I took him with a .30-06 Remington 700 (which is older than me!) using Hornady Superformance SST 150gr. The buck was 100yd away when I took the shot with him facing to my left. It broke one rib on the way in, went through the heart and broke two ribs on the way out. Pretty ideal conditions for the shot and I'm thankful he didn't suffer. When I located him, he was lying dead as you see him in that pic, about 20 yds into the woods from the impact spot. I'm sure in the UK you would have used a "moderator" or suppressor for this sort of thing but the US government makes such things complicated by prohibition era laws.
Thanks. Sounds like a good shot. 30-06 isn't that common here with most people using .243 or .308. Most shooters do use a moderator/silencer/suppressor, whatever the calibre, as it makes things a bit more civilised and a well moderated .22 rimmie with subsonic ammo isn't much noisier than an airgun.
the shot was 100 yards. There were what I thought were two does... one was eyeballing me straight on - not a good shot. The second turned broadside and I fired for the lung.. caught a shoulder too.. dang.. messed up some meat.
As I told my cousin on FB, we have learned much on this trip. Andy, Sage and I all got our first bucks. I have been trying for a deer for over 10 years now. It's nice to bring one home. Andy has tried his hand several times in the last 10 years but he too has drawn up empty. Sage, out for his first ever, had success. How awesome is that?
We did a lot of homework this summer and fall. We've been studying movements as this thread attests. We applied what we knew.
Now the king buck is still out here we think. We have a couple more days. We might just get lucky!