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Your best shots & worst shots

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Muzzlelover, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. Muzzlelover

    Muzzlelover Member

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    Thought I'd do this for fun.I want to hear Your best & worst shots or just your best or just your worst:).I'll start,I nailed a squirrel at about 50 yds. RUNNING.One shot from the Marlin 795 did him in.I squeezed the trigger as soon as a I saw his nose in the scope and he did a flip!walked down there to get him and their was one shot right behind his shoulder.My worst shot was on a doe at 30 yds shot right underneath her with my bow didn't take time to range and so I used my 20 yd.pin insteadof my 30.
     
  2. Muzzlelover

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    On game or at a target.
     
  3. ricebasher302

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    Best shot was probably a perfect head shot on a pheasant at 98 yards with my Mom's 1940s era Winchester .22. I was about 12.

    Worst shot was the one I didn't take at a 170 class whitetail after stalking to within 60 yards of him bedded in a tiny patch of brush. Passed up a neck shot with a .243 because I was concerned about brush deflection. Sat for two hours waiting for the perfect shot. That's when the doe walked over the hill toward me.... I've sketched pictures of that buck. I don't really want to talk about it anymore. I need a beer.
     
  4. littlelefty

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    Best shot, probably 12 years old, shot a bird out of a tree with an iron sighted 22, across the creek, some 50 yards. Had to go get it to prove it to my buddy who was with me and said I missed.

    Worst shot, ugh, really? 2 does 10 yards, right behind the stand I was in; I managed to turn around slowly and shoot one; she piled up almost instantly. As I sat there for a few minutes the 2nd one came back, this time right in front of my stand, almost directly beneath me. I aimed (obviously not), squeezed, BOOM. She just stood there. At the time I was using a break action handi rifle so I say to myself, that was wierd, how'd I miss? Managed to reload and do it again! Gad Zooks! What a pair we make; she's deaf and I can't hit her right in front of me! I was about ready to dive out of the stand on her, Rambo style, but managed to hit her the 3rd time.

    The guys on the other side of the lease were all puckered up after hearing 4 shots! Talk about embarrassing explaining that one!
     
  5. Armored farmer

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    My personal favorite was a 42yd kill on a flying quail with a .410. The dogs had been pointing while we walked 1/4 mile through the mud to get to. The bird flushed wild. since we only shot over points, I took a chance and killed the quail. A lucky shot, iirc, only one #7 1/2 pellet in his head. (unlucky for the quail)

    Worst......that's easy.
    I missed the last bird out in the Ky State Handicap for a 98. Should have been a 99.
     
  6. Liberty1776

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    best shot ever was on my little brother with an apple. he was racing away from me on his bike, and I just whipped it, lofted it up and up and totally by accident, led him just perfectly and hit him between the shoulder blades about 30 yards out and knocked him off his bike...

    worst shot was on a nice 6-point buck that was standing broadside 40 yards from me - with a scoped rifle. missed him clean...
     
  7. tahoe2

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    worst shot / best shot

    In Wyoming, Antelope hunting 150 yards slightly downhill, 1st shot over his back, about six inches, so he moved closer, at 120 yards I took a 2nd shot under his belly (overcompensated).
    Then he moved away to 175 yards--drilled him about six inches back of the shoulder, he wobbled 30 yards and flopped.
    Upon further inspection, the belly shot grazed his belly and shaved off his hair.
    No blood, just a shaved patch where it grazed him. So the first shot was the worst!! Third shot was the best !!
     
  8. USAF_Vet

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    Best (fun): dusted a clay in flight with an H&R .410 youth stock. One handed. Gangster style. Couldn't do it again if I tried, was pretty surprised by the fact that I hit it at all.

    Best (real world): placing 3 rounds COM to an Iraqi insurgent with an RPG-7.

    Worst shot: nothing really comes to mind. A couple years ago, the shots that cold slabbed a couple insurgents would have been listed as my worst shots. But I got over it.
     
  9. bhhacker

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    worst shot- my friends and i hiked up to a cabin up in Juneau, Alaska and i brought my .22 with me. We stayed there 2 days. We would all take the gun for a walk but hadnt seen anything worth shooting at.


    My girlfriend is with me and points to a squirrel thats showing us a nut. Its the second day and im wanting to bring something back so im antsy to make a shot and the squirrel moves as i pull the trigger.

    just a crappy shot on my end and i feel bad about it. I ended up shaving off a good chunk of his belly skin, and his intestines were hanging out, but in tact. The poor little guy ran across the trail and laid there panting. I took my knife out and bopped him on the head enough kill him and stabbed him in the head just to make sure.

    All this while my girlfriend watched in horror. Was not the best hunting experience for her or for me for that matter. It taught me a valuable lesson though... make sure you can hit what youre shooting at.
     
  10. Andrew Leigh

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    No me but too good not to share.

