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zammyman
December 2, 2008, 12:46 AM
What's the longest confirmed distance hunting kill you've ever had, how were the conditions, what'd you shoot, and what rifle/ammo were you using?

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Sinixstar
December 2, 2008, 01:09 AM
75-80 yards, .50 cal ML. Slightly breezy cool/cold day.
Where I Lived/Hunted in Indiana - there wasn't much room for very long range shots. :D

Kinda completely against what you were looking for in this poll, I know.

Tarvis
December 2, 2008, 01:13 AM
450 yards on a Wyoming prairie dog with a savage model 12 LRPV in 22-250 shooting 55gr vmaxes in front of 24.4gr of 4064. The wind was probably around 10-15 mph, possibly more.

moosehunt
December 2, 2008, 02:12 AM
890 yards (later confirmed with laser range finder) on a running coyote. VERY LUCKY SHOT by me!

TCB in TN
December 2, 2008, 02:27 AM
360 yards (laser ranged after the fact), 20 degrees, slight wind (5mph or so) spitting snow, deer trotting up hell from me quartering away. Leaned up against a tree. 1 round high through the back behind the front right leg. Out through the chest in front of the left leg. Ran about 50 feet before hitting the ground. Dead before I got there. Ruger M77 .270 130 gr Winchester silver tips. 3x9x40 tasco pro-hunter. (Wish I still had that gun).

Brian Dale
December 2, 2008, 03:25 AM
200 yards even, measured the following day with a string. Medium-sized deer (~140-lb. doe) standing still, downhill from me. Bright sunlight on dry grass, approx 30 degrees F, no wind. Across an open field, from standing position because the curvature of the hill required me to stand in order to see. Springfield sporter, with .30-'06 Remington Core-Lokt 150-gr. pointed soft points and a Lyman "All-American" fixed 4x scope.

bang_bang
December 2, 2008, 03:27 AM
Probably around 200 yards with my 7mm Rem Mag. I've shot several deer at this distance, seemed closer when I shot it than when I actually started messing with a range finder.

I don't practice long range stuff, but I'm going to start come Spring time.

Marty Oz
December 2, 2008, 03:44 AM
411.3 metres. Rabbit. Kimber Pro Varmint in .204 Ruger. 32grain Hornady.

Float Pilot
December 2, 2008, 03:52 AM
Bull Moose at 300 yards with a 358 Norma Magnum. 250 Grain Speer Spitzer.
It was a huge moose. I thought it was a smaller moose much closer.
I was shooting across a 300 yard wide ravine with a swamp on the bottom. I thought it was only 200 yards and change.
I was laying on top of a large rock using my back-back as a rest. My buddy was spotting with his spotting scope. We had been laying there for a couple hours before in got light enough to see anything.

The first shot impacted a mud bank just under the bull's belly, while I was holding just behind his shoulder. I worked the bolt on my M-70 while my buddy called out the impact. I held a foot high on the next shot. The slug entered as he was turning away. So it impacted just behind his right side rib cage and traveled through the chest cavity at an angle. It lodged into his left shoulder blade.

He basically plowed his rack (antlers to you non-Alaskans) into the ground and collasped. He was dead as a door nail by the time we walked over. Another guy who helped us pack out the meat used his rangefinder to tell us that it was 100 yards more than I thought. Shooting across open space with no visable ground causes confusion.

I have since passed on other 300 yard shots. The risk of wounding an animal is much too great. While they will die eventually, I don't see any need to prolong a poor critters suffering.

I only hunt for meat these days. If I don't need it, I don't shoot it. I have a camera for trophy photos. It has improved my Karma.

Oohrah
December 2, 2008, 06:24 AM
Pre 64 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight, 180 grain Sierra with a bunch
of 4831 powder. Weaver post X hairs in 3 power. Target a mule deer at 375 stepped off yards. A single shot with a 30-06 caliber. Also a 30-06, with
a 03A3 and Lyman peep and 17A front sight. A 30 Cal Hornady half jacketed
100 grain plinker loader with 4759 at just over 2000fps. A sitting jack rabbit
was done in with a single shot at 242 yards stepped off yards.:D

Mp7
December 2, 2008, 06:32 AM
good Karma for you Pilot!

