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Old 01-09-2011, 11:49 AM
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Long-Range Hunting

Just this week I shot a .223 out to 500 yards, and I was surprised that I was within about 5 or 6 inches at 500 yards. This was my first time shooting at long-range, so I'm just curious if there are folks out there with enough experience to be comfortable shooting deer-sized game beyond 500 yards. I wouldn't take a shot without knowing I could kill an animal quickly, so I'm just curious if that's really possible at long distances.

I'm not really looking for the answer, "shoot only as far as you're comfortable". I certainly understand that. I've seen guys on youtube shooting out to 1000 yards, and I've always thought they just don't publish the videos showing the wounded animals. Based on my accuracy at 500 yards on my first attempt, though, I think it may be possible to shoot at greater distance with pretty amazing accuracy. I know the .223 isn't the round for that, but with a .260, are long-range shots pretty certain, assuming its fired by someone with skill?

Like I said, I'm new to the long-range shooting thing, and I was hoping the forum's membership could give me a little guidance.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 01-09-2011, 12:11 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

As a rule we don't discuss the ethics.

Your ethics are different than mine and that doesn't make either of us wrong.

Here is my simple definition. I shoot as far as I am capable.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:14 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

Comfortable taking a deer out to 500 yards?
Sure.
Comfortable doing it with a 223?
No way.

You have to be confident in your ability to take the shot and place the bullet where you want it to go. Not only is the distance involved important but also the environmental conditions; wind, elevation differences, etc....

You also have to know what kind of damage your round will inflict at the given range as well.
You probably should not attempt to take a deer at 500 yards with any 223 rem regardless of it's accuracy and your confidence to place the shot where you want. If you are shooting a round that is "fit for purpose" it is up to the shooter.

Taking a shot at an animal at 500 yards if you have not shot your rifle in differing conditions at that range is not a recipe for success (cleaning putting the animal down).

Animals get wounded and lost at 100 yards, just it happens at 1000 yards, if the shooter is responsible those situations can be minimized.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:15 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

Speaking of a 223. Here's a technical article by a member who accurately shot his out to a 1 mile.

Shooting a 223 to a Mile Accurately By Jerry Teo
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:35 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

I dont have my Ipod with me but i believe my edge has more energy at 1000 yards than a 223 does at a 100.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:38 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

To clarify, I am not talking about my .223 as a 1000 yard gun, much less a 1000 yard deer gun. I know it's not. I'm talking about a .260. Thanks to all who have responded - I appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:18 PM
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Re: Ethics of Long-Range Hunting

There is a pretty recent post same as this, try a search. This forum has a Rule type section, and this is a Not discussed item, just trying to get you up to speed. Follow posts and you will see many here have the equip. and know how to LRH effectively
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