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Thank you airguns for making me a better marksman
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:38:21 PM »
I filled one of my two deer tags last night. I was sitting over a creek bed and a buck walked out on the next hill side over. He was walking at fairly determined clip and I guessed him to be between 250 and 300 yards. Quartering away, he wasn't going to get any closer. I used a fence post, took my time, and drilled him right through the engine room. Textbook 'Thwack', cow kick and run but he started doing the drunken wobble after 30 yards. Ranged it at 289 yards after the shot using my cheap Remington 783 .308. Post mortem showed a pass through from behind right shoulder to exit out in front of left shoulder (quartering away) Missed the ribs/shoulder bones but took out the lungs and heart.

While not an airgun kill and out of reasonable/ethical range of the Texan anyway, it was a shot I may not have attempted three years ago and more than likely would have missed if I had. Had I not spent as much time with my airguns, and especially the Texan and it's long range, I don't think that harvest would have happened. Not only did I make the shot, but I KNEW I was going to make it. The handloads I was given (Hornady 125 gr. GMX) shot good on the range (after scope adjustment for POI) so the confidence was high.

Not a big bragging hunting story, but a testament to what a shooting ag's can do for accuracy in big game situations when non ag's aren't being used. It's improved my powder burner confidence by huge degrees.

I would have taken a better picture but I had a long drag to get him to the truck before pitch dark. Took a quick pic and then started the hard work (solo)
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Re: Thank you airguns for making me a better marksman
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 04:34:48 PM »
I have a rifle permit for the early October season here in New Mexico. However, with my wife's passing, things are a bit iffy, I just do not want to hunt alone, if for no other reason than my 79 years in the field!!

I have the right spot, and I have been given an okay by the land owner. So, maybe, perhaps, sorta, I might still get a chance. But I am glad for you, even if I can't do what I haven' done in over 45 years!
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Re: Thank you airguns for making me a better marksman
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 05:50:56 PM »
I filled one of my two deer tags last night. I was sitting over a creek bed and a buck walked out on the next hill side over. He was walking at fairly determined clip and I guessed him to be between 250 and 300 yards. Quartering away, he wasn't going to get any closer. I used a fence post, took my time, and drilled him right through the engine room. Textbook 'Thwack', cow kick and run but he started doing the drunken wobble after 30 yards. Ranged it at 289 yards after the shot using my cheap Remington 783 .308. Post mortem showed a pass through from behind right shoulder to exit out in front of left shoulder (quartering away) Missed the ribs/shoulder bones but took out the lungs and heart.

While not an airgun kill and out of reasonable/ethical range of the Texan anyway, it was a shot I may not have attempted three years ago and more than likely would have missed if I had. Had I not spent as much time with my airguns, and especially the Texan and it's long range, I don't think that harvest would have happened. Not only did I make the shot, but I KNEW I was going to make it. The handloads I was given (Hornady 125 gr. GMX) shot good on the range (after scope adjustment for POI) so the confidence was high.

Not a big bragging hunting story, but a testament to what a shooting ag's can do for accuracy in big game situations when non ag's aren't being used. It's improved my powder burner confidence by huge degrees.

I would have taken a better picture but I had a long drag to get him to the truck before pitch dark. Took a quick pic and then started the hard work (solo)

Awesome hunt. And holy cow that's a long ways away, well... for an airgun. But since you weren't using an airgun, the rifle had the umph to get out there.  I'm a tad bit envious!

I agree about shooting a lot with airguns has to help our marksmanship.

Good job!
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