Forgive the following, advahorial-like mention of products but invariably someone will contact me and ask for the details on the gear I am using. This blatant mention of products is exactly how gunwriters are not supposed to do their job. (Some do and some get paid well for it.) However, if I happen to take a nice mule deer, no one will need to ask what I used.
Earlier this year custom rifle builder Charlie Sisk traded a rifle to Daylen Carrell, who owns D&D Outfitters in Wyoming, for a mule deer hunt. As it turned out, Sisk could not go. He asked me to take one of his rifles and go on the hunt for him. Nikon picked up my airfare and on Sunday morning I’m on my way.
Nikon provided their 1000 laser range finder, 10×45 binoculars and a Monarch 2.5-10X42 BDC riflescope. In honor of John Nosler I ordered some Nosler Trophy Grade .308 Winchester ammo loaded with 165 grain Partitions. Today I mounted the scope in Warne rings and zeroed the rifle.
According to the very cool Nikon SPOT ON program, and based on an average velocity of 2764 fps, I found that if I zeroed this load .8 inches high at 100 yards that the four circles on the BDC reticle would put me within a couple inches at 200, 300, 400 and 500 yards. I zeroed accordingly and fired the remaining rounds from one box from the bench. I fired another box from various off-hand positions. Average group size for five, three-shot groups – from the bench – was 1.2 inches. (The largest group measured 1.5 inches.)
The Sisk rifle I will be taking is my Civilian Sniper Rifle (CSR). A finely tuned Remington 700 with a Timney trigger and a McMillan HTG stock. This rifle has a 20 inch barrel and is a joy to shoot off-hand, from the bench or prone with a bi-pod. I’ll be taking a Shooter’s Ridge Deluxe Bi-Pod along just in case.
Mule deer, beware. I’m on my way and I gots me all kinds of cool gear to throw at you!
Wish me luck, I got a freezer that needs fill’n. (What ever happened to hunting with just a 30-30 and a good knife?)