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Hands up please !

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Unread 10-18-2009, 07:04 PM
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Hands up please !

Hands up if you have done this... Be honest..

I recently saw a nice sambar stag that in the end I decided to pass on.. Took some good video , then went home happy. After reviewing the tape I realised I might have made a mistake and decided to go back and try for him.

Went a couple of days later and he came out at dark and did not have enough light to make the 500 M shot.

Went back again a few nights later after some rough weather and the first deer out happened to be this big boy. Forty five minutes before dark and 550 M away.. I was thinking that this would look good on camera. Dialled for 525 M .98 cos downhill. Made sure the deer was all centred up on camera and cranked 10 up and held dead on..

Boooommm !! Whoooooosh ! echo......... Watched the deer jog into cover and thought it had to be a lung shot... Just could not have missed !!!

Then I go to the instant reply.. Thanks to technology, replay the shot only to see the bullet go over his back by about 4 ft and blow a huge hole in the hill about 200 past him ??? What the... !

Then it dawned on me. When I had pulled the gun out of the drag bag I noticed the turret dialled to 9 up. Not remembering having cranked it up the evening before I assumed it had walked itself in the bag and moved it to the zero again. In fact what I had done was go the 10 up ! So instead of dialling the 10 up on the target , I infact dialled 20 up and fired. Where's a zero stop when you need one hey !

Going back tomorrow and plan on posting some happy snaps shortly !

Now... Hands up if you have forgot to zero your scope turret.. Be honest !

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Unread 10-18-2009, 07:24 PM
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Re: Hands up please !

Yup, I've had it happen with a miss "up" and "down". both times lost track of the numbers of revolutions I had turned the turret in order to get back to zero. One time I stopped one revolution above my zero and another time I cranked the turret down one extra revolution. Fortunately this makes for a clean miss.
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Unread 10-18-2009, 08:53 PM
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Re: Hands up please !


I used to use target turrets and after my twist off I switched to tactical turrets
with covers and the problem was solved .

Some people don't like them because you have to remove the caps when ready
to make an adjustment.

I find I always have the time because when I get set up I remove them and Wait
for the shot and the range.

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Unread 10-18-2009, 09:08 PM
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Re: Hands up please !

Been there, done that. But fortunately not on game. Knock on wood.
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Unread 10-19-2009, 08:14 AM
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Re: Hands up please !

I've done it more than once.
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Unread 10-19-2009, 08:26 AM
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Re: Hands up please !

I'm guilty
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Unread 10-19-2009, 03:19 PM
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Re: Hands up please !

Gloom, despair and agony on me, Yep I've done it but luckily not on game..........yet.

In fact I'm going to check my turrets NOW!

Thanks for the heads up.
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