Hunting Season Is Upon Us

We went out today to test some rifles and ammunition. Gopher-sized groups were achieved in the cold and the wind even to 300 yards. We are ready for the general season. We didn’t test the muzzle-loader. It’s too reliable. Neither did we test the ancient 8mm Mausers. 😉 Those scoped newer things though are always being tweaked. Not today. Windage and elevation were perfect from last year’s settings. Saved a lot of ammunition today. Also, we arrived at the place right between two snow/rain squalls so we didn’t get wet at all.

Chosen for this year’s outings:

  • 7mm Remington Magnum with 180 RN grain reduced load for close-in stuff.
  • 7mm Remington Magnum with 175 grain SPBT full-power loads for long range stuff.
  • 308 Winchester with 165 grain SPBT full-power loads for long range stuff.
  • 308 Winchester with 180 grain RN reduced loads for close-in stuff.
  • .54 lead balls from the muzzle-loader or 1 ounce slugs from the shotgun will take care of most of it as one can get within 10 yards or so fairly often and 100 yards takes care of half the encounters. The long stuff is just for bragging rights on large openings.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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3 Responses to Hunting Season Is Upon Us

  1. Grece wrote, “All of which, you will not shoot to bag a deer Robert.”

    I’ve used a lot of different firearms to bag a lot of deer over the years. I prefer 8X57 Mauser for the job but I can do it with anything from 6mm Remington to 7mm Remington Magnum about as well. What one calibre lacks in terminal ballistics it gains in accuracy or flatness of trajectory. It’s all good. With the muzzle loader and the 8X57, I’ve never had a deer run any distance at all after being shot in the vital zone. At 300 yards, with the 7mm Remington Magnum I had a buck manage 40 yards. It’s all good.

    There are a couple of calibres which are suitable with which I’ve never bagged a deer but that’s just the luck of the draw and choices made on the day but it’s been decades since a deer I shot got away. I know how to get the job done and have the right tools.

  2. Grece wrote, “7mm/308 for close in? My, there won’t be anything of the poor animal!”

    In both cases, I use heavy slow-moving bullets which do not over-expand and will do the job. The starting loads for 7mm Remington Magnum and heavy bullets gives a muzzle-velocity (~2500 ft/s) not much different than the maximum loads of the much older 7X57 Mauser (~2500 ft/s) which is a good cartridge for such shooting. There is no gaping wound at the entrance and just an expanded bullet hole on exit. However, for 300 yards and more, the magnum with a lighter pointed bullet at 3100 ft/s will easily do the job without adjusting the point of aim out to 400 yards, which is as far as we can see a deer where we hunt. The 7X57 could kill a deer at 400 yards but one would need to compensate for range by adjusting the sights or the point of aim.

    I recommend deer-hunters in bush travel with a heavy slow round nose bullet in the top of the magazine with faster pointed bullets below to be ready for close encounters or longer shots as the need arises. We are further north than most USAian hunters who shoot smaller white-tailed deer. Our does tend to be 150 pounds or more and bucks 250 pounds or more. 7mm Remington Magnum with a light fast bullet is wrong for our deer at close range but a 170 RN loaded down is just fine. The heavy slow bullets are good enough to 200 yards.

  3. Grece says:

    All of which, you will not shoot to bag a deer Robert.

    7mm/308 for close in? My, there won’t be anything of the poor animal!

    Just think in time, you’ll have to turn all those in!

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