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.35 Remington Doe #176621 12/21/2016 6:06 AM
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My friend called me this morning and matter of factly said, "Here is the game plan. I'm gonna help a guy with load work on his .22-250 at 2:30 this afternoon. I'm gonna get it done as quickly as possible. Then, I'm gonna call you and you're gonna come over and shoot another deer."

My response? "Ok."

So, 2:45 rolls around and my phone rings. "Come on."

"Let me put my shoes on and grab my stuff. Be right there."

"You hunt barefoot. You don't need shoes."

Which is sometimes true. But, I threw on some shoes just in case.

I arrived at his place in a little warmer temps than we've had the past few days. Yuck! But, I'd rather be outside than in........so let's get it on.

We corned the road and climbed up on the knoll. Today I'd brought my TC G2 with 14" MGM .35 Remington barrel shooting 180gr Hornady XTP handloads.



With the warmer temp, things were kinda slow at first. Eventually, so younger deer made an appearance.



Then, a herd of axis bucks showed up and started pushing the deer around.



It's interesting that axis bucks lose their horns at different times of the year. So, you can have some with horns and some without any given month.



This boy, though not huge, had some serious daggers on top!



Between the band of axis and a herd of cattle that came through the draw, it wasn't looking good for the deer.

My friend was not happy.



So, we backed out and crawled along a stone retaining wall to the other side of the knoll and a view of the flats.



Here, I set up next to a persimmon bush and leaned over the top of the retaining wall. for cover and support. Actually rather comfortable. And, we waited.

The temps began to slowly fall as the sun got lower in the sky, and the deer began to move. Coming from the opposite hill and crossing the flats, the numbers began to increase until we had a pretty good group below us. Young does with yearlings, small bucks, and a couple good sized suckers. We whispered and glassed over those below us and he finally picked out a doe he wanted me to shoot. But, she was currently obscured by some brush and I waited. While doing so, I see another doe come around the corner of the knoll and immediately see that she is somewhat emaciated. Her ribs and backbone are prominent and protruding from under her skin. I slowly look over my shoulder at my friend and he mouths, "Shoot THAT one!"

Right on.

And then she goes behind some brush. Figures.

The next 10 minutes are spent waiting for a clear shot. She moves around feeding, but always obscured by brush, another deer, or facing the wrong way. Then, I notice the deer getting antsy. Looking left, I see the axis approaching. Crap! My doe takes a couple steps forward towards them as if trying to decide what to do. There is my chance!

Quartering slightly towards me at 50 yards, I place the reticle low in her chest and right behind the shoulder. "BOOM!"

The gun goes off and I see her hunch slightly. Then, she begins to walk forward. Not run..........walk. I look behind me at my friend who has been watching her with binos. "She's hit", he says. Looking back, I see her briskly walking away in a half circle down into the grass. She stops, splays her legs, and immediately falls over...........dead. She traveled a total of 31 yards after impact.

A very peculiar and anti-climactic reaction. But, definitive. Arriving at the POI, I begin to pace off her route of travel to determine how far she'd gone. In the process, I'm looking at the blood trail to see how well the bullet had performed. There is a fair amount of blood on the ground. Starting at the POI. Then, about halfway to her final resting place, I find a chunk of lung on the ground.



Interesting.

And her final place on earth. Entrance side up.



Here was my firing position. "A" is where she was standing when I shot. The red path shows her half moon path to where she fell at "B". She didn't go far.



Another fine doe and another fun experience with my friend. By the way, watching an old guy crawls and duck-walk is a jovial sight.



"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176622 12/21/2016 6:12 AM
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We returned to the barn, had a few drinks, and sat around visiting and having a peacefully enjoyable time. Looking out the bay door, I notice this buck up on a hill with the sunset behind.

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Life in nice sometimes. God does good work.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176623 12/21/2016 11:53 AM
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You"re putting the hurt on them!

Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: racksmasher1] #176624 12/21/2016 1:47 PM
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I really enjoy your hunting posts. How do you get your pictures to post so clear. Do you put them in photo bucket or somewhere prior to posting?

Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176625 12/21/2016 1:50 PM
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[Life is nice sometimes. God does good work.] AMEN TO THAT

And sometimes he gives us a glimpse of his beauty .
There's nothing about that picture that doesn't stir the soul!


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: ScoutV2] #176626 12/21/2016 2:56 PM
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 Originally Posted By: 44MagOptimaV2
I really enjoy your hunting posts. How do you get your pictures to post so clear. Do you put them in photo bucket or somewhere prior to posting?


Yes, I use Photobucket. But, even that reduces the size (quality) of the picture.

