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Offline NMMI9100

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Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:10:37 AM »
Popped a nice Central New Mexico Pronghorn Saturday with my 338 Lapua at 615 yards.  Inches-Minutes-Clicks and firing by the numbers made it possible.  Called the shot good and when I go there, it was...went right through the shoulder, within an inch or two of my point of aim.  10.75 MOA dialed in.  Load was 300 Sierra Matchking over 89.0 RE-25 in Lapua brass, annealed every firing, with a Federal 215 Match primer.  Only downer on the who thing was he was quartering toward me more...when I thought he was broadside.  Exit wound took some small intestine out a softball size hole.  He did die very quickly...never took a step.

And yeah, yeah SamD...I wasn't using a Garand and using iron sights...wasn't using the steady hold factors either...bipod on the ground...but I did use IMC & the six steps.  So let the harassment begin.

On a secondary note, my wife killed one too...but she had such a fit with the bipod on her 30-06 that she's converted!  She ordered a GI sling for her Tikka today and is planning to shoot from positions so she won't get all those blood blisters from a bipod mashing her!

Here's mine:


-David
Edgewood, NM
« Last Edit: September 14, 2009, 01:12:19 AM by NMMI9100 »
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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 01:39:54 AM »
Nice looking pronghorn; how far was the shot taken at?

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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 01:53:27 AM »
Congrats David,
Looks like a fair critter.

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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2009, 02:00:02 AM »
Nice looking pronghorn; how far was the shot taken at?

615 yards, measured by a Leica LRF 1200 Scan.  He was at 635 when I setup the shot.  Had 11 MOA dialed in...final range call from my buddy Tony had him at 615 so I dialed back 1/4 MOA to 10.75 MOA from my 200 yard zero.

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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009, 02:02:04 AM »
Way to go man!  O0
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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2009, 11:21:33 AM »
Congrats David!
Very nice pronghorn! The wide open spaces of NM make for great shooting/hunting experiences.
There is no doubt that what we teach at an AS will put meat on the table. ^-^  O0...and with less ammo expended. :)
What part of the state? I have yet to get get my pronghorn.
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Re: Successful Pronghorn Hunt
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 02:39:08 PM »
Dan:

We were the only two State Hunters on the ranch.  There were also two landowner-tag hunters.  Ranch is located directly north of Cedarvale, NM, which is a few miles northwest of Corona.  From Cedarvale, it runs 14 miles north and at it's widest point is about 8 miles wide, although the place is irregularly shaped.  Pounds Brothers Ranch is about 32,000 acres, 82% Private, 18% State Lease.  The rancher asked Amy & I to hunt the west half of the place and the landowner-tag hunters had the east half.

By noon we had seen at least 80 Pronghorns, 6 of them being bucks.  Great hunt.

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