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I have been hunting primarily for a muley buck.  But I also have a couple of buck antelope permits too.  I hunted with the 7mm SAUM XP-100 on Monday, and shot this coyote at just over 300 yards-162 A-Max did a number on him. 

On Tuesday I saw this antelope buck, and he is a good one for the area this year. 
I had to make several crawl stalks and then back out as I ran out of cover.  Shot him at just over 200 yards. 
Wow, the 130 Berger (6.5 Leopard) just piled him up on the spot. 
It did the same thing with the doe antelope I shot on the SP hunt just outside of Casper.

Spotting scope is the Vortex Razor HD-I really, really like this scope  :thumbup:  :thumbup:  :thumbup:





I had 2 1/2 days for muleys this year.  First day, I saw the largest forkhorn I have ever seen in the wild.  It was an easy shot @ 161 yards, but I just watched him through the scope for about 10 minutes. 
For the next two days I second guessed myself on letting him go. 
On Wednesday I went back and looked for that really large 2x2 (forkhorn) I saw on Monday, but couldn't find him.  Wednesday was the last day of the season, and I knew that I could only hunt through noon.  
I passed a real young one early on this morning. 
I spotted this boy at about 550 yards away but had no place to make a shot. 
I thought he had his back to me and was not worrying to much about making myself small (which is difficult to do). 
I found a small alley way that would let the bullet fly free of brush.
Wouldn't you know it, he had spotted me.  
I guess he didn't have his back to me the whole time after all. 
Just by the way he acted, I assume he had been pursued this season already.  He was 430 yards from me, and then disappeared going up a draw. 
I was hoping he would come out on top where I could see him.  I pre-ranged the area I believed/hoped him to show up at. 
He didn't seem real spooked, so I felt like I had a chance.  I loaded the  6.5 Leopard (6.5-270WSM - Norma brass) set up and dialed 7MOA, set the parallax, and waited. Somewhere between 3-5 minutes passed when he showed up where I thought he would.  I re-lasered him @ 496 yards.  I was already prone, so I checked the level and wind and made the shot. 
I saw him go down in the scope. 
This is the third big game animal I have taken with the 6.5 Leopard specialty pistol that Mac's Gunworks built for me.  The 130 Berger leaving the muzzle right at 3100 FPS is amazing to watch on game. 
Since I wanted to take pics I packed everything to the Buck.  I packed out all the meat (deboned) plus all of my gear, but the Black's Creek pack once again handled it all well.  It may have been 496 yards to the deer but there were several draws that caused me to burn some extra calories though   
I have a couple of doe antelope permits, another buck antelope tag, and a elk tag.  We will see if I get to all of them or not.

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was all of the hunting done near casper then?

congrats on all three by the wayExcellent

that antelope picture would be well served by being entered into swfa's photo contest. makes me feel like going home to big piney seeing scenery like that.


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Ernie, great story, pictures and hunt.

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That is awesome, great hunting. I have had my eye on building a 7SAUM or a 300WSM. I have talked to a guy (can't remember his name ) via emails about a build. I just would like some trigger time behind one before I build one just to see if I like it Like I think I will.
 
 
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Outstanding.  Thank you for the pictures and the tale.  I love a great story with a happy ending...
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

was all of the hunting done near casper then?

congrats on all three by the wayExcellent

that antelope picture would be well served by being entered into swfa's photo contest. makes me feel like going home to big piney seeing scenery like that.


Hunting was done about a 45 minute drive from Gillette.
I don't know anything about the photo contest.  I actually have some better pictures.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

That is awesome, great hunting. I have had my eye on building a 7SAUM or a 300WSM. I have talked to a guy (can't remember his name ) via emails about a build. I just would like some trigger time behind one before I build one just to see if I like it Like I think I will.


So, you are considering building a specialty pistol in one of those chamberings?
Cool!
If you ever have any questions about SP's give me a call, I would be glad to help.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:


that antelope picture would be well served by being entered into swfa's photo contest.


I found the rules for the contest, and I do not believe I qualify.
But thanks for the heads up though.
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Great Pics And Story! Thanks For Sharing Ernie!
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Well done man. Thunbs Up
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Nice job on those guys, that rig of yours looks like a hoot, and you sure have some nice gear there.  Worked out of Rawlins and all over that area for about 8 months and I sure do miss that area and the wildlife, those pics take me back, thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
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