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Anybody else hunt deer with an SPS Tac or SPS varmit? Obviously, due to the heavier barrel it's a little difficult to free shoot on the fly, so I've been using shooting sticks or trying to shoot prone from an elevated positon. I'm more into sitting and waiting than deer drives and stalking anyway. Was just curious how other hunters used these fantastic guns for deer and what kind of gear they used on the hunt.
 

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I have used my VS (similar) for deer hunting. And you're right, offhand shooting is out of the questions. I use a larger harris bi-pod (9"-27") with tilt/pan and shoot from a sitting position.
 

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I'm getting a Harris Bipod in a week or so, just not sure on what size I want. I love shooting prone but a lot of hunting areas and terrain don't really allow that. 9-27 would probably be a good size for all kinds of shooting. I'm going out for my last hunt tomorrow morning and I'm getting antsy. I hate 11th hour hunts because of the pressure.
 

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Im gonna hunt with mine sunday. Well Ok honestly Im not gonna deer HUNT, Im going to sit in a box stand and wait. IMO thats not deer hunting, but Im a duck hunter. I just got the SPS to kill paper
 

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I was able to take two deer and an elk this year with an SPS Tactical .308. All sitting using a 9 to 27 Harris bipod.
 

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I use my VLS for deer and coyote in N.C. I believe it's a bit heavier than the SPS tactical. I have it topped off with a Leupold VXIII 4.5X14X50LR. It's a great rifle. I always hunt with shooting sticks and the only time I have to carry it around a lot is when I'm coyote hunting. I don't mind the weight, the accuracy is worth it. I use my 700 Classic 30-06 if I am going to walk around a lot for deer. Any VLS guys out there?
 

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I have VLS in 22-250. Never tried it for deer but I did take my heavy barrel 6BR out to my stand this year. Did not get a shot all season.
 

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The bipod doesn't work so well with running game. I missed a very nice buck because I couldn't turn fast enough. Shooting sticks would have worked better, but I dont have any. YET
 

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Took 2 nice fat does this year with this rifle. One at 262 yards and the other at 286 yards. It was a really windy season this year and I liked the extra weight. Shoots really good off shooting sticks. My load is 45 grains of IMR 4064 behind a 150 grain Hornady SST. These chronographed at 2775 fps. Complete pass thru on both deer.
 

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What scope are you using KLR1968?
 

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PALADIN said:
What scope are you using KLR1968?
Burris Fullfield II 3x9 with a target knob installed on the elevation turret only ( I rarely if ever adjust for windage). Cheap , but it is a rock solid setup and I like it.
 

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KLR1968 said:
PALADIN said:
What scope are you using KLR1968?
Burris Fullfield II 3x9 with a target knob installed on the elevation turret only ( I rarely if ever adjust for windage). Cheap , but it is a rock solid setup and I like it.
Nothing wrong with Burris. My Leupolds have the target knobs on my elevation only also.
 

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Do you guys buy the same brand target knobs for your specific rifles, or are they generic or what? What's the cost on those? I may consider something like a Fullfield II or a VX-2 Leupold or something like that and get aftermarket knobs.
 

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Do you guys buy the same brand target knobs for your specific rifles, or are they generic or what? What's the cost on those? I may consider something like a Fullfield II or a VX-2 Leupold or something like that and get aftermarket knobs.
I sent my scope back to Burris for the Tac-II knob. Scope cost $190 and the new knob cost $40. The whole setup sits on a one piece base and is held on with Burris tactical rings. Scope base is glass bedded to the reciever and the scope itself I bedded in the bottom half of the rings. It is like a rock.
 

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I use the Stoney Point knobs on my Leupolds. Midway has them for about $30 or so. You can also send the scope to Leupold and they will install any knobs you want for around $75.00 last I checked.
 

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Cool. That may be a good option for me. KLR1968, sounds like your scope isn't moving at all. I may take a second look at the Fullfield II or similiar priced scope and get aftermarket knobs. Thanks for the info guys.
 
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