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.50 BMG for Whitetail Deer
I’ve had the desire for YEARS to take a deer with a .50 BMG! I have one for work, but that kinda doesn’t “work out” in a deer blind.
Last week, a buddy asked me if I would take him shooting with his Armalight in .50 BMG. I said, “Sure. As long as I can use it to take a deer afterwards.” He agreed so we set out to accomplish.
Long story short, something is wrong with his gun or the scope. We tried shooting 700 yards and it never would hit the same place twice. Impacts wouldn’t make sense with adjustments. It was expensive and terrible. So, we tried 300. Unfortunately, the same result. Couldn’t hit the same place twice. And the impacts were irrational.
But, shooting a .50 BMG is wicked fun.
Anyway, it didn’t work out that day. So, my buddy left the gun with me and I was going to try 100 yards the next day. See if I could keep reasonable accuracy at bayonet range to take a deer.
So, the next day I tried 100 yards.
And was able to hit a piece of tape on demand. FINALLY!!!
So, my boy and I loaded up and went hunting.
Using an Armalight AR-50 and a 650gr ball round I pulled out of a belt link.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
Well, not 20 yards into the brush, I jumped her again. Too think to see her. But, 10 yards in front, I heard her get up and break brush in her escape. Blood later revealed it was her.
About 10 yards away, I found her dead and frozen.
After measuring........that’s how far she ran and I tracked her after being hit with a 650gr ball round from a .50 BMG!!!
Did you ever figure out why the gun wasnt shooting constant?
Movie Show Reality was my true purpose. I knew it wouldn’t be a dramatic as portrayed. But, it was even less than I thought!!
I was planning on a 700 yards shot to not damage the deer as much. Hell, 100 yards away and you can eat up to the bullet hole!!
Time to experiment?
Sometimes you are not trying to learn things...You just want to happen, what you have come to expect from experience. This is one of the reasons you have come to love the AI.