Pics of the "Phantom Fallow" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Cont..

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  1. Fiftydriver

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    Pics of the \"Phantom Fallow\" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Cont..

    TO all,

    Here are some pics of this spooky old boy. He is not the highest scoring buck out there simply because he does not sport enough tines to score high, still he is a great buck in my book and I could not be happier with the results except I wish I would have had my 270 Allen Mag in my hands when I spotted him at near 900 yards so I could have taken a +1/2 mile shot.

    Still the 257 Allen Mag worked well but at 500 yards this was really a chip shot for the 156 gr Wildcat ULD.

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    The bullet performed extremely well for a conventional cup jacketed bullet. The first shot was a severe quartering on shot that impacted the high left shoulder, penetrated through 6" of spine and came to rest under the hide right on the beginning of the right ham. The bullet had lost its core but still acheived well over 24" of penetration. I have often found the extremely hard and angled shape of the spine can be hard on bullet. The extreme sectional density of the 156 gr ULD RBBT proved its worth here.

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    The second shot was placed directly on the crook of the bucks neck and of course easily penetrated cleanly ending the fight instantly.

    My biggest mistake was predicting a 5" wind drift from the relatively stiff wind quartering from behind me right to left. That big 156 gr landed exactly where held the dot except for about 3" high which I contribute to the 7500 ft altitude compared to the 3000 at my range.

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    All and all it was a great hunt and I expect to go back to Little Creek Ranch in the future for some extreme range hunting.

    Good Shooting!!

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  2. 7Rumloader

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    Looks like a rather nice buck to me KIrby!! The best part is all the history behind him eluding the guides and other hunters for soo long that in itself is a trophy in my book!! Good job and great shooting!
     
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    Kirby:

    Great pictures and a super nice "Phantom". Are you gonna have him mounted? I saw Korey's pics on the other site and the country looks like, if you could get the animals to co-operate, there is some great potential for long range shots. Maybe next time they'll co-operate with you a little better. Now that you have the "Phantom" out of the way it's time to go for a nice book buck next time.
     
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    Re: Pics of the \"Phantom Fallow\" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Co

    Nice trophy!!
     
  5. Guest

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    Re: Pics of the \"Phantom Fallow\" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Co

    Hi Kirby
    What breed of stock is that thumbhole?
    And is it laminated?
    APB
     
  6. Fiftydriver

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    APB,

    Its one of the old Fajen thumbhole. I believe they were called Timberlines. Now days you can get the same basic stock from Boyds but the new boyds is not pillar bedded like the Fajen, still this is easy to do.

    Yes, it is Laminated Birch. This stock has been with me a long time on many hard hunts and it is showing its age. Still, its very stable, accuracy, consistant and best of all one of the most comfortable stocks I have owned. It has been on three different rifles but will retire on this 257 Allen Mag.

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    Here is a better pic of the rifle. This was before the Weaver Tactical was mounted this spring for long range shooting.

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  7. Guest

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    Re: Pics of the \"Phantom Fallow\" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Co

    Thanks Kirby
    What would be the best thumbhole laminated stock brand currently in your opinion?
     
  8. Fiftydriver

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    APB,

    I use Boyds stocks as they are reasonably priced and are a good inlet for the receiver. Most barrel channels need adjusting anyway so I don't care about this. I have never had a problem with one of their stocks cracking on a laminate line either.

    To be honest, any stock I use if going to get totally worked over anyway before it ships out the door so I use the Boyds. They are finished very nicely and have performed extremely well for me.

    I believe Richards Microfit has several thumbhole models but they need to be finished by the smith or owner. I believe Accurate Innovations also has a Thumbhole but not 100% sure.

    As I said, I use Boyds and have never had a problem or reason to look anywhere else for a Laminated thumbhole.

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  9. daveosok

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    Hey Kirby

    Nice buck. I think the rack is interesting and unique which in my book counts as a trophy.

    Have you ever tried Elk Ridge stocks?
    I built a 300 Tomahawk on one of them and maybe they arent as well know as others. I thought I'd post the link here so others could have a look see.
    Elk Ridge Gun Stocks
     
  10. Fiftydriver

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    Daveosok,

    I have a big BR stock from elk ridge coming in soon to build a heavy V-Block 338 Kahn on. Will be able to see what kind of stock they are. I am sure they are good, I just really prefer a finished stock as I don't have to feel bad for charging my customers labor to finish a stock which can be very time consuming.

    Will let you know what I think.

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  11. daveosok

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    Re: Pics of the \"Phantom Fallow\" - Allen Mag field test in Colorado Co

    Yeah I understand that.
    The one I got from them was inletted. It was however cut with a bull barrel channel so very little was needed in the way of finishing.
    We had an adjustable cheek pad installed by Alex Sitman through Elk Ridge. It was a supurb job and works flawlessly.
    I sanded it using numerous grits and ending up with 2500 grit. I then coated it with Polyuerethane air craft paint. This isnt your typical paint as it is a two part mixture when hardened nothing permeates it except phoenolic stripper.
    This clear coat is what we use to clear stuff on air craft such as the squadron patches, we cleared them on f-16 air craft at this stuff holds up in excess of mach 1.5. MEK doesnt touch the stuff once its cured. I did some tests and so far none of the cleaners used (except for the gm engine top cleaner which I did not test) did not destroy the clear coat.
    I put like 8 coats and makes the laminated stock look like its ten feet deep, really brought out the colors too. He opted for the eletric blue.
    Well let me know how the stock turns out.
    I am thinking of getting one for my big gun.
    Dave
     
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    Kirby,

    That is one mean looking sucker!! What country is it native to? Oh by the way, the deer is pretty nice too!!!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gifCongrats!!!
     
  13. Fiftydriver

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    Lead Lobber,

    The ugly critter is native to Montana /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif!!, the deer I believe is from Northern Europe /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif!

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
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    Nice deer! I always respected my old trophies more than my largest since age is a real indicator of how crafty a particular animal is.

    What made you go to Colorado for this animal? I am planning on doing axis and fallow deer hunts next year.