Well, congrats my friend!!!! Great rifle, great ammo and great shot. Hey, at least I can say my name is on the chamber!!!
I think I have a cure for those sealed up exit wounds, the aluminum tip should remedy that issue very well!!!
Anyway, great shot and a great bear for sure. Seems you win the award for taking the first big game critter with the 338 AM, more to come soon however. I am kind of kicking myself now not taking my elk with my 338 AM but not knowing how the bullet would penetrate I felt the less extreme 338 AX would be a better choice.
Anyway, at 607 yards, using the AM would really have been a bit silly feeling!!!!
At first when I started shooting the 338 AM, I would have to take a double take everytime I ran the drop charts thinking I entered some incorrect numbers, now, like you say, it just brings a smile to my face.
Took my big girl out this morning for some range practice getting ready for pronghorn season. After getting the new rail base and ring set up on the rifle I wanted to get her zeroed in. With an 800 yard zero I took aim at a small target rock at 1320 yards. 12.25 moa was reported as the correct vertical hold. There was only a light tail wind so I did not adjust for windage. Took three shots to get a hit adjusting the scope between each shot to get the rifle on track.
Then ranged an even smaller rock at 1720 yards. Ran the numbers with a 5 mph breeze from my 5:00 position. Exbal told me to give her 24.75 moa up and 1.25 moa for the wind.
First shot broke the bottom edge of the rock, second shot broke the top edge and the final third shot landed just off the right edge of the rock. We drove up and found that the rock was roughly 8" in diameter. The three shots had landed under 1/2 moa at nearly a mile!!! I think we are getting ready for some pronghorn chasing here in less then a month!!!
Again, congrats on your fine shot and great bear!!!!