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Ranging elk with Mils

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Unread 09-21-2011, 09:21 AM
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Ranging elk with Mils

I have looked around, but couldn't find what I am looking for.
I am trying to find average measurements for an elk (bull and cow). I want to have these just in case I can't laser range while I am hunting. Once I have the measurements, I can figure out the distance.

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    Unread 09-21-2011, 11:53 AM
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    Top of back to Belly is around 28 inches to the best of my Knowledge.
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    Here you go covered in this post:
    The Case For Mil-Scale Reticles In Elk Hunting (What I Have Learned)

    (27 inches) 3/4 mil assumption on a Bull, may want to use (24 inches) 2/3 on a Cow. So...

    (.75 x 1000)/ Mils read in your scope should give you your distance. You could do a nice little range card at 50 yard increments as a quick reference so you dont have to screw with the math, difficult for some under stress. Sounds like you probably already know all this just thought I would put it in one place.
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    heads are 18in tip of nose to back of head dont matter after there mature weather bull or cow.
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    You can't really use averages if your off at all with your guess of a measurement of an elks chest than you are way of on your range. It is an extremely acurate way to range if you know the exact size of the object. When you play around measuring things of unknown size with your reticle and then figuring out the range you will be shocked how far of you are when you use your range finder. I played with it for quite a while sometimes I was within as close as 4 yards other times I was 130 yards off. I came to the conclusion ranging with my reticle has no use in a hunting setting for me.
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    Cows will measure from 22-26in depending on the age of the cow, bulls run a couple inches larger in most cases around here. My back up for a range finder issue is getting closer or going home, milling is just not reliable enough at the ranges I need to dial to be a viable option.
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    Re: Ranging elk with Mils

    Very good input guys.

    Thank you very much!

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