We’re all used to headlines of record-book bucks, but this North Carolina giant deserves a little extra credit for being taken with a late 19th Century military classic.
When Lance Gunn hit the woods on Saturday, November 28th, he likely wasn’t expecting that his .303 Enfield with iron sights would land him the potential third best buck taken in the state. But it did.
The whopper main frame 10-point he took with the British standard Enfield will likely score in the high 180s and land Gunn in the record books. Gunn took this behemoth at a mere 20 yards as it chased does on his family farm.
According to an article in North Carolina Sportsman, Gunn’s buck sports a 23-inch inside spread, 27 1/2-inch main beams and bases that were 5 1/2 inches in circumference. So far, the buck has been assessed by two different people, giving it a score ranging from a gross of 190 and 5/8 to the mid 180s.
A mandatory 60-day drying period will determine where Gunn’s buck will fall in the state’s rankings, but Gunn admits that he wasn’t just there to kill a deer.
“I don’t get real excited about getting in the woods real early… and it started out as a perfect day for me,” he goes on to say in the interview. “I took a picture of the sunrise; it was one of those days where it’s so beautiful it doesn’t matter whether you see a deer or not.”
Gunn’s choice of rifles is nearly as impressive as his buck. The .303 Enfield he had primed with his hand loaded Hornady 150 grain Spire-point did the trick.
A neck shot from his position against a nearby oak tree easily rolled the buck. The Enfield rifles, better known as the “Lee-Enfield,” are bolt action, magazine-fed carbine rifles used by the British military during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Although the Enfield comes in many models, the MK VII in .303 was the standard for soldiers of the UK until the mid-1960’s when it was replaced by the L1A1 SLR.
You can still find a few Enfields in service with British commonwealth was well as the Canadian Rangers Arctic Reserve Forces.
One this is for sure: the Enfield was more than enough gun for Lance!