A scope on an 835 gave me my first firearm injury, 6 stitches to be exact. Using 3-1/2" #4s, guess what happened?
I was turkey hunting before work, and after 2 days at the public hunting spot near the job I had figured out how a tom was moving. He wouldn't stray off course, so I figured I'd intercept him. He clammed up on his run, and I figured he was long gone, so I went into a cinder pit area to check out a pond area for some fishing. I was 30yds into the open and when I looked up I saw him strutting 50yds in front of me. I dropped down and tried to look like anything other than a person. I was going for a mossy rock look
. He started back at me and I was following him with the scope, but because my head was hunkered down, I was looking out the top of my eye which put my brow painfully close to that scope. He made me at 45yds, and when he stuck his head up I let er rip. Through the stars I managed to see him fly off, but I still went to look, and that's when I felt the warm stuff going down my neck. I pulled off my face mask, which really didn't help with the looks, and proceeded to the gas station up the road to get cleaned up. The girl behind the counter about messed herself. It wouldn't stop, so after an hour I ended up at the ER t get it closed up. They found it amusing, and were arguing amongst themselves over using barney bandaids or dora the explorer. Yeah, it was slow and everyone had big laughs that day.
Yes, I did bust that Tom the next day, right where I originally sat