Is 450 yards Long Range? - Bear Down!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by ktgoodman, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. memtb

    memtb Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    Congrats.....beautiful bear! While not “super” long’s plenty long enough to be a confidence builder! memtb
  2. Don A Parsons

    Don A Parsons Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2016
    Beauty of a bear K Man...

    We have some nice browns North of us,,, there a cross over to the cinnamon bears.
  3. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    Nice shot and I really like the color of that bear.
  4. Hespco

    Hespco Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    It all depends. If your shooting across an open canyon with no vegetation to show if & how the wind is blowing. Open canyons can have up & down drafts ( wind shear ) . Also winds blowing at different velocities & angles at different spots across the canyon at the same time... No one can even begin to estimate how a bullet will react to these type of conditions. You might get a calm wind condition at one point in time & then have it change in a second. When you live in the mountains you get an understanding of how quickly wind conditions can change. Here where I live at 7630' it can be dead calm one minute & then out of no where get up to 20 mph in a flash. I've had the wind fluctuate like this up & down every few seconds & then go back dead still. I'm sure you understand wind conditions can change dramatically. You did well on this bear but never stop practicing. My hat's off to you on your shot.
  5. Johnny blade

    Johnny blade Active Member

    Dec 20, 2018
    Great bear, perfect practice makes perfect, great shot!
  6. Tim T. Buchanan

    Tim T. Buchanan Member

    Jan 16, 2019
    Hell yeah man!! Practice definitely shows! Soon, with the right build you could being feeling the same way about 800-1000yds. Shooting one specific range can make you really good at that range, tell you move forward, and than you get to shooting 1950yds. 1000 will be easy for you whilst you’ll be working on your accuracy at 1950.
    But all in all job well done sir, nice bear btw & I totally agree with you, we like to be correct with where our gun is hitting.
    I ain’t gonna guess where my bullets hitting, I got my gun and app verified out to 1560yds with my current load. All I have to aim for after MOA adjustment is wind..
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
  7. Kaptoe

    Kaptoe Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2018
    Awesome bear and agree 100% on pushing your practice ranges to make your effective game ranges easier

    I practice bow outside starting at 50 yards exclusively now and that has made a world of difference

    Rifle minimum is 300

    Living out west is a big help to long range practice

    Awesome color on that bear
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  8. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    Nice Bear and Nice shooting. I've taken whitetail at 400yds with a 1.25 moa rifle and 3-9x40 scope many years ago. That felt like long range for me at the time, but I've got better rifles & optics now. My son was taking whitetail & coytes @ 250-300yds when he was 9-10 years old. I would consider that a fair shot for a kid of that age. I would definitely be proud to take a bear like that @450yds. No complaints from me.
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  9. javman

    javman Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    With dialing up drop and windage on scopes nowadays makes it a lot easier compared to the good old days of guesstimating and using old fashioned Kentucky windage!

    Congrats on that bear, very nice!
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  10. Kaboom

    Kaboom Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Great bear. I love hunting Idaho!
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  11. theosmithjr

    theosmithjr Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Congratulations on the Bear bro. 450 yards is by NO MEANS A LONG SHOT in MO. However, given the situation, the excitement, the terrain and other unknown factors to, you performed well! Your practice at 1,000 yards made this opportunity a reality! Good job, great shot! Don't worry about anything else, its meaningless! You BAGGED YOUR BEAR, THATS ALL THE MATTERS! LIVE TO HUNT AFAIN! Theosmithjr
  12. RetiredSniper

    RetiredSniper Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    I was a sniper in the military. With an M14 National Match, 7.62X51/308. 3-9X40 scope. We qualified at 900 meters or 984.252 yards. 450 yards is not a bad shot if you took that bear down with one shot. Keep practicing. You could probably make a 900 meter shot with that 7 mm WSM!
  13. Jeffrey Van Zandt

    Jeffrey Van Zandt Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    nice bear and good shot placement. yes we also shot at 1100 yards all summer and it makes shooting easy at other ranges and also long range hunting most of the time the game has no idea that you are there so you can pick your shot and take it on your time when everything is right
  14. razor41

    razor41 Member

    Jun 13, 2014
    Beautiful bear dude, good shooting, I personally consider 450yds mid range. I took my last deer at 754yds with my 7mm rem mag.
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