Re: Whats "LONG RANGE"?
I can't believe I'm letting myself get sucked into this question, instead of sitting back and laughing.
Just a few of my thoughts and beliefs. You can't answer this question for someone, only yoursef if you're honest.
Just a few of my thoughts when making a shot on game.
-what platform prone / off a bench
-do you take spotters or is your 1st shot the one that counts
-what are you willing to accept as a max 1st shot +or - POI. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10inches
-what do you consider min energy, or dont you care.
-what are the conditions / for those with ETH--- ok I wont say the "E" word although most of us live by it. wind angle etc.
I cant answer this question for you, If you put in the practice and time loading shooting and laying up at night thinking when it comes time to pull the trigger you will know in your heart if it's right or wrong.... DONT let anyone tell you what is right or wrong for you and dont feel you need to be able to shoot as long as the next guy. I have been fortunate enough to shoot and hunt with some people on this site that most would consider good solid long range hunters. Also had the chance to see a few others blow shots that I feel were not hard shots. It coud have been the pressure of experienced guys watching or just LOA. Do you want to post and article about your hunt shooting an animal in the ASS at close to 1K or shorten up and get into your comfort zone and put a DRT shot on it. Thats up to you but I know my answer.
Most of my hunting is done with a 300WSM or 6BR I limit my shots to the conditions of the day. I've taken deer past 500yards with the br and have also passed the same shot with the WSM due to poor conditions. All of the shots I passed with the WSM I would have taken on a good day without hesitation, and if I had the 300 RUM or 338 Lapua I would have also shot
Know your equipment, know yourself , I respect the guy who passes up a shot rather than ass shoots an animal just to say they killed something at long range.
I believe long range starts when you have to make scope adjustments to hit a target or animal and the extent is determined on an individual basis. What is easy for one may be a great feat for others.
"Fast is fine accurate is final"