Originally Posted by deadend
Great info Sir, I think I might be getting it Thank you very much. Now you made me think of another question. Is not 400yds long range. i have killed ground hogs out to 357yds and .i shot a crow at 286. I also have a 22 win mag and I have shot many many squirrels out to 65 yds all head shots. You said when i start shooting long range. What is considered long range. All the formentioned shots were under hunting conditions. Not off hand of course I do use home made shooting sticks.Hope i have not opened a can of worms. Again, thank you very much.
Head shots on squirrels @ 65 yds is pretty good shootin
Like Roy said, LR is different to different folks, but I would have to agree with his general assessment of the 270 Win.
I'm new to this game and my personal longest shot was a paced off 425 yds on an antelope with a sporter 7mmRM. It was sighted in about 2 1/2 inches high @100 yds and shooting a 120 gr Sierra at about 3400 fps. I was guesstimating the range at 450 and I guesstimated the wind to be about 15 mph almost direct cross. I held just above the tip of his nose and the bullet struck the base of the back of the neck. I was hoping for a boiler room hit, but it worked.
In a 270 Win, zeroed @ 200 yds, your bullet will drop 6 inches at 300, 19 inches at 400 and 39 inches at 500. the point being, once you get out past 300 or 400 yds, judging distance becomes critical. A 50 yd miscalculation will likely result in a miss and even a 25 yd miscalculation could result in a miss. So 3 things you need for LR hunting are, an accurate rifle, an accurate range finder and a good quality scope that has the type of reticle to make accurate holdovers or reliable and repeatable turrets for dialing your windage and ellevation.
One other thing to consider is bullet terminal performance. You want your bullet to have enough velocity to expand on impact and enough momentum to penetrate vitals and hopefully exit. This is how I determine the maximum ballistic range of my cartridge. Me and the rifle are the other part of the equation.
Good shooting and hunting,