Stretched out the 264 a bit last week

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by Wyofax, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Wyofax

    Wyofax Well-Known Member

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    We headed out to the desert with the expectation of needing a little 4 wheel drive. We needed a lot of 4 wheel drive as it was a muddy mess.
    Parked on top of one of my favorite grassing spots for antelope and started looking over all the different bucks from about a mile away. One of the bucks stood out as bigger than the rest and so we hiked off the hill heading his way. When we got to the herd we were between 175 and 350 yards but we couldn't see the big buck. Laying on our bellies glassing away and a pickup drives right into the herd. Well out pops the big buck. He runs out to about 400 and stops with a doe in front of him. The pickup realized we were there and politely backs out but the herd took off.
    We circled around them and got on a hill above the herd as it was getting late in the evening. I started trying to find the big buck in the low light and ranged him at 525. He was grazing away from us at a slow walk. He finally stopped at 580 and turned broadside. I dial in 6.75 moa and hold 1 moa for 5 mph full value wind and send a round at him. Clean miss! I will say even though I had a side kick with me, he didn't do any spotting other than with the binos. So I ran the turret, shooter app, range finder and wind. That is a lot to think about while trying to make a good shot as well. I racked the bolt and reset as the buck took just a few steps and looked around.
    The second shot hit the buck just behind the shoulder a bit low and exited in front of the off side shoulder. He ran about 30-40 feet before finally expiring. After the 600 yard walk to the downed buck I found I had harvested one of the average bucks in the herd not the big one I was after. My conclusion was that doing this long range shooting is a challenge when pressed for time especially when trying to manage all of the data and maintain good shooting technique and selecting a quality animal mixed in a herd.

    Gun details:
    264 Win Mag
    Rem 700 LA BDL w/ factory tuned trigger set at 2#
    28" Lilja barrel
    McMillan A3-5
    Harris bipod
    Nightforce 5.5-22X50 with gunwerks reticle
    140 Berger VLD @ 3135 fps
    Leica 1600 LRF

    I will say the Berger hit quite a bit of bone as it went through the bottom of the brisket taking out the breast bone and shredding the heart in the process. It was quite destructive.
     

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  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Good shot, thanks for being honest.
     

  3. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    congrats, long range hunting is a challenge, that's why we do it. We learn from our mistakes and continue forward. Nice buck.
     
  4. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm glad you did get a buck. Your story is precisely why some guys prefer a set load in a rifle but the drop compensator crosshairs so no dialing necessary.
     
  5. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    Nice buck anyway you choose to look at it. Congrats.
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    If that's the small buck, the big one must have been HUGE.
     
  7. Wyofax

    Wyofax Well-Known Member

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    Well there is nothing wrong with good photography. :D My buddy and I have been trying to do a better job of picture taking to preserve those memories.
     
  8. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    At times I think the photography takes more thought than the hunt, but it's worth the effort for sure.
     
  9. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Your photo is excellent and helps to accentuate the horns on your 'lope. So much of the photos guys post could be so much better with minimal thought and set up. Some time ago there was a trophy photo 'how to' thread but I can't find it now.