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Is that a pond or other type of water surface directly behind the target ? Think

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Jeff I am with you all the way. I have spent the money and time on practicing long range shots. I have shot thousands and thousands of shots in the field up to 1500 yards(practice) so that when I am on my hunting trip that costs $12,000 and its the last day of the hunt and the Dall sheep is at 975 yards and its either shoot or just say, ah shucks he's too fare, I am going to put a high shoulder shot on him and role his ***! My gun shoots consistantly under 6-7 inches at 1000 yards. Here is a pic of a five shot group at 1025 yards.

I know exactly how many MOA do dial my scope, I have a Leica 1200 range finder that tells me how far the animal is, I have an anti-canting device so I know I am not putting any wind into my shots at long range, only verical, I have a wind meater that tells me how fast the wind is, temperature, barametric pressure etc. I would never take a shot on an animal that I have not proven in practice at least 15+ times. I am talking a cold bore shot any distance out to 1200. This means if I can not consistantly hit the 11x15" tractor weight the very first shot within 5" of the center, I will not do it on an animal. When a rifle and shooter has enough accuracy and practice, I think it is perfectly fine to shoot animals at long range. Not the idiots that have "30-378itis" that think, "Well I have the biggest baddest rifle there is, I can hit anything." I won a bet of 300 bucks one time from a guy who was talkin $hit. He said he could out shoot me and I said pick a distance. He said 500 yards. I told him to take 3 shots at a piece of 10x10" cardboard. He did not hit it one single shot. I have a pic of my 3 shot group at 500 from that contest because It was a sweet win!

115VLD,

Welcome to BGH.

Very inpressive 1025 yd group. But had that target been one of your sheep on a $12k hunt, you might well have failed. Look where the group is compared to the aiming point. With a high shoulder shot, two shots look like complete misses and the other three look to be high and over the back bone.

Just looked again. I'd guess three shots miss and two wound. None are a clean kill.

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That is water in the background! At that range I doubt a bullet would bounce tho, it's droping to fast. Still probably not a very good idea.

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I just finished building my dream long range deer gun and it sounds similar to what you are trying to do... She started life as a Remington 700 ADL 7mm Rem Mag and is now a blueprinted and teflon coated .264 Win Mag. It does have the one in 9 twist Lilja barrel, just over 27 inches, #3 contour. Stock trigger but tuned to 3 pounds no creep, no overtravel- like an icicle. The action is glass bedded, barrel free floated in a fiddleback maple stock that I've spent the last couple months working on. Laurel Mountain Forge Honey Maple Stain cut 4 to 1 with denatured alcohol, 2 coats of LMF Permalyn sealer in ALL wood, even inside the barrel channel and action inlets, then I'm now on my 6th coat of Permalyn finish. 1 inch Declerator pad, Talley Lightweight Aluminum 1 piece ring/bases, Nikon 4.5-14X40.

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I don't know anything about the .264 win mag - why did you choose that caliber?

beautiful wood.

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As a deer hunter(not a sniper or varminter), I think it is a great caliber for several reasons. Recoil is on par with a .270, but you have superior trajectory, especially when handloaded, readily available brass and loading data, the 140 gr bullets have fantastic penetration due to high sectional densities, which in turn create high ballistic coeffecients. If you don't understand sectional density, think about it like length. 140 grain .264 caliber bullets are the equivalent of 190 gr .30 caliber.
Those are the rational reasons, but I wanted something different. Like my elk gun which is a .358 Norma Mag. I love pulling out something exotic in deer camp. To me, using a gun like this adds to the enjoyment of the hunt. I've killed a lot of game (not just as a hunter, but in doing research), and many see their rifles as tools, but I see guns as something far more special.
This is my first maple stock, which is unusual by itself (always going for that angle), but I have always loved the look. Plus highly figured maple is far more affordable than most walnuts.

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Makes perfect sense to me.

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And here she is with her first kill. A 7x7 elk.

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