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Will be waiting for the "After I walked for 2 hours to get to the animal I just shot" stories. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Well, I hate to disappoint you, but it didn't quite take two hours.
I sort of like this one:
And finally one with my ugly mug included:
Unfortunately, he did suffer some post-shot horn shrinkage that whitetails often do. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] When I decided to drop the hammer the sun was glinting off his horns making him very hard to turn down. But I knew that would happen to some extent and had gotten in so much great hunting I was happy to finally tag a fairly respectable buck. I knew I was pushing my luck passing on as many as I already had.
Anyway, he was 473 yds away. Not "long range" to me these days but longer than I had shot one lately. As usual, I had my crosshairs on bucks from about 15 yds to 750 yds away and everywhere in between. Had the timing/conditions/horn size combination been right I would have dropped the hammer on any of them.
But this is the first year I would have been as confident at the long end as I was. That's where the project really pays off. To be able to show up in a different state, different temp, different humidity and 4000 ft elevation difference and simply plop onto my belly and start whacking the gong from 900 yds after cranking the scope for a quick zero check...that
was great. I've never been more confident in myself or a rifle.
Thanks again to Kirby for building such a fine rifle.