To start, this is my son, we were in Southern Oregon and were set up on an old landing glassing, I was glassing the far ridge were a nice buck slipped away from me that morning. he was glassing a closer ridge when he spotted this buck and and smaller buck standing broadside to us. I ranged him 3 times at 606 , he wasnt sure what to do, a bit to far for his 7mm-08 or at least its not set up for that long of a shot, I convinced him to get behind my rum, took some time to get him on the buck, had to back of the nightforce 5.5 x 22 to get him on , mean time im punching numbers on the pda and dialed up for him. The buck just stood there broadside,
he fired,Whapp!!!! the buck kicked his heels ran 10 yards up the hill and stood there, I knew he was hit , so we decided to make our way around to him.
It took about 30 minutes to get around, by then it was dark. we found the buck standing ,swaying back and fourth, he finished him off with his 08 .
VERY proud dad !! All I had to do was range him, reach over spin the knob and watch.
Ok for the berger question. Honestly I expected to see alot of meat damage, but nothing.... small entrance hole and gone ...nothing it basicly disentergraded blew up....Ive shot lots of bucks all blacktails with corelocks, partitions,accubonds but this is the first time with bergers. It left an un easy feeling , I like to see things gone down . Ive since swithed to smk 220's.
That was a great trip, watching your son take a nice buck is better than shooting it yourself. He took a his first bull this year aswell Ill let him tell that story....... Happy Hunting
Your not the only one around here thats had bad experience with VLD's on game. I have mixed feelings about them as well. Either they blew up or pencil holed through deer. Granted these were 168 and 180's from a 7 RM, but the 168's blew up at 618 yards, and the 180's penciled right on thru at 100 yards, each were shoulder shots...
I used the 210's in my 300 RUM as well, but never did use them for anything but coyotes and shooting steel. They absolutely tore the crap out of coyotes, based on that alone, I wouldn't use them on deer. I used 200g AB's on deer and elk and never found a bullet, far as i know there still going...
Ah, your first deer. Mine was at age 14 too. My dad and I were hunting on Abaho Peak near Monticello Utah. He spotted a doe a long ways off. Not sure how far, can't remember that far back. Anyways, he handed me his A303 and I dumped her.
That hunt is etched in my mind just like your hunt will be.
Good shot Bub. And drpraincage, I'm sure you had a lot to do with your boy's success. Good on ya for introducing your son to the great outdoors.