08-28-2011, 04:58 PM
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B&C 140 Class
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Texas
All the guys above have already said most of the things that came to mind when I first read your post.
About the only thing I can add is that you need to spend a considerable amount of time on the range to ensure you can [B][U]CONSISTENTLY[U][B] hit what you are aiming at when your target is 300+ yards/meters away. To do that, your rifle needs to be zeroed in at 200 yards. Either that or have a "decent" scope with the yardage/windage built in. (Can't remember the type of scope that's called off the top of my head)
If you can't consistently hit a pie plate (I'm cheap. I use a 9" paper plate.) at 200 yards, you'll only wound the animal you're aiming at instead of putting the round into the vitals area. Make sure you're scope is zeroed at 25 yards, then move to the longer distance ranges and take your time.
Of course, when you've made your choice and have your new "toy" sitting in the living room, you have to send us pictures to let us know what you got. <grin>