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Location: North Carolina and Proud of it!!
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I am curious what the rest of the hunting population does to get ready for the hunting season?

Myself I sight in my rifle the usual 3” high at 100 yds
Then I take a 2x10x10 piece of lumber and sit it up on the ground against the hillside "in my pasture great backstop"
Then I shoot at it using the hunting positions- it moves and finally gets to where it is in pieces then you shoot the larger piece

10x10 is about the size of the kill zone on the big game animal

It works for me
Now how about you?

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Location: Murray KY
Joined: 01/23/2008
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I set my rifle dead on at 100 yards. There's nowhere you can shoot past 300 on any property I hunt so it works out. Shooting a 300 mag with 150 grain Winchester SuperX the drop at 200 is vivrtually nonexistant. I don't know If you knew, but I found a cool trick to set in your rifle quickly without burning a lot of ammo. Get your sandbag and table and sgoot at your target. FREEZE! hold your rectical where you were aiming for. Then get your buddy to turn the knobs on the scope until it's where you want it. Shoot again to check and make any fine tunings you need to make. I've only ever had to shoot 3.

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Location: Wooster, OH
Joined: 03/03/2008
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whtailtaker wrote:
I am curious what the rest of the hunting population does to get ready for the hunting season?

Myself I sight in my rifle the usual 3” high at 100 yds
Then I take a 2x10x10 piece of lumber and sit it up on the ground against the hillside "in my pasture great backstop"
Then I shoot at it using the hunting positions- it moves and finally gets to where it is in pieces then you shoot the larger piece

10x10 is about the size of the kill zone on the big game animal

It works for me
Now how about you?
I just bought a bore sighting kit. It works great and saves on expensive ammo.

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Location: Kingston, MI
Joined: 01/16/2007
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I live in a shotgun only zone. I sight in my 12 ga. Ithica model 87 DeerSlayer dead on at 100 yards.

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Location: Aurora, Ohio
Joined: 03/11/2008
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I use the Max Point Blank Range method.
For example:
Winchester accubond .300WSM 180gr
Max point Blank Range when sighted in at 252yds is 297yds
The bullet path stays within 3" above or below the line of sight
From the ballistics calculator I can see the 50yd & 100yd increments.
So a day at the range goes like this:
Set up at 50yds continue to shoot from a rest until I get the best 3 shot group 1.0" high.
Move to 100yd continue to shoot from a rest until I get the best 3 shot group 2.5" high.
All things being equal I am sighted in at 252yds with out having to find a 300yd range
At this point I've done a lot of shooting. So now that I know the rifle is dead on I wait until my next range visit to work on various shooting positions.
Complicated, some-what but you will hunt confident knowing you can aim dead on from 50yds to 297yds and the bullet will arrive +/- 3 inches.

Part 2
In the field, where you don't always get a good rest, I put the verticle crosshair on the foreleg and the horizontal crosshair half way up the chest.
This worked well for me in South Africa. I shot a Wildebeeste at 60 yds. The shot was high, but he dropped like a box of rocks. Conversely I shot a Blesbok at 140yds and put the bullet through the center of the heart. Both times I shot with no hold over. On that trip I took five animals with six shots.

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