Opening day Nevada Antelope

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by budlight, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    6:55 AM opening day first Antelope we saw was so far away that it was hard to see with your unaided eyes. So we kind of drove up parrallel to it. I found it with my scope on 12 power and turned it up to 20 power to shoot


    long shot near classic broad side. The buck was walking away and sometimes turning sideways to me. I was sitting with my rifle bipods down. Nearly level ground. It smashed a major rib on entry side is why the hole is so big. The bullet hit and shattered rib on the far side. We retrieved the bullet when skinning it. Bone or shrapnel put a small hole on the far side. That is the blood on the ground which sprayed out of the exit wound 20 feet. After the shot it kind of stepped forward and low arched its back and fell over without a kick.



    My rifle is a 243. Time of flight to 400 yards is .40seconds. So at its walking speed I rough figured about 12 inches in .40 seconds and bullet drop of about 12 additional inches with my rifle zeroed in at 250 yards. The bullet hit right about where I wanted it to with my lead and added elevation. Since he was moving I didn't have time to dope in the scope and it was not major corrections anyway.

    I used a 243 100 gr spbt at 3200 fps using .430 BC numbers The recovered bullet retained 83 grains and it is a 1/3 as long as it started out as.


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  2. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Good job very informative.
     

  3. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    I bought this Rem SPS varminter for Christmas. I spent allot of days on the chrono and then 100's upon 100's of rounds at the bench rest range out to 400 yards I got these hunting 100 grain boat tails to shoot less than 2.2 inch 10 shot groups right on the bulls eye groups at 400 yards

    I have a 9 1/4 twist rate

    This is a 6 X 24 with a 6 mm objective

    Really good long range jack rabbit gun

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  4. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    You can shop christmas for me anytime. What unit, and horn measurements if you don't mind. Can you apply next year or is it 5 years same as non residents.
     
  6. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    My buddy and I bought our selves identical Remingtons for Christmas

    I drew Nevada area 41-42 I also have to wait another 5 years. In the heat of the day its been 95. So I wanted to get done and back home. It was skinned, quartered and packed in ice chests before 8:15 am and on the road home.

    I did not even measure. I already have the 86 score mounted Boone & Crockett from Area 33 (Nevada) about 15 years ago. Then South Dakota hunts.

    I can do a fresh measurement tonight.
     
  7. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I'm off my five year wait and applying again. I've got a friend took an 80 something out of 33 about the same time you did. Went on another trip with a friend got a decent one out of 35 or 36 about 10 years ago. Interesting animal, and an interesting time of year to chase them. Thanks
     
  8. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    I drew the late season for 041, 042, Im leaving tomorrow.......................243 Barnes 80gr TSX Tipped ....3418.
    I will be hunting high in areas where I will be walking into.................A lot of high springs, Im hoping that a lot of really nice bucks will be pushed into those high areas. Did you see a lot of other hunters??

    Where did you hunt?? what part of area 041 or 042


    That's one nasty bloody hole you put in that animal.................

    Great shot
     
  9. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    Greg, give me a call.. we know each other 4255703
     
  10. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    since you did not call. Rye Patch res. Is where you want to go. I did not care about the Boone. We checked it out months ahead of time and drove hundreds of miles in 4X4. Soft sand and the worst roads. Cut through the side wall on tires. Spent days fishing and blasting jack rabbits
     
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  11. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    Nosler interlock 100 gr. SP Boat Tails

    Winchester LR primer& 46.4 gr of Hunter powder. Chrono AVG. 3211 fps


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  12. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    My dad shot his there this morning. About the same size.

    It's real fun to cool off with some fishing and swimming.
     
  13. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    I got my buck tus morning....................Really high up in a bowl. I was working into position when I ran into two nice Mule Deer bucks............had to wait until they grazed past me as I did not want them to spook the Antelope. The antelope where way high grazing right up with the Big Muley bucks...........they were great to watch. I had to drag him a long ways so most of the hair was bubbed off the shoulders and neck...............no way to get him out as the mountain was really steep and rocky. I had a steep down hill shot at a little over 300 yards...............It was super hot out there 94.

    One guy was hunting on a quad and those buck would spook off and run over the hill even when he was about a mile away. Once they would hear the quad they would take off.................I watch one really big buck that I wanted to stalk but the quads ran him off to...................My conclusion is if you want to hunt leave the quads in camp.

    Greg
     
  14. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

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    Where did you end up going? So you spent 5-6 days out there? Which cal did you use?