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    Close rifle shots.

    With so much talk about how far we can shoot, I would like the hear some how close stories. My personal best on an animal I put a stalk on was my bighorn, I shot him at 18 paces with my 25-06. I shot a deer at 13 paces with the same rifle once back when my brothers and I would make drives. My biggest bull elk was shot at 27 paces with my .300 win mag. Let?s hear some of your close rifle shots, I know there has to be some good ones!

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    I once shot a sage grouse at about 20 feet with my 7RM and it looked like I had slit it's throat with a razor blade, cleanest kill ever.
    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

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    I have shot a deer at a short 10 paces from the hip and a elk at a little over 25 yards that happened to be in the right place for me at the wrong time for him.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    CLOSEST ON DEER AND ELK, ABOUT 50 YARDS, with .270

    closest on a coyote, about 15 feet with my .223 he came in to my call so fast I really thought he was gonna run right over me.he literally rolled right to me
    AS GOES THE CHURCH, SO GOES THE NATION

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    Shot a 10'9'' brownie at 17 yards with a 416 Rem Mag. Dropped him backwards on his ass from front on chest shot.

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    I've shot a fair number of elk that were inside 50 yards with a rifle.

    Was glassing below me into some openings from a rock outcrop, turned around to leave and standing about 30 yards away, not sure how long he'd been standing behind me, but he stayed a bit too long. Shot him with a 250 gr partition from my .338:



    This one was probably the closest, barely 10 yards. A buddy and I had been dogging elk all morning, passing on a few bulls and chasing some bugles. About 1 PM or so, decided to take a nap on a little open slope on a north side. Something made a couple "thumps" and woke me up...looked below me and saw antlers moving uphill right toward me. Slapped him behind the shoulder when he got to 10 yards, again with .338:



    Didn't get a chance to hunt until about 4 days into the season. Went to my usual general tag area, walked in the dark for an hour and was greeted by a lot of bugling. Chased bugles until mid-day and heard a couple bulls sparring. Slipped into about 40 yards or so and shot this bull through the heart with my 7 RM and 160 partition:



    Same area a few years later, I heard a bull bugling and carrying on opening day. The wind absolutely sucked and there was no way to approach him without getting winded. So I backed off and put him to bed. The next morning the wind was out of the East on a typical downslope fashion for the area...perfect. When I got within 200 yards of where I thought he bedded, I put a round in the chamber and just put my pack on...and saw him walking right toward me at 50 yards. I shot him when he was still getting closer, right on the point of the shoulder at 20 yards with my 7 RM and 160 partition.


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    Dang Buzz, bugling bulls with a rifle! That would be awesome!
    Cool stories, I?m reminded of a coyote I shot at point blank with a .380 pistol. I saw it while scouting one time and he was already close and didn?t know I was there. I made some squeaky noises with my mouth and he came running in. I hid behind a tree and when he got to it I reached my arm around ithe tree and shot him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extractor View Post
    Shot a 10'9'' brownie at 17 yards with a 416 Rem Mag. Dropped him backwards on his ass from front on chest shot.
    That would be intense!

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    I drew a LQ tag this year so was without a general tag, but did have a type-6 cow tag. I heard a bull bugling right at daylight, figured it would have cows with it. The wind was good, so figured I'd head that way and see...turned out being a lone 6 point and he just stood there at 75 yards raking a tree and bugling...not a cow to be seen. I decided to hunt a familiar ridge back toward the truck, didn't make it but 1/4 mile and saw an elk moving in the lodgepoles...walked right past me at maybe 15 yards, a small 5 point. I just kept moving down the ridge and peeked just over a slight roll in the landscape. Finally found a small herd of cows and shot the closest one, 25 yards below me with 7 RM and 160 Partition...my 50th elk. I shot form the 2 large aspens behind me, just over my right shoulder. I rested on the side of the larger aspen.



    A number of years ago, I rigged up my 7 RM to shoot long range. Bedded, floated, new stock, started shooting 160 AB's, turret, new trigger, yada yada...and spent a crap load of time at the range. Was sneaking along, just below the top of a ridge looking below me on a North facing slope and this guy was feeding at 25 yards. Glad I spent all that time at the range and getting rigged up for longer shots, paid off big at 25 yards:

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    A big Cougar at about an arms length, he was headed my way fast, I got lucky, bad day for him.

    Big ole muley at about 25 feet, I was actually sitting and resting mid day, he walked up on me, heard a click, knew it was a hoof on a rock, there he was. Still one of my favorite looking MD.

    Then there is a black tail doe I shot as a kid. I decided to see how close I could walk up to her while she fed in a meadow. Grass was fairly tall, 12-18", so she had her head buried eating some forb or what ever right at the ground level. She'd look up, I'd freeze, and so on. I finally decide to shoot her at about 20 feet. I can't find jack in the scope, too close. So I go from back of the fur to the front, hit air, swing back to what I know is the chest and bang flop. Promptly gut shot her, way too back, 150 gr. 30 caliber, about a 90-100lb. Deer, instant death and a smelly mess I'll never forget gutting.

 

 
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