    In rural South Africa many young men learn to hunt with golf ball to tennis ball sized stones, throwing sticks, snares or or use a pack of dogs. One of the trackers on the farm we hunt we were to find out was such an individual.

    Well out hunting the last time my friend shoots a Bushbuck in thick brush, although hit the buck scampers of and they track it down to a clearing where they find the buck lying down apparently dead. As they approach suddenly the buck starts to get to it's feet. In a flash the tracker picks up a suitable sized stone, calmy hurls it at the buck hitting it on the forehead. The buck falls unconcious and said tracker calmly walks up the to the buck a slits its throat.

    Well my friend says he stood there, rooted to the spot trying to replay what had just happened. He told us later that night over sundowners and we all laughed our heads of thinking it to be a lucky shot. The farmer then assured us that this was not luck but that the tracker was indeed deadly with anything that could be thrown.
     
  11. lefteyedom

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    Best shot. 100 yards 2x4, 6 inches long. Shot standing with a 3" j frame s&w 38. hit with the first shot. Holstered the pistol and did not try it again.

    Worse shot, missed a nice mulie, at 15 yards because I had my scope set a 9X
     
  12. KansasSasquatch

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    Best shot: shooting informal clays with 5-6 people lined up. Kinda of a race to see who gets the first hit. The guy on launcher duty stepped away so I put on the safety on my pistol gripped New Haven 600 (Mossy 500 clone), took 2 steps to my left and pull the launcher lanyard. The other 5 shooters all missed both clays. I casually raised my shotgun one handed, flicked the safety off, and popped both clays with one shot, 40-50 yards out. I KNEW I was going to hit one, but they were lined up perfectly and I got lucky.

    Worst shot: 12 years old, first time hunting. Flushed out a rabbit, it stopped about 12 yards in front of me, I pulled the trigger on my 20 gauge, blew up its hind end and it sat there suffering for about 20 seconds until my dad was able to pick it up and snap its neck. I learned that day that shot placement, even with a shotgun, is very important.
     
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  13. Stormin.40

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    Best shot probably my first bird, a quail at 20-30 yards with a single shot 410,, he was flying away from me in thick brush I could believe I hit him.

    My worst shot was definetly my first shot at a dear, a doe, again 20-30 yards. To this day I have no idea how I missed, she was standing still and I was resting the gun against a fallen tree.
     
  14. brnmw

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    Can't say I have had any real great and or worst shots that I can remember (Not saying I have never made a bad shot, just that I don't remember.) but I do have a couple of semi-embarrassing stories to tell: (I will make them short as possible)

    1) **(Heavy cloud cover so visibility was so-so mind you): I was out at the ranch when I was a kid and thought I saw a turkey out about 60-70 yds or so sitting behind a stump so I crouched down and started shooting at it! (Winchester model 67) I saw the bullets hit the intended target but it would not DIE! My cousin walked over to investigate what I was really shooting at and it turned out to be part of the stump that resembled the top half portion of a turkey! So I had to eat store bought turkey that night instead....( and no it's not the same!) :eek:

    2) A few years ago my father purchased a Milled AK-47 so I took him to the local gun range to show him how it works. Up until that point he has only used bolt-action and lever-action. Without having to worry about safety since he has more exp. with guns than I do in terms of years just not overall knowledge I decide to run to the restroom. When I come back I noticed that a couple of gentleman sitting in the next lane to my father doing the exact same thing but with an AR (Guy teaching the other how to use it). The funny part came when as I am walking up to my father from behind I notice one of the guy's next to us looks confused and is starting to look at my father in a strange manner. I told my father to cease fire, because I quickly recognized that he was in fact shooting at the guys target in the lane next to us instead of our target in our lane. The guy said "I knew something was not right"... My father's reply was "well since you got a spottin scope, how my doin!" The look on that guy's face was priceless and the beginner started cracking up! :D
     
  15. helotaxi

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    Best shot was on a wood duck drake through a tiny gap in the trees as he and his hen were coming up a slough 90 degrees to the one we were sculling down. About 50yds, oblique shot and based throwing the shotgun up on hearing them coming.

    Worst shot was the only shot that I got on a cow elk this year. 300yds across a canyon, uphill, through a 3' gap in the brush at the shoulder. I only had the guide's shooting sticks which combined with my height and the shot angle forced me to hunch down to line up the shot and my position moved right as the shot broke. Fortunately it was a clean miss. That was after I'd popped 3 coyotes earlier that day with the same rifle at 150yds with my sitting bipod while sitting on a watering hole waiting for the elk to come for a drink. The elk never showed so the song dogs died as a proxy.
     
