1480 yd bull throgh the spotters eyes

Discussion in 'Extreme Long Range Hunting & Shooting (ELR)' started by DontBlink, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. DontBlink

    DontBlink Active Member

    Jul 29, 2010
    Here is proof of how good the Berger Gen. 2 bullets really are. A 6x6 bull elk taken at 1480 yds with a complete pass through. This story is told through the eyes of the spotter, I can only imagine what it was like to see it through the shooter.

    Before I begin this, I want to say a special thank you to two guys who took a gamble on a kid who was looking for a LRH mentor. They invited me to be a part of their hunting party and share what is to be one of my greatest hunting memories. Thank you Josh and Jeremy for being my best hunting partners and friends in this crazy passion for long range hunting.

    Now onto the good stuff.
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    It was opening day for rifle elk season here in Idaho. I was joining my two good hunting buddies Josh and Jeremy on a long range hunt for elk. We split up into two groups, Josh was with his wife Michelle and his son Colby and Jeremy and I would be hunting together. Each group went down a seperate finger ridge to setup for the perfect long range shot. Jeremy and I arrived late to our location after getting turned around in the thick brush in the dark. Immediately I started spotting elk with my bare eye on the opposite ridge. Jeremy and I frantically looked for a spot to set up, while Jeremy was setting up, I was quickly scanning for any sign of antlers. I spotted two bulls in the group and did a quick range, 1435 yds. I asked how Jeremy would feel about taking a shot at that distance. Jeremy was confident that he could make that shot and so was I. I have witnessed both Josh and Jeremy make first attempt hits on rocks further out. The group of elk meandered off into the timber before we could get into a solid shooting position. Needless to say I was a little dissapointed, we were in a good location, but weren't quick enough getting set up. From where we where originally setup, we backed up onto the perfect shooting location and glassing position. I dialed up the conditions on Exball and made sure everything was ready. We were going to miss out on another bull this time.

    It wasn't long before Jeremy and I had spotted more elk, this time cows with calves. Seeing calves in this country is always a good sign because the wolves have really take a toll on them. We watched them for awhile and suddenly I spotted movement in the timber. A bull was walking fast out of the timber and following the line up the ridge. Jeremy quickly got behind the rifle and I started ranging and calling out what to dial up. The bull wouldn't hold still and when he did stop, he alwasy seemed to put a small tree between us and him. The bull was acting funny, he kept looking over his shoulder like something was pushing him. We watched the bull disappear into the timber and once again our hearts sank. We were determined to wait out this bull and the next time he stepped out of the timber he would be ours.

    Twenty mins later we figured out what was pushing the elk. Two other hunters came out of the bottom following his tracks. All I can say is thank god for those two hunters. They pushed the bull from the timber and I was quickly on him with the binos and range finder. Jeremy was settled behind the rifle and ready for when the bull stopped.
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    I kept ranging the bull, but he wouldn't stop. "1243, 1279, 1330, Jeremy dial 28.75 hold 2.5 for wind, 1366, 1401, Jeremy he is about where those other elk were, dial 32.25." Now this is something I didn't want to admit to jeremy but I guessed where the bull would stop and I told him to dial 34.25 and sure enough the bull stopped at 1480 yrds. "You on him Jeremy, he is broadside, take him, booom!!" At first I though he had missed, I was so focused on the bull and everything, that I neglected that it would take almost two seconds for the bullet make it that far.
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    I watched the bullet impact and the bull crumble right there. I couldn't believe it. I was yelling "boom, holly Sh** Jeremy, you just stoned that bull." everybody in the unit probably heard me yelling. We watched the bull roll down the steep ridge to his final resting place in some of the nastiest brush I have ever been in. I told Jeremy that Shawn Carlock would have grinned at that shot. We were both still shakening with adrenaline when Josh radioed and congratulated both of us. He said he heard the shot and then watched the bull go down and he would guide us to him once we got over there.

