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Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior MemberPosts: 7,024 Senior Member
Yesterday it rained almost all day. We dearly needed it, but it was also supposed to rain through most of the evening with rain also called for this morning.
Erik and I had already decided we were not going to make an early start, but sleep in and head out sometime before noon to avoid rain. Erik also had a friend stay the night who would be with us for the antelope hunt. I had my 6.5 Leopard XP-11 (AKA Pink Panther) with me but really did not intend to use it unless we just happen to come up on a big mule deer or some unsuspecting coyote.
Erik is using the 7mm SAUM Remington XP-100, built by Mac’s Gunworks. Optic is a FFP Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20 with Holland’s ART reticle. I use H-1000, Federal 210 M’s, Remmy brass with the necks lightly turned and the brass worked over for consistency. Muzzle velocity with the 162 A-Max is 2759. Recoil is all but nothing with Holland’s Radial brake.
Erik has been shooting this specialty handgun for well over a year out to 1000 yards, and has been real proficient with it from field shooting positions. While at Holland’s Long Range Shooting School this past spring he told me out of the blue, that come October he wanted to take a buck antelope over 500 yards. I didn’t doubt his ability for this distance if conditions were good and he was relaxed. I said, “Sounds good to me.”
Once we got to where we could hunt, we quickly spotted a group of lopes and saw an average buck for this area. Erik had told me earlier he didn’t really care about the size of the antlers, but was looking for a good shot opportunity. First we thought he may be able to just go into the field a little bit for a shot, as they were 530 yards away, but the animals moved over a slope before he could get set-up. We moved further to the east and then started heading north to see if we could find them again. We kept seeing some does, but the buck wouldn’t show himself. Finally the buck popped out of the drainage. We made our way slowly (single-file) to a high spot, so Erik could set up prone. Made it there and ranged the buck at 510 yards. Erik is getting set-up and I happen to look at the XP and notice the bolt was missing! “Erik, where is the bolt?” He looked at me with ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of look. It ended up being back in the Tahoe.
So now we have to go all the way back to the vehicle, get the bolt, and head back to where he had set-up. As you would guess, the buck had disappeared. Question now was, which way. We move off to the right into a north/south drainage to avoid a baby buck and some does. We spot him again, and get up on top set-up, but to no avail as he goes over another ridge.
Now we are more or less in the open now going basically north trying see where he went, when we noticed a herd to our NNW. There he is, or it is possible it was another buck who was very similar. Regardless, we need to make our way to the left to a higher spot for a shot opportunity.
The wind is almost a full value averaging around 7mph. With the terrain and everything I told him to dial for a 5mph full-value wind. The buck had been herding does around off and on, so we waited till he had his fill of that and was standing still eating. At the shot, I was prone with my binos, and I could tell he had hit him, but it took some time for the meat report to make its way back to us. The rest of the herd moved to the west going up the hill, but the buck turned and went the other way going down the hill. We saw him crash, about 50 yards away. Erik’s classmate was using my Swaro LRF and I was using the Leica 1600 LRF. Both worked great, but I was wishing for my small tri-pod to make ranging easier.
Erik made his 500 yard goal and then some.
He killed that buck with one shot at 690 yards.
Not bad for a teenager with a specialty pistol.
I am very proud of him!
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Ernie

"The Un-Tactical"

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  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    :worthy:

    He is THE MAN!!!!!!
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,024 Senior Member
    Thanks BP.
    It takes commitment to the task to stay ready to make difficult field shots.
    162 A-Max definitely put the hammer on him.
    I am guessing your 280 will run the A-Max at about the same speed as the SAUM does in the handgun.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    I wouldn't know. I don't have a chronograph. :tooth:
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    You should get a European Mount for that goat. They look sweet. I've done my last three that way and they really look nice.
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,024 Senior Member
    Just tell me your drops, and I can figure it out from there.
    Someone needs to buy you a chronograph:deadhorse:
    BPsniper wrote: »
    I wouldn't know. I don't have a chronograph. :tooth:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,024 Senior Member
    He doesn't even want to keep the horns. he was more interested in the shot
    BPsniper wrote: »
    You should get a European Mount for that goat. They look sweet. I've done my last three that way and they really look nice.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    Just tell me your drops, and I can figure it out from there.
    Someone needs to buy you a chronograph:deadhorse:

    Haven't shot past 100 yards yet. Still tweaking my load. I've got another batch of test loads to shoot on Monday. Once I've gotten that down, I'll start getting my dope.
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • BPsniperBPsniper Banned Posts: 1,961 Senior Member
    He doesn't even want to keep the horns. he was more interested in the shot

    The YOU do it for him! He will appreciate it one day. Be able to look up on his mantle and see the skull of his first distance kill with a SP on a goat. He will appreciate it.
    "....the true general purpose big-game cartridges used in this country come in but two calibers, .30 and 7mm. (the .270 Win. is merely a slightly aberrant 7mm whose bullets are .007" undersize.) -Finn Aagaard - American Rifleman, December 1986
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,024 Senior Member
    I have told him that on every buck he has killed.
    It is not a big deal to him.
    He is waiting to shoot some big horns, then, he will want a European mount.
    BPsniper wrote: »
    The YOU do it for him! He will appreciate it one day. Be able to look up on his mantle and see the skull of his first distance kill with a SP on a goat. He will appreciate it.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,197 Senior Member
    That is an amazing shot! It wasn't dumb luck either. That kid knew exactly where that was going. Bravo!!! :worthy:
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,341 Senior Member
    Your boy has his shooting abilities in order and the payoff was grand. Excellent report, as usual, Ernie.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,727 Senior Member
    Now that is a hunting report!!!!!!

    I am in awe of his shooting prowess..............and his dad for teaching him!

    Shake his hand for me Ernie. (Hopefully I will be able to shake both your hands in the future and sink an ale or two with you guys.)

    Alec
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,841 Senior Member
    IMPRESSIVE shooting by your son.
    Good job on dad's part as well :beer:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    :worthy: Wow.... what a shot, and what a story.

    Luis
    Wielding the Hammer of Thor first requires you to lift and carry the Hammer of Thor. - Bigslug
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,965 Senior Member
    I hate it when things get left behind.
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,909 Senior Member
    I keep all my racks just for the memories sake, nothing wrong those horns, the hunt, or the shot, I dare say it may be somewhat disrespectful to the buck not to remeber him. Good job on raising a shooter and a hunter.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,768 Senior Member
    at least the young man isn't color blind.
    cool hunt Ernie those apples didn't fall far from the tree
  • pardogpardog Member Posts: 423 Member
    Congrats .... You should be very proud!
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