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Red deer with a Hepburn
Mar 28th, 2018 at 2:45am
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Well it's deer season again here in Oz and I ventured forth last week chasing Red deer with a Hepburn in .40/70 SS. This rifle is a really nice example fitted with a Lyman No.15 tang sight. Bullet was a Lyman 406150 with a modified base band opened out to .410" and a hollow point (330 gr cast 20:1). A mild smokeless load gave a muzzle velocity of approx 1,340 fps. It will put three bullets into 2" at 100 yds with this load.

I stalked three Red stags over a four day period trying to get one within my 150 yd self imposed limit for a shot when using iron sights. The boys were roaring and gathering up hinds which makes sneaking up on them a bit easier but they are still very wary and stick to the open country. On day four luck was with me and I found a good stag roaring close to the edge of the scrub with 6 hinds, the wind was in my favor, so I moved in on him.

We've had drought conditions this summer so the bush was very dry which called for a slow approach or as we say here..."like walking on Corn flakes"! The last 20 m to the edge of the scrub was a belly crawl holding the rifle up, eyes on the Red.....but what I didn't see was the Fallow deer sound asleep behind a bush directly ahead.  I don't know who got the biggest shock but a very startled deer exploded from his bed when I was about 3 feet away.....luckily he didn't scent me so didn't give a warning bark as he bounded off. I thought the stalk was over at at point and I froze with 7 Reds staring in my direction. Then amazingly they all went back to feeding......the Gods of Hunting had smiled on me.....

When my heart rate had returned to normal I pushed to the edge of the bush and there he was at about 125 yds, broadside.... Perfect!
Sighting on the shoulder I hit him hard with the first shot & followed with another. Both were solid hits. Despite 2 lung shots he turned and walked slowly away. I hit him again at about 150/170 yds with a rear end shot that broke the hip & down he went. None of the bullets exited.

A great old 14 pt Red with a classic single shot. Hunts don't get much better than that and I'll never forget this one.
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Reply #1 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 2:52am
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Here are the recovered projectiles. The soft allow worked well. The fragment came from the hip bone.
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 6:44am
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Wow!  Nice animal.  I want to hunt one of those. I'll bring a my Hepburn.

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Reply #3 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 7:45am
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Nice work Spud,just the way it ought to be done.
  
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Reply #4 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 9:00am
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Great story. Thanks for posting.
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Reply #5 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 10:33am
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Boy oh Boy oh Boy. You have got to be proud of that trophy. Great story. Thanks for posting. Dale.
  

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Reply #6 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 11:24am
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Great job, and nice rifle ya got there, too. This deserves an automatic attaboy. Smiley
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 1:10pm
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Spud,Congratulations on your stag,and as Ole-Win stated:'done the right way" and with a great rifle.
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 3:44pm
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Great story! Thanks for sharing it!
That's a great looking Red Deer, and Hepburn! Don't ever see the #15 rear sight anymore!
  

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Reply #9 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 7:03pm
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Yes the Lyman #15 is a strange sight and I can see why it wasn't popular. Not having the fold down feature makes cleaning from the breech with a rod impossible. I use a .410 bore snake for quick cleans in the field and a bore guide with a rod when I get back home. Still it is a good hunting sight and is built like a battleship and the elevation has a detent that locks it in firmly in place. The windage also locks up when the winding tab is folded flat. Not quite as elegant as a 103 but it works for me.

Thanks for the comments guys. Taking this old boy with this rifle really meant a lot to me. A real challenge. We are roasting the rump for Easter! I'm heading out again next week chasing another species. Will keep you posted.......
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Reply #10 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 9:35pm
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Great story amd nice deer.  The fallow deer explosion reminds me of phesant hunting.  My brother and I were standing in the middle of a plowed field wonderng where all the pheasants went when one exploded right between my legs  Shocked.
  

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Reply #11 - Mar 31st, 2018 at 3:39am
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spud,
what do i like about your story.
it is not the single shot necessarily.
it is the stalking ethic.
in this day and age, the trend is to go for long range sniper rifles, in the belief that they will eliminate the necessity for stalking.
guys put big scopes on them and they are useless for 90% of shots that arise.
the guns don't point for offhand and running shots.
but they call themselves hunters, while doing that, and taking unethical long shots where they cannot guarantee good hits, and their bullets have neither the energy or the terminal performance required.
how refreshig to read a story where the guy understood his prey, could obviously stalk, and has ethics.
while that is an excellent red, a lesser one hunted well also has meaning.
thank you from a fellow aussie.
keep safe,
bruce.
  

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Reply #12 - Mar 31st, 2018 at 11:50am
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Bruce's comments in above post reminded me strongly of a friend's special permit hunt some years ago. Thanks to luck on permit draw, he had permit to hunt a large area with many really impressive deer. His hunt would last one week. His rifle was an original condition Savage 99 in 303 Savage, open sights.

He spent week stalking impressive buck after impressive buck, getting close to his self-imposed 100M distance goal for a clean shot. He never loaded his rifle, neither magazine or chamber. His happy result was 2 or more memorable stalks each day. He still has a big smile when he talks about that week's hunt.
  
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Reply #13 - Mar 18th, 2019 at 9:46pm
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A nice red deer and a great story all with a classic old rifle.Good hunt.
  
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Reply #14 - Mar 18th, 2019 at 10:21pm
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Congratulations on a very successful hunt! It also makes one wonder how our earlier generations of family members kept from starving to death by not hunting with a 300H&H Mag.
  
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