Re: Just how accurate do I need to be?
I almost always take raw accuracy over velocity. When hunting small targets like dall sheep or coues whitetails you need raw accuracy to hit the vitals and less velocity to do the job. When I am after moose, given the size of the target, I demand less accuracy and more power. When I say less accuracy I am talking about .5 to .75 MOA at the intended ranges to be fired. Usually for moose its 600-700 yards. .75 MOA for a boiler that big will suffice. I still for that scene prefer .5 MOA. My sheep rig will deliver .5 MOA down range on a BAD day, but has a lower velocity than my moose rig. Sheep 190 SMK @ 2657 FPS, .25-.5 MOA. Moose 200 AB 3150 FPS, .5-.75 MOA. Use balance
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.