Mule Deer Hunt Next Week

Len Backus

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 2, 2001
Messages
6,718
Next Friday I head back to NE Montana and the Missouri River Breaks region to hunt with outfitter Scott Sundheim. Last year he did a great job for me. The biggest mulies he has been seeing lately would gross score around 180. That's gotten me fired up!

Sioux Pass Outfitters

Last week Chris Matthews re-barreled my 7mm Dakota with a lighter, shorter pipe. It is a Schneider polygonal, 1-9 twist, 28 inch with an M40A3 profile.

I have about 70 rounds fired so far. This afternoon I was out confirming my 100 yard zero and establishing come-ups at 500 and 700 yards. 6.25 moa got me out to 500 and 11.0 worked for 700 yards. I am shooting Cauterucio 176 grain VLD's at 3150 fps.

The groups shown on the steel targets in the pictures were 3 shots each, fired prone with Harris bipod and sand-sock.




I am ready!

[ 10-11-2004: Message edited by: Len Backus ]
 

Bob S.

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 26, 2004
Messages
294
Location
Southwestern Montana
Good luck with your hunt. They have some nice mulies out there. Wish I had the time to make the trip over there. Post some pics when you get back.
 

Dave King

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 3, 2001
Messages
2,366
Len!!!

You been shooting the weather vane again???

Good luck on your hunt, hope you catch a big one!
 

Len Backus

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 2, 2001
Messages
6,718
Hey, in a 10 mph wind, and I call which propeller I'm going to hit! Yea, I shoot at the wind vane. So what......!

(for those who've never shot at steel...bullet hitting steel splatters upwards
)

Now...I need someone to come along and lug just one of these 120 pound plates of steel up into the hills of Montana so I can check my zero in local conditions. Someone with a strong back who doesn't know any better...!

Volunteers?
 

Dave King

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 3, 2001
Messages
2,366
LOL!

Spatter is a real problem, ask any weather vane or ignorant bystander.


Carry steel plates, 120#s.
I wear a size 2 hat and a size 44 shirt, do I fit the ticket???


BTW, that's pretty good shooting off that Harris and sand sock.
 
G

Guest

Guest
Len,
Thanks for the pics! Good shootin' and have a great time! I've always wanted to hunt Mule Deer, but haven't done so yet. Maybe next year.... Looking forward to seeing the pics from your hunt!!!!!
 

Taos

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 26, 2003
Messages
74
Location
western U.S.A.
Good luck Len


We just got back from doing the same thing in Wy. Had a great time. Watch that breeze!
 

Big Sky

SPONSOR
Joined
Feb 26, 2002
Messages
357
Location
Northeast Montana
Len, I know Scott and he's a good guy. I can also back up his claims of 180 class mulies. I have seen some in that class myself while scouting this year. Hope you get one of them and take lot's of photos. I live about 20 minutes from Scott's house. He has great country leased up and he is a good hunter as well as guide. I must admit I envy the land you will have access to. Have fun!
 

budlight

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 30, 2004
Messages
946
Location
Nevada
You just have to love those high powered 7mm's nice shooting. Your Dakota was a case type I considered years ago. I've got a 5.5x22 power NightForce on my 7mm. What kind of scope were you using?

I really only shoot 175 grain spbt's and the gun came with a slower 11:1 twist.

180 is quite the score

Safe Hunting!
 

Len Backus

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 2, 2001
Messages
6,718
Cowboy, Nighthunter, Taos, Big Sky, budlight: Thanks for the good wishes.

Dave, thanks to you too...for offering to lug my steel!

budlight, my scope is exactly the same as yours.

Taos, I head back out west on Thanksgiving day...that time to Wyoming near Sundance.
 

sscoyote

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2003
Messages
1,284
Location
Pueblo, CO
Hey Len-- got a buddy of mine that's shooting a 6.5-284 XP-100 with a big 17" Shilen on it. He was running <3" @ 600 yds. recently with 140 A-Max. We went to the ITRC this yr. in Gillette, WY, and i watched him run 8 in a row @ 585 on 8" steel circles, then 2 more @ 685. All this with a screwed up (zero) 3-12X Burris LER.

He comes out here around Durango every year for a cow elk hunt, but then it's an XP-100 7.82 Patriot.

Good luck on you hunt.
 

Trending threads

Nightforce has great tracking capabilities, they are rugged, a bunch of elevation, holds zero forever, and reticles are designed for long range shooting. So if you are looking to shoot long distances constantly, then you need a scope that can take the abuse. -- gilmillan1


Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics
By Len Backus

A high level of quality both in production and in service. Read More


Nightforce is such a solid combo of reticle, available elevation, glass that is good enough to shoot at the longest range you can dial. Nightforce has bullet proof construction that can handle the incidental horse rolling or some other rodeo action. -- bigngreen


Nightforce ATACR Scope Review
By Jeff Brozovich

The new NightForce ATACR is for sure a top choice for any long range shooter. Read More


The total package. Nightforce is the best I have used as far as turret feel and solid detents. I have never had one that didn't track right on and always return to zero. Nightforce NXS is the best value for everything I need. -- Broz


Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review
By Scott Shreve

I think Nightforce knocked it outta the park with this reticle! Read More

NightForce


Top