I recently purchased from another member here a Winchester Mod 70 Sharpshooter Classic Sportsman in 7mm STW. I was sure I paid too much for it (for my budget) but I had to have it and he needed the money.
My little brother kidnapped it upon arrival and I didn't get it till this last weekend, almost just in time for our Texas deer season to be winding down so I was afraid it'd be relegated to coyote duty since this is my busiest time of year for work and the deer hunting, what little time is left was on the back burner.
Well I'd made my mind up I was going to take it out this evening if I got my chores done in time and of course chores ran late so I couldn't get to my spot where I've been watching my two biggest bucks.
Actually I had a shot at one of them (almost) on Wednesday but he proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt he didn't live long enough to grow that rack by being stupid. We were driving in and spotted him at about four hundred yards through the trees and he moved off rather slowly, stopping frequently, but never giving me a shot by always keeping a few trees between us. Got to watch him for a full ten minutes and in the whole time never had less than six trees between us. He finally moved off in the heavy brush and that was that.
Well tonight of course chores ran late and I was frustrated but decided to walk over just before dark and see if I could catch a herd of does moving through the CRP/trees to my neighbors wheat field.
Well one more disappointment. I'd walked no more than 200yds and could see deer in the field ALREADY! My neighbors hunt hard and so these deer have had lots of pressure and are very spooky. I managed to work up to a spot 670yds from the fence but I'm in very tall grass, almost waist high, no shooting sticks and the bipod is useless.
Needless to say the frustration is mounting... .
Well I manage to get to a small 2.5" mesquite that's forked where I could get a comfortable rest on my knees and the little doe in the field didn't bust me.
I wait, dark is coming fast and she's on the wrong side of the fence and frankly not worth shooting since she's a little yearling fawn.
I wait, finally I see the herd coming and they are in a wad. 18 deer grazing along at a pretty good clip trying to find a good place to cross which fortunately was limited by the drifted snow. We only got about 3" out of the recent storm but of course it came with 20-40 winds and made impressive drifts along the fences.
I pick out one in the herd as the biggest and am considering pulling the trigger when I noticed it's a really big bodied buck with a horrible little 8pt basket rack and I Think to myself, well I've got two buck tags and he's not worth one of them.
Next pops out a really nice doe right behind him who's obviously not feeding fawns so I decide to give it a shot in spite of the 15mph wind, no decent rest, and waning daylight.
She gives me a perfect profile so I put it on her shoulders and give it a ride.
Man I'm in love with this rifle. The brake is so efficient, I actually see the trace, watch the impact/exit and see her dirt dead before she even hits the ground. The 154gr SST really did the job and without a though I slam another round in "just in case" and watch, she doesn't even twitch.
I start to get up and realize the rest of the deer haven't moved over 40 yards and are still trying figure out what happened. With the distance and wind the never heard the shot so I square up on another nice doe who's looking at me almost stright on and put it right above the sternum and let it fly. She does a complete half gainer and lands dirt dead with three legs straight up and the third stright out due to the broken shoulder.
Again I work the action and sure enough the buck has run over to the first doe and is looking at her like "Hey Edna you ok"....
Yep, perfect profile straight through both shoulders and he never twitches.
3 shots, three dead deer, all in under 30 seconds at between 670-710yds and I'm pretty happy with the new rifle.
Sorry it was so dark by the time I got there so no great "field pics" but man that was one of the best and most exciting deer hunts I've had in many years.
Rifle is the M70 Classic Sharpshooter Sportsman, Shneider 26" bbl 7mm STW, Conley precision 154gr SST's at 3200FPS with the Vortex Viper PST
Did I mention I'm in love with this rifle?