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I am curious about just how far you are willing to #6009419 11/04/15 01:04 AM
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Take a shot with a rifle at a deer this coming Saturday? Curious if it would change based on the animal?

First is a doe:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Second is a cull buck:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Third is a Trophy buck:
100yds
200yds
300yds
400yds
500yds
750yds
1000yds

Guys, I am really requesting honest answers here which means having the rifle, scope etc in which to make the shot.

This is the first year I have ever hunted when I have the rifle/scope combo along with appropriate practice where I would consider taking a shot beyond 200 yards on a buck.

So my answers are as follows:

Doe - Perhaps as far as 500 yards depending on the conditions which I will define below. That being said I won't have to because I will have a chance at a much shorter distance and I will always take the shorter shot.

Cull Buck - As far as 500 yards again depending on conditions.

Trophy Buck - I am pretty sure I won't take a shot at more than 300 yards.

The conditions I am talking about is the wind. The wind would need to be pretty sedate in order for me to attempt a shot beyond 300 yards.

As for a hog I would take a shot out to 1200 yards.

And just for the record. I have two 6.5 Creedmoor rifles that I have shot at long range and with my custom Creedmoor I have been able to hit out to 1200 yards in relatively calm conditions. In high gusty winds I wouldn't even think of shooting a deer at more than 300 yards.


Please guys do not make this about the ethics of taking said shots at least beyond your own ethics, IE: For me to shoot beyond XXX yards would be unethical. And please do not infer that those who would are unethical. I have come to realize that the shots above taken by someone who has the ability and equipment is just not that difficult.

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009450 11/04/15 01:12 AM
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1000 yds iron sights. 30-30 Model 94 150'grain bullet



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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Kenny Powers] #6009477 11/04/15 01:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: Kenny Powers
1000 yds iron sights. 30-30 Model 94 150'grain bullet


Thanks for being so honest....and serious

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009488 11/04/15 01:26 AM
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About 200 yards on all of the above for me.

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With the wind and rain we have forecasted I don't have a clue.

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009528 11/04/15 01:38 AM
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200+ max for me. Not 300.

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009541 11/04/15 01:44 AM
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400 max on a trophy, if I have a rock solid rest. I don't shoot Does or Culls, I let the kids take care of those. 400 max on Hogs. All my rifles are sighted in at 200.

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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: swmays] #6009547 11/04/15 01:47 AM
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doe, cull??? 300-400 max. A trophy deer that is worthy of respect for who he is? 200 max.

I get the allure of long range shots. Do it all you want. But for me when it comes to a trophy animal there are too many variables. As you stated - wind alone is a factor that causes mistakes. On our lease a shot at a trophy buck that is more than 200 yards is not allowed. A majestic animal deserves the respect of minimizing any errors. If I see a trophy that is more than 200 yards I go after him - that means stalking and trying to do a sneak on him to within 200 yards - it is called hunting - not shooting.

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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009552 11/04/15 01:49 AM
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Why are some deer worthy of more respect than others? Why are some animals more respectable than others?

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: 8th1] #6009554 11/04/15 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: 8th1
About 200 yards on all of the above for me.


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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009569 11/04/15 01:57 AM
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300 on all the above. I don't shoot as much as I used too and wouldn't trust my shot beyond that right now.


Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009571 11/04/15 01:58 AM
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My longest shot ever on a deer was 284 yds. measured with a range finder. I won't shoot beyond 200 unless I know the exact distance. Also, I have a ballistic plex scope so I don't have to guess hold over. If the wind is howling, I won't take a shot much over 100. Just my personal preferences. I'll sling lead at a hog no matter the distance.


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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009612 11/04/15 02:15 AM
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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009614 11/04/15 02:17 AM
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Longest shot from any of my stands is 600 yards. I've shot yotes at that range, but not deer.

Doubtful I take a shot at a buck from over 200 yards and likely much closer. I can't tell a trophy from some of the culls at 400 yards, so I wouldn't take the shot. I question those who say they can. I'm the only hunter on 450 family owned acres and have had that privilege for almost 20 years. I know my herd well, but not well enough to risk a mistake. Granted, I'm picky having taken 3 "trophies" in those 20 years and the first two wouldn't be trophies today.

Will say terrain makes a big difference. When I mule deer hunted on the plains, taking 600 yard shots wasn't out of question. Can't have a shot half that distance on place I currently hunt without many trees and elevation change.

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Doubtful I take a shot at a buck from over 200 yards and likely much closer. I can't tell a trophy from some of the culls at 400 yards, so I wouldn't take the shot. I question those who say they can.

Swarovski optics, yea I can tell the difference between a cull and trophy at 400 yards.


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Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009640 11/04/15 02:32 AM
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I will take a shot at a deer within 400 yards as long as the conditions are right and the shot is not rushed. I prefer shots inside 300 yards as I sight my rifle so no sight correction is needed out to this distance. Hogs and coyotes will get lead thrown at them at any distance. My longest shot was a coyote at 436 yards and I have taken several animals in the 300 to 400 yard ranges.

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I don't shoot over 175-200 on any deer, yote or pig would be different. I don't practice enough to shoot past that, I don't care if it's my biggest buck ever.

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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Why are some deer worthy of more respect than others? Why are some animals more respectable than others?

Agree

Re: I am curious about just how far you are willing to [Re: Deerhunter61] #6009722 11/04/15 03:02 AM
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Under ideal conditions about 350 yards for me on deer and hog. I have taken a few shots farther than that before and connected but I wouldn't do it again. I have seen times with heavy winds that I wouldn't have shot past 100 yards though.

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Originally Posted By: tlk
doe, cull??? 300-400 max. A trophy deer that is worthy of respect for who he is? 200 max.

I get the allure of long range shots. Do it all you want. But for me when it comes to a trophy animal there are too many variables. As you stated - wind alone is a factor that causes mistakes. On our lease a shot at a trophy buck that is more than 200 yards is not allowed. A majestic animal deserves the respect of minimizing any errors. If I see a trophy that is more than 200 yards I go after him - that means stalking and trying to do a sneak on him to within 200 yards - it is called hunting - not shooting.


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200yds deer, no distance on varmints good practice

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300 yards max. I can ring the steel out to 800 yards. My rifle can shoot 1/2 MOA. But for me in target shooting I can take my time, I don't have the adrenaline rush and I know the exact distances. In the field I typically have much less time to ensure I dial in the DOPE correctly. Lastly the longest distance I have to in my shooting lanes is just shy of 225 yards.

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I'd feel comfortable up to 200 but that doesn't mean I would do it. Regardless of animal. My longest kill was 150. I know that's chump change for some of you but I'd rather enjoy the view than mess up - again, regardless of the animal.


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Maybe 300 on a trophy if I have time to range him and a good rest. We have does out the wazzoo, no need to stretch on one and take a risk, at least until my .308 is finished and Chad develops a load for it.


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200 yards for me on anything but prefer about 80


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