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Black Hills white tail buck

Well i finally saw a buck i was willing to take and closed the deal at 4:40 pm on the 11th of nov.

found a nice hole in the ground on a hillside that ocerlooked a stand of oaks in a bowl edge of old burn...2 foot grass srrounded by jack pine and old growth.

watched a couple of guys ride through on mountain bikes with their dog runnng in front of the,. then another hunter and his wife walked up to me at 340pm??? kinda lat to be stomping around looking for a spot to sit but hey not my worry... so at 430 sun went behind the hills and i watched a doe wander to the open....then at 435 saw a big body walk out way off...binos up hmmm looks good....spoting scope up...yep looks like atleast a 4x4 mature buck...rifle on tripod sticks...range him...489 hmmmm i can make that shot...touch off.....wack right between his legs....hmmm range again....okay ill hold for 525yards...bang....whered he go??? wtf...the doe is still standing there!!! where did he go....shot felt good...well better walk over there im sure he's dead... down the hillside back up the hillside.... whew that was steeeeep... sweeeeet there he is....5x4!! range my spotting scope and tripod....519 yards! now i have to get him out a mile and i'm alone...call the girl and get my backpak delivered to me... quarter him up pack him in the bag and start walking...man this mile sure seemed shorter the first time! lol back to the truck and tag him up....take some pix and drop him off at my pals house.

i call that a good afternoon.

now please b4 anyone starts to harp about the shot range let me say i am NOT bragging...let me say i shoot around 1000 rounds a year at from 200 out to 600 yards. i knew the wind conditions because i measured it before the shot and felt very comfortable taking it. if the conditions were different i may not have. know your equipment and your capabilities before hand. i had taken 2 antelope a month ago 1 at 500 and 1 at 550.

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I don't think too many people

I don't think too many people will get on you for a 500 yard shot.  Some of the guys that try out to 750 and beyond are where I have the problems.  I know you can have faith in your equipment and such, but some of them seem to push it.  500 isn't too bad though.

Congrats on a nice buck!  Got any pics to post up?

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self taken 

self taken  smile

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Very nice buck!  Congrats!!!

Very nice buck!  Congrats!!!

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Nice buck, where in the Black

Nice buck, where in the Black Hills are you?, I'm in Custer.

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I doubt anyone on here will

I doubt anyone on here will give you grief about the shot.  Take the shot you feel comfortable with and don't look back.  What did you use to measure the wind?  I see the show the best of the west and they use a little device that spins and measures the wind.  Is that what you used or did you use something else?

What kind of scope are you using?

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i use a kestrel wind meter.

i use a kestrel wind meter. also give temp barometer and altitude....so all of the info needed to calculate shot....if you have the time. i use just wind and know my altitude pretty close.

i shoot a 300 holland and holland remington 721....accurate innovations stock match trigger crowned barrel with a zeis 4.5-14x 50 with the rapid z 800 reticle.

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That is quite the set up you

That is quite the set up you have.  Nice gun and nice glass on it.  In some other discussions about scopes, some recomend the 3 X 9, but I think the higher magnification scopes that are available today are a better choice.  From your selection i think you'll agree.  Any thoughts on what power scope to equip a rifle with?

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a bit of history of me: i

a bit of history of me: i have been hunting big game since i was 9 years old..small game since i can remember...pics of me in duck blind at 5 years old! i know ballistics and rifles pas well as and better than most.

totally depends on the rifle and the use for it the 3-9 is gr8 if you plan to limit shots under 300. i have always used the 3-9s but the last 3 scope i purchased were for special built guns that are all capable of 400 plus and your gun is only as good as its weakest link. so a bit more magnification and clarity is a plus(my friend has a 7mm mag with a leupold not the best one 3-9x40ish and he hates shooting with me cuzz i want to start at 200 and move out to 400 then to 500 and 600 but he cant see the target past 3!! he can hit the paper but groups at 12-20 inches!!LOL

...actually the zeiss z800 i have on the300 H&H matches my ballistics at 10.75 power.

are you lookng for new glass/building a rifle...

if you have the funds i love the zeiss conquest series...easy to use. if you have less funds the nikon Monarch 4-16 is the cheapest i would go...their BDC reticle is very easy to use as well. they are both supported online so you can change your parameters for different hunting conditions.

give me some details of your thoughts and i would be happy recommend smile

 

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I have the Nikon Monarch

I have the Nikon Monarch BDC and the Leupold vxIII with boone and crockett reticle.  The Monarch BDC is nice, but I don't like the circles as much as I like the lines in the boone and crockett.  I looked at the Zeiss when I was buying my last scope, but went with the Leupold because the Zeiss drop compensation system on it scope was a bit too complicated for me.  I liked the Leupold system better and it has worked well for me.

The longest shot I've taken with it is 350 yards but I used the 300 and 400 marks to figure out where to aim and it worked perfectly.  I'd put Leupold scopes on all my guns if I could afford it.

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rem 721 300H&H with zeiss

rem 721 300H&H with zeiss conquest 4.5-14x50 z800 reticle.

custom accurate innovations stock in high grade claro walnut pachmyer decelerator pad

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