A miss. Now what?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by mw185, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. mw185

    mw185 Member

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    Long range miss (0 wind). I couldn't see shot, hunting partner didn't spot shot. Shot felt good-what now? How do those of you who have a lot more field experience than me handle this situation? Buck has gone back to feeding.
     
  2. Forester

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    Recheck that the scope is dialed right. Are you sure there is no small brush blocking the shot?

    If you truly can not find anything wrong. Take a picture and then go to the range to figure out the gun/ammo/shooter problem. If nothing is apparently wrong and you got a clean miss then you can't risk another shot resulting in a bad hit.
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I agree, Good advice Forester.


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  4. royinidaho

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    All the above + what about the setup. Was it solid/firm. If dry fired from that position would cross hairs have moved on the target? Is the front rest one that has been used before. Rear bags used? If hand used as rear bag - not good? If bipod then was it a Harris? If yes has there been plenty of practice using it?

    You describe what I call an "unexplainable" miss. They happen once in a while. I eliminated "most" of mine by going to a solid mount bipod with no movable legs/feet and ensuring that the rear rest is solid on bags or monopod. Not a hand.....
     
  5. J E Custom

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    Was the elevation turrent zeroed before you made the sight correction.

    It is not to uncommon to forget to zero after a shot at a different distance.

    If you don't re zero then you will add to that and end up very high and probably
    won't see the bullet strike.

    Just a thought

    J E CUSTOM
     
  6. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    A little touch of buck fever. :)
     
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    KRP Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely. You took the shot, can't say for sure that you missed, so you have to go check it out.
     
  9. ven

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    i think that if the buck went back to feeding i suspect a miss is very likely.
     
  10. Michael Eichele

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    Double check the scope dope or that you used the correct hold over. If there is a descrepancy, fix it and fire a follow up shot. If there is no descrepancy, I would attribute it to the "cold bore shot" and fire a second shot from a warm barrel. If that doest connect, I would go to the range and figure out if it was me or the rifle. Of course only after I was SURE i didnt connect and leave a wounded critter in the woods. I have taken shots in such cold weather from such a cold barrel that I was pretty sure the first shot would NOT connect. Guess what, they didnt. The second ones sure did! I was also positive the situation would allow for a secong shot in case a less than perfect shot occured.
     
  11. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    While it is always best to actualy look for sign of a hit or miss, it is in my experiance that 99 times out of 100 that you can hear the bullet hit something and there is a disticnt difference between flesh and dirt. This can at least give a hunter a clue as to if it were a miss or not. You cant always hear an impact though, that is why it is best to look but most of the time you can hear it.
     
  12. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    I would agree with that--"meat report" is almost always a good indicator.

    ...check your parallax too.
     
  13. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    +1

    If that buck went back to feeding I'm sure it's a miss!!!!!!!!
     
  14. NONYA

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    Chamber another round,re range and FIRE.......:rolleyes: