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  • #61
    Originally posted by Ontario Honker Hunter View Post

    Yes, but what I forgot to mention was neither animal gave any indication it was hit with the first shot. That is unacceptable.
    That is a bit strange. Will make you question yourself. The deer I hit, I know I hit because I saw blood in the snow and when he was running, before he got to the ledge for cover, and because up close and personal, I saw the fur part. Other than him bolting and potentially me turning him away from me, I don't know that he would have showed signs of being hit.

    That being said, with this newest development, my .280Rem goes back to being my only rifle that has always delivered "bang-flops". I agree with prioritizing human kills. To me an onthespotdrop / bangflop must deliver that. Plus, I do hunt in some miserable places where tracking can be difficult.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post

      That is a bit strange. Will make you question yourself. The deer I hit, I know I hit because I saw blood in the snow and when he was running, before he got to the ledge for cover, and because up close and personal, I saw the fur part. Other than him bolting and potentially me turning him away from me, I don't know that he would have showed signs of being hit.

      That being said, with this newest development, my .280Rem goes back to being my only rifle that has always delivered "bang-flops". I agree with prioritizing human kills. To me an onthespotdrop / bangflop must deliver that. Plus, I do hunt in some miserable places where tracking can be difficult.
      Usually I can hear a good hit but both of those deer were close range. Then the sound of impact is often disguised by gun's report. A couple years later I tried 165 Core-Lok again. Hit a forked horn in the head and bullet ricochet hit his brother in the boiler room. I had to shoot the first one a second time as it was up and going again. That bullet essentially ruined both front quarters. I gave the rest of the box away. Come to think of it, that's the last time I hunted Secret Mountain, 1985. Took a ton of animals off it.
      Last edited by Ontario Honker Hunter; 03-11-2020, 02:54 PM.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post

        That is a bit strange. Will make you question yourself. The deer I hit, I know I hit because I saw blood in the snow and when he was running, before he got to the ledge for cover, and because up close and personal, I saw the fur part. Other than him bolting and potentially me turning him away from me, I don't know that he would have showed signs of being hit.

        That being said, with this newest development, my .280Rem goes back to being my only rifle that has always delivered "bang-flops". I agree with prioritizing human kills. To me an onthespotdrop / bangflop must deliver that. Plus, I do hunt in some miserable places where tracking can be difficult.
        I've had many "bang-flops".
        I've also more than one deer appear totally untouched, leaving me to question my marksmanship, my rifle and my ammo.
        Not being one to just walk away, I check for hair and/or blood EVERY time, even if I can see the dead deer.
        Sometimes, weird stuff just happens. It's nature.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
          Sometimes, weird stuff just happens. It's nature.
          Agreed. Probably will go back to hunting deer with my .280 though what could it hurt?

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Buckshott00 View Post

            Agreed. Probably will go back to hunting deer with my .280 though what could it hurt?
            Otter kill 'em dead!

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            • #66
              Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

              Otter kill 'em dead!
              LOL well it's got the best record of bang-flops of all my rifles. I might have to considered a .22hornet or other centerfire .22cal tackdriver and start taking them in the back of the head. I just can't bring myself to do it though(anymore). I'm sure if I did, some CO would come and accuse me of trying to "Destroy the identity of game or evidence of the sex of game while in the field"

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