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    Big Horn Sheep

    I drew my first Wyoming tag in 1990 and I harvested a very nice 7/8 curl chocolate colored ram. I just found out today that I drew again for 2010. I figure that beings I have hunted sheep several times before and been successful that I should have some fun this year. I have several long range caiber rifles all suitable for this type of hunt, I would like to have a succesful hunt this year, but using a lever action rifle with my own cast bullets.

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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    Congratulations ... boy, that is a prize drawing!

    Can you detail your intended hunting terrain, possible distance to game, etc. This might help form some better opinons.

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    It's all wilderness that I plan to hunt, it's one of those areas that it dosn't seem to matter where your headed it's always up hill. Lots of cliffs on huge mountains on the Continental Divide. Distance can vary my 1990 ram was 580 yards but I did pass on eight rams that were all close to the 3/4+ leagal curl as they ran past at 70 yards. When I lived in the area I had gotten within 30 yards to several legal rams several times but I think this is not common. Sneaking up on these criters is a hard feat.
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    No suggestions? Sooooo! I have decided to go with my 338 Winchester magnum, and to do the long range thing if needed.
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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    Just load up you a good ol' .thutty-.thutty and busts ones a$$ a good 'un

    .338 win mag eh, I'd say thats a ram be damned! Whats your bullet weight and fps out of the .338, what distance are you sighted in for and what is your drop at 100 yard increases out to 600?

    Just wondering and congrats on the tag!! .DT

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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    Thanks DT,

    I have two 338's, one Model 70 and one A-Bolt. I used the model 70 in 1990 and do not have the data on hand but did use a lighter bullet. I do shoot in my A-bolt, the Sierra 250 grain SBT Game King and I'm pushing it at 2800fps. I also have a Shepherd 3X10X40 scope on it. Depending on wind I should be able to bust one out far if needed. I took an antelope at 750 yards with it one time, but even with a nice scope like this you still need to practice but it is a lot of fun.
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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    Best of luck to you! Drawing the tag is terrific, and I know you'll put a lot into the hunt. Here in Washington it's a Once-in-a-Lifetime draw. What an outstanding opportunity. I'd take a good accurate scoped rifle capable of long-range shooting if I was going for such a rare opportunity.

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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    Quote Originally Posted by M700
    Best of luck to you! Drawing the tag is terrific, and I know you'll put a lot into the hunt. Here in Washington it's a Once-in-a-Lifetime draw. What an outstanding opportunity. I'd take a good accurate scoped rifle capable of long-range shooting if I was going for such a rare opportunity.

    Regards, Guy
    Thanks, Guy.

    I did decide to take my Browning A-Bolt in 338WM and my Shepherd scope. It is a heavy unit but very accurate at all ranges. I would like to use my Remington 788 in 243 but where I will be it is at times very windy so I believe I will be better off with whe 338.
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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    I would have to agree with your decision to help cover the long, windy opportunity as you say. A 788 .243 hunt would really be nice too. Good luck to you and please keep us posted ...

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    Re: Big Horn Sheep

    I spend a bit of $ on our Desert Bighorn applications here in Texas each year, if I draw I'm going to kill one with my 444. Our desert terrain doesn't require the shots you are talking about. I have killed a desert mule deer at 290-yards with my 444 but in that the bighorn permit is pitch until you win, I will take the time to get close. I buy the chances but in reality I probably will never get drawn.


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