Trying to start long range hunting. HELP!!!

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by wvhunter187, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. wvhunter187

    wvhunter187 New Member

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    I live in west virginia and i hunt different places, where i can shoot up to 100 yards which isnt that far. And other places where i can shoot up 800 yards which i would like to do. i have a browning 7mm-08 a-bolt with a konus 3-12x50 scope. i shoot a federal nosler ballistic tip. what would i need to get to be able to shoot that far awa and kill an animal? all tips would be helpful.
     
  2. theflyonthewall

    theflyonthewall Well-Known Member

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    The most glaring omission that I see is the need for a laser rangefinder. Once distance gets out past a couple hundred yards, it becomes increasingly difficult to guesstimate range correctly. A GOOD QUALITY laser rangefinder is a must, not an option.

    Second would be a reliable wind meter.

    Next....find the most accurate load for your rifle and practice practice practice AT LONG RANGE. Sitting at the same ole 100 yrd bench and shooting the same ole targets will get you nowhere fast. It's better than no practice at all, but it's not going to teach you how much distance changes everything. It also won't teach you things like the effects of torquing the rifle (gripping too hard, pulling the rifle or pushing the rifle), cheeking the rifle too hard, etc...Long range practice will humble you like never before when it comes to your form.

    Once you get decently proficient at moderate to long ranges, make a dope chart. A dope chart is an index card that you use to record what your bullet impact is at different ranges and in different wind velocities. This is where you'll do your first serious exercises with your new wind meter. Most seem to use a 10mph wind speed as a reference, since it's a pretty common wind speed for "normal" atmospheric conditions.

    Then..........you guessed it.......practice some more. A lot more. Before long your friends will be talking behind your back about how your a liar. Things like "there's no way he shot that deer at 700 yards. It was probably more like 70, hahaha." That's when you know your getting there.....hehehe.]

    There's a WHOLE LOT MORE to being confident at long range than what I just posted, but that should get you thinking in the right mindset. Next, read as much on forums like this one as you can and learn from some of the incredible marksmen here.
     

  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    most of the question here can be answered - remington sendero . leup 6.5-20.( also good ammo. adjust trigger. good range finder. )
     
  4. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah bud your 7mm-08 would be good to practice with at 800 yards because it would be harder to compensate with but in the end when you eventually get around to live targets the 7mm-08 is quickly running outta steam at 800 yrds, well actually a good bit before 800. You will want to step up to atleast a 7mm rem mag or 300 win mag.
     
  5. wvhunter187

    wvhunter187 New Member

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    ok well i have a 7mm mag and i am goin to use it i think. thanks for the help everyone but what kind of scope and bullet would u use? i was think a federal ballistic tip or a hornday. but im lost on a scope, would prefer something with mill-dots or something to that affect
     
  6. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    The 7mag is fine so long as you can shoot it as accurately as the 7-08. That will be a determination that only you can make.

    There's alot more ammo available for 7mag, and it's got alot more knockdown power. Most of the 150-160 grn stuff should do well I'd think. Just try a few brands and see what shoots best at say 300 yds. The Ballistic tips are good LR bullets, and so are a bunch of others.

    There's tons of scopes available for LR these days, and that's a whole nother box o worms.
     
  7. roperking

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    leupold vx3 6.5-20 with target turrets is a goodn'
     
  8. curtis

    curtis Well-Known Member

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    If you're looking for a good scope on a budget, look at the SWFA Super Sniper 10X.
     
  9. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    my magnum senderos all have a vais. also if you can not afford a leup. i have a couple bushnell 4200 with mil dot; and one vortec. bullets- from a 7mm -140 berger , accubond, balistic tip; 168 berger also.
     
  10. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely the 7mm mag! if you can shoot it accurately and if the rifle is accurate then you wont have an issue with lots of practice! As for bullet, look into something like 160 grain Nosler Accubond, 168 grain bergers! and scopes, nightforce, SWFA. If price is more of an issue then Vortex takes the top by far!! excellent scope for the money and strongly suggest it!!