The big old SMK does it again

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  1. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Writers Guild

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    Spent a few days in Wyoming this week with a friend of mine on a speed goat hunt and we had mixed success. We bagged a nice buck but we really wanted to do it at long range if possible but the speedgoats weren't cooperating very well. We chased one in particular for miles and hours and it would never stop. When we got all the stuff out to shoot him, he would go from a walk to a trot to a dead run and then we'd have to try and keep up. And the ground was so flat that there were no good shooting points or vantage points. So we just had to try to get ahead of them and already be set up.

    About mid-day, we finally found a buck that was only walking and we could get ahead of him. Then when he spotted us, he froze instead of running. This gave us some time to size him up and determine that he was a shooter.

    I quickly got the 338 Thunder out and the Swaro rangefinders and my PDA and dialed it in. My buddy got the Docters (big double barreled spotting scopes) set up on him so I could watch the hit.

    Microseconds after the Thunder barked, I saw the famous watermelon sized vapor trail that the 300 grain SMK leaves heading straight for the buck. It hit with tremendous consequences. It entered the neck far back and penetrated through to break the spine and far shoulder. A shovel full of hair blew off the buck and a cloud of steam escaped from the hole and drifted away. The shot dropped him without a step and his back end hit the ground before his front and it looked like he whipped his chin into the dirt! So much for the fear that the SMK would just zip through a 10" wide body of an antelope without causing damage! The hole on the far side was stretched out to tennis ball size and there were little bits of meat in the sagebrush behind the buck for at least 30 yards.

    It wasn't real long range (only 544 yards) but it was one shot and over and when you're trophy hunting, sometimes you just have to take them were you get them. Long or short range.

    The buck ended up going 15.25" long and had 6" paddles with great mass. He'll gross about 80" pretty easy.
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  2. Broz

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    Thanks for the write up and great pics. I will be shooting the 300 SMK's from my Lapua this year and have two goat tags. Great to know how they work in the field.

    Jeff
     

  3. magicofmt

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    GG, great post and great shot. Nice buck too, has a liitle ivory on the tips, how tall was he?
    Hope to shoot mine at 1000+ yds with the 300 SMK out of the 338 AM.
     
  4. Fiftydriver

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    Nice buck and nice shot!!

    Like you said, hunting is hunting, you shoot them where they show up but prepare for the long ones!!
     
  5. eddybo

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    Nice goat. Thanks for sharing
     
  6. BigBoreDan

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    Nice Antelope pics and write-up thanks for sharing!!!!
     
  7. remingtonman_25_06

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    Nice goat!!

    BTW- I thought you were not using the 300g SMK anymore?? I thought you were using the 225g AB?
     
  8. goodgrouper

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    Thanks guys.


    I lucked out because the 225 accubond and the 300 smk have the exact same point of impact in my rifle so I can use either interchangeably without having to rezero. I had some 225's with me just in case but I really wanted to see what a 300 grain bullet would do on such a thin skinned, light bodied animal. And after seeing what they did to those two moose last year, I usually have SMK's in my magazine now.
     
  9. Buffalobob

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    The big ones don't get big by being excessively stupid. That is a very nice looking animal.

    How much have you paid the Voodoo lady in New Orleans to get the wind to lay and what days has she promised you? :D
     
  10. 7mmRHB

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    Nice pics GG !! Old Brad did good !! The Thunder has spoken again!! Now its on to Big Bulls with Andre tomorrow. Good luck !!

    By the way I can still smell Goat blood on my drive way!!! LOL ---- RHB
     
  11. Steve7mm08

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    Nice one, its great to see a few more hunting stories and pics, cheers
     
  12. lerch

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    Good lookin goat GG, tell your buddy good job!!!

    when did you switch from the 225AB to the 300SMK???? it looks like the bullet did the job. I know i have always been impressed when the that big ol 338 bullet hits a animal, it puts em down for the count

    steve
     
  13. gamedog

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    Nice buck. Our season opens in 4 weeks. You'll be seeing some 300 SMK's reports from me as wellgun)
     
  14. ATH

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    Nice buck, and good shot!