Matt with his “gumer” 4×4 (OLD, as in worn-to-gum-line molars) – a very nice buck for this year, as conditions were tough (for the six days we hunted, 82-87 Deg. and 20-35mph breezes), and deer were scarce. Matt had passed-up a 203yd shot at this buck on our initial afternoon (10/4), stating, “it’s the first day . . . and he’s a little crab-clawed” . . . Three days later, we returned to that vicinity, hoping to locate the buck again – if we could have found him, ‘ in the right spot’, I’d have shot him while making a movie . . . no luck. That day – we glassed up a mere three dink & mega-dink bucks and a few does.
Six days later, having seen (except for mine) nothing even close to this buck, Matt and I decided to try re-locating the old buck – intuition paid off! Just after sunrise – yup, we were a little late – we climbed a ‘flat-top’ (butte), staying below the sky-line, and began glassing to the South and SW, where we expected the 4×4 and his high & heavy, but narrow 3×4 pal would be foraging . . . no go. I decided to work around to the north side, and glass to the North/NW – bingo!! The pair were working up a coulee about 5/8ths of a mile to our north, moving N/NE, up the coulee, searching for a shady hide-out . . . after about two hours of intensely watching their back-track, they decided to lay-low in the last possible draw, before needing to either cross 1/4 mile of prairie, or, turn back – ball in our court!
Matt pulled off a perfect stalk, and crawled to a distance of 237yd, while I stayed slightly behind, but where I could observe the bucks and the potential action. While Matt had the drop on the pair, I decided to slither into a more comfortable position and sit-up, with my back against a convenient ‘rock’ – the tall narrow buck saw my move and stood up! The bigger buck was unfazed, but also presented only a partial head-shot. Following a tense forty-five minute stand-off, Mr. Narrow turned, walked over to Mr. Gumer and kicked him twice! The big boy was on his feet, presenting a, “Texas heart-shot”! Matt remained patient until the 4×4 turned to a quartering [away] angle: BOOM, whop, DRT. This was Matt’s second mule deer buck using the Preditor actioned .300WSM/152gr BIB BT @ 3250fps – both DRT.
Clearly, my video cam is not professional grade, and I am not a pro photographer. Still, despite the poor quality, due to file-size limits, you will clearly see the bullet impact, as the [windage/drop] chart stated, a full 1.5MOA (about 6″ – I was thinking a little less) to the right of the front leg line. None the less, very acceptable shot placement. Regrettably, I had the cam locked-up too tight to pan & follow . . .
Matt had dialed in the about 3 MOA for elevation, above the 200yd zero. Of the mule deer bucks (I think, 7) which Matt has shot with the 257IdiotMag/110gr BIB BT combination, this is the only one which traversed more then ten feet following bullet impact – he went about 100yd! The 110gr BTs exit the muzzle at 3540fps – at 425yd, V should be about 2850fps and deliver 1985 ft-lb of energy. That was a tough year – our 6th day of hunting, and the best buck we had seen.
Will BIB bullets kill game? None of us are professional photographers, so these are “real huntin” pics – I hope you enjoy.
How about this stone sheep, far northern BC, Canada, August, 2017: My pal, Chad, 488 yards, 6.5×284, 135Gr. BIB BT; “dead right there”. Thank you for your trust, Chad! 🙂
Here’s what Chad did the previous fall, southern BC, Canada, bighorn sheep: same 6.5×284, BIB 135 Gr. BT, again, DRT from 340 yards. Two rams – that’s a lot of trust – thank you, again, Chad! 🙂
July, 2018 Chad added a Dall ram to his collection! 🙂 A very nice 36″, from a distance of 400 Yd. (steep down-hill – this was the “shoot to” range), NW Territories. Chad used the same 6.5×284/135 BIB BT combination as the previous pair of rams – three consecutive rams, ‘all dead-right-there’. This time, on a full broad-side, the 135 left a golf-ball sized exit.
Here, Chad is in a more civilized setting, having dispatched a pair of hogs and a c-dog with his .20 Practical & BIB 40 Gr. BT – all DRT (dead-right-there)!
How about the BIB.204 Cal., 40 Gr. BT? Here’s a series of notes, exchanged with Steve, from New Mexico, covering a four year span: a pair of similar pics, of two nice coyotes! Keep reading – you’ll see that Steve is not an armchair coyote hunter! Thank you, Steve, for allowing BIB to share in your success. 🙂 RGOn Nov 2, 2015, at 1:41 PM, Steve wrote: Hey RG, received the bullets and boy do they shoot! Most accurate 20 cal. bullet I’ve shot! Hope to try out on coyotes very soon. One thing I noticed was the wind doesn’t seem to bother your bullets as bad as others. I had a 10-15 mph 90° cross wind and the BIB 40 BT’s, 40 $#@%$, and 39 &*^%# (all 4 were exact same load) were spot on with 2 different ballistic calcs, but your [BIB] bullets were dang near half the drift at 300 yards. If these don’t splash, I definitely have found the magic bullet. Thanks! Steve
On Jan 5, 2016, at 6:00 PM, Steve wrote: Hey RG, Just wanted to report back on your bullets after giving them a very thorough testing. Looks like I have found the “magic bullet”. Over 20 coyotes, several cats, a few fox, and 2 hogs from 10 to 390 yards all DRT, and NO splashes! I had a couple of marginal hits but they all went down. Even shot a whitetail doe at 200 yards and she didn’t go 10 yards. I will definitely be buying more, don’t want to run out of these, they do it all!! I gave some to a friend that was having the same problems with splashing and he is having good results also. Thank you, Steve
On Feb 22, 2019, at 12:08 PM, Steve wrote: Hey RG, I’m in need of some more of your 20 cal bullets, are they still available, if so, how much do I make the check out for? Over 500 coyotes alone and not one single splash!Thanks, Steve
This is a copy of my original 30BR reamer print – somewhat different than Ronnie Long’s. NOTE: while not necessarily worse (or, better), any reamer featuring a single dimensional change IS NOT a , “Robinett 30BR” reamer! Regrettably, there are a multitude of 30BR reamers made, bearing my name, which feature undesirable dimensional alterations! KNOW WHAT you are getting – if the gunsmith cannot inform you, get a different smith.
The hand written .315, above the neck is the approximate neck length. Note the 1.75 Degree (1 deg. 45 Min.) throat angle. If ordering a new reamer, I’d make two changes: 1)web diameter (.200″ ahead of bolt-face), I’d change to 0.472“; 2) neck diameter, I’d increase to 0.331, or, .332″. More than 0.010″ free-bore (on this print, lead), or, over-all-length in excess of 1.525″ is undesirable. RGR
Sept. 28, 2019 Chad’s latest BC adventure – a nice Mountain Goat Billy – another successful 6.5/284, BIB 135 Gr. BT performance concluded some serious effort and thrills! Thank you for sharing, Chad!
Initial video attempt – SMALL format, so details are difficult to see. No sound on this video. RG’s 2013 DIY Wyoming mule deer: .257 (Roberts) Ackley Imp. , 674 Yd. , DRT (dead right there), BIB 110 gr BT, at 3330 ft/s. For those interested, note the mirage (L-R), and how much easier it is to observe, thus “read”, along the straight lines/edges at the tops of the feeder draws . . . that was a 10-12 MPH prairie zephyr – shot at quartering (1/2 value) angle. Long time huntin’ pal, Joe spotted while son-in-law, Matt, filmed. RG