First Long Range Success....No Need to keep going

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by AtownBcat, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    So I thought you guys would like to hear about my first long range white tail harvest. I found this web site about a year and a half ago. I built a rifle, got quality optics, got a swaro LRF,began reloading and then shot 1500 rounds at up to 1000 yards in as many conditions as possible in as many possitions as possible.

    So last season I shot a doe at 87 yards...not really long range but thats the hand I was delt. I had planned on taking a couple pigs at extended ranges but it hasn't been cold enough to mess with pigs....they are nasty...

    I got a call for a guy that I hunt with that I needed to get to the lease asap because there was a Buck I needed to take a look at in the grain field below my stand. He said if I didnt come he was going to shoot it....Well on our lease we were able to pick our stand locations but we dont hunt each other spot so I knew it had to be worth the drive. (2 1/2 hours) I loaded up that night and made the drive.

    My wheat field is 270 acres I had a pretty good idea what area they were hanging out in, but knot exactly where they were coming from. So since there was not a stand set up i would just go prone. I found a spot on the fence line and layed down. First there were 5 doe and I kept looking to the trees to see if this buck would be joining them. I guess I had been looking for about 5 minutes and i glanced to my right and HOLY CRAP!!! He was right he was a bruiser. Now here is where some very important info is for the newbies like me...It is almost Immpossible to get a range while laying prone on flat (slightly rolling ground) I tried everything I got 940 which I knew was the tree line I got 88 yards which I knew there was no way. I knew he was in the 750 to 650 range at that time but I never even got one reading in thoes ranges. I even had the entire deer in the circle of the swaro still nothing!!!!
    This went on for over an hour and a half!!! Buck fever had settled to a mild headache and excitement and faded to anger. How could I get all the top of the line gear and could not get a damn range!!!! Then it hit me "scan mode" I put the LRF in scan mode and started on the treeline behind him..940..then I slowly lowered it towards the deer....536....holy crap i could not believe it. I dialed my dope but not wanting to make a mistake used the same method to confirm....535.....again...537.....I adjusted for the 2MPH crosswind settled on the target and squeezed it off. All the practice started to payoff. I was able to call my own shot...no dust, and the buck hopped like they do with a good hit. I learned something else here...it is almost impossible to follow an animal in the prone position if it runs out of your field of view. I grabbed the binos and threw them up but could not find him...To cut to the chase he had gone down in the field on the other side of one of the small hills. I had him scored today by an official scorer and he nets 175......with a missing eye guard and G5 on the right side...He would have easily gone 185+ if everything was there. On interesting note...Once the decision to shoot was made the "buck fever" was gone. It became about the shot and not about the target. My spelling sucks and its late so there will probably have to be 100 edits as I read over it....ok here is the proof...Oh and I know 536 isnt that long but come on he scores 175...lol OH and the shot was a perfect shot, both lungs and the top of the heart.

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  2. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    Nice Job, and Very Nice Buck!! Congratulations:D
     

  3. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Incredible buck!! You're a PA boy ain't cha?
     
  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    What was the rifle, caliber and load?

    Tank
     
  5. Buffalobob

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    Shooting animals at longer range sounds easy until you actually try to do it. Then you find out the little things that don't work so well.

    Congratulations on breaking 500 yards.
     
  6. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    VERY NICE BUCK, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I also would like to know the caliber and load. Thanks
     
  7. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    AtBc,

    Superb buck and awesome shooting. Congratulations man.

    What rifle/load were you using? JohnnyK.
     
  8. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Great BucK and a great well placed shot. Congrats on both.

    This story mirrors my experience with a buck that was in a corn field in Kansas a few years back. The buck was closer to the tree line at 1050 but the small rolls in the ground and corn stalks would not let my Swaro repeat a range. I never took the shot. This prompted me to start studying Beam Divergence. The 6' x 6' beam of the swaro at 1000 yards makes things very tough and unreliable on the flats. Now I insist on a RF with a smaller beam. Glad you were able to range your buck accuratly, if he had been 800 plus you may not have got it done as the beam would have been to big.

    Good stuff and great post. This is a real world experience we all can learn from.

    Thanks!

    Jeff
     
  9. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Good post and great buck! I had a similar problem with my Swaro ranging an antelope in central Mt. a couple of years ago. Keep up the good work......Rich
     
  10. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    Broz, without spending 3000 on military units what is better than the swaro?
     
  11. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    that is a big buck. i use a swaro i don't hink there is any better. your prone/angle made a it difficult. out west it is not as flat so i have never had a problem. . what gun ? what load? is that a texas buck ? where are you from? great story.
     
  12. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    And you guys wanted to know about the rifle/load

    Rifle Remington 700 action donated from an SPS
    Barrel is a 26inch 1 in 10 twist Kreiger
    I sent the action to kreiger and they did a level 2 truing of the action and installed barrel
    Stock is a maners MTS-5(I think that is the model..they are bad ass)
    Rings and Bases are badger
    Optics are NightForce NXS 5.5-22 Mil with MLR Ret
    trigger is a worked remington
    Dave Holland Radial Brake(works better than any other I've shot)
    caliber 300WM

    The load:
    Brass: RWS
    Powder: Retumbo 77.7g
    Primer: CCI 250
    Bullet: 210 Berger VLD
    .010 off lands
    2973 FPS
    consistant 1/3 moa gun

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  13. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    Sorry trying to catch all the questions...

    Yes I'm in Texas...lets say it was shot in the Abilene area, we are low fence(free range) and believe it or not we have seen two others this big maybe bigger.

    And thanks to everyone for the kind words...
     
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  14. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    What caliber? I'm assuming 300RUM?

    Tank