GAP 4S (6.5 SAUM) 786 yard Bull Elk

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  1. Skeeter05

    Skeeter05 Member

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    He is not the biggest one out there but he is a trophy in my eyes.

    First time elk hunting with my new 4S and I was pleased with the performance, this is also my longest shot on an animal. I am shooting the Gap Extreme Hunter, Bertram Brass, H1000, Fed 215 primers and Berger 140 VLD hunting bullet, Muzzle velocity 3050fps. The bull was 786 yards from me and I was shooting down on him 15 or so degrees. Shot placement was behind the front shoulder, the wind was at 9:00 at 8mph so I adjusted for that as well. My first shot was 4”high ( I assume this was due to me shooting down on the animal?) but he went to the ground where I finished him with a follow up shot (which was also high). Once the celebration was over the work started and when I field dressed him I was amazed at how much damage the bullet had done. Both lungs jello and both bullets exited in the ribs 6 or so inches behind the opposite shoulder (apparently he was slightly quartered to me). This is my first elk with a Berger and it performed very well for me. For next year I will be practicing on incline/decline shots to try to have slightly better shot placement, I believe if the shot was slightly lower it would have only taken 1 to finish the animal.
     

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  2. joseph singleton

    joseph singleton Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Congrads,all around,getting a early start on filling the freezer....:)
     
  3. Wedgy

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    Congratulations !
    Does your rangefinder give line of sight range or "shoot to" distance ? I assume LOS which would put you a little high.
    Any pictures of the rifle ?
     
  4. Skeeter05

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    Yes the range finder is built into the Bino, so LOS.
     

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  5. Xtremetj

    Xtremetj Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! Can't wait to get me 6.5 SAUM set up!
     
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    Congratulations!
     
  7. Wedgy

    Wedgy Well-Known Member

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    What binoculars do you have ?
     
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    yoteslayer Well-Known Member

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    Good job nothing wrong with that bull
     
  9. Skeeter05

    Skeeter05 Member

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    An old school Leica
     
  10. jonthomps

    jonthomps Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Congratulations!
     
  11. FlGunner

    FlGunner Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. My hunt starts Monday in Montana and I can't wait after reading your story! Congrats!
     
  12. codyadams

    codyadams Well-Known Member

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    You are likely correct, with your shot where you wanted it it would likely only take 1. If you go to the last 15 seconds of this video, you see a 6pt bull taking a 140 vld from my .260 AI starting at 3070 fps, taken at 715 yds, and goes down with 1 shot.



    And congratulations!! Harvesting a bull elk is always a fantastic experience.
     
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  13. Kimber7man

    Kimber7man Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Those Extreme Hunters are incredible rifles!
     
  14. dougduey

    dougduey Well-Known Member

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    That's a very fine bull, so don't diminish what you harvested. Nothing like backstraps on the grill.
    Just a little FYI on shooting at angles. Rule of thumb is 6 yards less per 100 yards with a 20 degree upward/downward angle. You can do the math pretty easily in the field, or get yourself a pair of the Leica Geovids or a G7 BR2 rangefinder to give you the adjusted "shoot to" distance