I just got back from my Wyoming Antelope hunt with Tyler Sims Outfitters.
We had an awesome hunt and were treated very well.
Tyler has a great operation and is a very young and enthusiastic outfitter, as are his guides.
He provides first class service, lodging and meals.
He does everything he can to serve his clients.
In fact he is the only outfitter I have returned to hunt with, and that says volumes.
I was thinking of getting together a group of folks(possibly 10) from longrangehunting.com
and going out there next year.
It would be a blast and we could all talk shooting and check out all of the different long range rigs.
It could be the first annual longrangehunting.com antelope hunt.
My buddy and I have been the only hunters who were proficient in long range shooting.
It would be awesome to have a bunch of us out there.
There would be great camraderie plus some friendly competition.
Maybe we can even get a discount .
If anyone is interested let me know and I will get the ball rolling.
I figure it is never too early to plan for next year.
Plus I am still psyched about the hunt!
I was shooting a 6-284 with 107 SMK's at 3400fps.
It is a Savage Precision Target Action, 28" Shilen Prefit Bull Barrel, and Bell and Carlson Medalist stock.
I was concerned about using a single shot, but it was nearly as fast to get a second shot off with it as it is with a repeater. With a little practice it is amazing how smooth the transition can be.
I have been very interested in how the 107SMK's would perform on game, especially at longer ranges and felt this would be a perfect test.
We were originally about 1200yds from the buck and we kept stalking closer to try to get a range.
The terrain was flat and it was 1pm and very sunny. The mirage was also very bad.
I was using a Leica 1200 and my buddy had a Swarovski.
We slowly stalked closer and closer and neither of us could get a range until 750yds.
I wasted to make a 1000yd shot but we just couldn't range it.
I dropped down with the bipod deployed and set up quickly for the shot.
Very still day 0-5mph, but wicked mirage(unlike last year where it was cold and blowing 30mph)
I only had to dial in 10.75MOA with a 100yd zero.
I shot the antelope at 750yds and it dropped on the spot. I hit him right in the crease behind the shoulder. He dropped immediately and then stood up so I shot him again just to make sure.
I wasn't sure how the bullet had performed and I didn't want him to run off.
Two quick shots on target at 750yds in heavy mirage,with a 6mm. I was pumped
Upon inspection of the buck:
I found the second shot was unnecessary as the lungs were just turned to jelly,
it was very devastating.
I recovered the bullet from the second shot but lost it in transit, it mushroomed nicely and the lead core was dislodged but still sitting on the copper core. Not sure about total weight retention but the damage was pretty nasty.
The exit hole from the first shot was about 1-1.5" in diameter. It was very impressive , especially at that range.
I feel that the 6-284, or 6-06 class of cartridges is the perfect fit for antelope. It carries 1000ft-lbs at 1000yds and the drop at 1000yds is only 17MOA with a 100yd zero.
I'm surprised more people aren't shooting them.
Recoil is very light and it's possible to spot hits without a muzzle brake.
With a brake it would have virtually no recoil be a perfect rifle for young or recoil sensitive shooters.
With the ballistic performance you get, I feel it gives the best results with the least punishment.
It gives the most bang for the buck!(I couldn't resist the pun)
I am very pleased with the results.
Thanks for reading!