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My

Total comfort confidence zone is 300/350 yards. My under ideal conditions with a solid rest is 400 to slightly over.

I don't doubt that I could learn to get em at further ranges but I haven't had the time and or resources such as a 500 yard or more shooting range and learning the finer details beyond Kentucky windage for long range shooting. Even with that I don't believe I'll ever shoot at game animals much beyond 500 yards if I ever even do that. For me personally there is a line where hunting stalking skills diminishes that I'm not willing to go beyond. That is a personal thing and I don't decry those that do otherwise.

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Whats your hunting rig? The

Whats your hunting rig? The biggest factor is a quality scope that you can get repeatable clickss that are acurate. Those scopes usually aren't cheap. Your run of the mill $500.00 scope wont even do it al the time.

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the longest shot i would ever

the longest shot i would ever try would be 600yds in perfect conditions, i practice most of the time at 400yds and hit heart lung everytime and thats with 8-12 mph winds but i can make that 600yds shot without wind without any problems

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I use a MPBR sight in and I

I use a MPBR sight in and I figure everything beyond that is shooting, not hunting. So depending on the cartridge I'm using out to about 300 yds is it. I have on a couple of occassions shot farther than that but just to say I did it. I could have accomplished the same thing shooting at a piece of paper.

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Question For Midwesthunter

Please tell us a few of the animals and the distances you have shot them with that .338 please.  Because I'm 63 and my eyes are getting even older, LOL, I'm comfortable out to about 300 on deer/antelope and 400+ on elk shooting off my camera tripod.  That being said, the longest shot I've ever attempted was 311 yards on the nice mulie I shot in Wyoming in 2006 because usually I can stalk closer.  To me that is hunting and not those "Best of the West" 600-1000 yard shots on game that you see on TV that make the average guy think he can do that when he probably doesn't shoot a box of shells a year!

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"To me that is hunting and

"To me that is hunting and not those "Best of the West" 600-1000 yard shots on game that you see on TV that make the average guy think he can do that when he probably doesn't shoot a box of shells a year!"

Very true!! I plan putting a 400yd limit on my antelope hunt next year in WY if I get drawn.  However, that will be done as a last resort.  I would much rather do a 200-300yd shot.  From what I have learned so far, it shouldnt be that hard to get within these ranges.  The furthest shot that I have ever made on live game was 351yds on a coyote with a 223.  I practice out to 500yds with my 7mm-08, but I am not consistent enough yet to want to make a shot at that distance on game.  I feel pretty good out to the 400yd mark.

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My average shot seems to be

My average shot seems to be around 200 yards but I have made several out to 425. I would set a comfortable limit for myself at 500 but will only do so if able to go prone for the shot.

This year both my deer came at less than 50 yards and I am much more happy with that.

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Seeing as how our .338 hunter

Seeing as how our .338 hunter never came back on the thread to answer my question, maybe he is just shooting the bull rather than animals at 1200 yards with that gun, LOL!!!

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yup

Topgun 30-06 wrote:

Seeing as how our .338 hunter never came back on the thread to answer my question, maybe he is just shooting the bull rather than animals at 1200 yards with that gun, LOL!!!

Yeah I'd say so.  I'm not saying it's not possible to do so, but it would be a lucky shot to hit right in the vitals at those distances and I think it's terribly irresponsible to attempt those shots, I don't care what high tech gear anyone may be using.  Sure you can hit an elk at that range, but where on that elk will the bullet hit??  Like I say, it's called hunting and along with hunting comes a whole lot of other strategies and ethics that only a hunter would know.  People who only plink, shoot paper targets, or play sniper probably don't understand what hunters know as far as clean humane shots.  Most of those outdoor tv shows (like Best of the West) are advertisements for products, their aim is to sell scopes, rifles, and ammo for someones brand. 

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A couple of years ago three

A couple of years ago three of us went moose hunting and the guide ask us what our max shooting distance was. All three of us are comfortable at taking a 400 yd shot on a moose under the right conditions. One of use was shooting a 300 Win mag and regularly practices at 400 yds and has killed mule deer past 400 yds. One was shooting a 7mm Rem Mag and regularly kills deer with one shot past 300 yds. I was shooting the 338 Federal cartridge and practice at 300 & 400 yds.  Now I would not try a shot at 300 to 400 yds except under optimum conditions, ie: steady gun rest, no wind, game standing broadside. Unfortunatly we never saw a moose on that trip.

Two years ago I declined to shoot at the biggest buck that I have ever seen because he was standing head on to me at 287 yds (lazer ranged) with a 30 mph cross wind. While the rifle I was carrying was capable of the shot, I knew that I wasn't!.

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