Originally Posted by MTDOGGER
I was lucky enough to draw a goat tag this year and my new 6.5x284 just got finished as well, I had it made for a light weight pack gun but now Im wondering if I will be a little undergunned for the hunt. I have some heavier guns but that's just it there heavy and I am trying to keep the weight down since ill be backpacking in at high elevations. My question is should I look for another rifle with a little more nock down power or go with what I got? This is kind of a once in a lifetime tag and the last thing I want to do is have a goat jump over a cliff and get all broke up, I no that it could probably happen with any caliber but I would sleep better at night knowing that it is either A plenty of gun or B I need to look for another. This is my first goat hunt so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Bullet placement is a whole lot more important than anything esle and on such a hunt where you'll be doing at least as much mountain climbing as hunting lighter certainly is a major consideration.
As for the caliber itself it's more than adequate even at long range.
Spend a lot of time getting ready by practicing on steep angle shots and in the wind if you can as both are likely to be significant factors in your hunt.