Turkeys, Hogs and Turtles
Just back from six days of hunting in Texas NW of Abilene. Weather was hot and dry, game was very plentyful, good camp and a LOT of shooting. Lots of long range muzzleloader testing, new bullet and propellant among other stuff.
Did some serious long range muzzeloader shooting with a new bullet that T/C designed and Hornady is making. 4.5" 3-shot groups at 300, perfect mushrooms and complete pass-throughs on fairly big hoggies. Hog dropped like a stone at 250 from one of the new bullets through the chest, they are going to be nasty killers. Watch for Shockwaves, coming out real soon.
Unreal number of turtles taking over the water-holes/fish-ponds. Rancher hates the suckers so wanted them removed. Fired over 1000 rounds of .22 LR ammo thru a brand new T/C target rifle called the Benchmark. 6-24 Swarovski on it, made for a killin-machine. Turtles vs Benchmark = nasty results. Many shots about 75-100 yards, heads only so was very tricky shooting.
Also spent a lot of time shooting the Hornady 17 rimfire, did up a hell of a bunch of turtles and some rabbits. It is extremely accurate, nasty killing machine. Saw some coyotes killed clean, one at 150 yards. One hog killed at close range - hit between the horns.
Killed some turkeys with a .45 caliber inline, also a hog or two. Tested new 777 pellets out to 300 - they are superb, very good accuracy and snap with three-pellet load (150 grains) with the new 250 gr. Shockwave.
250 and 300 yards with an in-line fits into long range killing I believe.
Smoked a big hog with that high-performance long-range calber - the less than mighty .30-30 - 125 yards in the neck.
Anybody interested in a LR Hunting get-together on a super hunting ranch - cull some sows and/or does? Outfitter says he is interested in putting together a package sometime - has some incredible LR locations and setups. I am not an agent or nothing, just thought it would be a hell of fun time.