Originally Posted by liltank
I voted +1000 because I have access to a very good shooting 338 Lapua, but would not hesitate to drop the hammer with my 308 to 850. If my new powder, bullet combo works out, then deer better stay 950yds and out or they are in the freezer!
I voted 1000+ as well.... but it all depends on the firearm and the conditions. I too have a 338 amongst others., probably too many according to the wife.....
You basically have 24 inches between the backbone and the leg so anything in that area with proper kenitic energy and expansion will do the deed and I've never seen a deer drop right in it's tracks at distance. They always continue on, hopefully, for a short distance at best.
My 308 I would limit the shot to 500 maximum however.
We typically don't see that range up here. The area we hunt in is wooded so a long range shot is pretty much out of the question. Most shots here are less than 250 yards, sometimes, much less.
I would be hesitant at any long range shot offhand and most of our shots here are offhand, like in the woods and flush a bambi.....