Grand Slam Completed

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Bob Friel, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Bob Friel

    Bob Friel Member

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    I was fortunate enough to have drawn a Utah Range Creek Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep tag this fall. I needed a Rocky to complete my Grand Slam. It took me 18 points, but was worth it. I will attempt to attach a picture.
    Maybe the best part was the shot. We found the ram the night before and got as close as 800 yards, but I wasn't comfortable taking the shot in marginal light that close to dark. So we bedded him down and came back the next morning. Unfortunately, the ram and his band had moved and we didn't find him again until about 10:30 am. He had moved to the south side of the mountain and was now over 1200 yards. He was just under a cliff rim with no way to get closer.
    With the encouragement of my hunting buddies, one of which teaches long range shooting, we decided to set up a shot. The ram was ranged at 1286 yards on my Leica 1600b and 1287 on Jim's Swarovski. We decided to use a Remington 7mm Mag. with a 160 grain Acubond bullet. It was loaded with H1000 powder with a velocity of just over 3000 fps. Conditions were ideal with no wind and temperatures in the mid 40's. By the time we had the shot set up, the ram decided to take an hour nap behind a rock. That was a long and frustrating wait. I had two camcorders set up, two spotting scopes and four experienced hunters speculating as to whether I would make the shot.
    When the ram finally got up and streched, I settled down behind the Leupold 4.5x14 LR and got it done. What a way to finish a Grand Slam! I just got my number from the Grand Slam Club at 1738. That has been a 30+ year quest. I did it the hard way by drawing tags, going self guided and buying cancelation and discount hunts. My ram scored right at 175. I know I could have gotten a smaller ram with a closer shot, but I never would have gotten this guy without the ability to make the long shot. Thanks for your help and encouragement.
    Bob Friel
    Mapleton, Utah
     

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  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    That is on a whole different level of awesome!! Congratulations on both the grand slam and the closing shot!!
     

  3. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    WOW! Very nice trophy and great photo to boot.
    Congrats. I could only hope to do something like that.

    Randy
     
  4. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

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    That is a good looking Ram. Congrats on completing your Grand Slam in such a memorable fashion! Glad to see everything worked out.

    How did the Accubond perform at that range?


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  5. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    Wow!

    Awesome Picture

    Awesome Story

    Awesome Shot

    Awesome Trophy

    AND CONGRATS ON THE SLAM!

    Scot E.
     
  6. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Man that is totally awesome!! Congrats to you for the quest of a lifetime. And great shooting!!

    Jeff
     
  7. crazyhorse

    crazyhorse Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the shot and the slam!

    What makes it even more remarkable is the way you did it through homework and cancellations.

    A respectable bull elk tops my bucket list, done a couple DIY hunts and tagged a cow so far. Reading how you completed your slam is encouraging. Hopefully finance and opportunity will meet up sooner than later!
     
  8. matt meyer

    matt meyer Active Member

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    Congrats on the slam and the shot. What a great feeling that has to be
     
  9. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Great story, but don't sell us short. Show the video, gives some of us hope when we see others doing what we can only dream about.
     
  10. Bob Friel

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    Good. I must have pulled the shot a little. :) The bullet entered near the right eye and the ram went down like a ton of bricks. I haven't yet recovered the bullet, but it penetrated well and didn't exit the skull. I've had good luck with accuracy with the Acubonds in my 7mm and 338 RUM. They seem to hold together very well.
     
  11. Bob Friel

    Bob Friel Member

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    I'm working on that. It was a long ways and the video needs a little editing. We had to move the camera a couple of times and it's a little shaky. I'll try and clean it up and put it on.
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Great shot, great Ram and great Story!
     
  13. Mark Hampton

    Mark Hampton Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on a great ram; and your Grand Slam, a great accomplishment.
     
  14. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    Very cool! gun)