  16. Blackrock

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    Best shot was a head shot to a rooster pheasent with a Win 94 30-30 at 50 yards.
    Worst was a couple weeks ago when I couldn't hit a 100yd target with ny .257 Roberts. Then I realized I was loading 6mm Rem into it. I had both rifles and ammo on the bench and got em mixed up. (Check the specs, basically the same cartridge different caliber)
     
  17. Armored farmer

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    One of the other posts reminded me of my truly worst shot.
    I was 13 yrs old and my very first deer hunt. There was no such thing as a rifled slug gun, or even sights back then, so I was carrying my Rem 1100 skeet gun with foster slugs. my dad let me out of the truck on the dirt road that leads to our wooded property. In the dim dawn light a doe and fawn stepped out on the road 40yds in front of me. I shouldered and fired at the doe and dropped the fawn. My youthful sense of humanity kicked in when the poor 40lb fawn tried to get up, so I shot it three more times.

    It was quite an embarrassing sight at the check station. Nov 1977
     
  18. brnmw

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    I take it you ate McD's that night as well...:D
     
  19. morcey2

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    Went to shoot trap and 5-stand with some cowboy friends of mine. They all knew me as a software engineer and seemed to have forgotten that I grew up on a farm and shot all the time. We did 2 rounds of trap and 3 of 5-stand. I missed 2 birds the entire set. When we started, some of the other guys with us had side bets on whether or not I'd hit more than half of the birds. When we were done, only one guy had beat me by only missing one.

    Worst shot:

    6 months later, most of the same guys, I hit about 45% doing the same thing.

    Matt
     
  20. JFrame

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    Best shot -- eons ago (like 33 years ago), I purchased my first real firearm ever -- a used Model 40 Centennial .38 lemon-squeezer snubbie. A friend of mine who had several guns ragged me mercilessly for the purchase, demanding to know why I bought a gun with which I wouldn't be able to hit anything. He had a Beretta 70S .380, and he told me incessantly that I should have picked a gun like that because I would then be able to hit something (honestly, I bought the Centennial because it was offered at a good price by someone looking to get some bucks).

    We were young and poor, so we waited for a day where we could be out in the woods to try out my new gun. I tacked a paper target onto a tree limb and stepped back about 8 yards. I had dry-fired that little gun a lot in the meantime, but had never touched off a live round.

    I squeezed down on that long but cleanly-breaking trigger, and let go a shot of 148-grain target wadcutter. I swear, the hole it punched onto the X-ring could not have been more perfectly centered -- a caliper would have shown that it was the geometric center of the target!

    My friend sort of did a double-take as he swallowed every word for the past 6 months. He was never a great shot with his Beretta, and he proceeded to spray 4-inch groups at the same distance... :p

    ...Now, my WORST shot is probably just about every one since... :D


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  21. clamman

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    My best shot was back in Wisconsin in 2000. I shot a nice tender doe in the ear at 150 yards with my Mossberg 500. She dropped like a rock. Worst shot was probably when I fam fired a 1911 in boot camp:neener:
     
  22. Ar180shooter

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    Best shot was with my PE 90 at 25 yards on a running deer. My hunting partner had already shot it through the lungs, and it comes running over the ridge dividing us. I hear his gun shot, then hear this deer booking it through the bush behind be and to my right. So I stand up, turn 120 degrees and pull off a snap shot right through its heart. It falls down almost instantly.

    Worst shot is on the same deer, it's on the ground thrashing around after my first shot, so I decide to put another one in its chest, and I basically miss it (just grazed the side). LOL!
     
  23. Art Eatman

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    My wife did a seriously "best shot" thing. Several couples had gathered up, with the women indoors yakking about babies and such and the men outside shooting skeet.

    My wife quickly was bored with the conversations, and walked outside. She watched the shooting for a bit. She saw a .22 rifle leaning against the barn, picked it up and walked to the line.

    She called, "Pull!" and calmly hipshot the claybird.

    And then quite wisely set the rifle back against the barn and returned to the house. :D
     
  24. mcdonl

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    Best shot? My first zero down in a real match in the 1911 class....

    About 2 weeks ago, dawn just broke... small buck comes walking out about 150 yards away. Right where it was supposed to. The wind was gentle and in my face. The deer had no idea I was there... I pull up my scope, shoot.

    I text my wife (It was her birthday) and told her I got her a deer for her birthday.

    I missed it. Completley.

    Went to the range the following sunday and my Savage .243 is as accurate as it ever was. No explanation. Just a bad shot.
     
  25. PapaG

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    Best shot was a crow coming toward me about 40 feet up. One shot with a llama 38 super and cobbled up lead hollow points. Worst shot a eight point buck at fifty yards using my 58 Zouave that I had been shooting in competition for several years up to 200 yards, and which I had held a NMLRA 50 yard record. Standing deer, unaware and when I fired, disappeared in the smoke cloud. When I got to where he had been standing, no blood, no hair, and a clean trail in the snow into the next county. Looking back at my hide I saw a two inch sapling with a half- moon hole in it, right in line with the shot I had taken..was so focused on the deer I never even saw the sapling. Yes, I did follow the trail a long ways and never found any evidence of a hit. First shot in 1962 when I was 17. Second one about 1970.
     
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