IŽd love to join you hunting in Alaska.....


Cheers from here.
Mp7

R.W.Dale
December 2, 2008, 06:51 AM
278 yds rangefinder confirmed prior to the shot with a AR15 chambered fro 7.62x39mm

The bullet used was a 125grn Nosler ballistic tip, the game was a somewhat largish whitetail doe

Shawnee
December 2, 2008, 07:24 AM
That I can be certain of the distance, I've killed two or three woodchucks, a coyote and two deer at ranges of between 425 and 450+ yards. The deer and woodchucks were shot with a .243 and the coyote was killed with a .25/06.

I killed a coyote at a much greater distance with the .243 but I cannot be certain of that one even within 50 yds. It was just a pure lucky "Hail Mary" shot anyway - definitely no credit due my shooting. I think it may just have been me meeting the World's Unluckiest Coyote.

My longest game shot with a handgun has been 160yds. (so far). Deer dropped like it was pole-axed.

:cool:

Will add in agreement with Float Pilot that anything beyond 350yds. has to be one totally perfect opportunity before I will attempt it. And even then I probably won't.

dagger dog
December 2, 2008, 07:24 AM
Here's one for you,

Rifle Beeman R9
Scope Bushnell Sportsman 3X9
Ammo Beeman Kodiak match .177
cal. 10.60 grains.
Quarry European starling
Distance 75 yds. no wind

I know the exact distance because the bird was sitting on my target stand. I kept a Coke can suspended off the stand with a small bungee and was used to bouncing it around.
One shot through the left wing and and you could feel the pellet lodged under the skin on the right side of the breast,must have been a heart shot but did not gut it to see for sure.

CajunBass
December 2, 2008, 07:30 AM
Sixty-five long steps. 22 LR, Ruger 10/22. Cold clear day. Target was a grey squirrel. He was DRT when I walked over to him.

Sorry, Squirrels are the only thing I hunt with a rifle.

zombienerd
December 2, 2008, 08:07 AM
90yds +/- with a .30-30 Marlin... Coydog

I've always been lucky that the game gets close, and I haven't had to take a long range shot :)

taliv
December 2, 2008, 08:37 AM
i've got a pic around here somewhere of the splattered remains of a bug that was walking across my 100 yrd target. i shot him with a 6mm


edit: i assume it's a 'him'. IANAEntymologist

praharin
December 2, 2008, 09:17 AM
while technically unconfirmed: about 1100m MK19 GMG, near Hit, Iraq

foghornl
December 2, 2008, 09:30 AM
Laser-measured 176 Yds over an open field, woods started 25Yds beyond that point.

Marlin Mdl 30AW .30/30, 170-gr Rem Core-Lokt SP.

Bambi sort of winced, ran about 10 yds toward the woods, did a 180* turn, mosy-ed away from woods about 20 Yds...flop.

Have mortally wounded a lot of paper @200Yds with my Mossberg ATR-100 .30-06

gunnie
December 2, 2008, 09:38 AM
425 yards, lazed. very small NETEX whitetail, federal gold medal match 168 grain sierra boat tail. 11 degrees downhill, dead calm, early morning. nightforce ballistics program.

gunnie

NCsmitty
December 2, 2008, 09:50 AM
I was around 15, many years ago, I killed a woodchuck at a paced off 210 yds with my Marlin 89-C 22LR on the third shot. It required a lot of hold over and we were so far away it didn't scare the chuck with the misses that I could see hit and compensated for it. It's still vivid in my mind. I also got one at 185 yds at another time.

NCsmitty

hossdaniels
December 2, 2008, 09:52 AM
358 lasered yds, bought backbone high hold and drt! 270 is plenty for around here, thats almost far as I can see. Practice finally paid off. All my other shots have been 200yds or less.

hossdaniels
December 2, 2008, 09:54 AM
while technically unconfirmed: About 1100m

holy $%^# nice shot!

