- Jan 8, 2009
I just returned from a Wyoming Mule deer hunt where I had my first oportunity to try out the 130 grain VLD in my 270 Weatherby Magnum. These bullets are real tackdrivers at the range when You find the sweet spot for seating depth so I loaded some up for this hunt with great expectations. My first oportunity came on a deer at 390 yards standing broadside in calm conditions. I took a solid position laying down with my bipod and a rear rest on the ground and held for a high shoulder shot after adjusting the scope, a Leupold Mark 4 3-10x. At the shot, the deer ran 30 feet downhill and toppled over and slid downhill with her feet uphill. Looked like one very dead deer but as it was in a group of about 20 it was hard to tell in the fog. When I went over with my partner, we found traces of blood from the point of impact to where she tipped over where there was quite a bit of blood on the brush. Somewhere in the confusion we never saw her get up and the blood trail leaving was poor at best with only a small drop every 20 yards. There was a dusting of snow or it would have been impossible to follow. As it was, we lost it in 150 yards. Two of us looked for 2 hours for the next 1/4 mile with no luck. The following day I shot a deer at 350 yards that dropped dead in its tracks with the same hold, and later that day I filled my second tag with a neck shot at 175 yards, both shots from the prone using the bipod and resting the butt on the dirt. I think I will be switching back to my old standby Sierra Gamekings.