I practiced a lot this year, out to 200 yard, with my Freedom Arms .454. I did all my marmot hunts this year with it, shooting 8 between 106 and 212 yards. My system is a set of shooting sticks made of bamboo tomato stakes taped together at about 2 feet that I use to rest the front of the barrel, and my hands rest on top of my day pack. Works quite well. Opening day I worked my way within 104 yards of a small herd of elk, but had no shot because there were 3 bulls in the way of the cows. Every time a cow came out of the trees a bull would chouse her back in. Finally they worked their way into the oak brush and disappeared. I was back up the hill at 2:30 and had 3 bulls bugling in the brush all afternoon without moving anywhere. I was standing at the edge of a long narrow meadow glassing the brushy hillside hoping they would move back down before shooting light was gone. I heard a rustle in the brush and a cow stepped out not 10 yards away. As we stood looking at each other, a half dozen more cows stepped out and they all started walking into the meadow. When I unsnapped my holster she stopped again and stared, then continued walking into the open. I slowly drew my gun, thumbed back the hammer while raising it into position and as soon as the red dot was on her shoulder pressed the trigger. She went about 50 yards and was down. The shot was 15 paces.