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How far is to far?

I just saw the Christensen arms video talking about long range shooting.  They were shooting at animals between 500 and 1000 yards with a 300 ultra mag.  I know I’m not confident enough to shot that far with my set up.  I will shot out to 300 yards for my big game with my 7mm mag.  What distance are you guys confident in hunting big game and what kind of rifle do you use?

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th esame here

i use a 7 mag and i dont think i would take a shot over 300 or maby even 350.

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but then again

but then again the shooter themself has some what to do with it, but those guys are shooting $4,000 $5,000 rifles who knows how much they spend on there scopes, but they shoot better set ups then anyone i know. i wish my wife would let me dump that much money in a rifle.

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Swarovski

They did have an awesome Swarovski scope on the rifles they were shooting.  I guess with a set up like that and a little more practice I could shot out to 500.

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How far is to far?

That's out of my league...

I feel good out to 300 with my browning, can consistantly hit well at that range, but like to get as close as I can like most I would assume, and try to do that. In the forests I can't usually see that far anyway, LOL. I've never really tried shooting any further for group accuracy actually, so that's probably why. I would say most shots of mine at game have been under 200 anyway, probably from 80 to 150? I guess it also varies on what I am using, as sometimes I like to use my lever guns besides my bolt actions; depends what mood I am in. I've also done more hunting with a bow than a rifle.

Most often we are using 30-06, 7mm-08, 30-30, and 35rem.

Take care.

 

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If you're shooting that far

If you're shooting that far at an animal, your not hunting. I wouldn't shoot at anything beyond 250 yards confidently.

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You got that right Soble. I

You got that right Soble. I have seen a couple of hunting shows when they are shooting animals out to 800 yards, and I would not say they are hunting. You only have to be skilled in shooting not hunting.

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Range

At the range, I can consistently place a bullet into a 4 inch group at 1000 yards using hand loads through a 7mm. That being said, this is under very tight conditions such as prone position, known wind factor, and a paper target at the other end of the range with a very safe backdrop and controlled access sides. Hunting places too many variables into the equation and I would never take a shot past 250 - 300 yards. Preferably within 100 yards. If you are unable to get close enough to your game to take a shot under 250, you need to work on your hunting skills. Long range shooting is for military snipers and range fun, not for hunting.

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Yeah, I watch those, and the

Yeah, I watch those, and the Best of The West guys and they are shooting too far for me. Not ethical IMHO.

I am wondering how many they actually miss. You never see it on the shows, and you know they have to. Esp from that range.

Personally I have never taken a shot over 300 yards, and that was years ago! Longest in the last [5] years I have been hunting again, was a 250yd shot on a muley in open country three years ago

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How far is to far!

Just like in archery hunting you must know your limitations and your comfort zone. The rifle I shoot is a great long distance rifle and equiped quite well. It is a Remington Sendero 7MM RUM  with a 26" flutted bull barrel topped with a Burris BlackDiamond (30mm tube) 4-16x50mm with the Balistic Plex (wieghs right at 13 pounds loaded). The trigger is a crisp, clean 2 pounds. I handload all of my ammo. I have owned this rifle since 2005 and have put over 1500 rounds through it. I shoot out to a 1000 yards on gongs and paper. I also shoot lots of milk jugs full of water set up at random yards, angles, and terrain types.

The last 5 elk I have taken have been between 333 yards all the way out to 590 yards. I hunt everything from very thick cover to wide open country. I have taken more animals with my bow than I have my rifle just because I archery hunt more than I rifle hunt. The closest elk I have taken with a rifle is 3 feet (not yards) in 1989. My longest shot on a mule deer was 675 yards with my Browning A-Bolt 7MM RM (26" barrel). My longest shot on a coyote is 842 yards with my Ruger Mark II 22-250 (26" bull barrel). Do you think I am not a hunter for taking elk and deer past 250 yards. Think

This is the type of stuff that divides hunters and allows the antis to get in deeper. Hunting is hunting no matter what type it is as long as it is legal.

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elk, I said that I wouldn't

elk, I said that I wouldn't take a shot beyond 250 yards. I didn't say that your not a hunter if you shoot beyond that. The antis dig in deeper when an ethical kill is questionable.