Second DCUA Walkin Ram for me. 38.5" 11 yo. 71 yds with the Freedom Arms 454 Casull. 240gr XTP Mag hand load 1900fps. I thank the Lord and my partner Roy. Over the years I'd been hoping to get a Ram in this class and also get a shot at one with my pistol. Both happened on this trip. Also we got him 1 day before my 61st Birthday so he's a Birthday Ram as well. I'd never hunted sheep this late in August, first BDay in the Sheep Mtns. This is number 4 for me out of 10 I've packed and ate. Other 3 I did euro mounts and sold the capes, this one gets mounted. For me this is the pinnacle, the Apogee of my Sheep Hunting. I am done chasing rams for myself. This is for me "The Last Ram". If one of my buddies draws and needs a partner and if my body holds out I'll enter the Sheep Mountains again. But for me, it's been an awesome ride and I'm more than satisfied. Hmm, I got my first and last rams on DCUA Walkin Hunts. There's much more to the story.
FYI - DCUA is the Delta Controlled Use Area Draw only in the Alaska Ranger here in AK. This is a non-motorized, no pack animals hunt. I killed him 15 miles off the road. Our tent was 12 miles back in. It's all DIY walkin pack it out.
No bears on this trip. I've seen a bunch of griz over the years though.
I've had the FA 454 for about 6 years. Recoil with actual Freedom Arms 454 max loads is, as expected, lively! The weight of the scope helps some. I can hang on to it better with the Pachmayr grips as opposed to the wood slab grips.
Those are actually the inexpensive carbon fiber poles from Costco. I've also used and have 2 section Black Diamond aluminum. No problems with collapsing. They are used more for balance.
Gaiters are Outdoor Research Crocodile Gore-Tex. They have held up well. OR makes great stuff.
Just read the writeup on the other site. Really enjoyed it!!!! Couldnt happen to a more deserving hunter. If you find yourself down Kenai way once more we would love to have you & your bride over for coffee again. We are no longer in the same house but the same area.
Vance in AK.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
I mostly read here, but I had to log in and offer my congratulations. A spectacular ram and a helluva effort on your part. Iím 76 in a few days but I couldnít have done that hunt at 41, much less 61. My hat is off to you Sir !
Now, Iíll amble over to the Single Action Forum and read the story. Thanks for sharing !