Originally Posted by Dr. Vette
Up to 600y capability on antelope is my goal. I know it could shoot further but I'm not going to say it is something I'll intentionally have as a goal.
I know that lots of guys here shoot at further distances, but I don't own a Kestrel or any of those things and since it's almost impossible to practice over 500 yards here in Michigan it just doesn't seem realistic to think 1000 yards.
Does a 25-06 have enough poop (terminal velocity) at 600 yards to really be effective on an antelope? I am not being an ass, I just don't know for sure.
For me, I have 3-9 on all of my hunting rifles. 243, 30-06, 300 Savage - and I have NEVER needed more than 9x to kill any deer (black tail and muley). I have killed deer at 400 yards and (to me) do not feel responsible enough as a hunter to take shots further than that. I know lots of guys that shoot at stuff 600-800 yards off-hand and never hit anything, but by god they got the shot off. They all have 24+ power scopes on their obnoxious rifles, and dont bring home the bacon.
What does all this mean? What do you, as a hunter, feel ethically capable of taking an animal at (distance wise)? Me, as I said earlier, 400 yards is MAX on any animal, and that is with a 30-06 that I hit steel plates with at 600 yards all the time. Downrange knockdown is absolutely necessary to taking big game.
So, that said, 4-16 Sightron is perfect. I have that scope on an AR and hunt coyote with it and it is perfect. good tracking, good clicks, great glass, on sale at Midway when I bought it, plus $50 off from Sightron!!