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Long Range Hunting

Hey Sarge. I have mixed feeling's here. If your using a bullet that is best suited from 3-500yds, what do you do with the 150yd shot? What I do is pick a good bullet, there's lots of them and zero the rifle in to MPBR at a 6" target and let my load define the limits of my shooting. I have no doubt of my ability to shoot beyond 300 yds but to do so means I have to shoot beyond the ability of my rifle/load. I have taken a very long shot once just to see what would happen. Sent a 140gr Hornady out of my 6.5x06 at a deer just under 400yds. He's the catch, I knew what would happen right from the begining if I did my job. "Just to see what would happen" is nothing more than the excuse I used to justify the shot. I could have gotten well within 200yds, maybe under had I wanted to.

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Long Range Hunting

200 yards and under I make the spine shot. I don’t like having to hunt after I’ve hunted. I prefer to drop them were they stand.

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Long Range Hunting

I just use one bullet type and grain for all my biggame. I zero for 200 yrds range for my particular bullet and load. Then I know every point the bullet impacts from 50 yrds out to 400 yrds. But me personally, I like to keep my shots inside of 200 yrds if I could and nearly always do.

I like to keep things simple in the field and not have to reset my zero every time to compensate for changing different bullets or loads. I've just found over the years that keeping things simple in the field is a better for me and the game I'm persuing.

Amen to the stuff about knowing your equipment and practicing. That's a very important thing. The whole keep-it-simple philosophy helps in that regard as well.

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Re: Long Range Hunting

Here is my new Long Range Hunting Rig, Custom 300 Rem Ultra Mag.

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Re: Long Range Hunting

Have you had a chance to shoot it yet?

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Re: Long Range Hunting

No sir not yet, I'm going to buy some brass and start working some loads for 150gr bullets to start with.

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Re: Long Range Hunting

150gr bullet is on the light side for a 300RUM. You'd probably do better to load 180's or 200gr bullets for this round. You don't want the bullet blowing up on impact. I've seen it happen on eastern whitetails, much less an elk or larger animal. Too light in my opinion.

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Re: Long Range Hunting

If I decide on a 150gr bullet for Antelope, Caribou and Deer it's going to be a Nosler Partition or a TSX something that wouldn't fragment at high velocity. When I bring this rifle Elk huntng later this November it will be loaded with 180gr pills.

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ELK-AHOLIC,

Here is what happens with a high velocity 139 gr Hornady Interlock out of a 7MM RUM at 120 yards. That is the entrance hole. The tip blew up and the back of the bullet went straight through and exited the neck. Now I only use the Interbonds.

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Re: Long Range Hunting

Looks like it did the trick.

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