This is the elk I harvested during a morning rain storm on September 25, 2007 at Hartland Wildlife Ranches in Ethel, Missouri. The unofficial SCI score is 385. I almost passed him up but as I continued to observe the uniqueness of his antlers I couldn’t do so. I have enjoyed eating the elk meat so much I rarely eat beef anymore. The elk was killed with one clean shot through the heart from unsupported standing position at a distance of 87 yards.
Special thanks to Alan Crowder for helping me transport it today. (Hey Alan, that sudden detour in front of the Federal Prison damaged one of the antlers a little bit.)
Taxidermy by Wildlife Arts Taxidermy, Dennis Berry, 540 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, Phone 805-481-2190
Rifle: Winchester Model 70, 26 inch barrel in .300 Winchester Magnum, Bell & Carlson stock, trigger adjusted to 2.5 pounds
Ammo: Nolser Brass, .308 caliber Nolser Accubond Bullet -180 grain, Federal primer GM215M, Case length: 2.610 inches, COL: 3.375 inches
Propellant: 75 grains of Alliant Reloader 22
Best 3 shot 100 yard group: .356 inches, Average: .587 inches
Velocity: 3023 feet per second (fps), SD= 4.20 fps, ES= 11 fps