I haven't had anything really worthy of posting in a while, but I thought people would find this interesting. I was able to get my ram this year with my pistol. Not nearly as cool as getting a sheep with a bow and arrow, but still unique. I don't think I'll ever be that cool.
I wasn't planning on sheep hunting this year partly because I don't have a lot of extra time but mainly because I am really out of shape. Regardless, my brother deserves most of the credit for the hunt because he motivated me to get out the door and strap the hiking boots on. He really wanted to test his new video equipment and was excited about filming a hunt. So we planned a real quick 3 day weekend excursion walk-in hunt.
We hiked the entire first day and set camp around 10pm at 5200'. All we saw were a few ewes and lambs that a coyote was chasing through the rocks. It was a windy wet night. The second day we hiked a few valleys over and saw some rams a long distance away but as we were skirting the valley trying to get a better look we spooked 2 rams that were directly below us about 350 yards. As they were running away I got my spotting scope on them and judged one as legal and the other as a 7/8 ram. Lucky for us, that when we spooked them they ran back towards the valley we had come from.
We spent the next few hours trying to backtrack. We finally found them in the valley where we had made camp. We were in a great position above them. It took awhile to get into a shooting vantage point where we could see both of them, but we succeeded and found a rocky spire to hide behind where we could see both of them perfectly. They were laying down in another rocky spire just down the mountain from us. I ranged them at exactly 280 yards. I looked at my ballistics and made my adjustments for the wind. This was a long shot but I knew my rounds still had enough energy to do real damage out to 300 yards. We got the camera all set up in the rocks and did this all as quietly as possible. One last look at my ballistics and then I told my brother I was sending a round. I squeezed the 1 pound trigger and the sheep almost instantly disappeared. I felt really good on the shot and felt confident. We waited and watched, and about 2 minutes later we saw a sheep appear on the far side of the valley. I got my spotting scope on him and it was the 7/8 ram. He kept stopping and looking behind him which suggested to us that his buddy was down. We knew at that time he must be dead. After packing everything up we found the ram about 20 minutes later. He had only ran about 30 yards and then fallen down a steep area for another 100 yards. I had hit him a little further back than I had hoped but somehow it did the trick.
So we did it. My brother pushed me just enough to give me the motivation and I was able to get a ram with my pistol and he was able to film the entire hunt.
My pistol is a Remington XP-100 chambered in 7mm-08 with a 10" SS Shilen barrel, 1# Canjar trigger and Leupold 4x pistol scope. I have spent a lot of time at the range with this pistol and can now consistently get 5 shot groups under 1" at 100 yards. I'm shooting a 162 grain Hornady ELD-X bullet.
Like I said, it's not as cool as a bow hunt but still unique. Having the pistol was great because I kept it protected in my pack and was able to be more maneuverable. I hope you guys enjoyed the story. Hopefully I'll post some moose photos soon.