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Unread 01-11-2009, 12:48 AM
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long range big game

I am planning on getting into hunting elk at ranges up to 800 or 900 yards away. what would be the best cartridge and scope to use.
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Unread 01-11-2009, 02:14 AM
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Re: long range big game

Originally Posted by wthwind View Post
I am planning on getting into hunting elk at ranges up to 800 or 900 yards away. what would be the best cartridge and scope to use.


In my opinion, the best is a very subjective term. I think any of the big 30's to 338's work well on elk at those ranges. 300 RUM, 338 RUM or improved versions of it, 338 LM ect...The important thing here is accuracy, shot placment AND bullet proper bullet selection.

As far as scopes go......So many of them work so well. The lupy mark 4's to Nightforce are all top performers. Again it boils down to application. Make sure what ever you use has either adjustable turrets or hold over marks on the reticle. The leupold TMR works well for these calibers to 800-900 yards. The Night force NP-R1, NP-R2 and MLR also work very well. I prefer the MLR with the Mil radian turrets as I do all my adjustmenst and calculations in Mils.
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.
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Unread 01-11-2009, 02:30 AM
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Re: long range big game

welcome! There are lots of answers to that question with all these threads. Have a look around and do a little research. Lots to learn.

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