Originally Posted by LouBoyd
A less expensive small caliber cartridge (maybe a 223) will give the best practice if you shoot it at the ranges you hunt. If you choose a bullet with a similar velocity and ballistic coefficient as the bullets you hunt with they will have a similar trajectory and wind deflection. The bullet weights don't need to be the same. At long range drop is the largest source of error but it's very predictable if you can measure or estimate the range correctly. Wind deflection is more difficult to learn to estimate and compensate for. Being able to dope downrange wind from subtle natural indicators is what separates average shooters from experts. Shooting any reasonably accurate rifle canl help teach breathing and trigger control, even a 22LR. What a light cartridge doesn't help is learning to handle recoil. Some practice with the rifle and cartridge you hunt with is still desirable.
I don`t mind recoil anymore! I`m used to shoot 50.BMG and 338 LM so i just need the 223 for Marksmanship practice as u sais breathing and trigger control! I tought about deviding the training in 2 stages
1. 223. Marksmanship(firing positions, trigger control, breathing and so on and consistent accuracy
2. 6.5x284, 300wsm and 7 rem mag to insure maximum accuracy long range for hunting use.
i will also use the 223 for long range Capercaille hunting! in norway i hunt capercaille during the winter on treetops need to be deadly accurate for that!