Standard animal size chart for ranging

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by BROWN TROUT, Jan 1, 2006.


    BROWN TROUT Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    I have seen it here somewhere, but cannot find it now that I am printing reference charts for a pig hunt in South Texas.
    I know a whitetail is 18", but what about a pig, Axis buck, antelope, ect.

  2. ss7mm

    ss7mm Writers Guild

    Jun 11, 2005

  3. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    Brown Trout

    Back in the "good ole days" optical ranging was the only game in town. As you will see from the chart, animals are much like people and come in a variety of sizes. It is very important to determine if the animal you are ranging is a small or larger individual. Failure to correctly estimate the true chest measurement can lead to a range error of 15 to 20 %. If you can ,try to compare the body of the animal you are fixing to shoot to any does or other bucks to see if it is larger or smaller. Obviuosly the hardest animal to range is an individual standing by itself. I have used tree diameter on occaision to compare to the animal because I had scouted the exact spot of the shot and knew how thick the trees were.

    One thing is you should practice optical ranging on a known object. Exactly how you use the stadia/plexs and whether you measure to the edges or to the centers is a source of error.

    Optical ranging can be done and it can be very accurate out to long ranges.
  4. 41mag

    41mag Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    WEll depending on the hogs in the area your going to hunt I would go with 12 - 18", or simply just use 15" and be done with it. Most of the ones we shoot fall into the 80 - 150# class, with many hitting 200# and up.

    Here is a very informative site on them,

    And the link at the bottom has some of the ones we have taken this year and in the past. We got a nice 320# one the weekend after Thanksgiving, along with several more that were really nice.

    Good luck on your hunt, and remember that their vitals are up front between the shoulders and not behind them. A good shot is just behind the front point of the shoulder and a little below midway down from the top. This generally drops then every time in their tracks and doesn't mess up hardly any meat. You will see what I am referring to in the pictures on the site above.
  5. 1.618

    1.618 New Member

    Jun 1, 2014
    Thanks SS7mm ... I clicked on that link but it seems to be dead.

    Does anyone else have any links to charts of animal sizes (including deer, turkey, crow, fox, etc.) for ranging? I can't seem to find anything on Google.

    Thanks in advance.