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Old 11-20-2020, 07:40 PM   #1
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I shot my first deer in may or jun, 1974, IIRC

with an M788 bolt 308 remington, 150 gr spt's nearly dark, 30m or so. I had to use the scope to be certain it was a deer. Back by the cemetery south of Hornsby a couple of miles. in ILL. She was sideways to me, an old pregnant doe, in wheat almost over her back. The hit dropped her like a rock, severing her spine, tearing about 1.5" hole in her. I'd held down in the wheat several inches. we walked up on her, my buddy having an H& R single shot 30-30. She was flopping, her head towards me. From about 5m, I looked along side of the barrel and shot her above the shoulder. it exited far back on her belly. she was still flopping, so I brained her with a 200 gr swc at 800 fps. Stiff as a board instant death. My buddy was VERY happy that I'd not fired that noisy rifle again. I ran 200m, got my car and that dead weight, hanging like a limp noodle was all the two of us could lift into my trunk. He lives out in the woods between Gillespie and Litchfield, so we skinned and dressed her there. damned meat was so tough it could not be ground up in a hand cranked sausage grinder, Had to be boiled for an hour to make stew or chile meat out of it. nothing but gristle.
 
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Old 11-20-2020, 08:18 PM   #2
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18 1/2" or 22" barrel?
 
Old 11-21-2020, 10:22 AM   #3
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Back about '79 I bought a Remington 788 w/ a 22" barrel in .308, excellent trigger and very accurate. Had a friend at the time who liked mine, an made the mistake of buying one w/ an 18 1/2" barrel. When he fired his, you thought he was going to wake up the dead. It was amazing the difference 4 1/2" of barrel makes.
 
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