Hunting on the Edge(338)


Dec 17, 2018
New Zealand
Have been testing and putting through a few rounds on targets, steel and goats getting things right with a awesome load worked out shooting the 285gr ELD-M, I was running Berger Elite hunters 300gr but had mixed results in terminal performance with some penciling through. I needed more instant dead before they hit the ground ammo and the 285gr eld sure does that if you don’t mind pelt and meat damage.

A first round hit on steel with a cold barrel, all ready for another hunt.

Asked a mate if he was keen on a meat hunting trip into spot X but because of the week days he had work commitments. Oh well solo mission again and my trusty hound dog.
5am we left the truck park 45 minutes latter the dog was winding I pulled him off and carried on 5m-10m and looked back up the bank 5 red hinds only 20m away. By mid day we were at our campsite set up tent and set up the 338 Edge for some action. Didn’t take long before spotting hinds 340m- 1300m with most of them bedded down. We needed water so if we do that I might as well shot a delicious yearling hind since they are in the same area. Job done easy 360m shot, we headed over boned it out into ziplock bags and dropped back down into the creek and put the bagged meat in there to stay cold.
During the trip we spent a lot of time glassing seen plenty of deer even 5 fallow deer that aren’t that common in this area, all of the grass everywhere is chewed down, also heaps of goats too for long range practice ( aim small miss small ).
Shoot another deer and spook a couple more on the climb to retrieve the meat was a common experience this trip. In the end we had 6 deer from 360m to out past a K for 5 days on the hill.
The best shot was the last shot on a hind in a group of 6 from our camp, she was ranged at 1046m with a up hill 14 degree inclination from the Geovid HD-B which the same ballistics out to 800m after that you need a APP or a Kestrel ballistics meter. The Kestrel gave me a 27.8 MOA hold and 1 MOA hold for wind, set the bipod on top of some logs to get the rifle elevated enough and dialup the turret, next move the dog around and down the hill a bit and put his Mut Muffs on to save his hearing, go back re-range hind and adjust turret if needed, adjust magnification to max 16 power, now the most important job steady rifle and squeeze the trigger.
Boom then 1.5 seconds latter a solid hit with hair flying of the hinds shoulder. The easy part done, now to find a deer over a km away in amongst trees on the side of a steep hill. I yelled out the the dog to come and said it’s his job now find a hind.
On the way up and over the dog stalked onto a hind 4m away and he was 6m in front of me, with no time to waste and meat on the ground we are in a hurry and spooked it then bolted. On the climb up we spooked another 3 deer, on the sidel across we spooked 4 more yearlings before getting to the downed hind smacked in the exact spot I was aiming at.
First deer down at 360m

Fallow deer below our camp

saveloys and coffee for lunch

Red Deer bedded down

479m red hind

Easy shooting, 480m to top of clearings

A small scubby red 8 pointer 660m

This Vizsla is pretty soft and doesn’t like the cold.

1200m to top of pic

The long range hunting essentials, I poke the walking stick into the ground and sit the binos on top for steady glassing than free hold.
Rem 700 ultra mag rebarreled ,to a 26” 1:9 stainless fluted ultra match barrel 338EDGE
Gen 1 terminator T3 brake
TriggerTech special
ATACR 4-16x42 F1 MOAR in a Spuhr ring mount
285gr ELD-M @ 2900fps with retumbo
This rig has now taken 20+ this year

The dog backed away from the canon wearing his Mut Muffs ready for the shot.

The 1046m red deer shot from camp, it was a relatively easy find thanks to the dog and a quick kill.

Exit wound damage from the 285gr eld-m 338Edge it still had 1860 f/lb energy remaining at that distance of 1046m.

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Dec 12, 2005
Tucson Az
Great writeup! Excellent shooting.Great time for you and your dog. Like the idea of using the stream to keep bagged meat cool.

Wish we had goats for varmint shooting rather than jackrabbits.

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