Just a few pictures from my rifle hunt this fall. Four animals in four days makes for a great hunt. The 1st 2 pictures are of my brother-in-law. This was his 1st year hunting. He shot the antelope at 200 yards with a 30-06 165 ballistic tip. He made a great neck shot although we misjudged the size of the doe(fawn).
This is his cow. 1st shot at 260 yards with my 300 winmag 180g ballistic tip did not get the job done. 2nd shot was at 350 and put her down hard. she had one high in the back and one right behind the shoulder. I still don't know which one was the 1st shot. I heard the hit and could not see a reaction at all. They are tough animals aren't they?
This is my bull and the recovered bullet. 171 yard shot hit right behind the shoulder. HE went about 40 yards wobbling after the 1st 10 yards. There was an exit hole but I found the jacket and lead just under the skin next to the exit hole. Not a monster, but I'm happy. It's my biggest thus far. Retained bullet weight was 127 grains.
This is my antelope. At 507 yards this was the longest shot of the trip by far. I hit a little off on my mark. slight wind pushed the bullet more than I had anticipated. I hit her in the neck and she dropped like a ton of bricks. Again with a 180 ballistic tip.
I think next year I am going to go back to the 200 grain accubonds. I keep wondering if the ballistic tip would have held up if i had hit the bull in the shoulder. It did a number on this elk but I didn't even hit a rib and it was pretty beat up with jack/core separated.