First buffalo

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Jim VanMiddlesworth
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First buffalo

Post by Jim VanMiddlesworth » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:25 am

On Sunday December 10, 2017 my friend, R.J. Cudworth and I arrived at the Comstock Premier Lodge in Sargent, Nebraska, to hunt, or should I say, shoot, buffalo. It's not a barn lot shoot but it definitely isn't hunting.

On Monday the 11th we went out to get out animals. Since I put the whole thing together R.J. let me go first. The day before, the weather was calm, in the 50's, sunny and very pleasant. But on the day we shot it was overcast, in the low 40's and the wind chill was about 32 degrees. The wind was very strong and had I been wearing the cowboy hat I took it would have wound up in the next county in short order.

The animals are not tame but they don't run when they see you, either. I doubt you could walk up and pet them, save for a couple that seem to have had past human contact. As a result, getting close for a shot is not difficult. The difficulty is trying to get a clear shot because the animals are constantly milling around one another. Just when you think you have a shot, your animal will move behind another or vise-a-versa. My shot was on cross sticks from only 30 yards as measured by R.J.'s laser range finder. However, with the strong wind and the animals constantly moving it wasn't like shooting at a pumpkin.

I used a C.Sharps Arms Sporting Rifle in 50-70, with a Lee 450 grain bullet I cast over 70 grains of Swiss 1.5. I shot a 3 year old bull about 2" in front of the right ear and 2" below the right horn. It dropped like a rock, kicked its hind feet once and was down for the count. Mitch, the Comstock owner, wants head shots when possible due to some animals in the past not going down or staying down and coming after the "hunters".

R.J. got his animal, a 3 year old bull, later in the day. His shot was from 60 yards from cross sticks. He was using a Shiloh Number 1 Sporter in 45-90 with a bullet he cast. He cheated, though, using a scope. I guess when I'm that old I probably will as well.

Still, it was great experience and I really was happy to spend time with R.J. after not seeing him for a couple of years.
"Dyin' aint much of a livin', boy"

Jim VanMiddlesworth
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Re: First buffalo

Post by Jim VanMiddlesworth » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:26 am

I guess my photos are too large. I'll resize them and add some later today.
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Re: First buffalo

Post by Jim VanMiddlesworth » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:15 pm

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Re: First buffalo

Post by Jim VanMiddlesworth » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:27 pm

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Re: First buffalo

Post by Eric Johanen » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:51 am

Good job! Great eating there and done right with a Sharps Rifle!!

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Re: First buffalo

Post by Michael Johnson » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:11 pm

Nice! Did you fellas drive there? How did you handle the meat? I have driven to Wyoming twice in December just to be able to transport the quarters back home in cold enough weather.
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Re: First buffalo

Post by SFogler » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:32 pm

Jim,
Glad you guys got your buffaloes in good order. It was good shooting especially in the wind. A buffalo is a big animal but the head shot is a small area to try to hit and it is not all that distinct an aim point. Not much margin for error.
Ours is so sweet and tender it will make you weep. My butcher friend has a friend with beetles so my buffalo head is being turned into a skull by the insects.

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Re: First buffalo

Post by Jim VanMiddlesworth » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:54 pm

I drove up from the Columbia, South Carolina area and RJ drove up from SW New Mexico. I packed coolers with the meat and dry ice. RJ had a freezer on a trailer powered by a generator.
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