And thank you.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176627 12/21/2016 3:05 PM
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Great read and pics.

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The 35 Rem has finally drawn blood-Yipee!


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Ernie] #176629 12/21/2016 5:11 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Ernie
The 35 Rem has finally drawn blood-Yipee!


Trying to think back, I think it was 1994 the last deer I shot with a .35 Remington. I killed a pig with one around '96 and then doubled on two pigs with one shot using the .35 Remington back in '02 or so. But, that was all with a Contender Carbine.

Always had a "thing" for the .35 Remington.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176630 12/21/2016 5:31 PM
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With more 35 Rem shooting/hunting to come in the future
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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Ernie] #176631 12/21/2016 5:37 PM
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This is true.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176632 12/21/2016 5:55 PM
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Science!

Gun: 14" MGM Barreled TC G2 Pistol
Cartridge: .35 Remington
Bullet: 180gr Hornady XTP
Muzzle Velocity: 1,958 fps
Distance: 50 yards
Angle: Slightly Quartering Towards
Impact Velocity: 1,798 fps (est)
Distance Traveled: 31 yards

Entrance Low Behind Shoulder









The bullet broke 1 rib on entrance.

Thoracic Cavity





The bullet struck the left front lobe of the lungs. A portion of the front lobe is what exited the body and was pictured on the ground above. Then, the bullet passed through the side of the heart and exited the right rear lung.





I did not think the angle was steep enough to hit the abdomen, but regardless, the diaphragm was compromised and liver damaged. Ballistically speaking, the bullet did not pass through the liver. It exited the back of the thoracic cavity. But, passing so close to the liver, I believe the temporary cavity and the hydrostatic wave caused by the bullet induced the damage to the Liver being as it is not a pliable organ that can stretch and swell. It just tears.

Exit





I am very pleased with the results of this pistol bullet being driven at higher velocities out of the .35 Remington. It penetrated well, obviously expanded, and caused enough hydrostatic damage to damage untouched organs. Causing massive bleeding and actual expulsion of lung tissue. While her outward reaction was subdued, she only traveled a short distance with ample bleeding and expired quickly.

All in all, well done by the cartridge and bullet.

I truly love the .358 caliber.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176636 12/21/2016 6:41 PM
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Mine hits like a 30-06 class rifle imo. Yep, i like it too.
Interesting on the xtp, although i probably have enough hornady single shot pistol bullets to last the rest of my life.


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As usual, a great pictorial and description of the bullet path and damage.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Ernie] #176651 12/22/2016 2:43 AM
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Write-up and pics well done as always.

Grats on another successful hunt.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: PsTaN] #176664 12/22/2016 2:18 PM
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Solid work with the 35Rem!

Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Ernie] #176666 12/22/2016 2:35 PM
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great read!


"A quiet hit in the right place is better than a loud miss in the wrong place followed by 10 more shots on the run"

I was a handgun hunter, when handgun wasn't cool.....
Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: reflex264] #176668 12/22/2016 2:44 PM
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The last deer I shot with the .35 Remington was with a Contender Carbine backnin '94, I believe. It was my then biggest buck to date. I was hunting a scrape line on a logging road and he came along checking his scrapes. After freshening one up, he stood up on his hind legs to rake the overhanging branches. I shot him in the sternum as he stood on two legs facing me. He fell over backwards, got up and ran a very short distance before expiring. A once in a lifetime shot angle.

Since then, I've taken a few hogs including a double with one shot.........intentionally! Waited until they lined up and put a 200gr round nose through both of them. Another rare occupancy. Again with the .34 Remington.

I have a fun history with this cartridge.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176683 12/23/2016 4:51 AM
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I sure love your write ups!!

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 Originally Posted By: tradmark
I sure love your write ups!!




"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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Daaaaaamnitt!!!!!! A stepbrothers quote along!!! Ya wanna go do karate in the garage?

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Btw. That buck in the sunset photo is awesome!!!

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I always enjoy your very thorough posts and pictorials. Well done. It also makes me happy to see others using the 35 Rem . It is my favorite and I have a lot of field time with mine.

Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: cmnash] #176729 12/26/2016 3:16 AM
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You are welcome. I enjoy living the experience and gathering the information.


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Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: Zee] #176765 12/26/2016 11:25 PM
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The autopsies blow me away. Do you speak into a microphone recording what you speak as you go through the process? Joking
The information has been invaluable. Thanks again.
Awesome shooting and glad you are having so much fun.

Re: .35 Remington Doe [Re: cherokeetracker] #176770 12/27/2016 12:58 AM
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I don't use a microphone. But, I DO wear a lab coat.

And nothing else.

:-)


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