Getting ready for my Montana hunt. We are doing a drop camp in the Bob Marshall with Mills Outdoor Adventures out of Augusta Montana. We are going in near the confluence of the White river and the Southfork of the White River. We will be near the Chinese Wall and Needle Falls (atleast within hiking distance) Looking forward to a great hunt, we both have Deer/Elk combo tags and wolf tags. (which according to regs allow you to take 5 wolves each, looks like Montana is wanting to eradicate those *******, I hope I can oblige!
Looking forward to hunt, I am going to take my 375 Cheytac and we are going to hump that heavy bastard up on top of a ridge overlooking a burn area that burned two years ago, very excited about that spot with that rifle! Then I will have my Winchester model 70 30/06 for a light rig to pack around while we are hiking. Bringing the 454 Casul for my bear gun. We are going in on September 13 and coming out the 21st. Season opens September 15th. That will give us one day to get in and set up main camp, next day we will hike out and set up secondary camp with small tents and put the Cheytac in positon and possibly stay there that night and be on the ridge for opening morning. (sounds like its a full day's hike to where we are planning on setting up secondary camp) Will be nice to have "a home away from home" in case we run out of daylight on other outings while we are up there.
Weapons of choice:
375 Cheytac, 30" Benchmark barrel 1.250" straight no contour barrel, Stiller TAC 408 action, Jewel trigger, Ross Schuler brake, Atlas bi-pod, Mcree Chassis, (in multi-cam by shortbus), Barrett 40 MOA rings, Stiller 20 MOA base, Night Force 8x32x56, running cold bore program on trimble Nomad, with blue tooth Kestrel. Running 350 grain Sierra Match Kings with 133 grains of H-1000, around 3150 fps. The cant between my base and the rings roughly gives me an 1150 yard zero, that of course changes a bit depending on conditions, but it ends up being perfect because if I lower my magnification to double my subtensions on scope I have just enough hold "unders" to hit anything between 100-1150.
Winchester model 70 30/06:
Barrel has been floated and action bedded to stock. Put a piece of rail on the front of stock so I can run an Atlas on it as well (bi-pod, cost more than the rifle!
). Put a VAIS 360 brake to tame it down a bit. Running the Nikon Buckmaster 6x18x40 scope with BDC reticle and Kenton Industries elevation turret that is calibrated to my load for the Berger 185's. It has my drops on it out to 600 yards. EGW 20 MOA base. Nikon also has an app for Iphone that is pretty impressive, its called "spot on" and it has all of Nikon's reticles in it and you enter your ballistic info on it and it shows a picture of your reticle with the appropriate hold on the BDC reticle based on what magnification you are running, I am very impressed for a $300 price range scope. It is very accurate with either holdovers, or using the Kenton Industries elevation knob. Not to say that it will ever replace my USO's or NF scopes, but for this rifle and the ranges I expect to use it it works well, I have shot the rifle quite a bit and it does well out to 600 yards.
This is a blown up view of what the BDC reticle looks like on the Nikon Buckmaster and what the holds would be if you are on 16X, you can make one for each of the different magnifications from 6-18X. Like I said it is not going to take over the world as far as precision rifle scopes go, but for hunting application I think it is going to serve me well. I just had it out last weekend and verified dope, both with hold-overs and dialing with the Kenton Industries top turret and I made it out to 500 yards shooting a medium sized IPSC target and it was beating the **** out of steel. For the money I really like it on that rifle and the VAIS brake was a nice addition, that thing used to punish me with the 185's.
Good luck to you all with your hunts this fall, once I get back from Montana we are hunting mule deer/cow elk management tag in the Rubies here in Nevada, I think my 6.5 SAUM and 30/30 marlin are going on that trip...hopefully I can get my hands on some 130 Bergers before then...but I digress, one hunt at a time!