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What's your limit?

What's the longest shot that you will take at a big game animal under perfect conditions?

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I have taken one from 355

I have taken one from 355 yards, but with that said I think I could do 500 with the perfect conditions and a solid rest.  But I do have to say this I much prefeer to get up close and personal with them...feels more like hunting.

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I'm comfortable out to

I'm comfortable out to 400yrds. I havent practiced much beyond that.

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500 yards is my personal

500 yards is my personal limit. I practice frequently with steel plates out to that range. I don't even practice beyond that though. Longest shot I've ever taken was last year's antelope. I can't remember exactly what it rangefinder'ed at but it was somewhere near 470 or 480. That's right at my limit. All three shots hit her in the vitals though. I needed to be shooting a faster expanding bullet and she would have fallen over a little faster.

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Depends on my rifle.  With my

Depends on my rifle.  With my 300 win mag, 300 yards, but with my .270 and smaller big game, 500 yards.  I shoot my .270 more accurately and it has a better scope on it.  I use handloads in it and just factory loads for my .300 right now.  I don't have the time at the range with the .300 either.  My .270 is just a better gun shooting 1/2 moa at 300 yards.  The .300 is hunting accurate, but not 1/2 moa, more like 1 MOA at 300.  Also, I'd have to have a solid prone position for the 500 yard shot.  I killed my last antelope using shooting sticks at a distance of 350 yards, but prefer the prone position for long shots.

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Having never hunted east of the Mississippi, I have never taken a shot over 200 yards.

I used to live where I could set milk jugs filled with water on fence posts at 200 and hit them with regularity.

Since I'll be going west next year, I'm planning on sighting in my rifle for a 250 yard zero (based on ballistic charts).

After we get out there, I'll have the opportunity to see what the rifle and I can do at 400 or so (on paper first, of course).

I'm pretty sure the rifle will do its part - - just hope I can do mine. Yes

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Where out west are you

Where out west are you going?  You might look at some of the post on maximum point blank range.  Some of the posters like to sight their rifle in so it can be accurate to a certain distance without worrying about hold over.  Makes sense and will offer a different perspective on sighting in for longer distances.  I use a Leupold Boone and Crocket scope that has the reticle with holdover points so I don't use the MPBR method.  I sight my rifle in at 200 and then use the corresponding reticle points for longer distances.

I think one thing that some hunters overlook is where to hold for a 50 yard shot.  For my rifle, if I use the 200 yard reticle I am right on for 50 yards.

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I am comfortable with a shot

I am comfortable with a shot to about 300 yards.  However, it depends on the size of the animal.  A target like a southern CA mule deer, all 100 lbs of it, is a little tougher than an 800 lb elk or a 1200 lb moose.  I might push it to 350 or so for them.

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The California mule deer is

The California mule deer is only 100 pounds?  Wow, that is small.

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Yeah, i wouldn't ut them much

Yeah, i wouldn't ut them much past 100-120 lbs on average.  My secretary hit one a couple of years ago that was weighed on the hoof at 201 lbs.  The dressed weight figured at around 162, and the wardens said that was one of the biggest deer they had seen. 

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I would feel good out to 1200

I would feel good out to 1200 yards on elk size game. 1000 on deer size and smaller.

 

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