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I haven't shot a deer since Nov 7; seen 9 bucks, all too small. I couldn't find any does to shoot!

Finally this morning this big doe came by at 65 yards. I was fairly high in a tree, so my shot angle was pretty steep, but she was quartering toward me at a good angle and I have confidence in the 140 gr Hornady Interlock. At the shot the deer stood straight up on her hind legs, almost did a summersault, and ran straight down the hill for about 5 seconds. Then it was all over. The bullet entered fairly high in front of the shoulder, and tore the heart in two.



 

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Her neck looks short, but that's because her hair is so thick and her body is so fat! I had a heck of a time dragging her out of the ravine she dove into.
 

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Greetings Jakeway,

Is that a short barreled Ruger, and does that short barrel handicap you with low velocity?

Nice looking deer, too.
I think his Ruger is one of the 16 1/2" barreled rifles. There is one for sale in my area in .260 Rem. and it looks identical to Jakeway's. That was one nice Deer & will be good eating! ;)
 

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Congrats on a nice deer Jake. and great shot. I have had my share of disasters on those quartering to and facing shots and I rarely take them anymore. I am glad to see that you have it mastered.:) Thanks for the great pics.
 

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Congrats, that rifle sure seems to be making cameo appearances in some good photos.

No, the gun is the main feature and the deer and yotes are just excuses to get more pics up!

If you look closely at my avatar pic, you'll see that it's a different gun. The coyote gun is my 243 Ruger Compact, and the deer pic is my 260 Ruger Compact.
 

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Greetings Jakeway,

Is that a short barreled Ruger, and does that short barrel handicap you with low velocity?

Nice looking deer, too.
I'm getting 180 fps less than published data, so it's less than 10% loss. Not a handicap for where I hunt. I've shot 5 deer with this gun since buying it last year, and this was the longest shot (65 yards). The average of the five is less than 40 yards. If I hunt field edges or places that aren't as thick, I carry my 270.
 

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Congrats on a nice deer Jake. and great shot. I have had my share of disasters on those quartering to and facing shots and I rarely take them anymore. I am glad to see that you have it mastered.:) Thanks for the great pics.
I'm pretty careful of quartering shots, too. The tree I was hunting in is in the intersection of three major trails, and often the deer are walking right towards me. I had one shot last year that the buck was a little too facing me, and I only got one lung. I got the deer, but had to wait a couple hours before trailing it and then give it a second shot. Now I look at teh angle and make sure the angle will give me two lungs. A great way to practice this is to spend time with an arrow and a decoy or 3D target and line up several angles. Stick the arrow into the target enough to hold it, then walk around the target and extend an imaginary line from the arrow to see where it would come out and what vitals would get hit.

My main problem with the quartering shot is often no exit hole. There was absolutely zero blood that I could find on this deer's trail. I watched it run down the hill and heard the death rattle, so I knew right where to find her.
 

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Congrats on the deer, perfect shot...wow, she has a beautiful coat!!! Mighty fine eatin' I'll bet! Great choice on caliber of rifle. that .308 parent case sure has spawned some great calibers!
 
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