Originally Posted by SHRTSHTR
Nice job Paul!
Rich's bullets are a well kept secret. I think he has it figured out.
I need to try some in my 30-38 Lapua Improved.
That bull has the same coloration as a Talkeetna Mountain "Bou" I shot a few years back.
Oh yea, nice bull too! Were you sheep hunting as well?
Hi Ray, and thanks guys. A profuse loss of blood in my experience, and I thought the photo exposed that fact well and that others might also be impressed. I don't think I've ever seen blood flowing out both sides like this. The animal was running 3/4 speed while this blood loss occurred. Imagine what it might have looked like had he just been walking after bullet impact!
Rich's bullets shoot very well (accurate) out of my .300 Win Mag. Better than any other bullet I've tried to date. This particular model is designed to open up at much lower impact velocity than standard factory fodder making them ideal for very long range shots. It was my desire, and I had intended to, shoot this bull at 700 yds, but once he began moving he came in my direction and just kept coming at a caribou's lope. Which is pretty darn quick. I couldn't readjust the vertical dope as quickly as he was traveling my way. At about 400 yds he started moving broadside with gave me a chance to get squared away.
Indeed I was searching for a Dall ram leading into the opener of sheep/caribou season, but was unable to find a legal full-curl ram. So we then changed gears and relocated some distance to concentrate on caribou.
As to coloration, this one is a little darker than he might have looked in another couple of weeks. Also, it was getting on towards evening. The photo of the blood trail was actually taken by with camera 'flash'. Photo adjusting computer software lightened up the photo to make the best of the actual lighting conditions, and I think that makes the bull appear just a tad darker than he might have if you'd been standing next to him. The antlers in full dark velvet may also play a role. In a couple more weeks the antlers would be velvet free.