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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


How far away will you shoot at a deer?

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Unread 03-19-2012, 01:13 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

I have a rock outside my back porch that sits 917 yards. I can consistently get cold bore kills on it with wind up to 10-12 mph no problem. I feel in perfect no wind conditions I could make 1,000 yard hit no problem. The few times I have practiced at 1,000 or past I have had good results with little wind but when it kicks up boy it takes some practice!
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Unread 03-19-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

1,000 yards. That's when my 300 runs out of gas. We practice at that range so that anything inside a 1,000 in the perfect conditions, not a doubt.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 08:24 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

Originally Posted by paphil View Post
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!
Agreed. Too many people go out once a year and take a shot that:

1. They didn't range
2. They couldn't hit
3. Hopping they "get it"

I limit myself to 600 but could push it and I shoot at least 200 rounds every weekend.

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Unread 03-20-2012, 05:35 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

600 is my limit for now since that is as far as I have verified my drop on a couple of different rigs. In perfect conditions my Stiller Predator 7mm STW would put a bullet within 3" of point of aim nearly 100% of the time at 600 yds.
The critters have to win every time, I only have to win once.

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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:06 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

Maximum range depends upon the conditions at the time!
"You don't have no idea how little I care!"

Monte Walsh
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Unread 03-21-2012, 07:05 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

I'm comfortable at 500 now. I'm working on stretching that out to 750.
My loads and caliber choices start to fall off the acceptible energy scale after that.
Just need the time and a place to go practice.
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Unread 03-22-2012, 04:04 PM
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Re: How far away will you shoot at a deer?

I think its kind of like Golf. The bigger and better the ballistics the farther the range to an extent.

Your going to hit the ball farther with a Driver than a 9 Iron. And a pro golfer who practices alot is going to be more consistent than the average Joe.

Me personnally, i use Berger bullets most of the time so i look at where on my ballistic chart that im at 1,800fps. That is my max range for that caliber. If the conditions aren't perfect its closer. The shooting spot we have gets us out to 1,000yds+ so in perfect conditions with the right caliber i would feel comfortable taking a deer at that distance.
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