Ray Robson set out on a mission to guide his family on a Bull Elk hunt. His two sons, Joe and Steve, and his two grandsons, Isaac and Matthias, all got lucky enough to draw a Bull Elk tag in the same year (2015). Joe was the first one to harvest his Bull Elk, followed by Matthias, who is 13 years old. Isaac, who is 17 years old was next to harvest the 3rd Bull Elk. Dad (Steve), holding out until all the boys filled their tags, harvested the last Bull Elk for the season. These guys are serious hunters as they were able to harvest 3 of these Elk in 5 days. All of these Bull Elk were taken using a Hankins Custom 45 caliber Muzzleloader. Mission accomplished, Ray!
Guess I have to send it back:) The group in the pic was with a cold tube too. Wind blew all day so accuracy suffered but the rifle seems to love just about every load I shot. The 58 and 65 grain vmax are very very accurate. Going back in three weeks to shoot again with 75 gr vmax added. All the loads I tried were conservative but will try some heaters next time. Thanks for a great rifle.
I finally got out to shoot the ML today.
I only had time for 9 rounds. Three shots to get it zeroed (200 yard zero). And, then my neighbor and I each rotated shooting until each of us had shot a three shot group at 100 yards.
Not bad for two different shooters the first time out with the ML.
Hope your doing well. After being gone (working.....) for all of the main deer season I finally got to go hunt one of the river bottom fields I have permission in. I got setup and about an hour before dark a little yearling doe stepped out (I tend to be a meat hunter lol). Ranged her at 536 yds, entered it into my ballistic app, dialed up 8.25 MOA and held 2.5 MOA right for a 4 o'clock 13 mph wind. Got comfortable (in the prone position) and took the shot. Hit her within 3 inches of where I was aiming, and she was done.
Thanks again for a great rifle. This thing shoots 1/2 MOA all day long even into transonic flight. My farthest hit so far is a 3rd round hit on a milk jug at 1680 yds. If conditions ever get right again (meaning if the ground will dry up and get dusty) I plan to see what I can do out to 2000 yds. I shoot all the time and have got to the point that I never take a practice shot under 800 yds (anything under 800 yds doesn't have the challenge it used to lol). I now have 612 rounds through the barrel so probably next winter it will be time to have you put another barrel on the gun. We will see how long it goes before accuracy starts to diminish.
Well, just wanted to let you know that I am putting the rifle to good use.
When Stanley goes hunting, he goes hunting!! Stanley connected with 2 antelope in 2014. One was at 970 yards, and the other was at 405 yards. This year, Stanley was shooting a 6.5 X 47 Lapua built on a Stillers Predator V, Manners stock, Kreiger barrel with a muzzle brake, and a Nightforce scope. Stanley loves long range hunting.
These photos were sent to me by Dan Pease. Dan has been hunting with a 270 WSM I built for him in 2007 and has taken some very nice animals with it. Below are some of his nicest trophies and I am sure there are many more to come. Dan just received the second rifle I built for him. Its a splitting image of his 270 WSM but this time he wanted a little more fire power so we built a 300 Winchester Magnum. He has several hunts booked for this fall and if I was a betting man I would lay some money on him bringing back some more impressive trophies. Keep up the good work, Dan...
Randy Dorroh sent in these two photos. Each is a target he shot with the rifles I rebarreled for him. Randy did his own stock work and bedding and I must say from the looks of those targets, he did one heck of a fine job. The 6 BR Lupua on the left measured .234 for 3 shots and the 300 WSM on the right looks like it would measure under 1/2 inch. *WAY TO GO RANDY*
These two pictures were sent to me from Doug Davis of San Antonio, Texas. He shot this big boar hog in the head at 187 yards using 42 grains of Varget and 168 grain Barnes TSX bullets. He said that this shot was the first shot he fired from the rifle after receiving it from me. Thanks, Doug, for sending this photo. Sure looks like fun.
I started off my 2009 deer season by taking these two beautiful girls hunting during the youth season. They both took their first deer using a 300 WSM Varminter I built for shooting extreme long ranges. Both deer were shot at over 300 yards. Each of the girls did their own shooting from sandbags set up in a big tree stand overlooking a 100 acre river bottom full of white clover.
My 2009 season ended with a good score. I shot this nice 8 pointbuck on a dead run, chasing a doe, at about 60 yards. My nephew, Garret, was with me and it just made his day to get to watch his uncle shoot this deer. I had been seeing two nice bucks earlier during the bow season and I knew this was one of them. I had to react fast and shoot or he would have been gone in a flash. Nice way to close out the season, making memories that will last a lifetime.
This is the buck I shot in the 2008 Kentucky Deer season. This buck came sneaking down a fence row at 8AM on the third day of our rifle season. I shot him straight through the chest from 220 yards. He bowed up and ran about 20 yards and I watched him crumble to the ground. That was a good day for me, I took him with a rifle I built chambered for the 6mm Remington using 80 grain Sierra Game King Bullets. The small calibers can do the job when the bullet is placed in the right spot. Yea ha....
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