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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 04:12 PM
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With todays optics and rifles a 300 yd shot should be no problem. A 3x9x40 scope is more than enough glass even for us oldies.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 11:24 AM
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I too was in the Army (Missouri National Guard) and 300 yds was no easy task! Especially with an M-16 with open sights! Now, if I had a scope and I was comfortable with my rifle up to that yardage, I'd have no problem taking that shot. I can't say that I typically take that shot year in and year out,,, but I have before. I can also say I have missed from that distance as well.
I think it all comes down to what one person is comfortable with and to make sure that you are not just shooting to be shooting and hoping to kill the deer. KNOW you are going to make the shot before you shoot- then if you DO miss, then you know it was your breathing or flinching or something else....

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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 02:02 PM
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The Once a year Shooters/Hunters

I see every year at hunter sight in days, the once a year shooters. In some cases these shooters never learned how to shoot. Either they weren't in the Military, or never took the time to master the art of shooting. The majority of them are safe and polite. They just can't shoot worth a xxxx.
As safety Range Officers we are not there to be shooting coaches but we often find ourselvers compelled to offer some suggestions. We also often get to help with zeroing their rifle scopes.
On Friday the day before the Deer opener we get shooters walking up with brand new rifles. The store just mounted their rifle scopes and optically zeroed them. The shooter has 2 or 3 boxes of whatever ammo the clerk talked them into.
1. Untried rifle, it's new?
2. Untried scope, it's new?
3. Was it mounted correctly?
4. Store optically zeroed the scope, what a joke?
5. Shooter's ability, total unknown?
The crazy part is usally we manage to get this person dialed in where they are hitting around the center of the bull before they run out of ammo. But this is the person that really should not be shooting at over 100 yards at an animal.

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2012, 03:00 PM
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Karl you're right on that account. I was thinking for seasoned hunters with hunting rigs they know 300yds is not unethical. Having the right shot at any range is the most important part of shooting. When I was hunting Colorado my 270 WM was sighted in at 200 yds and getting 2" groups. 300 yds would have been well with-in my ethical range. I agree 100% that many hunters with little range time and rifles that were never intended to be long range shooters should limit their shots to a safe yardage with-in their capabilities. Heck with my eyes today I've had to limit all open sight shooting at deer to 50-75 yds. So the answer to the question... know your safe shooting yardage through proper range time, know your rifle's ethical kill range and ballistics and finally apply the above and you won't be chasing wounded game all over the countryside.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 05:17 PM
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And another thing I just thought of is for me it seems like no big deal to shoot long distance, but i am having trouble wrapping my head around getting 100 yards close to a deer. I always thought deer had hyper sensitive ears and nose.
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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Most of my shots are under 25 yards with my muzzleloaders and not much farther with a cartridge rifle. Movement and wind are not your friend...something you should know about.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2012, 07:07 AM
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In the Pennsylvania woods,the average deer kill with a rifle is about 60 yards.You must watch the wind and hunt into it to keep your scent away from the deer.On opening day of our rifle season with hunters disturbing the deer,they may suddenly appear anywhere.
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