Re: Long shot for my 30-06
For my hunting rifle in 30-06, I have put a shooting limit of 700yds. It is a range that I have enough scope elevation for, the bullet will arrive with enough vel to do fatal damage, I can range easily with my Leica 800, and most importantly, is the range that I can confidently put my bullets into the kill zone.
The lethal limits of the 30-06 with a 165gr bullet is probably out to 900yds. The problem is can you shoot well enough in hunting situations to get the job done?
Shoot at the ranges you want to hunt at. You may be surprised that your sub MOA rifle isn't. When I was load developing, I too had sub MOA groups at 200yds. However, at longer ranges, there was so much vertical stringing that I would have been happy hitting a 2.5 MOA target. A change of powder and I was back to shooting true sub MOA groups at long range.
Use hunting positions most common to your styles of hunting. You will quickly find that max range and effective range are very different.
When still hunting, I will not shoot beyond 400yds. Just not steady enough from field rests. From a bipod, off the hood situation, I can go to my max 700yds.
My load is a 165gr SST over H4350 with a muzzle vel of 2750fps. This is a consistent sub MOA rifle, if I do my part. I have shot this rifle accurately to over 1000yds, but they don't build concrete benches in the bush.