In the spring of 2013, after 7 years of waiting, I successfully drew an AZ elk tag for the unit I wanted to hunt. I had a 270 Wby mag that I intended to take on the trip but after working on some longer range shots, the old rifle just didn't have the ability I was hoping for. I did an extensive search and decided on the Ruger Hunter Magnum. It is only offered in the .300 Win Mag which was what I was looking for anyway. I mounted a ballistic plex scope on the top and started putting rounds down range. The accuracy with off the shelf ammo is extremely impressive. At 100 yds a 3 shot string was roughly .75". At 200 yds I can shoot groups all day under 1.5". Speaking of shooting all day, the muzzle break is awesome. I feel that it kicks less than my 270 Wby Mag, less than a std 30-06. The Hogue overmolded stock is a dream to handle. I have never had a Hogue stock before but, after owning this, it certainly won't be my last one. The one downside that I corrected was the trigger pull but that is simply a matter of preference. I think I only have 1 or 2 guns that I have not done a trigger job on. The standard trigger is roughly a 4 to 4.5# pull and it is very smooth with no catches....it is just heavier than I prefer. I had my local gunsmith smooth out the trigger to a 2.5# pull and I love it. I put several hundred rounds down range before my hunting trip to familiarize myself with this gun.
AZ trip was a success! I shot a Bull that scored 326 at 522 yds. I fired the first shot and the bull hunched up and put its head down. I fired again and the elk dropped in its tracks. Both shots were solid hits to the vitals from over 500 yds. This rifle truely impressed me. So much so that I am now carrying it in PA to try for an extended range whitetail shot.
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