Took most the season but elk down

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  1. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Well as many of the Montanans know elk hunting has taken a huge turn for the worst in the last 5+ years. The wolves have dropped our elk population to slim pickin's. Last years was rough and this year was even worse!

    I can honestly say I seen less than 50 elk this whole season and that's pushing it. Most in groups of 2 or 3 and a few groups between 5-12 head. Most through the spotting scope at a mile plus right before dusk.

    I finally found a group of 3 cows bedded down in some thick timber from a ridge top through my spotting scope at well over a mile. I had about 1:30 hours before end of shooting light to make two large ridges that were between us. I packed everything back into my backpack and off I went. I made it to where there was one last ridge between us and they had started feeding up the ridge away from me. I ranged them and we were at 1184 yards. Conditions were unusually perfect not a breath of wind and 30*. But due to the shortage of elk I'd seen this season and how late it was in the day I made the decision not to take any chances and close the gap a little.

    As I made it to the top if my final ridge I couldn't pick them out. Nothing.... I was starting to worry they had feed them selfs over the ridge. Just then I picked one on the cows walking across a very small opening just down from the sky line.

    I dropped down, set up my rifle, ranged her at 712 yards, checked my slope at 5*, and no wind. Went to grab my calculator to get an adjustment and nothing... I had left it in the truck that morning.. I figured with 5* slope if I adjusted to 700 yard on my turret it'd be money! I adjusted and got ready for the shot, nothing but a hind end left in the opening but the head of another cow was working her way into the opening I double checked range and it was the same. She worked into the opening but was quartering away hard!

    I tucked the crosshairs right behind her front left shoulder at a hard quartering away shot and sent it away. She dumped like a ton of bricks, I followed her as she was sliding down through the bottom of the opening without even a twitch of movement.

    I hightailed it over there and made it to her just before end of shooting light. Then the work all started.

    Bullet placement was absolutely perfect, right where I sent it behind the left front shoulder and it exited through the base of the neck right side. Taking out the top of the heart and destroying her neck/spine.

    After the two buddies who came up to help get her out, the elk and I made it back to the truck I checked my calculator it see how close I was with my adjustment call... Perfect!! All the practice pays off that's for sure!

    Rifle is a custom 300 ultra mag pushing 230gr Berger Targets.

    Thanks for reading!
     

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  2. MMERSS

    MMERSS Well-Known Member

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    Great post and shot! Good decision on the range and corrections. Congratulations on a very tough hunting season. How did you like the 230 Target on your elk?
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    That'll eat, congratulations on the meat the the shot!
     
  4. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely sold!! I was kind of nervous using the 230 Targets on game but without a doubt an excellent choice! The amount of shock this bullet released on the elk is absolutely crazy.

     
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    MMERSS Well-Known Member

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    For long tissue distances with an elk I would agree. Like any bullet shot placement is critical. Again, good job and it sounds like a fun hunt.
     
  6. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Well done!
     
  7. jmden

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    Nicely done. It'll be good to get some meat in the freezer!
     
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    Congrats. I am always torn about using "target" bullets on game and always want to switch but some of my loads are so good and performance is as well that I can't seem to do it. Glad others seem to agree.
     
  9. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    I really wanted to test the targets first so I picked some up and worked up a load and was extremely happy with my accuracy and the same with performance on game.

    Hope to snag a few wolves with it to see the affects. I have to get out of the big game hunting mode aka(shot placement) and switch to the wolf hunting mode... Fur and boom!!:D

     
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    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Entrance on out side right behind front shoulder

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    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Entrance on inside

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    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Exit through the base of the neck

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    Entrance side of body

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    Tons of energy was released upon impact as you can see.. Didn't lose hardly any meat. A small amount of the front shoulder on the entrance side was lost even though it wasn't hit. If you look very closely I have a yellow pen in the entrance hole.
     
  14. WildRose

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    Great job and a great write up. The quartering away moving target is a very tough shot to make once you get beyond 300yds. Quartering away uphill is even tougher.

    Congrats.