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#11729242 - 01/11/17 Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse
JGRaider Offline
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Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 17102
Loc: W. Texas
In the spirit of all the 7mm08 threads around here lately, thought I'd start my own.

As I told a fellow member this afternoon, I have no problem being much more lucky than exceptionally skilled. Lucky enough that I've killed a 30" buck, a 34" buck, a 35 1/2" buck, and now this 37" ancient bruiser. If you're into scores, this isn't the buck for you. If you're into big, old, mature warriors, this is certainly the one.

To make a long story short, I have been after a big muley since November 5th. Been through the rut, now in post rut stage, and it seems that lately the better bucks simply want to lay in the brush and be left alone to rest. Don't blame them consider all the chasing they've been doing. I got lucky this morning and caught this bruiser coming out of a brushy, dirt tank water hole. I was dead steady, and shot him through the heart at 240 yds, bullet exited, ran only 15 steps or so and collapsed. He never knew I was there.

I have shot several 7.5 yr old mule deer, and this was the oldest I've personally seen, probably 8.5. He had almost no back molars left in his head. As you can see, this 37" buck (I know, I can't believe it either) has had both G2's broken off. I didn't care, and still don't.

Here's the story on equipment for those interested:
Binoculars: Tract Toric 8x42...superb stuff
Rifle: McWhorter 7mm08
Bullet: 41g Varget, 140 Accubond, 2815fps @ muzzle
Bipod/Tripod: Tall trigger stick tripod


I was solo, so I have no hero shots with my ugly mug present.

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Classic Texas Tailgate pic, just for perspective's sake. That's a Toyota Tundra BTW.

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#11729254 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
STS45 Offline
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Registered: 02/16/14
Posts: 770
Loc: Las Vegas
What no rifle pic? Jeez!
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#11729256 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
Mule Deer Online   content
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Registered: 07/24/01
Posts: 40875
Loc: Banana Belt, Montana
Way cool, JG! Congratulations.
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#11729264 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
mathman Online   content
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 06/03/04
Posts: 25825


Good thing he wasn't one of those tough PA bucks. laugh

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#11729273 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
JGRaider Offline
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Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 17102
Loc: W. Texas
Thank you MD.

STS45...I was solo man...no hero shots, gear shots, not squat. I had a helluva time getting him up on my ATV getting him out of there.

One thing to add: Scope was a Leupold 4.5-14x40 VX3 CDS w/B&C reticle. Weird combo I know, but in fairness I had to send this back to Leupold to fix a tracking issue a few months ago. While they were at it I told them to change out the reticle. My thinking (I'm weird) was that if this wasn't fixed to my satisfaction, I would fart around with the B&C to avoid dialing. I don't dial much anyway, but hey....
I wound up with a 210 yd zero, next hash dead on at 300, next dead on at 350, then 400, small dot dead nuts at 450, top of thick post dead on at 500. I shot about 100 rds to verify. I haven't dialed it since, but it is money at "set and forget", so far at least.


Edited by JGRaider (01/11/17)
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#11729288 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
Oregonmuley Online   content
Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/30/08
Posts: 3719
Loc: jennings lodge, oregon
That is just a cool old buck - congrats to you and for taking him with a 7MM-08 to boot!
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#11729299 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
BobinNH Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 35812
Great buck JG. Those are the ones that are hard to find and kill.
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#11729349 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
K1500 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 11/05/08
Posts: 2209
Need more info. What socks were you wearing? What did you have for breakfast? What grade fuel was in the Tundra? Important stuff. Nice buck, by the way.

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#11729360 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
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Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/13/10
Posts: 3461
Loc: Montana
What a deer JG, congrats.

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#11729387 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
jwall Online   content
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 09/06/10
Posts: 8168
Loc: Southern Arkansas
My Gracious J G. shocked

What a Grand Ole Monarch. cool That's AGE at it's best.

Congrats is understating it. smile

Jerry
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#11729399 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
daddie63 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 08/30/06
Posts: 474
Loc: California
Beautiful old buck. Nice work.

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#11729422 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
roundoak Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 12/25/09
Posts: 7013
Loc: Badger State
Mercy! Congrats, JG.
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#11729444 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
Reloader7RM Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 09/20/05
Posts: 6507
Loc: NW La.
Damn fine buck JG. CONGRATS!!

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#11729465 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
mudhen Offline
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Registered: 05/30/05
Posts: 11628
Loc: Boot Heel of New Mexico
Well done! Congratulations!
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#11729466 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
1Nut Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 03/27/11
Posts: 2231
Loc: A little further North...
Outstanding buck, JG. Congrats.
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#11729479 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
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Campfire Regular

Registered: 06/18/04
Posts: 572
Loc: Roswell NM
Awesome!! I've been wondering if I missed your post from this year!! Age trumps score everytime!! Old sand warrior!!
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#11729484 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
ryoushi Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 735
What a buck, congratulations!

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#11729504 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
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Campfire Tracker

Registered: 04/02/09
Posts: 5413
Loc: Ouachita Mtns, AR
Fantastic old brute!
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#11729558 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
handwerk Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 09/12/05
Posts: 4530
Loc: N.E. Mn./ Mt
Amazing rack, congrats on a beautiful old timer

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#11729620 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
SKane Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 15673
Loc: Middle West
What a cool, old buck!
It won't be long and you'll have this whole mule deer thing figured out. whistle

Well done - congrats, JG!
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#11729624 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
MagMarc Online   content
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 09/27/08
Posts: 11714
Loc: Blue Ridge
Grand old buck, congrats

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#11729642 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
davidlea Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 3250
Loc: Tennessee..Heart-Wyoming
Ffffuuudddgggeeeee (only I didn't say fudge)...cool old warrior doesn't say enough. Good going on a super buck!

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#11729660 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
338rcm Online   content
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 7337
Loc: colorado
Nice dink, Congrats

LOL!

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#11729694 - 01/11/17 Re: Solo Hunt, 7mm08 In The Wheelhouse [Re: JGRaider]
huntinaz Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 1769
Loc: Flagstaff AZ
Sweet buck, congrats
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