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Unread 12-21-2008, 10:01 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

Hi guy’s’…, just started here’.., yep a cherry!
Seems to me “long range” is 600 yards and up’.., iron is 300 and up for most Military application. I would think, it would depend on “cartridge”, “weapon configuration” and “marksmen’s skills” as to where long range truly begins and ends; for him… for the rest with a scope {tactical} 6 inches/moa’…., or 36 inches with iron at 600 yards is a great starting point.
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Unread 12-21-2008, 10:29 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

As most here have said, the equipment determines a large part of "what is long range." However, the person behind the gun is the biggest driver. For many here, anything under 750 is a chip shot. For some under 1000.

For me personally, I have have equipment that is 1000 yard capable. However, with my experience level, anything over 600 is a stretch.

"Long Range" is a very personal thing. Most of us here are trying to push that number out.................................
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Unread 12-22-2008, 01:13 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

Originally Posted by Clint Tyler View Post
Any time you have to compensate for bullet drop to me is long range. but that all depends on the gun and load. a long shot for a .22 lr is different from a .300 utlra mag.

I agree, well put. I would also say that most hunters do not have 1/4moa adjustable scopes (except those here) and usually 'hold over' for their shots. 300yds with hold over is safe with alot of calibers if the shooter practices. My dad is very effective at 400yds using hold over. 300yds would be considered by most average hunters to be a long way due to their equipment limitations. With my personnal set-up 400-600yds is a midrange very high percentage shot, where as beyond that (700-900yds) is a high percentage longrange shot.
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Unread 12-22-2008, 04:16 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?


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Unread 12-22-2008, 04:39 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

Long range to me is anything beyond a hair hold with the particular cartridge at hand.

Example: As a kid I sighted my 270 with 130 gr bullets 3" high at a hundred yards. When a deer was way out yonder, say four hundred yards, I put the crosshairs the width of the cross hair below the back line and behind the shoulder. If it fell at the shot that was point blank. If I had to hold over, that was long range.

Todays tools: when I run out of crosshair(s) and have to put on an elevated base to get more MOA, that is ultra long range. Or I run out of crosshairs and then have to hold over the back, that is long range.

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Unread 12-24-2008, 10:57 AM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

anything inside 600 yards is starting to feel pretty close these days...

I need to find somewhere close that I can shoot past 650 for practice
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Unread 12-25-2008, 10:33 PM
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Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?

Originally Posted by 300WSMMAD View Post
What is considered long range?
This is a question thats been rolling around in my head for a while,when out on hunting trips its been a great point of discusion with my buddys while glassing.
I understand its peoples perseption of a "long shot" too
One way I looked at it was, anything thats further than largest distance whats printed on a box of ammo generally 400 yrds some times 500 yrds after that its a different realm?

I would really like to hear other opinions or ideas on this
even just a simple eg. 500 yrds + would be enough.

I would like to take this opertunity to wish all members a Safe and Happy Christmas and a windless New Year with many broadside shots for all!

Regards 300WSMMAD

PS. from the recent replys I should have made it more definative, long shot with centre fire rifle on large game.
Sorry for confusion
That would depend on a lot of variables. We could all arm chair this one to death. at the end of the day what is long range to me might not be long range to you.
I would consider anything between 300 and 600 medium range. Past 600 I would consider long range.
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