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Location: louisiana
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long shot

i am intrested in taking long shots is there a specific or a recommended caliber for the maximum distance I have recently purchased a 7mm ultra mag and it does fairly well but im looking to reach further help

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long shot

What are you taking the long shots at? The caliber will depend on the type of game or if you are target shooting.

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Location: louisiana
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long shot

i am really interested in big game shots but i also like to do target shooting i am new at the target shooting aspect any info would be helpful

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long shot

Here's a link to gun ranges in your State. Some have both 100 & 200 yard setups.

http://www.packing.org/range/louisiana/

There is also considerable discussion taking place here in the Firearm Section "shooting skills" that you shoud read

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Location: Summit, IL
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that 7mm UM will reach further than you can and very efficiantly....As far as taking game....Since you are obviously new to the long range please get that out of your head. Too many variables to taking long shots and I do get tired of tracking wounded animals to finish them off

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Location: louisiana
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as far as taking game with long shots thats not a problem i have been shooting a 375 um for 2 years. i am looking for a gun with less recoil but with long range ability

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Re: long shot
hatchcock wrote:
i am really interested in big game shots but i also like to do target shooting i am new at the target shooting aspect any info would be helpful

If you are new to Target then you CAN NOT BE PRACTICED.....You should NOT be taking long range shots at game animals.. A common missconception is that "Oh I have a big Magnum that means I can take 500 yard shots" WRONG dead wrong. Only well practiced shootists should even think about attempting this and even then, if they are good hunters, they wont. A good hunter owes it to the game to make a clean and efficiant kill shot..Ill say it again...Just cuzz you have a gun that will reach out there does NOT mean YOU can...Many of todays rifles have the capability to get out to 700 to 900 yards with plenty of punch to drop an elk....The problem is...What that elk does in the split second after you pull that trigger or a gust of wind that you didnt see in the middle of the shot path....Or a small sapling that you couldnt see at 500 yards....TO MANY VARIABLES....And sorry but you aint ready...You said it yourself that you are new to target....Anything above 250 yards (and thats a generous figure) should be practiced diligently and in all varying conditions. Again...Just cuzz you have a Weapon thats capable does NOT mean YOU are. Please understand that. Im not trying to be mean or arrogant or chastizing...Just trying to get it through to you as plainly as possible. Ive spent a lifetime shooting and practicing both in Military and hunting...Can get 10 outta 10 in the ringer at 1000 meters but will I take a shot over 400 yards...No...Why?? Because of the variables....I normally wont even shoot over 200 yards unless its the last day of the hunt, I can get no closer, I need the meat, and the conditions, such as Mellow relaxed Elk, No winds, No significant difference in elevations, I know the round and its capabilities, Open area in case it runs for a bit so I can spot it from my position and mark it. And those are just to name a few. There are MANY others to think about in a long range shot.

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The worst thing I found with long distant shooting is Winddrift. In a 10 mph crosswind a 180 grainer out of your rifle will drift 18 inches.at a 500 yard target. No big deal some might say,but that crosswind seldom stays the same for the 500 yards or at least not where I live.
Now if you can consistantly shoot nice tight groups at 200-250 yards, then try some longer range shooting at a range.

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Location: Wyoming
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Wanna shoot at maximum range? Try this trick on your radio:

"Bravo-Two-Six this is Sierra-Five-Seven, Adjust fire, over...."

1000 meters? Bah. This trick works out to 18,500 meters, depending on your shooter. You might have to watch out for someone shooting back at you, but hey, that's half the sport, right?

Here's the website that'll get you started: http://www.goarmy.com

Please don't associate "Target Shooting" with "Hunting". They're not the same thing.

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Location: North Louisiana
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LR Shooting?

Well....here's another 'genius' whose in 'kindergarden' attempting to work calculus problems! Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,) Seems like 'Hathcock'.....feels as if he's ready to 'break eggs' wif his 'shooter' from 1000 yds. and probably at present time he'd do good to hit a 55 gal. drum from 300 yds.!! Brick Wall,) Shame on You! Frankly 'Hathcock'...I don't give a rip if I offend you or not concerning this issue because you should have enough sense to know that LR shooting isn't something that's learned in 15 minutes and that rifle you've got is probably no more capable of doing it's work than your are of holding on a target at LR sufficient enough to break a decent shot! Cry Cry

Oh...that forum name you're using was a friend of mine whose deceased and if he were alive today he'd relate to you what I've just written!! It took him several years to attain the proficiency he developed after having the best instructors in the world teach him!!

My suggestion to you is "finish kindergarden first and work yourself up through the ranks"! You won't learn LR shooting reading a 15 minute dissertation on the subject! Shame on You! Shame on You!

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Re: LR Shooting?
RMulhern wrote:
Well....here's another 'genius' whose in 'kindergarden' attempting to work calculus problems! Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,) Seems like 'Hathcock'.....feels as if he's ready to 'break eggs' wif his 'shooter' from 1000 yds. and probably at present time he'd do good to hit a 55 gal. drum from 300 yds.!! Brick Wall,) Shame on You! Frankly 'Hathcock'...I don't give a rip if I offend you or not concerning this issue because you should have enough sense to know that LR shooting isn't something that's learned in 15 minutes and that rifle you've got is probably no more capable of doing it's work than your are of holding on a target at LR sufficient enough to break a decent shot! Cry Cry

Oh...that forum name you're using was a friend of mine whose deceased and if he were alive today he'd relate to you what I've just written!! It took him several years to attain the proficiency he developed after having the best instructors in the world teach him!!
My suggestion to you is "finish kindergarden first and work yourself up through the ranks"! You won't learn LR shooting reading a 15 minute dissertation on the subject! Shame on You! Shame on You!

Im really starting to like this guy Thumbs up

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