Re: 459 Yard Buck - and the founding of LRH.com
Thanks for starting a site where serious long range hunting can be discussed. Another site I frequent because it actually has some good information about subjects I'm interesed in had some poor fellow breach the subject of long range hunting and was "pilloried" and called all sorts of explicatives. I was quite surprised since the posters over there, with notable exceptions, are generally civil. One of the less opinionated suggested that the object of their scorn come to this sight where he might find a sympathic ear. How about finding some people that know what they're doing and where the interested can actually learn something from "doers" rather than "internet know-it-alls".
My own experiences with long range hunting are limited to shooting "big rats" aka grain field whitetail does in western Montana. My wife and I eat almost nothing but venison so grain feed is a great option. Were we hunt shots are rarely under 200 yds, maybe one in 10. Most are 350 or under but this last year I took 4 at over 400yds. If I had not shot those 4 we would have gone home with four less deer for the freezer. All were one shot kills, all dropped in sight, pretty easy since they were in a flat open grain field.
My rifle is a bit "off" from what most here would consider a perfect long ranger. However; it suits my purposes perfectly, that being killing deer at longer range, but being pleasant enough to shoot at praire dogs and long sessions at the range with little shoulder or wallet damage.
I took a Ruger tang safety action I had, put a .270 Lilja 27+ bbl. on it, bedded it into a glue-lam stock and had the trigger adjusted to my liking. I have a straight 10X Bushnell 3200 on it and I shoot plain base Hornady 130's out of it. With the bi-pod and cheek pad the whole thing weighs in about 12lbs.
Ho-hum, until the trigger gets pulled. Our little range here in Livingston MT only goes out to 550yds, which is fine since I rarely get shots at deer at that range even in the grain fields I hunt. The little rifle and I are pretty good at killing clay birds at 550 if I get the wind right and at 400, it's not a challange anymore.
I shoot a lot of "gophers" Richardsons ground squirrels with my CZ 22LR and CZ 223 varminter. I use the same model scope on all three rifles, I'm always seeing the same sight picture, familiarity builds confidence. All three rilfes also wear Harris bi-pods and I shoot prone whenever possible. I also carry a Stoney Point bi-pod that goes from sitting to standing for those places where prone is not possible. I do go off the same-same bit when it comes to triggers, the 22LR has a 1.5lb and the 223 a 1.5lb set, the 270 is 2.5lbs. Just my own thing as I tend to get a bit excited shooting big game and a 1.5 trigger is less controllable for me on the .270
My equipment is not top draw, did not cost a small fortune (I have a combination "bockbushsflinte" that's almost worth more than the three rifles combined) but results (what actually counts) are very satisfactory. The key as I see it is that I actually shoot the rifles on a regular basis, I am a carefull handloader, and I know my equipment ( the result of practice).