Re: Do I have a Longe Range Gun?
Went to my favorite cut block on the weekend. Usually weather cooperates. Not that day. Grass is flattened, trees rocking and crashing. Yes, that would be a bit windy. Under those conditions, the 425yds to the treeline would have been a very tricky shot. When conditions are ideal, 900yds is not that far at all.
Distance is limited by your skill/conditions - the ability to put a bullet where you want when you want, THE FIRST TIME. Most rifles can be tuned to shoot min of deer way out there. Most shooters can't.
So practise, practise, practise to find out what you can and cannot do. There really is no min or max. Just what you feel is right.
To know if your rifle/load is up to the task, shoot at a variety of distances you range. I practise onf 'moa' sized rocks. See it, range it, dial up, dope, shoot. If you hit, that's good, if you missed figure out why. Repeat, many many times. You will quickly see how far out before misses come all to often and adjustments don't seem to matter. You have reached the mechanical limits of you and that rifle. Tune, practise/learn more, build a better rifle if need be.
Took a couple of very experienced hunters and pretty decent shooters out for a LR demo. Neither had practised beyond 500yds but had taken game there. They had the 'ethics' to know they were on shakey ground.
A bit of basics then they started launching lead. Once they got over the 'fear' of shooting further, the possibilities came through.
The highlight was a 940yds one shot one hit on a 10" boulder. Yes, the grins were pretty wide.
With properly tuned rifles, distance (at least those that can be readily ranged) is no big deal. Your ability to dope wind and conditions are the limiting factor.
Buy a good range finder (Leica or Elite 1500), get a scope with turrents (Nikon Buckmaster SF with mil dot 4X14 is a best buy or any Elite 4200 /Nikon Monarch target scope), work up the best ammo you can (rifle and load must shoot consistently sub MOA as far as you want to go). Get out there and find your limits through practising.
You have a lot of potential in that rifle.