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Old 04-24-2009, 06:56 AM
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Aussie Sambar hunt success

Just got back from a short overnight Back Pack hunt on the Sambar. Got into camp too late to hunt so got up early and had a hunt.
Found some sign and tracked this stag back to its bedding area.
Missed first shot as it ran away but steadied for the second and hit him at 100 yards on the run as he angled down and away from me.

Very happy with the results, Stag in late velvet, went 28.5"x29.5"x34"

Bullet struck centre of the shoulder and lodged under skin at base of neck.
Instant kill.

Rifle 338WM Sako. Bullet 250grain Hornady HPBT Match @ 2735fps



Not much damage on the outside but different on the inside!!!!!!!!!
3 inch hole through shoulder and 5 inch hole through rib cage.

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Old 04-24-2009, 06:46 PM
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Re: Aussie Sambar hunt success

Holy mackrel !!

What a stag mate !!


Very well done. Is he hard ???

Was he in country you could have used the EDGE in ?

That sure is a hell of a big deer. And a bloody big hole in him too !!

IS that your biggest so far ?

Well done Norm !!

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Old 04-25-2009, 05:59 AM
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Thanks DUH,

Yes he is in hard velvet, would have rubbed out in the next few days if I hadn't shot it. Swainy is doing the head and he gave some formalin to spray it with so that the bugs dont eat the velvet in years to come. This is my first velvet stag and just a tad bigger than my best other Sambar.

The spot I shot him in is one of the spots that I am having the EDGE built for. It would be ideal for the area as it is in very open bluff country rarely ever visited by other hunters. The only problem is the weight of the rifle and the fact that it would get knocked about on the carry out if I shot a deer.

When I shot him I was on a solo hunt and I don't think I will ever go back into that area again solo. It is just too hard, I am still sore from the climb out. I had to strap the rifle, Antlers and cape to the outside of the pack and they got knocked about a bit on rocks on the climb out.

I am pleased with the performance of the 250 grain Hornady BTHP Match pill, this is the second Sambar that I have shot with them in the last two weeks and it performed exactly the same both times.

They penetrate about two inches then destroy everything in their path, as can be seen by the photo. Leaving a small portion of the remaining bullet under the skin on the far side.

I am sure that the 300 SMK would be a better option for my 338 EDGE but for the 338WM these bullets would be hard to beat. I have shot a lot of Sambar with various bullets out of my .338WM and these bullets do by far the most damage that I have seen.

Hey the best thing is the season is just starting and there is plenty more stags out there for the taking. I feel we could both be in for a good year!
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:53 PM
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Re: Aussie Sambar hunt success

You could be right there mate !!

I'd be out today but the wind is screaming. I doubt they will have their heads out this afternoon. We'll see what happens.

Do you think you could have glassed that stag from distance where he was located and what length of shot would you have needed to make with the EGDE ?

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Old 04-25-2009, 09:24 PM
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Windy alright! It could blow a dog off a chain.

These escarpment type areas are well suited to long range hunting. My main aim at the moment is to locate suitable vantage points and plot them on my GPS for future reference. There is no shortage of vantage points but they also need to overlook an area that contains a large stag. This means climbing down and having a look for large rubs/scrapes etc. This is basicly what I was doing when I found this stag.

The small side gully where the stag was holed up in was just off the main creek. There was stacks of fresh stag sign at the mouth of the side gully so I knew he was in there.

If I had been hunting with the EDGE, my plan would have been to sit on the opporsite side of the main creek and waited till late afternoon when he came out. It would have then been a simple matter of shooting him across the valley from about 250 to 300 yards.

As it was I didn't have my edge or enough time so I had to walk him up.
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Re: Aussie Sambar hunt success

Ripper stag there mate.
Will hopefully be able to head down and chase them in a about a months time. Unfortunately I won't have my edge by then but it shouldn't be too much longer. Getting the export permits has become more costly and a bigger pain in the but than I had anticipated. I think that I will get any future projects built here just to save the hassel
Is your edge being built in the US or here in Aus?
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Re: Aussie Sambar hunt success

Norm Top stag.

That is truley awsome.

Matty Shane is making his gun as well as mine.
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