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Distance Your Sight Your Rifle For?

I live in the open range areas in Utah and would like to know what distance you sight your rifles in (for)?

Steve

P.S. Do you suggest 200 yards for a 30-06 180-gr. AccuBond at 2,750 fps and hold over for longer distances or go for 300 yards right off the bat?

For 200 yards using the above load, bullet is only 1.8" high at my altitude of 4,500' above sea level.

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When I was Hunting Southern Utah, the mountauns around St. George area. I loaded a 150 Nosler BT at 2.5" high at 100 yds. The Accubond should fly the same as a BT. I don't recall my maximum range without holdover but, it was probably around 300 yds.
I've never seen so many hunters in one place as I saw when I was in there chasing those mulies. I walked out on the edge of a ridge to look around and saw about 9 orange hats and vests chasing about 7 mulies. I don't know how many were pulled out of there but, there sure was a lot of activity.

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The bullets I'm shooting leave my guns at about 2500 - 2600 fps. I started out last year zeroed for 300 and shot OVER an elk at about 100 yards. (I quickly corrected and still got the elk.) I hunt open country. I re-zeroed for 200 and did much better as the season progressed. In my own mind it is far more natural to hold right on at ranges out to about 200, and then hold over for long distances, than to remember to hold UNDER if I get an opportunity up close. Besides, a shot at 100 may be in circumstances not giving you much time to think about how you hold, whereas at 400 you might indeed have time to accurately determine range (e.g. range-finder) and determine drop / hold-over.

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It must be human nature or addrenalin that makes us hunters have a tendency to most often shoot high in the field.

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I think there is something in the male nature that assumes the animal we are shooting at is bigger than reality, and thus farther away than it really is ... and that the monster bullet we shoot at it is `falling like a rock'. Thus a lot of deer get shot in the spine, or missed entirely.

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I hunt semi-open areas here in Eastern Wa for mulies. There is a guy that I hunt with who shoots a 30/06 with 180 grain Nosler Accu-bonds. They are some serious deer killing feul. We sight in all of our rifles dead on at 100 and any thing after that we hold over. It's all about knowing your rifle and knowing where it's going to shoot it's best. I shoot on average of 3 times a week. Deer season has not been overly great here the last couple of years. You have to wade through the orange pumkins to get to any sign of a game anamial. I am still waiting on this years bear season to open so I can test the new .270 WSM on a big ole blacky.

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I like 300 because you can hold on meat out to 400 yds and still connect. Just remember to aim low at 100. Practice will correct the tendancy to aim dead on at 100. You get used to aiming low. Do it enough it'll become second nature.

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2" high at 100 yards,then practice shots at 1oo yard intervals and learn your rifle,I shoot the same rifle and load for everything so i dont have to think much,its second nature after a while.

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147 grain

I checked my Ballistics for a 180 gr Partition. The Accubond will fly just a tad flatter. Will probably extend range by 20 yds.

A 2700 fps muzzle velocity should be very close to what your rifle will produce.

........50 yds..........+1.26"....2,705 fpe
......100 yds..........+2.73"....2.509 fpe ( +2.75" at 100 yds )
......140 yds..........+2.98"....2,363 fpe ( maximum trajectory highth 3" high )
......200 yds..........+1.52"....2,154 fpe
......230 yds.............zero.....2,056 fpe
......250 yds...........-1.35"....1,993 fpe
......270 yds...........-3.00"....1,931 fpe ( 3" low, no hold over )
......300 yds...........-5.93"....1,843 fpe

No guessing out to 270 yds. Just a steady hold.

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Thanks for the data.

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Dead on at 100 yards.

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