rifle and a 4 power scope with a measly 120 grain bullet, what could I have done with my custom, long range rifles? Hopefully next year I will find out!