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Unread 04-26-2011, 08:12 PM
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How far really?

Whats the actual number or percentage of game animals being taken over 600 yds or are most taken under 600 yds?

Also how often do snipers take tactical shots and engage their targets over 600 yds or are most shots taken under 600 yds?

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Unread 04-26-2011, 08:53 PM
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Re: How far really?

There is a recent poll on this site regarding the distance at which members of this forum have taken game. Not sure about military and LE snipers?
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Unread 04-26-2011, 09:55 PM
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Re: How far really?

The numbers over 600 yards are so insignificant they don't even register. Most are taken well less than that from the elk camps I have been in and know of. Now a few long range guys are out there and take them over 600 yards but they are few by total numbers of big game hunters. The past five years for me out of several bulls the closest was probably near 600 to a long of 908 yards. But I know I can take them at long range so don't bother stalking when I don't need to. I usually set up to cover quite a bit of country.
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Unread 04-26-2011, 10:32 PM
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Re: How far really?

Watch Shawn C. videos he connects regular past 1000. I have bench buddies that shoot antelope at 1000 + on purpose, one filled a doe tag at just under 1600, this is with there bench guns, not a normal type hunting. I tried to think back, AND for this forum, I dont really consider myself in the long range, but I am working on it.I have 3 bulls pushing 600.One 600, one 650, and one 845.Couple of speed goats 550,540.Bear 540. I will admit I have missed my fair share, and clean, on wind calls, mostly.Coyote at 540 also.I am getting help from my bench rest friends, which is a tremendous help, they shoot long and read wind , and mirage all the time, have to be on it with the light bullets.
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Unread 04-26-2011, 11:44 PM
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Re: How far really?

I can say that for me it is easier to get a shot under 300 yards than it is to get a shot past 600 yards. Don't get me wrong, not harder to make the shot, harder to get the shot.

Hunted hard last year to get a good shot at 840 yards. My buddy made the shot and I called it. It took 7 days of hunting and turning down shorter shots.

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Unread 04-27-2011, 12:31 AM
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Re: How far really?

The average LE sniper shot is around 70 yards in an urban environment. I work for a city department and it is unusual to have shots that are much past 100 yards. We use a Bearcat Armored vehicle were we can put a sniper in the turret in front of the house, or across the street on a roof or just about anywhere so shots are not usually very far. If at all possible we have one high and one low. There are only a few places that we might have long shots and that is at one of our airports. I do not know about military.

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Unread 04-27-2011, 08:26 AM
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Re: How far really?

I think for most people (myself included) its not a matter of consistantly shooting an animal at 600+ yards every time you go out. It is a matter of if i have the oppratunity to harvest an animal at that range will i be prepared. That is why i practice to 1000yds. Have i ever shot an animal that far away. No i have not, but if the situation arrises where i have a chance to then i am confident that i will be able to make the shot. In the normal stand that i sit in during rifle season i can see 500yds to my left 450 in front and 800 to my right. Most shots are inside of 300 but have made shots out to 580 from that stand. If you go by all hunters all over the world and the game they have taken i would say that most likely less than 1 percent is actually harvested past the 600yd mark.
Same goes for the military you want to practice as far as your equipment will allow you to although for most operations the shot will be under 600yds.
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