Lucky buck, well, sort of ...


I don't think it was lucky for him but I know that I must have had a horseshoe in my pocket that morning.
This was accomplished with a rifle that my brother had bought off of Craigslist for $45 and I gave him 50 since he didn't hunt.

I had loaded the Traditions Pursuit the week prior with 80 gr. 777 behind a 270 gr. Powerbelt and took it hunting. I did not fire it since no game appeared.
Upon returning home to load bench I notice that I had zeroed scope with 90 gr. 777.
I knew it was gonna shoot different but did not know to what degree. Well, I hunted from 6:30 AM to around 9:30 having jumped a small doe that used the downhill terrain to make a quick exit. I decided to watch a nearby clear cut right-of-way.
Went and stood on a power line cut with the sun to my back and waited maybe 35-45 minutes when this old buck started up the hill in front of me.
As he entered my shooting lane at around 50 yds. I held center of body above front leg. The shot rang out and he ran as if unhurt, as they always do,
but when he went in the woods on the far side I could just make out an interruption to his gait.
Just inside the woods he faltered and I could only barely see a twitching white tail but it wasn't changing location. I felt somewhat assured with that.
When I got to where he had stood when I shot I found a patch of white deer hair and a good bit of blood. Upon following the bloodtrail it was evident that he was hit hard.
I got to the buck about 40 yds. later and was concerned with his size because I'm not too big and he clearly weighed more than I did.
After field-dressing with more difficulty than I normally experience with the normal size deer I usually kill I found the bullet had dropped from line of sight about 8" and luckily passed thru the lower region of the heart.
I took my time dragging the deer, careful not to overexert myself.
A few years back we lost a friend of the family at the young age of 46 after suffering a heart attack while dragging his game from the woods.
This thought kept nagging me every time I tired from the resistance of the deer during the drag. I took frequent breaks to catch my breath and then start fresh to continue the approximate 350 yds. over rough terrain to the logging road where I could get my vehicle near my trophy. When I got him to the truck I tied him to the hitch and slowly drove to a field where I met the landowner who I had called and he met me with his backhoe. I pulled the buck into the bucket and he raised it above the tailgate of my Chevy Tahoe while I pulled it into the cargo space. It made the loading very easy.
I don't know the exact weight of that deer, but when I dropped him at the processing room there were 156 deer ahead of me and among them all I only saw one that was equal in size to mine.
It was #157.
That's the story... and I'm stickin' to it.
P.S. That heart was the size of a grapefruit!



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Thnx for sharing your whitetail hunt story, wow can't believe that your brother scored the tradition for $45. Talk about luck.
Congrats on smokepole whitetail buck my favorite tasting venison......tra

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Nice buck, gemihur and I echo Roman Archer's sentiments; that's a helluva score on the rifle! Even $50 for you was a steal!

I'm really surprised that you had that much of a change in impact with only 10 grains change in the load. I rarely see that much of a change when I'm working up a load. 5 grains is usually only a change in group size with a very small change in impact. It's hard to say how much of a change that is, because the group size usually goes from a 2" group down to a 1" group, or something like that.

Any way you slice it, you scored! Very nice buck! :thumbs up2:


I may be changing up my hunt tactics this season.
While watching all the deer hunt TV you often see them focus on a specific animal.
This season I've got a BIG BOY on my hit list!
I may forsake all others until the opportunity to put a tag on Old Mossy Horn.

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