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Old November 26, 2000, 08:43 PM   #1
SA Scott
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I had a near-perfect shot (about 80 yds) lined up on on a buck this morning, and had a misfire. My partner followed up and we bagged it, dressed out at about 100lb.

I was so frustrated I wanted to scream. I must have short-stroked the bolt on my M1A. (Not the best tool, I know, but it's what I've got). Trying to chamber the round quietly, I didn't release the charging handle smartly to avoid the noise, and the round must not have seated properly. No primer strike on the 168gr. Winchester Ballistic Silvertip, so it wasn't the cartridge's fault.

Lesson learned. Maybe next weekend...

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Old November 26, 2000, 08:59 PM   #2
Al Thompson
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It happens. Better a clean miss than a deer knocked down and missing.

Better luck next time!

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Old November 27, 2000, 05:13 PM   #3
Bill Hebert
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It happened to my son two years back. He inherited my dad's Browning BAR - and I loaded the 270 the same way as you did. - slowly easing the bolt forward to minimize noise. Two does at 150 yards - aimed, squeezed, click. He looked at me like the saddest basset hound you've ever seen. I ejected the round and eased the bolt forward. Same thing - amazingly the deer just stood there. Third and last round in the magazine, I let the bolt fly shut. He bagged the doe on the third try. Live and learn...
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