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The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby 0933 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:57 am

I had the distinct pleasure of hunting on a buffalo ranch in Colorado this past weekend. One of my friends has been taking a buffalo there for the past 8 years, and I was able to join him this year. I used my 1932 Tula...

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I was with two other guys, and the plan was to get three buffalo... one on Fri, and then the other two on Sat. I was back-up on Fri, I don't know why he brought it... but he was using a Desert Eagle in .50 AE. That bull took 3 shots in the head from that .50 before he got really pissed. I ended up ending it... but it took my third shot to do that. By then, he also had 11 .50 AE rounds in his skull too. That was NOT our intent, and the whole deal was sad. He sure had the will to live, and deserved ALOT more respect than that.

Headshots are the norm, but they have smaller brains than we do... plus almost one inch of bone protecting there brain. If you go for a heart or lung shot, then it can be several hours for them to bleed out.

Anyway, I ended up taking both of the ones on Sat too. I took the first one... one shot, DRT. (that was the first picture in the thread) The other guy I was with brought a .444 lever action with a Walmart special scope. He hadn't shot it in 7 years and decided to check his zero... well first shot downrange, and the erector tube collapses. You couldn't see through the scope. I shot his bull too. One shot, DRT.

They all were young bulls... around 1,000 lbs on the hoof. Here is one hanging, it's almost 500 lbs of hanging weight!!

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I used those 180 grain Sierra Game Kings I loaded up last week, I don't know how fast they were going... but I'm guessing around 2700 fps. All the shots were less than 100 yds, about 80 for both bulls on Sat, and 30 yds for the bull on Fri. There is only about a 2" X 2" window in the skull for a brain shot. All my rounds punched cleanly through the skull, leaving a .30 caliber entrance hole, and never exited.

Here's one more picture.

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I wasn't able to get any video footage, as it was cold, windy, and I was stalking and shooting pretty much alone. One of these pictures is definitely going into the video I'm cutting together though.

These three bulls are the first animals that this rifle has taken. ;)
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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby iridium-192 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:12 am

This is awesome!!! Congratulation! Great trophy!!!
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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby farmerboy78 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:07 am

Congrats, I haven't taken anything with a mosin yet but my son did, he took a five point whitetail this year at about 200 yds... :thumbup:
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Postby Gamecock24 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:18 am

Wow 11 shots to the head with 50AE. And still going that's insane. Leave it to an 80 year old rifle to do the job in one shot, way to go T!!! Looks like you'll have a freezer full of Bison for a while now.
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Postby bearrowland » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:54 pm

Outstanding shooting there, and a great way to break that rifle in! Thanks for posting those pics sir!
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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby Grimstod » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:29 pm

To bad that other guy used a pistol. Not to bright. If your on horseback it another matter, like in the old days(and this is dangerouse by the way don't try it) you ride up next to them and put on in the back of their head where it's thinner and bounces around inside.

Great hunt. Mosin has plenty of umff for them. And the 180gr is a good bullet choice. :thumbup:
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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby 0933 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:47 pm

Thanks guys!! :thumbup:

I'm sure looking forward to enjoying all this meat I filled the freezer with!! ;)
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Postby Even11 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:03 pm

Good work T! Sad story about the first one but the rest sound like they went well! DO you think the .50AE wasn't enough? Or was it bad shots, or just a tough animal? Thanks for sharing!! Feel free to send some of that bison back to Colorado for a barbeque! lol

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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby MOLON LABE » Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:20 am

Mmmmmm mmm love Bison! What part of Colorado?
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Re: The Mosin Nagant brings home 3 bulls...

Postby 0933 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:13 am

Even11 wrote:Good work T! Sad story about the first one but the rest sound like they went well! DO you think the .50AE wasn't enough? Or was it bad shots, or just a tough animal? Thanks for sharing!! Feel free to send some of that bison back to Colorado for a barbeque! lol

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I don't think the .50 slugs had enough kinetic energy to punch through the skull... it looked like at least 3 .50 rounds would have put him down if they would have gotten through.

I didn't save the head on that one... but I did the two others.

MOLON LABE wrote:Mmmmmm mmm love Bison! What part of Colorado?


It was in Yellow Jacket Colorado... just outside of Cortez.

I'm really looking forward to the good eating... I should have enough to last me into summer without buying any beef. :thumbup:
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