Hunted from 5:30 til the time this happened. I took my girlfriend out for the expierience, along with my buddy Charles. Well, we were setting by a food block and heard shots up the hill, so I went to the bottom field in hopes the hunter would scare something down. So I am all by myself setting on the ground, I look up and an 8pt buck, medium body is coming out of the timbers about 350 yards away. I was hunting with my favorite rifle my Ruger M77 all weather .260. The closest this buck was coming was 250 yards so I set my gun on a tree and cracked off a shot. Well, I am not used to shooting this far, but figured I would try it. Miss. Deer took off. So Charles and my girl come to see what happened. As I am explaining it, ANOTHER 8pt runs out of the same field. So I set up and take another shot. I hit it right in the intesting/ass region, and it took off like a freight train. No blood trail, no deer. I learned alot of valuable lessons. Do NOT shoot past what you are trained for. And take your time. This all happened so fast, I didnt compensate for alot of things. I feel horrible for this deer getting away hurt, but, its all part of hunting I guess. Any suggestions? No flames, trust me, I feel bad enough.