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Got this one Monday afternoon, east of Buffalo, WY, in antelope hunt area 16. Nice antelope for this part of the state. As a bonus it has an extra "sticker" point on the outside of each horn. It was bedded down in high sage not too far from a creek. There were other doe 'lopes and some mulies bedded down in the shade of some nearby cottonwoods. Friend Mike's sharp eyes spotted the buck's horns in the sage.

The particulars: The rifle is a Ruger No. 1AH in .25-06, with the Circassian walnut stocks. I've installed a Clement's custom trigger, Moulds speed hammer, Blitzschnell mainspring, and Trop #1 custom safety. Scope is Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x with BDC reticle. Shooting my loads with 100gr Barnes Tipped Triple Shock X-bullet (TTSX) loaded to around 3400fps and still getting less than 3/4" groups consistently. Shot was taken from prone position, with rifle resting on my hunting backpack, from the ledge just below the horizon over my left shoulder in the first pic, with a crosswind gusting up to around 15 mph. Range was 320yds lasered with Leica 1600B rangefinder. We had to do some hollering and make racket to get him to stand up. Perfect shot through both lungs, though just a fuzz further back than I normally like. I slightly over-compensated for the crosswind.

We found this one after several miles of tough hiking in before daylight that morning and seeing nothing worth shooting, and circling back towards the truck around mid-day. Had scouted the area the previous day but hadn't seen this buck. After he was down, got REALLY lucky and found a two-track that allowed me to drive to within about a hundred yards of him, so didn't have to pack him out through all those ridges and gulches.



 

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Hell of a set of eyes on your buddy to spot it @ 320yds. Nice shot. Good looking lumber, what I can see, on that AH. A Lipsy's I take it?
Yeah, he actually spotted it from around 330 yds through his old 8x40 Vivitar Series One binos from behind the lip of the canyon ledge. At first I couldn't believe he actually saw something, but I watched where he said for a while, and when it turned its head slightly, then I was able to see it too. I crawled up to the ledge, pushed my pack out in front of me and put a folded up shirt on top of the pack and rested my rifle on that, for padding for the forearm and to get the rifle up high enough. Made a really fine, steady rest.

Thanks,
Tim
 
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