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6.5-284 Borden/Alpine clone XP works great in the field - 588 yards

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  • 6.5-284 Borden/Alpine clone XP works great in the field - 588 yards

    Dan Ekstrom and I have been looking for a shooter mule deer buck on public land.

    For this area, Tuesday was the last day.

    Borden Alpine clone XP-100 action, chambered in 6.5-284 with the 140 grain Nosler AB at 588 yards. Bullet worked great. He was slightly quartering toward us.

    Right after the shot he moved to the left about 30-40 yards, and looked like he was going down...doing the wobble/stumble thing.

    Given the fact that it was close to the end of legal shooting, and with Dan’s encouragement, I sent a 2nd one.

    We discovered it wasn’t needed upon quartering him (the drops were spot on), but we wanted to be sure.

    He will be nice and tasty.

    Thanks to Dan for helping me pack him out-Quartered him in the field. It was late thirty when I go home.

    Michael DeLoach of Nine Run Gun built this Borden Alpine clone XP and it hammers! Brux barrel, Holland brake, Dell trigger, McMillan stock, Burris XTR-III 3.3-18x50 with the SCR MOA reticle. It shoots so good it is just wrong!





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    Congratulations Ernie , that’s a great story and nice shot . With a handgun even more impressive. Nice buck and on public land at last light. You sir are living right.

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      Originally posted by Pmacc60 View Post
      Congratulations Ernie , that’s a great story and nice shot . With a handgun even more impressive. Nice buck and on public land at last light. You sir are living right.
      Thanks!
      Dan knows the area pretty well, so it made our odds better.

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        Ernie , how did you get into long range hunting with handguns ? To many of us on F&S that’s is a really long shot with anything let alone a handgun. It is very impressive.

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          Originally posted by Pmacc60 View Post
          Ernie , how did you get into long range hunting with handguns ? To many of us on F&S that’s is a really long shot with anything let alone a handgun. It is very impressive.
          Growing up I always had a fascination with all kinds of handguns. In my early 20's I bought my first handgun. The desire to shoot a smaller group and farther, just sort of got out of hand
          Bob Milek's articles in Peterson's Hunting and Guns & Ammo, inspired the specialty pistol habit.

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            Originally posted by Ernie View Post

            Growing up I always had a fascination with all kinds of handguns. In my early 20's I bought my first handgun. The desire to shoot a smaller group and farther, just sort of got out of hand
            Bob Milek's articles in Peterson's Hunting and Guns & Ammo, inspired the specialty pistol habit.
            I was wondering if Bob Milek had any influence on you, he had some great articles over the years. It’s a very interesting skill set you have developed. I know a couple guys who have built long range handguns both on TC frames but both coward out when it came to the season and used their rifles . Thanks for taking the time to respond and great shooting!

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