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Old 01-22-2013, 02:10 PM
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2012 Washington Bear

Just thought I would post a picture of my 2012 bear. It is also the longest shot I have ever made on an animal. 530 yards and the 210 berger performed flawlessly!

I am the one holding the head. The rest of the people in the photo is the group that I bear hunt with.

It isn't my biggest bear, but definitely the prettiest!

It was a very old sow with teeth worn down to the gum line. She was feeding in a black berry thicket across the canyon. We glassed the canyon for probably 3 hours before we spotted her and once I was dialed in and on the scope ready to shoot it took probably another 10-15 minutes before she presented herself for a good shot. She dropped in her tracks and din't move!

When I gutted her out she was full of some type of parasitic worms. It was only in the guts and not in the meat so after a little research I ended up finding out that the meat would still be good to eat. I had her turned into German Sausage. It is very good!

One other interesting thing was that while gutting her I also found a livestock ear tag that was in her intestines. After lots of phone calls I found that it was a scrapie goat tag.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:36 PM
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Re: 2012 Washington Bear

Very cool. I want to go on a bear hunt. What caliber rifle? I need to build me a hunting rig. Every time I build a rifle it always ends up as a tactical rifle for some reason. I'm getting older and much fatter and those 15+ pound rifles seem to get heavier every day.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:29 PM
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Re: 2012 Washington Bear

The rifle is a factory Remington LSS in 300 RUM topped with a nikon monarch 4-16 with the BDC which works great for when you need to get a shot of quick. I am not 100% sure the scope is tracking true though. I just shot a 700, 900, and 1000 yard gongs and it took 10.25 moa at the 700, 17.5 (i think) at the 900 and 22 moa to get to 1000 with a 200 yard zero.

The 1000 was real close to my range card, the 900 was about 1/2 moa off and the 700 was like 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 moa off.

I need to shoot again to confirm this, but it definitely has me a little concerned. That was the first time I have ever shot that far of ranges tho.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:40 PM
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Re: 2012 Washington Bear

I have had some bad luck with nikon glass on heavy recoiling rifles. Also you might try running both turrets to both extreme ends 5 or six times. I know on high end scopes like my night force if you let them sit too long will have tracking issue because the lubrication settles. Running the turrets through their extreme adjustments re lubes them. Worth a shot.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:33 PM
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Re: 2012 Washington Bear

Beautiful bear!
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:55 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I don't shot very often so the rifle does sit a lot. I will try running the turrets back and forth a couple of times before I shoot next time and see if that helps.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:17 AM
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Re: 2012 Washington Bear

Very nice looking bear, congrats! Quite the posse you got there too. Don't think I'd want to eat it though, worms or no worms.
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