Damn, that sucks.
So here's the jist of the story-went pig hunting in northeast TX last weekend and did not see one single pig. Got to do some plinking with .223's and pistols and shot a clay pigeon at 250 yards with the 6.8 on the first shot off a rickety fence so I was pretty happy overall.
Sat. afternoon we are sitting in the stand when a bobcat comes out of the woods about 50 yards to the right of the stand. My buddy was sitting in the stand as well and I caught the cat out of my periferal and told him to "Plug your ears! " He had no idea what was going on I swung my rifle to the other side of the stand and looked through the scope-could not have been a worse shot-I was at a very steep angle looking down and he was facing straight at the stand looking right at me. I put the crosshairs on his neck right behind his head and pulled the trigger. All this happened in less than 10 seconds-I did not have time as the lane to the feeder was only about 20 feet wide so no time to sit and wait for a better shot. I saw him do a complete 90 degree flip in the bottom of the scope so I knew he was hit. He laid there kicking and flopping around. I really wanted to take pics and possibly stuff him so I didn't take another shot. BIG MISTAKE. I walked up on him and here is where the fun starts. You could see the MASSIVE exit wound from the 115 grain Hornady hollow point loaded to 28 grains of H322, it literally was the size of a softball. I told my friend Greg-he's bleeding out look at that hole! He commented that he wanted to shoot him with his pistol in the head-my first thought was that will screw up my pretty trophy so I said shoot him in the body. Before he could pull the pistol up to the ready position the bobcat rolled over and took off in a dead sprint right back into the thickets bushes and thorns you have ever seen in east Texas! i have NEVER seen an animal run that fast-especially with a FREAKIN HOLE in his shoulder. I am so mad at myself-we tracked him for over an hour and lost the blood trail so I am sorry guys-no pics ops:
Our best guess was that I caught all muscle in the neck and shoulder and missed lungs and spine because of the angle of the shot-I wish I would have had a side shot but oh well-cool animal to shoot at first with the 6.8!
Damn, that sucks.
1994-1998: US Army (Engineer). Retired as an E-5 (Sergeant).
2000-Present: Police Officer.
well, still had the fun of the hunt and as I tell my son when we skunk out "that's why they call it hunting instead of shopping"
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sucks you couldnt recover it....
you were using OTM's?
mabe Vmaxs would be the ticket.....
"I figure we are gunman because we are better then most, and it beats branding cows or digging copper" -Appaloosa
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We are now seeing the gap between red states and blue states widen significantly. At what point do they separate?
I had a mag of V-Maxes in my pocket but did not have time or did not want to make the noise of re-chambering it.
I was shooting open-tip hollow point 115 grian Hornady's with cannelure (wanted to see what they would do to a pig). They used to be available as re-loading component and my rifle loves them. I saw the hole in the side of his shoulder and believe me it opened up. I wish I could have taken a few more seconds and let him walk broadside but I was afraid he would bolt.
Unlucky mate , 8) write up though.