Whats "LONG RANGE"?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 300WSMMAD, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. 300WSMMAD

    300WSMMAD Well-Known Member

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    What is considered long range?
    This is a question thats been rolling around in my head for a while,when out on hunting trips its been a great point of discusion with my buddys while glassing.
    I understand its peoples perseption of a "long shot" too
    One way I looked at it was, anything thats further than largest distance whats printed on a box of ammo generally 400 yrds some times 500 yrds after that its a different realm?

    I would really like to hear other opinions or ideas on this
    even just a simple eg. 500 yrds + would be enough.

    I would like to take this opertunity to wish all members a Safe and Happy Christmas and a windless New Year with many broadside shots for all!
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    Regards 300WSMMAD

    PS. from the recent replys I should have made it more definative, long shot with centre fire rifle on large game.
    Sorry for confusion
     
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  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    With a pellet gun 150 yards is a good bit..:Dgun)

    I would have to agree with the 4 to 500 yards is a beginning. But again it would depend on the rifle, hand gun, Bow or blow gun.

    Merry Christmas to you as well as everyone here too.

    Jeff
     

  3. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

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    I'd say "long range" is beyond point-blank range of your specific cartridge. Long range for a 30-30 might be 250 yards, long range for a 7mm RUM could be 450.
     
  4. Clint Tyler

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    Any time you have to compensate for bullet drop to me is long range. but that all depends on the gun and load. a long shot for a .22 lr is different from a .300 utlra mag.
     
  5. eddybo

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    I think the best determination of what is long range is the time of flight of the projectile.
     
  6. Forester

    Forester Well-Known Member

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    Pretty shooter and caliber specific. I am very new at the long range thing, and using a .308 to learn on so to me long range is 5 or 600 yards. When I have the experience, gun, and place to stretch it out beyond that I will. I think I have worked out a regular place to shoot to near 1000, I guess if I learn to do that with a .308 then the less ballistically challenged cartridges will be easier.

    Right now I can shoot from a bipod into 2-2.5 inches in consistent conditions. What I need most is to shoot in different and worse conditions.
     
  7. rdsii64

    rdsii64 Well-Known Member

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    800 yards is well with in the comfort zone of a .308. As you acquire and hone your skills hitting paper at 1000 yards can most certainly be done with a .308
     
  8. .224 Wby

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    Hi guy’s’…, just started here’.., yep a cherry!
    Seems to me “long range” is 600 yards and up’.., iron is 300 and up for most Military application. I would think, it would depend on “cartridge”, “weapon configuration” and “marksmen’s skills” as to where long range truly begins and ends; for him… for the rest with a scope {tactical} 6 inches/moa’…., or 36 inches with iron at 600 yards is a great starting point.
    .224 Wby
     
  9. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

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    As most here have said, the equipment determines a large part of "what is long range." However, the person behind the gun is the biggest driver. For many here, anything under 750 is a chip shot. For some under 1000.

    For me personally, I have have equipment that is 1000 yard capable. However, with my experience level, anything over 600 is a stretch.

    "Long Range" is a very personal thing. Most of us here are trying to push that number out.................................​
     
  10. MuleHunter

    MuleHunter Well-Known Member

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    I agree, well put. I would also say that most hunters do not have 1/4moa adjustable scopes (except those here) and usually 'hold over' for their shots. 300yds with hold over is safe with alot of calibers if the shooter practices. My dad is very effective at 400yds using hold over. 300yds would be considered by most average hunters to be a long way due to their equipment limitations. With my personnal set-up 400-600yds is a midrange very high percentage shot, where as beyond that (700-900yds) is a high percentage longrange shot.
     
  11. 300WSMMAD

    300WSMMAD Well-Known Member

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    NOW WE GETTING SOME WHERE!

    Keep it coming.
     
  12. hammertyme

    hammertyme Well-Known Member

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    Long range to me is anything beyond a hair hold with the particular cartridge at hand.

    Example: As a kid I sighted my 270 with 130 gr bullets 3" high at a hundred yards. When a deer was way out yonder, say four hundred yards, I put the crosshairs the width of the cross hair below the back line and behind the shoulder. If it fell at the shot that was point blank. If I had to hold over, that was long range.

    Todays tools: when I run out of crosshair(s) and have to put on an elevated base to get more MOA, that is ultra long range. Or I run out of crosshairs and then have to hold over the back, that is long range.

    Neal
     
  13. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    anything inside 600 yards is starting to feel pretty close these days...

    I need to find somewhere close that I can shoot past 650 for practicegun)
     
  14. rdsii64

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    That would depend on a lot of variables. We could all arm chair this one to death. at the end of the day what is long range to me might not be long range to you.
    I would consider anything between 300 and 600 medium range. Past 600 I would consider long range.