rufous
Well-Known Member
I was wondering what you all consider to be the maximum acceptible group size for deer, black bear and elk. If my gun, load and self are able to consistently shoot 1.5 MOA (I put 9 shots into 7.4" at 500 yards with 6 of those in 3.4" from prone with bipod and sling like I would be shooting at game in the field) at what range should I limit my shots on game? Would the range at which I am getting 10" groups be the place to stop or do you limit it to 8" or 12" or what? My thought it that I would not want to be taking shots beyond which range I could get 10" groups. Those who are shooting game at 2000 yards what kind of groups can you consistently shoot at 2000 yards? My understanding is that 7" groups at 1000 yards is very good (which is to say that the better competitors rarely average better than 7" for several matches). I know that some shoot 3" groups but on average I think that 7" groups are more the norm for the better competitors. I doubt that 14" groups at 2000 yards would be the norm. Generally doubling the range more than doubles the group size. So would 20" groups be the norm? Are you really comfortable taking a shot at an animal that will very possibly be 10" away from point of aim? Just curious what your limitations are. Thanks, Rufous.