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Old 11-29-2008, 10:04 PM
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Re: A miss. Now what?

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Walk over to where the deer was and see where the bullet landed.
If you didn't spot the bullet how do you know you missed?
Absolutely. You took the shot, can't say for sure that you missed, so you have to go check it out.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:09 AM
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Re: A miss. Now what?

i think that if the buck went back to feeding i suspect a miss is very likely.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:59 PM
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Re: A miss. Now what?

Double check the scope dope or that you used the correct hold over. If there is a descrepancy, fix it and fire a follow up shot. If there is no descrepancy, I would attribute it to the "cold bore shot" and fire a second shot from a warm barrel. If that doest connect, I would go to the range and figure out if it was me or the rifle. Of course only after I was SURE i didnt connect and leave a wounded critter in the woods. I have taken shots in such cold weather from such a cold barrel that I was pretty sure the first shot would NOT connect. Guess what, they didnt. The second ones sure did! I was also positive the situation would allow for a secong shot in case a less than perfect shot occured.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:04 PM
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Re: A miss. Now what?

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Walk over to where the deer was and see where the bullet landed.
If you didn't spot the bullet how do you know you missed?
While it is always best to actualy look for sign of a hit or miss, it is in my experiance that 99 times out of 100 that you can hear the bullet hit something and there is a disticnt difference between flesh and dirt. This can at least give a hunter a clue as to if it were a miss or not. You cant always hear an impact though, that is why it is best to look but most of the time you can hear it.
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Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:57 PM
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Re: A miss. Now what?

I would agree with that--"meat report" is almost always a good indicator.

...check your parallax too.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:38 AM
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i think that if the buck went back to feeding i suspect a miss is very likely.
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If that buck went back to feeding I'm sure it's a miss!!!!!!!!
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Chamber another round,re range and FIRE.......
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