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View Poll Results: How far away will you shoot at a deer?
200 yards 21 4.08%
300 yards 37 7.18%
400 yards 59 11.46%
500 yards 66 12.82%
600 yards 88 17.09%
700 yards 36 6.99%
800 yards 50 9.71%
900 yards 11 2.14%
1000 yards 42 8.16%
More than 1000 yards 105 20.39%
Voters: 515. This poll is closed

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How far away will you shoot at a deer?

 
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:12 PM
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How far away will you shoot at a deer?

Broadside grazing at dawn, no wind, and you are prone.

And you believe there is a 90% chance the shot will kill the deer quickly.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:26 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

That is why I go on the hill to the range just about every day and shoot 6-8 shots at the 1000 yd target , then on down the ridge looking for groundhogs. Different wind, different light, different temperature, practice about every day and pretty soon you will pass on the 90% chance and will be confident of a 100% chance of a kill shot!
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:32 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

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That is why I go on the hill to the range just about every day and shoot 6-8 shots at the 1000 yd target , then on down the ridge looking for groundhogs. Different wind, different light, different temperature, practice about every day and pretty soon you will pass on the 90% chance and will be confident of a 100% chance of a kill shot!
What you said +1.....
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

500, for now. my best LR kill so far was a 4x4 mulie, 1 shot @ ~450 yds at 30deg incline, 165gr factory core-lokt in my buddy's Rem 700 -06 (I had left my own rifle behind :-/ )

I have been comfortable shooting 500 yds at paper for quite some time, but just began reloading and learning to tune my Howa 1500 -06 a few months ago.

I'm sure as I get my gear and its feed tuned in, I'll get comfortable stretching out at least another couple hudred.

As for 1000+, I'm saving my pennies
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:52 AM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

Right now I'm able to shoot at 500 Yards. Trying hard to enhance it.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:21 AM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

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!
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:27 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

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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.....
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