Hello from Idaho
Greetings and salutations!
I found this site in a search for knowledge. I am originally a flatlander from the midwest. I grew up hunting whitetail in thick forest and swamps in Michigan. Where 100 yard shots were long shots.
Now I live in Idaho and hunt elk where 300 yard+ shots are the norm. I've tagged a few bulls with a couple being long range shots. One bull(2011) in particular was 425 yards. It turned out ok but I ended my season disgusted with my lack of shooting ability.
I signed up for a class this summer to "learn" how to shoot long distances. It is a 3 day class taught by a very experienced shooter(retired police sniper and current competitor). The equipment list for the class includes 150 rounds of ammunition. Needless to say I won't be shooting my 300 win. mag 150 times in 3 days. I've discussed the caliber with the instructor and have chosen my 30-06 for the class. His teaching method will be able to be used with my elk rifle after I "learn".
Both my 300 win.mag. and my 30-06 are equipped with a Leupold VX-2 3-9X40 with standard bases. The scopes have a total vertical MOA of 52. The instructor said the scope will work in his class environment.
Currently I am doubting my ability to shoot a 1000 yard target and am concerned the equipment I have is not capable.
I'm hoping to learn a lot this summer. If I develop the skill to shoot a target at long range I hope it will translate to a better shooting confidence/experience this October.
The class will have me shooting out to 1000 yards, I won't hunt out to that distance. In my opinion there is only enough bullet energy in my 300 win. mag. to effectively kill an elk at 600 yards maximum.