OK guys, here's my story - and I'm sticking to it.
I had my last range session with the .45 GM/TC Renegade back on December 1st. As usual, during that session I had the set trigger set very
light for target shooting.
At the end of that session I cleaned the gun thoroughly and loaded it up for hunting with the same load I had been shooting - 85 grains GOEX FFg under the .451/465 grain soft lead flat point and a 1/8" unlubed felt wad.
What I didn't do.......what I forgot to do.....was readjust the set trigger to a pull weight more suitable for a hunting situation.
So far this season I've passed on a nice large doe (on opening day) and a small spike buck (the second weekend). But haven't seen another deer for the last three weekends. And darn it, I need a deer roast as a companion for the Christmas turkey. So this weekend I was prepared to take the first mature deer I saw, whether buck or doe.
Now, fast forward to yesterday morning.
After sitting over two different food plots Friday morning and Friday evening and seeing nothing, I was in a box stand Saturday morning staring at another empty food plot. Then, on a shooting lane through the pine woods off to my left I spotted movement. It was a decent doe, standing broadside, with two yearlings browsing the brush behind her.
I eased the Renegade out the window, found the doe "generally" in the scope, cocked the hammer and set the trigger in preparation for taking a sight picture on her heart/lung area.
However, as I started to move the scope to the target area I placed my finger on the front "hair" trigger, and BOOM
DAMN, I did not intend to shoot yet. But when the smoke cleared she was down in the grass, kicking her front legs in the air. After about ten or fifteen seconds she flopped down still and dead.
I'd hit her high in the hip. Massive blood loss and surprisingly little meat loss. Go ahead, call me dumb. But you've got to call me lucky too.