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My first elk...5X5 @ 575 yds...6.5-284...w/Pics

 
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:42 AM
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Re: My first elk...5X5 @ 575 yds...6.5-284...w/Pics

Nice job.... That was a great story, and is a perfect size bull to fill the freezer....
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Re: My first elk...5X5 @ 575 yds...6.5-284...w/Pics

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SBruce, thanks for that story and pics! Hey, mind sharing details about the rifle and load? I have some test loads ready for my 6.5-284 and 140 Berger hunting VLD.
Thank you all for the kind comments.

Derek M,

The Rifle is one of the "Long Range Rifles" that Len sells here on this site. It's got a 1/2" @ 100 guarantee. Brux #4 with 8.5 twist, Finished at 26" -- Stiller Predator action, Jewel Trigger that I set at 12 oz. Mcmillan HTG stock (used to be called the M40A1 I believe) For a Long Ranger, It's relatively lightweight, 8.5lbs before optics and bipod. Huskemaw 5-20 Blue Diamond scope, chosen for the weight and size. I could've put a Nightforce on it but it's a walking weight gun so I decided not to.

Using H4831SC, tried charges from 52 up to 56 grns and didn't see pressure but PoI began shifting once I got over 55 grns. Final load is set at 54.5 grns and average velocity over 3 chronograph sessions is 3015'/sec with the 140 Berger Hunting VLD seated .010 off the lands. Using a Federal Match primer.
Worst groups I got during testing were 3/4" at 100. If I do my part it will shoot sub 1/2 MOA.......... Quite often, the first two shots cold bore at 100 would touch or overlap each other.

Here's some groups from last years load testing and drop verification, 1 @ 100yds and 1 @ 700 yds. This season I didn't shoot any groups, just a little practice on steel. For a "walking weight" rifle I have no complaints at all.
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Great writeup Shane=Thanks for shareing the hunt with us!
It surprizes me this was your first elk, they just moveing in or you just tarted looking for them?
For the last 6 years I've seen cow elk on the opener of goat season. This year we bought cow tags and havnt even cut a track yet We have till the 15th of Dec so they may move back to where we can get to them with a truck
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Great writeup Shane=Thanks for shareing the hunt with us!
It surprizes me this was your first elk, they just moveing in or you just tarted looking for them?
For the last 6 years I've seen cow elk on the opener of goat season. This year we bought cow tags and havnt even cut a track yet We have till the 15th of Dec so they may move back to where we can get to them with a truck
Howdy Cliff,

They've been moving through this area for a few years now, but they might be on our place one day and one of the neighbors the next. Where they were at that evening was kinda a surprise. We had cattle in there all summer and were driving that road every day....never saw any elk. The previous week, deer and antelope hunters had been driving through that area regularly and no one saw any of them. Perhaps they were hiding out in a little ravine that whole week, or perhaps they had just come back onto the property.?? Being able to get the truck to them was definitely one of my biggest perks of getting one here. This bull was laying about 50 yds off a two track road and I was able to get the pickup and the skidsteer loader right to him. Sooo much easier than having to field quarter and pack out.

Good to hear from ya.
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Howdy Cliff,

They've been moving through this area for a few years now, but they might be on our place one day and one of the neighbors the next. Where they were at that evening was kinda a surprise. We had cattle in there all summer and were driving that road every day....never saw any elk. The previous week, deer and antelope hunters had been driving through that area regularly and no one saw any of them. Perhaps they were hiding out in a little ravine that whole week, or perhaps they had just come back onto the property.?? Being able to get the truck to them was definitely one of my biggest perks of getting one here. This bull was laying about 50 yds off a two track road and I was able to get the pickup and the skidsteer loader right to him. Sooo much easier than having to field quarter and pack out.

Good to hear from ya.
You were fortunate to get one so close to a spot with vehicle access. Personally, I would love to hunt elk but I do not want to have to pack one out!
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Congrats on your first elk.
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