I’m only going to speak to the mechanical issues of the story. If this had been addressed before the hunt…we wouldn't have the drama during the hunt. PPP lead to PPP.
After we take operator error and improper/untested zero out of the picture the optic and mounting system are the largest causes of misses in the field in my opinion. It blows my little mind how people can have a gunsafe full of junk rifles and junk glass hinged on junk rings and bases. Few of which have been checked at multiple ranges and even fewer will hold their zero through a month of hard hunting. JUNK! Sell that crap to someone you don't like.
Your scope, rings, and base are the Achilles heel of the rifle setup. For those that spend months in the field every year I think you will agree. We spend $100’s if not $1000’s on a hunt and then shoot junk glass on junk rings. I don’t get it.
If I must run a bolt gun I always have a qualified smith enlarge the scope base thread pattern. And then JB weld the hell out of it. If I could mig weld it I would. I think the new overkill “tactical” rings with lots of contact surface area are a giant step in the right direction. There is a reason good glass costs so much…it’s worth it. I currently run Swarovski and NF and have had great luck with both. To date they have never cost me fur or an animal. In my opinion the higher end Leupold, Burris, Nikon, etc are about the lowest quality optic I would run. I have never once turned a turret in the field and I have killed a few animals. I know they are all the rage but I find them to be mental masturbation for all but a niche market. Exposed turrets have cost me in the past. Zero stops are a solution to a problem that shouldn't exist.
My truck always has a 8" spring loaded steel plate that I use to confirm zero anytime me or the rifle takes a spill.
Kind of a long rant but someone may find it entertaining.