I've been watching this thread for some time without getting involved. . . . I"m going to put in my two cents.
I probably shouldn't; It might raise some dust.
Bob58: this is not addressed as a confrontation to you. This is about your friend.
If your friend has to ask about it in the first place, he is not qualified to take the shot.
There are too many 'hunters' who purchase a high-powered weapon, walk out into the field and think they can responsibly take game at extended distances.
Most of the information given throughout this thread has been relatively solid.
But guys: Why would you give a shooter who is obviously green and inexperienced more information than he can responsibly use?
I've taken Alaskan moose from 10 yards out to extended ranges:
1 @ 864yards and 1 @ 926yards.
Both were under 'controlled' circumstances.
Both were one-shot kills.
Even with that under my belt, hitting the 1k yard mark on a live target is not something to take lightly.
Could it be that we are helping to create one more of those irresponsible testosterone driven "hunters" who take shots at animals beyond their present skill-set?
The same 'hunters' that serious long-range shooters would like to see in their cross-hairs?
The same ones that are a half-step above poachers?
Just something to think about.
(Ok, I know, I'll go away now.)