Iím new to this site. Iím currently working in the Ďdesertí (Dubai) and I really appreciate this site to keep up my interest in long range hunting. The below story on Rabbit Hunting in Utah got me interested to put together a note on bunny-busting back home in New Zealand (N.Z) last summer.
There are no shortage of rabbits in the farm lands of N.Z. One evening last January I set-up in a field facing an adjacent hillside. Glassing and range-finding the area I spotted seven rabbits at various locations in the same general area. Closest was 280 yards, the further-est 330 yards. A leisurely five minutes and seven empty cases later all had been dispatched with 87 grain V-max. I was quite surprised none were scared of by each bang and associated thump.
My rig is a trued Remington 700 LTR that I re-barreled with a True-Flite 27 inch barrel in 6BR (1-10 twist). It has a Vais muzzle break. One benefit of the brake (I believe) is that it also bleeds off some of the noise thus not allowing its intensity to carry as far. As long as there is reasonable space between the bunnies, and you are far enough away, they just sit munching grass and waiting for Mr V. Max to arrive. I went with 6BR for its accuracy. It easily achieves quarter-inch MOA if Iím on top of my game. And it has enough power as Iím unlikely to be engaging critters beyond 400yds on the farm where I shoot.
The last shot for the summer was my best so far! Two bunnies were sitting in one corner of a field, I was in the other. I couldnít engage straight away as they were immediately in front of a barn. So I got set up and waited. One moved off to the right, stopped, hunched down facing straight-on towards me 300 yards away. I put the Nightforce crosshairs in the middle of its chest then waited to see what the second rabbit would do. As hoped it began to follow the first bunny. As it passed in front of its stationary friend I let loose. On walking to the other end of the field I was glad to find two lifeless rabbits. The front bunny was nearly cut in half. Its stationary friend, 6-feet behind the first, had taken the same bullet square in the chest where I had initially aimed. It had a 1 inch entry hole, no exit, and was now wearing a nice red dusting of Ďbunny-mistí from the first. After demolishing the first rabbit that V-max had not deviated one bit. A great way to conserve ammo!
Needless to say I canít wait to hit the bunnies again when Iím back in N.Z (Kiwi-land) this March.
Happy New Year all.