Defensive Edge 338 Edge @ 890 Meters DUH Oh Yeah !!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Down Under Hunter, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Well you have to take advantage when lightening strikes twice so heres the latest..

    Managed to sneak out of the office by 4pm to get to my glassing spot with an hour and a half of prime time to go. Got the gear loaded up and off for a short half K walk into my ambush.

    This spot basically over watches a big long gully that is probably about 1.5 Kms long, and from this rock outcropping I can cover most cnrs with the EDGE. I have managed for the last couple of years to pull a nice stag from it during Sept so I was optimistic we might see something.

    Once I got set up, gun laid out, kestrel rolling etc I got to work glassing the far side of the gully. Unfortunately I saw some cows feeding on the mountain which had me doubting my chosen spot. The deer rarely like to mix and compete with the cattle if they can avoid it.

    Anyways I kept the glasses rolling when I spied a solid stag some distance away come from over the opposite ridgeline and start feeding within my effective range. After looking him over I decided he needed a bullet so quickly plugged the numbers into the PDA

    Conditions

    BP 28.14
    RH 65 %
    Temp 64 F
    COS .99

    Distance to target 890 Meters with the geovid binos.

    I had a level shooting position to get prone and with not a breath of wind I dialled on the 23 MOA up with no wind allowence.

    I then dry fired on him a couple of times to tame the nerves then wound up the NXS to 20 X and settled the crosshair. YANK Whoops safety on .....

    Settled the crosshair again... then the gun spoke. WHooooosh across the valley.

    I then get the very solid comback sound of a solid hit... I get back on the binos to see whats going on to see him walking 20M from the strike looking really hit hard... then down he goes into a tree on the slope. Watching him he jams his antlers into the ground and comes to an end upsidedown hooked around a tree. I watch for another 5 mins with no movement. Best of all there is a track accross on the other side of the valley that will allow the vehicle with about 300 M of him.

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    Hooked around the tree

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    Twenty mins later I am around there and standing over him. A big old bull probably past his prime and missing a tine but after that shot I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.

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    Thanks Shawn Carlock for building me a gun thats turned doubters into believers !
     
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  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Your pics are great nice write up great shooting. It that a 30" barrel plus the brake?
     

  3. Gene R.

    Gene R. Well-Known Member

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    Outstanding, got love when a plan comes together. Very cool animal, Sambar is it? They look like a giant sikka(sp?) that I see on easternshore of Cheseapeke bay,VA. What elsee do ya'll have down under to hunt, that's cool like that?

    Gene
     
  4. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    Geesh, that sure is a big looking animal! About how much do they weigh? Is that antler configuration pretty typical? Nice shooting!! 300 gr SMK or Berger?

    Jim
     
  5. jimmym40a2

    jimmym40a2 Well-Known Member

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    Nice DUH!
     
  6. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Great story and pics. Nice shooting too!!

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Jeff gun)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     
  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Congrats. One problem. Not only are you having to justify the cost of the new weapon to the wife, you will soon find yourself having to buy a new freezer or two if you don't slow down ... .gun)

    I'm still having to wrap my head around the idea of calling anything that big a "deer"... .

    Conrats again.
     
  8. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Man, you have way to much fun doing this...:D
     
  9. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    You bet ! 30 HART tube sendero taper.

    Glad you enjoyed the read mate

    DUH
     
  10. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Gene,

    We have plenty of critters out here to chase. 6 species of deer plus buff and a truck load of smaller critters.

    DUH
     
  11. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Pretty typical of a SAMBAR for antlers. Probably about a 550 lb model. This one is missing a tine on his left antler.

    300 SMK on this boy. Probably a 2 " wound channel through the back edge of the shoulder blade and ribs. Ooooch !

    DUH
     
  12. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Hey Jimmy !

    Hows that 408 treating you mate ?

    DUH
     
  13. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    Nice goin'!
     
  14. Topshot

    Topshot Well-Known Member

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    DUH,
    Great shooting mate!
    Nice pics, well done. Keep up the good work.