New Rifle gets bloodied: .260 Remington/TC Encore
Saturday morning in Missouri is the first day of deer season.
Friday afternoon I arrived at the "farm" after driving 80 miles South West from St. Louis half of the way in a gully-washer. It rained very hard that afternoon and let up about 5pm just before sundown.
Saturday morning got up at 4:30am, got to my stand around 6am and shot my doe just before 10 am.
The .260 Remington loaded with 140 grn Nosler partitions to about 2700 fps. I was shut-out last year and so I was anxious.
The stand was at the far end of a field spotted with pine trees.....at the end of the field was a creek that outlined the perimeter....and a creek I could see snaking back to my right. To my left the creek came to a clearing where we have a crossing path joining this field and another. The stand was set about 15 feet off the ground with the most likely shot being about 50 yards.
I saw the doe trotting from my right to my left and when she slowed up and reached the clearing....I shot and she dropped like a rock nose up in the creek.
A nice shot in the neck and now she is hanging in the pole barn to be butcherd this week.
A much less powerful round would have done the exact same thing.
Anyone else have a new rifle broken in this November?