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Steelhead

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Texan draws first blood
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:42:44 PM »
Unfortunately for me my .25 Armada is leaking air (Murphy's Law that it happens opening weekend of turkey season)  However, it gave me a chance to harvest a bird this afternoon with the .308 Texan. Mike the Welder came over and brought his decoys/electronic call. We had three birds within 5 minutes running in from 300 yards out. I could have taken tone at any time from 150 yards in (currently zeroed at 150 using 134 gr. cast bullets) but Mike wanted to get them right in close so we could pick the best one. Sure enough they came a gobblin' and a struttin' around the dekes set at 50 yards. For me this is actually a tougher shot than at 150 because I'm holding under three mil dots and I really don't practice much at 50 yards with the Texan. I aimed upper chest and let fly. The bird cartwheeled and flopped around and was dead in seconds. Ended up being a through and through "back shot" and I only lost about an oz. or two of one breast.

I really enjoyed the turkey hunt with the .308. I'll admit that I've wounded birds with the .25 after making pretty darn good shots, but maybe just a hair off for a quick clean kill. The Texan is a little more forgiving with shot placement and in my opinion you can still shoot a turkey at long range ethically for the same reason. That 100 - 150 grain bullet more than does the trick on even a not-so-good shot. I'll be doing it again. I'm holding out for a big ol' monster now.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason my phone camera now needs bifocals.


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Re: Texan draws first blood
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 07:06:10 PM »
"Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason my phone camera now needs bifocals."
Also hides just how short that beard is .....     ;D   

I jest. 
I'm envious on both counts of what the snapshot shows - the bird and the gun.

Always gets my adrenaline pumping when I can get a critter to come runnin to a call.  Love it!

Nice Job!
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Re: Texan draws first blood
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 07:56:21 PM »
Ha Ha!!! Well played. My camera IS blurry, and that bird IS a jake. Another day I may not have harvested, but this is the first time I actually sat with caller and decoys. The short but entertaining hunt combined with me being a meat hunter it was only fitting to put one down with the Texan to 'break it in'. It's not the first try with it though. Yesterday I missed a big tom at what I though was 150 yards. I didn't have my range finder (which was mistake I'm not going to repeat) and I shot just under him. I ranged it later in the afternoon and it was 171. That's enough and I learned two valuable lessons:

Lesson number one: Always bring your range finder

Lesson two: Set turkey decoys next to set-distance steel targets on current shooting range. That was today's strategy and it was fool proof!!!  The steel spinners work great for hanging the electric call too.  ;D ;D ;D 

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Re: Texan draws first blood
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2018, 05:31:38 AM »
Nice bird. YOU! certainly weren't blurry focused, that's for sure.
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Re: Texan draws first blood
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2018, 03:10:10 PM »
Nice job on the turkey!! We can only use a shotgun here in KY for turkeys :(

Thanks for sharing,
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