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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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Congratulations, done well.
Big fan of the #1 here.
 

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Very nice Buck, I bet he almost disappeared in all that brush.
 

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My Ruger #1 in 25-06 is a killing machine. I have lost track of the antelope and deer I have taken with it over the years. Congrats on a nice buck
 

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Skeezix, what a great hunt. Thanks for sharing with us. Oh, and a big hearty thanks for the pictures. I really like to see!

That .25-06 is the perfect antelope caliber. And what an excellent rifle, too.
 

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Thanks to all! This is the first head of game I've taken with a .25-06, but have taken quite a few with its little brother, the .250-3000. Even big Missouri whitetails over 250lbs on the hoof have fallen to that little Ruger 77RL in .250-3000, so I expect lots of good things from this .25-06.

Thanks again for all the kind words!

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WTG, from someone who knows were Adair Co. is, lol.

We have a member of our archery club that goes to WY antelope hunting every year.

Maybe I'll see you in the Ducum Inn some Sat. night, I have a place in Elmer and go into Kirksville for dinner and drinks durring bow season.
 

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Congrats!! Nice speed goat...I'm jealous..years ago I lived in Northern Colorado and hunted the area on the Wyoming and Colorado border a lot...wonderful country and great animals....and the 25-06 is such a nice gun for lopes...congrats again
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