Originally Posted by nfhjr62
Question: why shoot at such a LONG distancce
I don't wish to offend you, but this is "long range hunting.com" and we're in the long range section. So, I will hope to educate you in a friendly manner here.
My son was so jacked about killing his first elk last year. I warned him that most people will not understand, so be careful about talking about how far you shot.
He went back to school and told some friends and a teacher about his success with the elk. Most of them (including the teacher) told him that it was unethical. Of course my blood started to boil and I wanted to jump in his teachers face and say "dude, my son will take a 1,000 yard target (with me doping the wind) and you take a 600 yard target, and let's wager $1,000 on who is the best shooter". I would have no problem with this wager, cause I know what my son is capable of.
Of course when my blood cooled back down, I told him that sometimes people just won't understand. They are caught by their own limitations and they can't see themselves shooting 1,000 yards at game, so obviously other people can't shoot that far.
What they don't understand is that we have shot so much at 1,000 to 1,400 yards, when we come back to 1,000 yards and the wind is doing it's normal thing, it's actually quite easy and can be a waste of ammo, so we extend the range for more of a challenge....
They also don't understand we use a hand held weather station, ballistic software, range finder (gps on long shots), a magnum caliber 15 pound gun, and a scope (5.5 by 22 night force) that costs more than the average hunters gun.
Soooo, why shoot such a long distance? Because we can, and it's fun. And we shoot all summer and sometimes in the winter at these long distances so when it comes to hunting, it's not a big deal.
I can tell you that I have never lost a game animal doing this....I can't say that this is true for stalking (brush hunting) game the old way. In the past, I can tell you that I have lost at least two wounded animals at short range in my life. And although we spent most of the night and the next day looking, we didn't recover these animals. So, statistically for me, long range has a 100% recovery record on game animals.