Follow up on the \'Once-in-a-lifetime\' Trophy Deer Hunt I'm long winded and slow at typing so I'll start with Part 1: This is a follow up to my earlier post about my "once-in-a -Lifetime" Trophy deer hunt: http://longrangehunting.com/ubbthreads/s...part=1&vc=1 Pre-hunt detail as follows: I first decided to work up a load with the 180 gr. Accubonds for my 308 (verses using my trusty 190 gr. SMK load). Initially, I had some good results with sub-1/2 MOA groups that held together over distance. Unfortunately, as my deer season approached and I was just getting comfortable with the load, I ran out of my supply of RE15 powder. The next batch of RE15 was significantly different. My accuracy went to 1/2 to 1 MOA and I didn't have time to restart the load work-up. During this time my McMillan A-5 stock came in for my 338 LM (Sako M995, TGRs, factory barrel, no muzzle brake, 8lbs, not bedded yet). I put the action in the stock, took it to the range, and tried a couple of random loads, one of them was 88.4 gr. of RE22 with a 250 gr SGK (YES it does kick a little). That particular load shot well so I loaded up some more and they shot 3/4 to 1.25 MOA out to 300 yards and about 1 to 2 MOA out to 500 yards. I started the hunt with my 308. In the area where I was hunting, most of the road acess was from the top (ridge lines) with little or no acess from the bottoms of some very deep canyons and washes. I soon began to notice that in a lot of the places where I was seeing tempting bucks, if I did not put them down quickly, I was going to need a helicopter to get them out. Not really…, but you get the picture. Anyway, I decided to use my 338 LM as my main carry rifle for the hunt and brought along the 308 as a back up. I would use the 338 LM for shots under 500 yards and the 308 for shots from 500 to 900 yards. Isn’t that the opposite of how it should be.