Here are some pics of this spooky old boy. He is not the highest scoring buck out there simply because he does not sport enough tines to score high, still he is a great buck in my book and I could not be happier with the results except I wish I would have had my 270 Allen Mag in my hands when I spotted him at near 900 yards so I could have taken a +1/2 mile shot.
Still the 257 Allen Mag worked well but at 500 yards this was really a chip shot for the 156 gr Wildcat ULD.
The bullet performed extremely well for a conventional cup jacketed bullet. The first shot was a severe quartering on shot that impacted the high left shoulder, penetrated through 6" of spine and came to rest under the hide right on the beginning of the right ham. The bullet had lost its core but still acheived well over 24" of penetration. I have often found the extremely hard and angled shape of the spine can be hard on bullet. The extreme sectional density of the 156 gr ULD RBBT proved its worth here.
The second shot was placed directly on the crook of the bucks neck and of course easily penetrated cleanly ending the fight instantly.
My biggest mistake was predicting a 5" wind drift from the relatively stiff wind quartering from behind me right to left. That big 156 gr landed exactly where held the dot except for about 3" high which I contribute to the 7500 ft altitude compared to the 3000 at my range.
All and all it was a great hunt and I expect to go back to Little Creek Ranch in the future for some extreme range hunting.