    We quickly grabbed our stuff and started the long trek across the mountain. We were a little stressed that the other two hunters who had been following his tracks, were going to steal the antlers. It took us an hour and half to cover the distance and Josh later informed us that that was the fastest he has ever seen anyone cover that much ground. To say we were a little tired when we made it over there would be an understatement. We reached the bull and the other two hunters and already begun removing the hide, they thought somebody had shot it and couldn't find it, and they didn't want the meat to go to waste. They had the best intentions but sadly they cut the hide too far back to salvage a shoulder mount. The bull was bigger than I had projected to Jeremy. The bull was a solid 6x6 and the biggest to date harvested by Jeremy. The grin on his face was priceless.
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    It took Jeremy, Josh and I two days to pack out the meat on the bull. The second day I will alwasy remember as the longest day of my life. We packed meat out in a driving rain/slush storm that was determined not to quit for 12 hours. Round trip total was a little over four miles and we descended a couple thousand feet to retrieve the meat. As Josh put it, It was a Humdinger for my first bull to pack out. I told him later that I was retiring from the sport of elk hunting and sticking with shooting rock chucks.:D Oh by the way, Josh had the stomache flu and had to stop literally every 5' for fear of the worst happening. I jokingly told him he was the reason for us taking so long. We got back to camp in the dark and wouldn't you know it, the rain had eased up a little bit, go figure.
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    I almost forgot, the rifle used on this hunt was the 338 Edge loaded with the Berger Gen. 2 bullets. The bullet entered at a quatering angle high on the back strap and exited through the lower right brest plate. A complete pass through at 1480 yrds. If that isnt a marketing slogan for Berger, I don't know what is. Both Jeremy and Josh shoot the Edges's and everytime I go out shooting with them, they are alwasy pushing the limit with that bullet.

    Thank you all for ready this post, It was a memorable hunt and a memorable shot. We had a bet in the group. A box of bergers to the longest kill in our party. Jeremy it looks like you won it this year, but watch out, cause I'm coming for you this spring and fall.

    AKA Dontblink

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  2. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    I enjoyed the read and the photos. Thanks and congrats! Where ya all from / hunting?
  3. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    Great read, thanks for sharing your story.
  4. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    That's seriously amazing! Great job!
  5. webs

    webs Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    Great story! Can you give us specs on the rifles?
  6. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Memories. That's what it's all about. Congrats to all 3.
  7. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    great post, congratulations and many thanks for the pix and story.
  8. longrangefreek

    longrangefreek Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Definately a trip my son, wife, and I will never forget. The rifle is built off of a savage target action and a Mcgowen barrel. It also has a bell and charlson medalist stock and a leupold mark 4 scope. I built mine and then helped him build his. Mine is also based off a savage action but a wholeness barrel and laminate thumbhole stock. Great rifles.
  9. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Awesome stuff! What scope and rangefinder were used?
  10. DontBlink

    DontBlink Active Member

    Jul 29, 2010
    I used the lieca 1600 range finder and vortex viper 12x42 binos. The range finder was the best purchase of 2011. I have ranged out to 1983 yds with it. On the hunt we also used pocket pc's with exball loaded on them. A brunton weather meter and a Nikon Fieldscope spotting scope.
  11. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    That's just great, awesome guys; congratulations are truly in order.

    Enjoyed the reading. Thanks for sharing!
  12. peashooter

    peashooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    Great story! A well laid plan with great execution. An awesome shot. All this shared with friends in God's country. How does it get much better. Great job!
  13. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Best stroy I have read in quite a while. You guys got it going on. You all know your equipment and can spot and call out corrections so the shooter can concentrate on the shot and be ready like he was. Good wind call too!! I said it before and will say it here. You also chose the very best bullet possible for the job at hand.

    Big congrats, way to stick with it and tough it out!!

    Thanks fo the story,

  14. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    WOW, very awesome!!!!gun)