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Old October 23rd, 2016, 04:04 PM   #1
 
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After a disappointing unexplained miss last weekend with my muzzle loading rifle I was back in the deer woods with my .270 to give it another try. I was hunting from a short tripod stand looking down the edge of some pines. The stand sits on a corner with a 75yd view one way, and a 200yd view down the other. Saturday morning was nice and cool, and I saw my first deer early. Unfortunately it crossed over 100yds away and never slowed down to give me a good look. Fifteen minutes later a second deer stepped out and stopped. I raised the rifle and looked through the scope. This deer was almost at the very back of the long shooting lane and looked tiny with the scope set at 5x. I decided, "Nope, too small and too far". The deer continued to stand there so I bumped the scope up to 7x and gave it another look. Still looks a long way off was my thought. The deer was still looking at me from almost 200yds so I adjusted the scope to 8x and settled more deeply into my position with my forearms rested on the railing. The reticle settled down as my heart rate came under control. I clicked off the safety as I thought "You've stood there too long". I started an easy trigger squeeze and was surprised by the break. I saw the deer bound into the woods through the scope as the rifle recoiled and I ran the bolt to chamber a new round. I sat for a half-hour before walking down to look for blood. At 190yds I found blood, and 25yds downhill lay my buck. I didn't even know it had antlers until I walked up on it. He had a big body but a meager 9point rack. Either sex is legal for harvest in Georgia's southern zone. He is at the processor being turned into sausage, cube steaks and jerky strips.
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WOW !! Nice buck, He should fast real good, nice shooting sir.
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 04:18 PM   #3
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Any quick kill is a good one
You have got that right! I have always been a .30-06 man because it has always provided a high ratio of bang-flop DRT kills on deer. I hate tracking deer through the briar filled thickets and swamps of south Georgia. My general experience is that a 165gr .30 cal does it more often than a 130gr .277 bullet. To be fair, the 25yds this buck went is typical of my .270 kills. Nothing to complain about for sure, but wounded deer never seem to run uphill from the truck or into wide-open spaces before piling up.
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WOW !! Nice buck, He should fast real good, nice shooting sir.
Thank you. There's a local guy that makes the best spicy breakfast sausage. I was down to my last two packs. I grilled up the backstraps of my last deer at camp for primitive weapons opener. I can't wait to reload the freezer.
Making the shot was extremely gratifying since I was using a rifle that was my father's. I decided before the season that I was going to take a deer with Dad's rifle. It's an old Savage 110 in .270 Winchester. When my folks retired to the family farm in 1996 I decided the Marlin 336 .30-30 w/ 4x scope I had been hunting with was range deficient. I found the Savage on clearance at Walmart. The trend was toward "modern" synthetic stocks, and the wood-stocked rifles were on close-out. All that were left were the samples in the case, a .270 and a 30-06. I got both along with Bushnell 3-9x40 scopes, Weaver mounts and rings, slings and Core-Lokt ammo For just about $600.00 out the door. I kept the .30-06, and gave the .270 to Dad. I had just planned to zero the .270 with the inexpensive Remington 130gr load and hope it was good enough. To my surprise the gun prints three into an inch consistently at 100yds. I zeroed it at 200yds with the core-lokts and have never changed.
After Dad passed in 2009 I got the rifle back. The stock had warped from storage in a damp building. Sideways pressure from the forend was killing accuracy. I opened-up the stock's barrel channel with a piece of broomstick and sandpaper. Three cans of flat paint supplied the camo, and more importantly sealed the stock. Camo tape covers some of the gloss on the old scope. She's ugly, but accurate!
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,nice buck he be taste.
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