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"An Oregon Trophy Buck for Randy"
Photo provided by: Randy Windsor

Randy Windsor writes, "My wife bought me a new Browning 338 A-bolt with a boss for our 25th anniversary in May. I put a Leopold vari-x III 4 x 14.5 scope on the rifle. Thinking I would primarily use it for elk. However, I thought it would be nice to break it in during our Oregon deer season. The season started on October 1st and runs for twelve days. After passing on a few small bucks, on October 6th I finally got a chance for a buck of a lifetime while making a hunt with six other members of our hunting party. We had walked a couple miles when one of my buddies jumped the buck out of his bed. He only heard it and it cut behind another member of our party. I heard it coming and then suddenly seen it cutting behind me at full speed. I could tell immediately that it was a shooter buck. However, I wasn't sure if I would get a shot through the timber. I saw a small opening coming up and knew it would be my only chance. The opening was only about fifteen feet wide and eighty five yards away. I swung the rifle with the deer, as you would a pheasant. When the big buck entered the small space I touched the shot off and the buck did a double somersault. I had struck the buck in the spine. I had the rifle sighted in for three inches high at a hundred yards. I realized after all the excitement that I nearly missed the big buck due to not compensating for the close range. Although I have taken many nice bucks, this buck is the largest that I have taken in 43 years of hunting. He is 27-3/4 wide and 19-1/2 tall. It is a 4x4 frame with a small kicker on one side.
Needless to say, my wife takes partial credit. (Plus I took a large 5x5 bull elk 18 days later in Oregon with the same rifle) Great rifle or Lucky rifle?"






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