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Thread: Time again for the first shot survey!

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    Smile Time again for the first shot survey!

    For about 3 years running I asked the hunters on this forum for some first shot info, which averaged out at about 180 yards. I think that is a good thing that it is not much further. So, since I have not done it for a couple years I thought I would toss it out there again and please join in.

    Here is the criteria for rifle shooters hunting in Alaska only.



    "What was the distance of the first shot you took with your center fire rifle at an unwounded big game animal this year and was more then one shot required to kill the animal"?



    That is it folks, nothing else. Only hunting in Alaska, rifles only, no other weapons please, no small game please.

    I am apparently on the don't kill list and I failed to connect again this year. But, I did range the dandy bull caribou my buddy took with his .300 Win. Mag. and it came in at 380 yards. One kneeling shot from my sticks and the caribou fell over and stayed where he laid!

    I will average out the results by the end of November and let every one know how we Alaskan hunters did.

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    Kind of a weird year, my personal average was up slightly.

    Moose- 360 yards- 1 miss, the next connected and done.
    Caribou- 225 yards. Spined. Down for good but needed a finisher.
    Caribou- 240 yards. 1 shot.
    Caribou- 180 yards. 1 shot.
    Caribou- 210 yards. 2 shots.
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    Moose, 100 yards, 1 shot from 375 h&h and he was down
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    Sheep (wife's) - 240 yards with 7mm-08. First shot was almost certainly lethal, two follow-ups were taken
    Moose - estimated 80 yards with 338wm, three shots (all three in lungs)
    Goat - estimated 75 yards with 338wm, one shot

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    Mr. Grizz, 71 yards.
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    Deer 42 yds. 1 shot

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    Moose, 170 yards, one shot and 3 steps before tip over, 8MM mag., 200 gr. Dead upon arrival.

    Standing offhand shot.
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    Wolf. Forty yards. One shot with .223.
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    Black bear, 160 yds, 257WBY, 100grn TSX (one shot lung/heart)
    Moose (bull), 150 yds, 375H&H, 270grn TSX (one side shot at base of the head through the spine)..recovered the TSX bullet (first ever for me).
    Moose (cow), 80 yds, 375H&H, 270grn TSX (one side shot through the ear)

    (I was in a resident two moose area...I did the head shots because I needed to anchor the moose right there on dry ground in an area that was mostly wet)

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    Well if you included archery, I'd have to say 10 yards. Moose.
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    Deer 150 .270 Winchester 130 grain factory loads
    Bear 195 (Two shots, first one would have done it (Double lung) second shot was a spinal) .300 WSM - Tikka T3 180 Grain Swift A Frame hand loads
    Goat....30....300 WSM - Tikka T3 180 Grain Swift A Frame hand loads

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    Black bear 205 yds. 30-06 180 gr. partition one shot.

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    What... moose
    Where... High shoulder
    With... 300WM 180 accubond
    Distance.... 60yds
    Distance traveled after shot... maybe .5 inches


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    Black Bear 80 yds, 1 shot w/.450
    Caribou 100 yds, 1 shot w/.270
    Moose 80 yds 2 shots w/.338, both lethal
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    Black bear, 300wsm 210yds, 1shot dead in his tracks

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    Moose 100yds, 375 twice and 300 once. Buddy backed me up immediately but he wasnt laying on the ground yet so i let a 2nd 375 sailing. probably would've went down after the first shot but insurance is cheap. All 3 were boiler room. 2 were a little high since Mr. moose was on the move.
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    Bull moose. 300 yards. .338RUM 2-shots (first- center punch head on in chest,slowly turned sideways, second-high shoulder and dropped in a hole).

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    Black bear 10 ft 338 wm 1 shot
    caribou 280-300 yards one shot 338

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    Son's Moose:
    First, 225+yds
    2nd , 175
    3rd, 150
    First was double lung, the next two for shortening the chase.

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    6.5 Creedmoor/Hornady 143 Gr ELD-X
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    288 Yards - 1 Shot.

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