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The long shot

Category: .308 30 CAL

Product: 30 Cal .308 208 gr A-MAX®

Shooter: Chris Williams

Posted: Nov 27, 2012

I recently returned from a hunting trip in Clayton New Mexico where I was shooting Antelope. As the first day of the hunt was coming to a close. The wind was blowing a steady 15 knot wind, sometimes gusting to 20 or more. My spotter and I were about to call it a day when in the distance we saw an antelope. After further inspection we decided it wasn't worth taking down. As we were spotting we noticed a pair of coyotes stalking the antelope. AWESOME! I thought. My spotter said, hey why not try shooting one of the coyotes?

Trying to conserve ammo (I'd forgotten half my ammo back home) I was reluctant to take any unnecessary shots. After several minutes he convinced me. "How far away are they?" I asksed. He got out the range finder and determined they were over 900 yards out, and moving away. I thought there's no way I can hit this thing but why not. I lay down and got comfortable behind my rifle (a custom 300 Winchester magnum). I set the range on my rifle scope and started looking for the coyotes in the distance. Finally I find one of the 2 and the spotter re-evaluated the distance with the range finder (they're still moving). They were now over 1,000 yards.

I took a deep breath and squeeze the trigger sending round one...silence from my spotter then he reports a miss...just over the top less than a yard. Quickly I reloaded round two, acquire the target which is now 1,038 yards and not stopping. I lead it by a mil, and send round 2. It seemed like an eternity. Then all of a sudden my spotter shouts, "IT'S A HIT!!"