4x5 muley jumped out nearly under my feet last fall. Finally squeezed off at 70
yds. My only shot on a mammal all last season. Not the biggest buck taken in the neighborhood last year, but the biggest in my group.
Wow! You guys shooting big game at 800 plus yards ought to be commended for your long range accuracy! However, how much bullet energy is at point of impact? What about the rule of thumb of 1000 foot pounds for deer and 1500 foot pounds for elk? At at 1000 yards plus, what cartridges are giving what energies?
More than likely higher than a 357 Mag at the muzzle.....
At the risk of sounding condescending, (since this is after all, a long range hunting website) I would say the energies involved were adequate to incapacitate and kill, regardless of predisposed theories regarding such.
AR-10T in .308 & .243 both 24"
700 LA 7 WSM 30" 5R
AR-15 Rock River lower, WOA 26" varmint upper
Savage/ Broughton 23" .308