I'm stuck at home and can't shoot until tomorrow so today I get to play 20 questions on the forums. Folks who frequent this forum ( or ones like it) are at least interested in the sport of long range hunting. Most of us are shooting rifles chambered for cartridges that are adequate for taking large game at extreme distances. ( for this topic, I will define extreme hunting distances and anything past 800 yards). With that said some of us ( namely me) haven't stepped up to a caliber suitable for taking large game (like elk for instance) at extreme distances. Because I have an obsession with becoming a better field marksman I practice every chance I get. Sometimes its a lot, sometimes its a little. You can bet your beer money that I do not miss an opportunity to sling some lead in my quest to be a better marksman. With that being said, I am fully confident that I can put a Nosler ballistic tip where it needs to go when I have the luxury of sampling the wind, calculating the range and dialing a correction. Now is where these types of discussion turn in to flame wars. When it comes to hunting at any range, being a competent marksman is only part of the equation. Another part is staying within the EFFECTIVE range of your cartridge. It has often been said that a .308 winchester is an 800 yard round. I think that statement was referring to the battlefield as apposed a hunting situation.(Yes our fine precision shooters often referred to as snipers have stretched that distance to 1000 yards.) Since Big game animals are harder to kill than enemy combatants I think that in a hunting situation 800 yards is a ballistic stretch with a .308. Not impossible but on the ragged edge. I'm not saying the .308 is a sissy round. At 350 yards I have full faith and confidence that I can kill anything with a pulse. Add another 150 yards and I draw the line at deer ( when I have a good broad side shot). I guess now I should get to my question. For those of you who hunt with a .308 how long is your comfort zone.