Re: I almost got to use my load at 800 yds yesterday.
It sounds like you made the right choice. Most of us would do the same. Including myself. I know it would be tempting! But I would have to pass
If I knew someone was there, even if I couldnt see him in the scope, even if he were in the general direction, I would still pass.
Hunting isnt like being in a hastoge situation where the shooter might have to shoot an inch away from a hostages head to incipasitate his target.
In this day and age activists are looking for any angle to smear hunters like us and even some hunters dont generaly like long range hunters as most of them think we are not responible. Even though we know we are because of the intense practice and knowledge we aquire that our practice and research leeds us to. I belive a true long range hunter can take game more cleanly more often at 600 yards and beyond than a typical hunter can at 200 yards. That hunter may out hunt us any day of the year, but he will never out shoot us. Most typical hunters do not understand this though and most would be pissed off if we pulled a stunt like that
That is just my opinion.
Keep up the good ethics!
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.