Antelope Down

Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior MemberPosts: 7,100 Senior Member
I had some time and headed out to chase a goat today.
Feels good to be feeling better and consistently improving.
Grabbed the 308 Win Remington 40XB Tactical since it has hardened drops and it is soon to go "bye bye."
Found a decent herd with multiple bucks in a very short time. Made a round-about stalk, so I could have a good shooting platform and not get winded.
The herd was strung out and moving after I got settled in prone. Some does ended up being spooked by a large commercial truck. Distances were under 300 yards and the wind was not an issue. They ended up crossing and I expected the bucks to follow, which would have made for a a easy broadside shot. Wrong! They decided to go their own way which kept several large trees between me and them. I had to move quickly to the left and set up again where I had decided they would come into the open and they changed their direction slightly again, making a shot impossible except through openings in the trees. This happened fairly quick. I decided to thread the needle, really focusing on my bullet path. I would have to make an intentional shot with little time. I had already lasered the distances where I was at first and had a good idea of the distance and had it dialed in. Took the shot-didn't hear meat report, and the animal took off to my right and disappeared behind a small ridge. I never saw him pop out with the other bucks. So, I headed up to the next ridge and peeked over and glassed the area where the heard was still strewn out and I didn't see him. Just had to make sure. Then I went to approximately where he was when I shot and moved to the right and found him down about 40 yards.
Fun stalk and a somewhat challenging shot with the time limit and the trees.
Nice buck for the area.
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Ernie

"The Un-Tactical"

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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,344 Senior Member
    Looks like a nice one to me. Good shooting!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,741 Senior Member
    Grabbed the 308 Win Remington 40XB Tactical...........

    Just say'n.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,950 Senior Member

    Grabbed the 308 Win Remington 40XB Tactical
    Zee wrote: »
    Just say'n.
    That was the first thing to jump out at me as well.

    Nice shootin' Goose :up: :worthy:
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 11,008 Senior Member
    Wow, nice rack, good stalk, nice shooting.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,736 Senior Member
    I love the look of them critturs.
    Nice shooting Ernie and good skills that enabled you to adapt to a 'fluid 'situation in making the shot.

    Good to see you are still improving health wise .
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    I was actually able to be on my left knee while I was working on the animal:up:
    The only two guns I have shot since the F-Class National and F-Class World matches was two 308's:
    Seb's TR rifle so Erik could use it and the 40X, since I had loads for it and was convinced it was zeroed.
    The 40X will be gone next week. My pride can handle using a rifle in 308 to down a pronghorn:jester:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,284 Senior Member
    Nicely done...

    Sako
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    It even shoots this good with my High Speed/Low Drag Mueller scope:cool2:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,185 Senior Member
    Good shooting Ernie, fine buck as well...
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Setting up and modifying shooting points is certainly faster/easier with a rifle:guns:
    Almost felt guilty:jester:
    Zee wrote: »
    Just say'n.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,982 Senior Member
    Nice goat

    Glad you put this back up.
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,728 Senior Member
    Congratulations Ernie, nice animal you got yourself and after being down for a while nice to know your back out there doing what you do.
    Antelope is on my bucket list.
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  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,611 Senior Member
    Nice animal. just curious- where did the bullet hit on the antelope?
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Here is the exit below. Entry wound was behind the other shoulder a tad further back. Slight quartering.
    lopeexit_zpsc376eb1c.jpg
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Imagine pulling that leg back and it will line up the two holes
    Exittwo_zps10040d69.jpg
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    Congrats on a fine goat. Glad to see that you're feeling better.

    Rifles aren't so bad...... are they?
    There's no such thing as having too much ammo, unless you're on fire or trying to swim!
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    shooter wrote: »
    Congrats on a fine goat. Glad to see that you're feeling better.

    Rifles aren't so bad...... are they?
    Thanks.
    Rifles are not bad, just not my primary preference.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,611 Senior Member
    Nice shooting- thanks for the pics 308 does the job.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Thanks guys!
    Yes, the 308 works.
    The "rifle" that will replace it will have a LH action, and will have a trajectory that is notably less/flatter than the 308.
    It will truly be a (never been done before) one-of-a-kind rifle in several aspects.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,688 Senior Member
    Nicely done and some fine groceries.........Robin
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Thanks!
    A local family will get all the meat.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 987 Senior Member
    Thanks!
    A local family will get all the meat.

    That's awesome! Good on you Goose!
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
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