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Doe with the MOA Maximum.

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,912 Senior Member
I have spent the past couple weeks hunting with my MOA Maximum in .338-06 A-Square with Burris 2-7x pistol scope. Here is a quick photo montage of my various set-ups with the gun...............

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Every hunt has been successful in that I saw deer every outing and enjoyed my time. But, I just wasn't willing o pull the trigger on what I saw then, so I waited.

Yesterday evening was the last day of General Hunting Season and the last day for branch antlered bucks with General Tags. There is a two week doe/spike season that will continue..........but, I figured I'd go out one last time for a buck.

I set up in the middle of the Kline Grass field and made myself a nice little "Belly Blind". Scraped out a little depression between some larger clumps of grass and got down in the prone position. Pulling a camo veil over the top of me.

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I was using a new prone tripod from Huskemaw Optics.

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From this position, I could view the tree line the deer usually entered the field from and, being as I was on the lip of a little "shelf" of terrain, I could see over the tall grass and pivot left or right as needed while still maintaining a low profile below the grass.

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Time passed and it got later and later. But, I had only been seeing the deer right before the end of legal shooting light. So, I was pretty much able to relax until about the last 20 minutes or so. Sunset was at 6:03 and it was a beauty! Setting to my back and in the eyes of deer entering the field............as planned.

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Legal shooting hours ended at 6:33 and right on cue at 6:18, a big doe and her yearling entered the field. Followed by a spike. They made their way to my right and ran further out into the field. With light and time fading away, I decided to take the big doe. So, I pivoted to my right and lined her up in the reticle. I was sighted in 3" high at 100 yards and knew that she was further than that. But, didn't anticipate her being any further than 150 and with time running out, I didn't range her with the Leica. When she stopped broadside to look back at here followers, I picked a spot low in her chest and............reaching natural respiratory pause........pressed the trigger.

The world erupted in the echo of the gun as the slight recoil obscured my sight of her. Regaining my sight picture, I see a cloud of dust billowing from the ground and a spike and yearling staring off into space where their matriarch once stood. The 200gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertip had put her in the dirt without a twitch. That'll work!!

I sat up from my hide and ranged her to see the distance. Which turned out to be 120 yards.

Gathered my camera and gun, and walked over to her for pics in the glow of the setting sun.

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After a few minutes taking pics, I look to my right and back towards my blind. filling the field were about 10-15 deer. I laid down and looked through my scope. Doe, doe, doe..........spike..........tall six that I'd seen before........and a nice wide 10 pointer! But all his tines were either broken off short or they were just short in general. Nothing I wanted to shoot on this property. So, I stood up and headed back to the blind to retrieve my gear and head to the truck. And the field emptied once more and legal light vanished.

Not a bad end to General Season.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

Replies

  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Cool looking pistol!
    Another nice sunset too.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,189 Senior Member
    Is that thing a lever action?

    And how the heck to you handle the recoil in such a light gun that you can only hold with one hand? I have a rifle chambered in a similar cartridge, and the recoil on it is not something I would want to try by holding it with just one hand.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Is that thing a lever action?

    And how the heck to you handle the recoil in such a light gun that you can only hold with one hand? I have a rifle chambered in a similar cartridge, and the recoil on it is not something I would want to try by holding it with just one hand.

    It's a falling block action. Cock the hammer and work the lever to lower the receiver block. Insert a cartridge, close the lever, raise the firing pin anvil and fire.

    Recoil with the brake is not bad at all.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    Here is a slow mo video of the recoil. Fast forward to the middle for the shot.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Great hunt. I really like those MOA Maxima. Are those the pistols switch barrels?
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    Are those the pistols switch barrels?

    Yes. I have 3 barrels for mine.

    6.5-284 Win
    .308 Win
    .338-06 A-Square
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    Science!

    Entry

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    The bullet passed through the scapula on entry.

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    And broke a rib.

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    The bullet passed through the top of both lungs and severed the aortic arch.

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    Entry Side

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    Top View showing damage to the esophagus, lungs, and aortic arch.

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    Exit

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    The bullet passed close enough or through the very bottom of the spinal column. Not severing the spinal cord, but damaging the vertebrae and causing enough shock to the system to temporarily paralyze the doe and drop her to the ground.

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    During the temporary paralysis, she succumbed to the damage to her thoracic organs and died quickly from blood loss and/or suffocation........or both.

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    The bullet broke 2 ribs on exit.

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    And left a large exit wound on the off side.

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    A very effective cartridge/bullet/platform combination for medium game I would say.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,373 Senior Member
    Great way to close out the season with a very unique gun. Congratulations
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Very nice! That's a beautiful gun and clearly and effective chambering. That top-of-lung shot drops them nicely, too. That looks a lot like the damage I saw on my muzzleloader doe from last weekend and the effect was virtually the same: top of the lungs smoked and a shockwave hitting the spine dropping her where she stood.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,583 Senior Member
    Loved the pics of all of the different set-ups!
    Way to finish!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,132 Senior Member
    You didn't use a Deep Curl? Dude!
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    You didn't use a Deep Curl? Dude!

    They have become my .338 WM bullet of choice.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,400 Senior Member
    Very nice hunt. Great way to end the season
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,081 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    You didn't use a Deep Curl? Dude!
    Can you get them again or are they in the stash?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Can you get them again or are they in the stash?

    Stash.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Dude you wouldn't believe what he hides in his stache. Reptiles, rodents, bits of lettuce, bottle opener, etc.
    oh. Stash. Gotcha.

    Well, I gotta be a bit more creative these days.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,583 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Dude you wouldn't believe what he hides in his stache. Reptiles, rodents, bits of lettuce, bottle opener, etc.
    oh. Stash. Gotcha.

    WIN for CPJ.....................................................................................................................If you posted this a month ago:jester:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I know. I'm still in mourning. And denial. But it's gone. Sniff.

    No more miniature Sam Elliot? That makes me sad.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    With the fleas and ticks, he had no choice really. Any chemical stout enough to kill em wouldn't be healthy. Why do you think his growth was stunted to begin with? His stache got infested back when he was four years old, his mom used flea shampoo on him. He simply quit growing after that.

    Damn Malathion was effective though.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    Good shooting as usual Zee. At the der post office you are at the top of their 10 Most Wanted list.
    "People are responsible to play a role in their own safety." Sheriff David Clarke 2016
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,912 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    Good shooting as usual Zee. At the der post office you are at the top of their 10 Most Wanted list.

    I try to keep them on their toes.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,063 Senior Member
    Good hunt, nice doe, nice pistol. However, instead of spending your money on guns and such, I think you should save up and buy a face.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
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