Finally the 308 scores!
Yesterday we hit a new field that we have never been on. The farmer said there were g-hogs in it and he wanted them dead. We set there for quite some time before we saw any movement. My cousin found one right at 198 (via Swaro LRF). He let loose with his shoulder cannon (338 Lapua) and just shot over it. I was lined up with the 308 but as soon as he missed the little booger disappeared into his hole before I could squeeze.
We set there for another 30 minutes or so and he says, "there goes one!" He came from out of a fence row behind us at around 150 yrds. We couldn't shoot that way due to a home in the line of sight, so we really didn't pay attention to it much. The g-hog scurried toward another fence row running parallel to our position posing a safe shot. I set my scope to 200yrds just so I wouldn't have to do it if I had a shot. I clicked off a full MOA and settled in. I forgot my hearing protection so it was a little loud, but I got to hear something that I have never heard or payed attention too before when shooting game. I let loose.... Bang.... Thwop! The the thwop was what I've never payed attention to before. At the shot I lost sight because of the muzzle jump. Asked my cousin if it was a hit. He said he missed the shot, but saw him thrashing around in the brush.
Upon investigation the 168 A-max did its job. It entered low in the sternum area and blew its chest wide open. Pink blood and internals everywhere. I took out the lungs and the heart with authority. It was a day of firsts. It was the first confirmed kill of the season at 165 yards, first blood for that rifle, and finally got to see the 168 A-max perform. The rifle is a Winchester 670 LA with a Military surplus 18" 1:10 twist barrel. It has a 1" contour and was a blank intended for a 30 carbine. Load is a 168 A-max, 48.0grns of RL17 and Federal 215 primer at an avg of 2580fps. The reason I said confirmed kill is due to a shot that has me perplexed.
I had shot at a g-hog at 975yards. I saw dust and it rolled around and thrashed like it was hit. At one point it just laid still. It then rolled over and started walking back to the wood line. I was pretty sure I saw blood glistening in the sun light as it ran after a 3rd shot to kill it, but when looking for blood in the field I didn't see anything. I think it took one to the guts or caught shrapnel from the shot dropping short and wounded him. Wish I could confirm the hit because it would be my longest to date. That was shot at by my 300WSM with 208 A-max.
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Last edited by liltank; 04-22-2010 at 07:38 AM.