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#5477026 - 12/14/14 08:30 PM Dumb & Lucky
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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.








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#5477113 - 12/14/14 08:54 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Guess you could say she died from a pain in the butt.

Not the fatal shot we strive for, but at least it worked.
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#5477378 - 12/14/14 09:50 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Wow. Lucky duck.

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#5477548 - 12/14/14 10:25 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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#5477710 - 12/14/14 11:47 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Wow, I've never seen a shot like that kill a deer so easily, must have hit an artery. Congratulations? haha
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#5478278 - 12/15/14 10:04 AM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: JPHunting]
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Wow, I've never seen a shot like that kill a deer so easily, must have hit an artery. Congratulations? haha

rofl U get better conection than me. all i got were little blue squares with a ? mark. hadn't heard from ya in awhile. best wishes flag
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#5479403 - 12/15/14 05:49 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Sometimes yur the bug and sometimes yur the windshield. You did play the lotto that day too right?
Great pics and story, glad it worked out man!
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#5479524 - 12/15/14 06:42 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: JPHunting]
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just seen news bout Australia. Prayers flag
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#5479829 - 12/15/14 08:44 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Great story! I've heard others like that.
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#5480408 - 12/16/14 07:37 AM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: colt.45]
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Originally Posted By: colt.45
Originally Posted By: JPHunting
Wow, I've never seen a shot like that kill a deer so easily, must have hit an artery. Congratulations? haha

rofl U get better conection than me. all i got were little blue squares with a ? mark. hadn't heard from ya in awhile. best wishes flag


you ever try clicking on the little blue squares? it opens them up on my phone
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#5481911 - 12/16/14 06:39 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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#5483261 - 12/17/14 10:09 AM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Registered: 10/16/13
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Hey, how bout that shot placement cyclo aim Now be honest, did that doe really weigh 105 lbs??

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#5483456 - 12/17/14 11:17 AM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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Now be honest, did that doe really weigh 105 lbs??


Yes she did. We weigh and pull the jaw bone from every deer killed on our lease, and have records going back fifteen years. Our does that are 2.5 years or older can range anywhere from 90 lbs. to 120 lbs., with most of them between 100 and 110 lbs. The largest ever taken was a 4.5 year old that weighed 135 lbs. We also had a 4.5 year old that was perfectly healthy and filled out that weighed only 80 lbs. She was just a runt I guess.
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#5484126 - 12/17/14 04:36 PM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: colt.45]
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Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: colt.45
just seen news bout Australia. Prayers flag


Thank you, it's a terrible time here at the moment, it seems to be the price we have to pay for being too liberal. The man was a convicted rapist, was out on bail for accessory to murder, has been convicted of sending poison laced letters to familes of Australian soldiers killed in the middle east, is an known ISIS supporter but still wasn't being watched by the government. As always it's the innocents that pay the price.
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#5485379 - 12/18/14 09:03 AM Re: Dumb & Lucky [Re: BayouGuy]
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You are one Lucky Duck! But your hit was adequate as the venison will attest to.
I've been lucky like that before but it generally requires an extended tracking ahead.
Congrats on a productive ignition!
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