Best rifle zero for Antelope

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by Altiman94, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Altiman94

    Altiman94 Active Member

    Jan 22, 2012

    I've drawn a WY tag this year and plan on taking a .243 and a .30-06. What's the best zero?

    I have a ballistics program on my phone and regularly shoot to 350y. I'm thinking a 200y zero makes sense, but also read about a lot of short shots on antelope.

  2. Nimrod

    Nimrod Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    If you are going to dial I would zero at 100, if you are using some type of holdover reticle zero to take best advantage of it. For example, the rifle I'm taking this year has a BDC reticle, it is zeroed at 300 yards and the holdover points match exactly to 500 yards at 20X, if I want to shoot farther than that I will have to dial.

    I will add that I'm a novice so take it for what it's worth, I'm sure you'll get some more experienced responders. This system is working for me at my current skill level.


  3. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    A 200 yard zero will be fine. Given that you have already worked out your ballistics using a 200 yard zero, you will be at most, a couple of inches high if you take a 100 yard shot with the calibers you are intending to use. Depending on what part of Wyoming you will be hunting, of more concern will be a long shot in a 10-20 mph wind condition should that occur.
  4. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    250 yards. With a 250 yard zero you'll never be too high or too low if you aim for the heart lung area to 300 yards.

    The vital size of antelope is 8.5 - 9 inches. You'll be good to go with either rifle,

    With a good bullet in your 243, (90-100 gr) you can extend that and use a 300 yard zero.

    But there is not reason to shoot antelope beyond 300 yards.

    Careful with wind, a 15 mph full value wind will move your '06 bullet about 6 inches at 300 yards. Somewhat less with the 243.