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Re: Big Bores and Brown Bears [Re: 458Win]
      #375139 - 15/03/23 08:26 AM


Bullet construction and shot placement ALWAYS TRUMP “power”. And I don’t care who you are, long range shooting ALWAYS is detrimental to bullet placement !

Agree with one over rider. That the bullet has enough energy "power" to reach the vitals.

Re long range shooting. In my younger years when I did a hell of a lot more shooting I considered 300mts to be long range. Now days 200mts is a long shot for me. I use to be competent to shoot to 200mts standing unsupported, nowadays if it is over 50 mt I am looking to adopt a supported position if possible. The game I am talking about are animals the size of pigs.

What I am getting at is the term Long Range is different things to different people. To me 600mt + shots at animals are plain unethical. Way to many things to go wrong.

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Re: Big Bores and Brown Bears [Re: Rule303]
      #375145 - 15/03/23 09:47 AM

Exactly- too many things can and do go wrong on long shots. Shooting steel at 600 to 1,000 meters is one thing, but it is not ethical hunting, imho.
Now, that has one caveat, shooting vermin. I have shot a lot of ground squirrels at over 500yards - iirc, 560 was my longest poke. I have seen in type that some guys are able to shoot coyotes at 700yards with custom 204 Rugers and 40gr. bullets. Again, this seems OK, but not big game. Not for me, anyway.


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