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#190986 - 03/25/18 08:20 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: magman]
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James, the 44 Mag load was 23.5 gr of H110 with the 300 gr XTP crimped in the bottom cannelure....Randy, next year, you've got to be there with us....Yes Sir magman, they are some of the good guys

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#190990 - 03/25/18 08:38 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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Looks like a good time some great animals. Congrats.
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#190992 - 03/25/18 09:19 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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This was the second hunt with fellow forum members that I have attended. They are at a minimum, fun, and can be educational and informative. Witnessing guns and bullets at work in the flesh, and then debriefing and discussing the action afterwards is more tangible than reading it on the internet.

I have a fantastic opportunity to go elk hunting this October in Colorado. I am taking my trusted Contender in 35 Rem with 200 grain Hornady FTXs. I have used that combo on two cow elk previously with complete satisfaction. But... I found myself second guessing my decision after conversations with others. The additional weight and tenacity of a bull elk gave me concerns.

I took advantage of this preserve hunt to test my elk load on an animal with the approximate weight and resilience of a bull elk. A Highland/Watusi cross weighing about 700 lbs. was selected. It helps that this animal yields excellent tablefare.
My goal was to test the ammo on flesh at an extended range of around 150 yards. That shot never presented itself. The shot I took involved threading the bullet through a 4" opening in a stand of saplings into the broadside bull. The bull stood motionless for a second. He then took two steps forward, dropped his ass, then fell over dead. And I mean DEAD. Maybe two kicks and no wiggles or head rolls. Time elapsed from shot to last wiggle had to be less than 10 seconds and I would say closer to 5. Everyone was impressed, especially the preserve owner.

The bullet struck as intended on the point of the shoulder, slightly lower than 1/3 up his body. Despite the heavy bone contact, the bullet traveled straight through the chest, coming to a stop in an offside rib. If it had not lodged in that rib, but gone between ribs; would it have exited?? One lung had a hole the size of a golf ball, the other lung had a baseball sized hole. The bullet penetrated the heart, leaving a quarter sized hole through, and popping the the large arteries off the top.
Bull elk beware.

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#190993 - 03/25/18 09:47 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: cmnash]
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Congratulations, gentlemen!! Nicely done!

Did anyone video tape any of these hunts? I?ve found that to be really useful particularly in the deconstruction process.
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#190994 - 03/25/18 09:47 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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For a second time, I chose to shoot a turkey during the forum hunt. Shooting a turkey in the preserve lets a handgunner test his marksmanship , guns and ammo. This year I chose to attempt a headshot from a distance with a Contender in 22 Mag topped with a 4X Leupold and 40 gr HPs. I practiced to complete confidence, but in the end was unable to place the bullet perfectly in the head. I knocked him down but multiple shots were fired and a finisher was required. I thought a 22 Mag to the head or neck would be explosive and deadly. I was wrong. I have not yet shot a turkey to my satisfaction.

This bird was massive! I dubbed him double wide. Not official, but I honestly think he weighed 37 or 38 lbs.

TURKEY HUNTING WITH A HANDGUN IS TOUGH.

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#190995 - 03/25/18 09:53 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: cmnash]
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We videoed all of the hunts/kill shots. They were videoed on my wife's phone...and if I had a censor/beep button, they'd probably be good enough for public display...LOL...All these years of talking to James on the phone have wore off on me..hahahahaha

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#190996 - 03/25/18 09:58 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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The really impressive thing to me that we continue to see is that the combination of speed and power with correct shot placement trumps the "animal's size". Truly no more than two shots were needed on any of the animals, regardless of size and structure. These gentlemen can really shoot

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#190997 - 03/25/18 10:00 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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 Originally Posted By: Franchise
if I had a censor/beep button, they'd probably be good enough for public display...LOL...All these years of talking to James on the phone have wore off on me..hahahahaha


That's funny right there!
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Congrats to all, good times!

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#190998 - 03/25/18 10:01 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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Matthew's extended range shot with the single shot 35 Remington with the 200 gr Hornady FTX spoke in volumes...he hit heavy bone, destroyed the vitals, and put him down in extremely quick fashion with 1 well placed shot

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#190999 - 03/25/18 10:10 AM Re: 2018 Forum Handgun Hunt [Re: Franchise]
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Well done.

Do we know a Muzzle velocity of the .35 Rem load?

I might try to mimic that load in my Contender. I have those bullets as well.
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