Longest Bobcat ever... .

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  1. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Every once in a great while I make a shot that even impresses myself.

    This morning I had to go looking for one of my horses that I haven't seen in a few days and I'd tossed my new range finder into the truck just to play with while I'm looking for the horse.

    Well I'm scanning the tree line towards the road by the plowed field and here comes a bob cat all happy go lucky just past the troughs which are just at the end of the tree line.

    I can't get a good range but fortunately a truck comes by and it's a good reflective surface and I range it, and come up with 1197yds.

    So I have to start doing some math in my head and I see a white rock that sort of brackets the cat and hit it, and it shows 897yds.


    Well the cat is about two thirds the distance between the known points so I subtract two hundred yards and come up with 997.

    I then get the 7mm STW out, pop off the scope cover and pick up the cat who is still just lazily walking along the edge of the fence away from the road.

    I get on him and since I know the approximate distance between the posts is 5 yards, I count one, two, three and guage his speed, while counting his paces while he covers the five yards.

    Well about that time he slams to a stop crouching and I can tell he's got something located and is about to spring for it.

    Mind you I'm sitting in the truck resting the rifle on the mirror while all this is coming together rather than setting up on a nice bench or platform.

    Well about the time I settle in to take a nice long shot on a cat that's crouched he starts moving back the other way tentatively at about half the speed he was moving before.

    I crank up my elevation figure about 1moa for the light wind and another for the speed and have my hold and lead set and I'm thinking... "What the hell all you can do is miss".

    Pull the trigger and watch and see a tremendous puff of hair and "organic matter" lit up in the morning sun so I just have to drive over and see if I'd really done it.

    Calculated distance 903 yards, one shot, 7mm STW 140gr Winchester Supreme factory load. Yes I still have three more boxes and no, no one can buy them from me HA!

    The rifle is my own, 700 Rem Custom, stock is factory, bedded Cerakoted Sand, with Krylon webbing/camo.

    I've been playing with it all summer coming up with a color scheme and pattern that would be ideal for Texas Brush and High Plains Grass which is where I do the majority of my hunting and I kinda like it. I'll be doing the action and barrel next.

    Oh the scope is a Zeiss conquest 4.5-14x44 with mildot reticle.
     

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  2. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Great story and great shot. Thanks for the picture.
     

  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Great field mind work. Great shot! Nice rig!
     
  4. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

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    Great story and great shooting-----you sure you want to hold on to all that ammo??

    Randy
     
  5. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    Nice story. I love the paint job on that rifle!
     
  6. WildRose

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    Thanks. Yep, I bought 1,000rnds of it when I heard they were ceasing manufacturing of it.

    I only have a few boxes left.
     
  7. WildRose

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    Thanks. My goal was to make it look like it grew here. I think I'm getting very close to having it right.
     
  8. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I honestly would be afraid to set the thing down cause it would blend in awesome in the country I hunt. How long did you play with the pattern to get it right?
     
  9. WildRose

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    Well it took me 2 months to make my mind up on the base coat, and I've tried six different patterns/colors on the top coat.

    I'm going to use the same thing to try and do a diamondback pattern on another stock just for fun.

    Mostly what I did was just try different colors of base coat and set them out in the grass or hang them from trees (sample pieces) and then scope them from a couple of hundred yards. Once I had settled on the base color it was a matter of trying different colors and patterns to overlay.

    The way this final version worked out, at four hundred yards with it leaning against a mesquite tree I flat couldn't tell where the stock started and the grass and tree stopped.

    I've been thinking hard about setting myself up to do cerakoting on rifles and stocks as something to keep myself busy in the summers so rather than experiement on customer guns I figured I'd just play with my own.
     
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  10. Eaglet

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    My goodness, that was an exiting one!

    Now tell me the truth, did you forget your ear protection? Reason I ask is cause I felt a bit of pain in my ears when I saw the muzzle brake... :)

    Beautiful rifle!
     
  11. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Huh?gun)
     
  12. CA48

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    Nice shooting and write up way to apply your skills under pressure.
     
  13. WildRose

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    Thanks but no pressure at all.

    One thing I talk about a lot is the "art of sniping (insert shooting) vs the technical side of shooting.

    It doesn't matter how much time you spend playing with your technology and calculating the exact dope to make the perfect shot. All of that works great at the range but in the real world of the field more often than not you just don't have that long to get a shot off.

    I was just trying to convey "how it was done" before the advent of all the modern aids we have today.

    You'd be amazed what you can accomplish with a little practice, and just a range and wind drift card taped to your stock.

    As for pressure? Not in the least. Under pressure is when you look through your scope and see a bad guy looking back at you or for you through his own... . Been there and done that. Like I said in the original write up above, "What the hell all you can do is miss" and in this case, a miss doesn't get you shot or mean you end up starving. This is just fun.

    Even when you do miss though every one of those misses is a learning opportunity. Take notes about how high/low, and windage, then figure out where you went wrong by trying to replicate the shot under field conditions in practice.

    It's the misses you can learn the most from, not the hits.
     
  14. 6.5shaggy

    6.5shaggy Well-Known Member

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    Wildrose,
    Where abouts are you? I too am about 1/2 way between Dallas and Lubbock in Knox Co.

    6.5shaggy