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Old 01-12-2011, 01:42 AM
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Missed deer WTF!!

Last November while hunting with my partner in Montana I had three opurtunitys at three nice bucks. Two were whitetail bucks and one Muley. All were wall hangers.
I missed all three Clean...
One shot was 170 yards One was 268 yards and one was 358 yds.. I checked these ranges with a range finder,
I am noted among my hunting peers as being a dead eye shot and I never miss.
I shoot a Ruger 270 stainless with a 3x9 Leopold
I hand load a 130grn speer SPBT with 53 grn of IMR4350
I crimp each round with a lee crimper.
I sight my rifle in at 200yds to shoot 2 inches high.
My theory is my trigger pull seemed hard and I was pulling up while shooting. Or am I just getting old and cant hit S$$t anymore. It seemed like I was shooting high. any suggestions would be appreciated... I have made long shots up to 400 yards with no problems.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:52 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

Did you verify your zero before the hunt? I'm assuming you were with your partner in Montana and that you were visiting? If so, anytime you transport a rifle with a mounted optic (especially by plane) you need to reverify the zero.

The other possibility is the increased trigger pull you mentioned. That one sounds very odd. Try to find out why the trigger felt so hard. I'm sure you know just how much pull your trigger is normally set.

Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:57 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

check zero and get it so it isnt so high. I missed way more bucks having a gun that shoots 2" high at 100 than I have holding over at 3-400
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:00 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

what size three shot groups does your ruger shoot at 358 yards??
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:34 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

Give the crimper to your mother-in-law on her birthday and tell her it fits in the blender.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

Secondly, take the rifle out of the stock and the bolt out and use a good spray type carb cleaner on the trigger and on the bolt to get old built up oil out of the firing pin mechanism and the trigger mechanism.

Put everything back together and test the bolt closure and trigger to ensure it does not fire upon closing.

Cold weather, old sticky oil and slow lock time coupled with any other problems is a problem and crimping isn't helping anything.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:59 AM
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Re: Missed deer WTF!!

All good advice, however to me this sounds like most likely an unchecked zero. I doubt a slightly heavier trigger or slightly slower lock time would throw you completely off a deer sized target at those ranges, maybe at the 350yard shot but not all three...
"Out of range" is a theoretical concept as far as I'm concerned. Send it!
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