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HEY

IM JUS NOW GETTING INTO HUNTING IM BUYING ME A SAVAGE MODEL 10 BAS MOUNTED WITH A 8-32X56 NIGHT FORCE SCOPE ITS IN .308 IM GETTING IT IN JAN. I WAS WONDERING IF I COULD GET TIPS ON HOW ACCURATE THE WEAPON IS, IF IT IS A GOOD WEAPON TO HUNT WITH, AND SOME WHITE TAIL DEER AND BEAR HUNTING TIPS

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The .308 Savage will serve you quite well for either bear or whitetail. However what I would suggest is to down size your scope to a good 3-9 X 40. That will give you all the power that you need for hunting.

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Welcome to BGH and Hunting, 1S1K-xpert

I agree 100% with Critter, great Calibre and Gun selection, way over done on the scope for Deer and Bear.
Whats going to happen is a deer or Bear is gonna walk out and stand perfectly still and broadside at, say,........50 yards and you are gonna throw up your Gun and look thru the scope and see nothing but an indistinguished blob of fur that you won't know if it's rump or heart/lung. Get a fixed 4x or 6x or the Critter recommended 3x9-40 and keep it on 3x or 4x while hunting.

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but will those scopes be able to see out to 700 to 900 yards im going to need something to see that far too because thats what i usually shoot at the range long distance...it will save me a lot of money though

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dont shoot a deer or a bear at that distance that is just stupid in my opinion. Learn to stalk a "little" bit closer. Like the 200 yard range.

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if i add up all the distances of the deer i have taken over the years i don't think it will add up to 900 yds. I agree with the others, get closer and give yourself the challenge of the hunt, rather than the challenge of the shot. Also, how often will you be presented with a shot that far in your hunting location? is the terrain open enough to effectively shoot that far? Is your stand set up to be able to accomodate what is needed to make that kind of shot? I shoot 100yds or less. If it is further than that, i usually can't see the animal clearly, or it is waving goodbye.

Good luck, and have fun!

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I am not saying that those shots cant be done but in my opinion it is not a wise choice because of all of the variables. I have to consistantly shoot from the one hundred to the 250 range where I hunt because it is very open and yet very rugged. This makes it virtually impossible to stalk any closer I have to hunt the wind and watch the movements to try and get ahead of em if they are moving to feed and such.

I feel it is a very poor practice to try and take a game animal over the 300 range.

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TKleather wrote:
I am not saying that those shots cant be done but in my opinion it is not a wise choice because of all of the variables. I have to consistantly shoot from the one hundred to the 250 range where I hunt because it is very open and yet very rugged. This makes it virtually impossible to stalk any closer I have to hunt the wind and watch the movements to try and get ahead of em if they are moving to feed and such.

I feel it is a very poor practice to try and take a game animal over the 300 range.

Agree Shame on You!

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i will however try for a yote at that range the 700 not the 900.

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You"ll need alot more than a big scope to shoot 700-900 yards with a .308.
About the only thing that the .308 will have enough energy left to kill at that range will be Squirrels and Chipmunks.
You aint planning on shooting Alvin are you ? neener!

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JTapia wrote:
You"ll need alot more than a big scope to shoot 700-900 yards with a .308.
About the only thing that the .308 will have enough energy left to kill at that range will be Squirrels and Chipmunks.
You aint planning on shooting Alvin are you ? neener!

I would have to respectively disagree on this one. Having used a .308 for over 20 years now on game a lot harder to hit at longer distances than bear or deer… I can say (from experience) that a .308 does carry enough velocity and energy to kill almost anything you shoot at out to about 7-750yds… IF you make a GOOD shot. The trick is to understand the angle that the bullet will be traveling at that distance… But, as has been said on here MANY… MANY times before, if you HAVE to take a shot over 3-400yds… you aren’t hunting… you are target shooting. As far as scopes go… get whatever you want to get… just keep it on a lower power when you are hunting and you’ll be just fine. I prefer a fixed 10X with a mil-dot recital and an adjustable objective. KNOW your equipment and KNOW your hunting area and you’ll be just fine.

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