Great article Shawn!
After I got my 338 Edge from you back in the spring, I quickly learned that it is hard to find a place where I live in Georgia to shoot beyond 600 yards. The Edge lived up to my expectations, shooting 3" groups on a steel target at 600 yards.
I really wish I had practiced more field positions -- most of my field shooting was done prone with a bipod or sitting on the ground with Stoney Point tripod sticks. I never felt steady enough on the sticks, even with the Stoney Point rear support arm.
Fast forward to the 1st week of November in NW Colorado -- 3rd rifle season for elk and mulies. On the last morning my old friend, Dave, spotted a bull bedded down across the canyon. I ranged him at 648 yards and Dave said "Get ready!" I struggled for several minutes to find a steady position on the slope we were on, and after 3 tries I finally settled in resting my right side and elbow on top of our packs and and against a rock with the rifle resting on the sticks in the front and on the packs in back.
I felt steady, so all we had to do was get the bull to stand up.
He finally stood up and walked to the left, stopping in an opening in the oak brush.
The shot felt great, then Dave said "You either shot through him or over him. I saw snow kick up behind him but I cannot see him now -- he must be down!" We waited quite awhile and I stayed on the rifle ready to shoot again if the bull got up. That was when we took these pictures. After about 15 minutes I had to stand up, so Dave got back into his spotting position and kept watch.
The bull was a 5 x 3. I have shot bigger bulls, but this was my longest shot ever so I was really happy! I "double lunged" him and the 300 grn SMK hit a rib going in on the bull's left side and apparently blew up -- there was a 1-1/2" entry
hole in the hide! There were 2 exit holes inside the right rib cage -- one hole about 1/4" and another hole next to it about 3/4", but only 1 small hole through the hide on the far side. But, the lungs were a mess.
Then the work began!
Thanks again for the great article and the fantastic rifle, Shawn! I hope to take one of your classes in 2009.