Originally Posted by Coyboy
J E , that didn't come out exactly right. There were more experienced Ultra Long Range hunters frequenting the discussions. They were more into minimums at extreme range, and what worked in the real world. I never stated my opinion on the subject.
If a guy wants info, I was just trying to direct him to some.
Sorry CoyBoy Mine didn't come out the way I intended it to either .So were even.
You are right about less energy being used many years ago but things have changed
a lot in the past 10 years and this is the reason the energy has changed.
Long range hunters have pushed the distance to unheard ranges from a decade ago.
(I can remember when 300 yards was the exception for an Elk shot ,not the norm. and
the 7mm mag or the 300 win mag were the preferred calibers.
With better bullets, accuracy, barrels, optics, stocks,bigger calibers and powders the range
has moved out from the days of the 7s and 300s.
But if you look back at the ballistics of the 7mm mag at 300 yds with the ammo of the time
you are down to less than 1800 ft/lbs and with bullet performance at the time that was
marginal. (I can remember when 2000ft/lbs was recommended for Elk and 1500ft/lbs for
deer) but with better bullets and with the trend to go with 338s for Elk the energy numbers
have came down.
I hunted Elk with a great shooting 270 Win and had great success , But I limited my shots to
250 to 300 yards because I could see a marked decrease in DRT kills as the distance increased.
I have stated many times that I am conservative in my hunting philosophies But over a 50 year
span of hunting and close to 500 big game animals taken with gun and bow I have only lost 2
and that's 2 to many.
The only exception to that is if I get a shot at a pig then it's no holds bard.
Sorry if I sounded a little salty
J E CUSTOM