Originally Posted by kcebcj
My shooting position option of choice out to 300 yards when in steep typical deer and elk terrain is sitting down with my elbows wedged into my knees. I used to practice this position often and got very accurate using it. Now that I hunt out to 700 yards or so I don't shoot out there without getting the rifle steady laying over a back pack or log or boulder. I never shoot at a animal off hand unless the animal is crippled and I'm very close.
In this area that I hunt getting prone is near impossible and using shooting sticks on a steep hillside does not work well so have developed the shooting skills that work in this steep terrain and practice them religiously .
I like the sitting position as well. I never shoot past 200 yards without a good rest on game animals, but I did shoot a coyote at a hair over 300 before from the sitting position.
I'm a little opposite of you for the other two positions. I have given up on the kneeling position. I've never been good at it, and I just go for the sit rather than the kneel if needs be. I do practice shooting offhand though, and I am confident shooting out to 200 yards offhand. I've found that sometimes a guy needs to shoot offhand when hunting in 3 foot + tall grass. Sometimes it is impossible to get prone.
I think it is possible to shoot out to 300 yards or so with these 3 positions, so long as you practice them regularly. I've seen an old timer in Rock Springs, WY make a 335 yard offhand shot. Dead Right There. My jaw about hit the ground!