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Old 01-04-2009, 03:37 PM
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Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

I'm just curious about this. I know what the site is all about but does anyone have a more common firearm that they use in different parts of the country (or world for that matter), where shots are inside of a couple hundred yards, or even 300?

I've got a few "long range" rifles: 270 AM, 300 RUM, and 7mm Rem Mag, and I guess the 6.5x284 would be considered one also. However, I also use a regular 308, 270, 30.06, and muzzleloader all the time too, which I'm guessing are not really considered to be long range calibers.

I wouldn't consider toting my AM or RUM when I'm hunting in MO, and 2 of the properties in KY as shots are mostly inside of 200 yards. I also have no need for them in SC, TN, or AL when I hunt there.

Being in Ohio, I rely on drawing tags when hunting out west, or the occasional landowner tag, where I'm inclined to bring one of the long range cals. If you live out west and hunt mostly out there, do you always carry your long range rifle? Do you ever hunt where close encounters are somewhat common?
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:09 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

I frequently hunt in a woodland environment where shots do not exceed 200yds and are often quite a bit less.

I enjoy shooting any one of my short(er) range rifles, handguns or bows:

Ruger Deerfield - 44mag
T/C Encore - 45/70
T/C 209x50 - 50cal ML
Tikka - 7mm-08
Lawton custom - .308
Rem 7 custom - .221FB
Ruger SRH - 454 Casull

Not including shotguns & rimfires, 17cal to 10ga :>)
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:21 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

The majority of my deer hunting is done with shots under 100yds ,

I do purposely setup some foodplot and crossing where the shot will be farther , I do this for several reasons , one is to keep other hunters off my stands and another is to keep pressure off the deer
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:23 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

Here in Idaho, I carry a custom .30-06 AI as my primary hunting rifle. Most of my shots range from 200-500yds. I hunt where there are frequently high winds with lots of gusts, so I generally try to keep it fairly close.

The terrain is a large factor, and ridge to ridge shooting is common, with draws running between them but the yardages are ganerally less tha that 500yd mark. There is the occasion where a longer shot could be possible, but I need more practice for that.

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Old 01-04-2009, 07:47 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

most of my deer hunting is done with a compound bow,.257 roberts,25-06 rem,30-06,custom 54 caliber flintlock muzzloader. mostly all under 100 yards from a climbing treestand. here in pa we hunt 1st two days of rifle season from treestands then long range hunt.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:57 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

Muzzle loading season ended yesterday. Scopes are legal in Md. I went hunting twice and had five different shots at does of which the longest was 80 yards. I simply could not find any enjoyment in pulling the trigger at those ranges. I had a good time walking around with a gun and being out in the woods and that was enough for me on those days.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:06 PM
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Re: Does anyone not long range hunt/shoot?

Here in Indiana, for deer it's either shotgun, handgun, muzzleloader or bow. Some rifles are allowed, but they are strict on cartridge dimensions - .357" bullet dia. or larger, brass has to be between 1.16" and 1.625" long.

Now, in a handgun, any cartridge is legal. Go figure.

So, it's basically a short range game.

In Wi. for deer I hunt the Big Woods in Northern Wi. If you can see a deer 200 Yds away you're lucky. Most shots are under 150 Yds.
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