MMCSRET
December 2, 2008, 10:34 AM
Mule deer spike, last day of season, 18" snow, clear and cold, shooting across canyon, estimated 400 yards, 270 Win., hornady 130 gr. handloads. Also, longest with open sighted handgun: Jack rabbit @ 175 long paces with RNMBH 357 using cast, GC, lyman 358156 over 14.5 gr. 2400.

HoosierQ
December 2, 2008, 10:42 AM
Great shot Praharin!

Moose458
December 2, 2008, 11:07 AM
350 yards on a Jackson Hole Wyo herd Buffalo, with a Sako .300 win mag.

Harve Curry
December 2, 2008, 11:16 AM
625 yards with 308 Win. handload in my Savage 99A, K3 Weaver mounted on see-thru rings. Load was 150gr Hornaday spire points over 44gr of IMR 3031(not recommended), Lake City match brass and CCI primers. Only rifle I had and I'd been using it to shoot hunters sillouette, on 500 meter rams I'd hold at the top edge of the horn curl. 200 yard zero. One shot through the lower chest of a Coues deer buck, I had a log for a rest and held over the antlers, just behind the front leg. Steep downhill shot about 45 degrees. Measured it after the shot with a Ranging-500 in two measurements.

Elkbane
December 2, 2008, 11:23 AM
535 yards, 15 degree down angle, lazer measured, 6x6 bull elk 2001.

Elk across a canyon in Colorado. Shot from standing position, supported by tree limb (rifle), sling and tree trunk (body) - absolutely steady rest. Estimated 15 MPH steady cross wind (front to back). Held half elk's body over back with vertical cross-hairs even with front fore-leg. Hit third rib from back, center height, angled forward to exit under "armpit", bullet continued through foreleg, not recovered (complete penetration - one tough bullet).

Rifle - Browning A-bolt synthetic stalker 300 WSM, bedded with fore-end stiffened - a .6" rifle at 100 yds - with Bushnell Elite 3200 4x12AO scope in Leopold rings - sighted dead on at 200 yds. Drop chart taped to butt of rifle.

Load - Winchester 180 grain Failsafe (before I started reloading). Guide called the shot and distance, I confirmed with my drop chart, so I let her rip. Should have held 4-5" more into the wind, but it worked.

Got another last year 5x6 - one in the ribs and another in the neck at 315 yds, opening morning in WY off shooting sticks, sitting position- Kimber 8400 300 WSM w/ Leopold VX3LR 4x14 VH reticle - 180gr Accubond handloads at 2950 fps- complete penetration, both bullets. Practice, practice, practice or don't take the shot.
ELkbane

Harve Curry
December 2, 2008, 12:10 PM
praharin; while technically unconfirmed: about 1100m MK19 GMG, near Hit, Iraq
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Come on tell us the details?! I don't even know what a MK19 GMG is !

BornAgainBullseye
December 2, 2008, 12:31 PM
370 yards. 15 mph 6 o'clock wind. Across a peanut field at a doe. Crosshair high between the top her ears. Hit was dead center neck about 1/2 inch below the white spot below lower jaw neck. Bullet was a handloaded Hornaday 155grain AMAX .308 winchester out of my Custom Mauser 98 Varmint rifle

stownsend
December 2, 2008, 12:40 PM
325 yards (later confirmed with range finder). 243 on an 8 point whitetail. Shot with Remington 700 with Redfield 3x9x40 shooting 90gr. ballistic tip. I missed him at 70 yards and hit him at over 300, go figure. Luckily he ran back towards me after he was hit to make my drag out easier.

CoRoMo
December 2, 2008, 01:07 PM
Dang that's a short list.
Other caliber gets the nod.
Oddly enough, it wasn't my .270 despite the accuracy my handloads accomplish.
It was through iron sights of all things too.
I shot two elk with my dad's Winchester Model 94 from a minuscule 100 yards. Yep the ole 30-30.
My .270 has been pounding them and deer, ever since well within that range. I'm not complaining.

gvnwst
December 2, 2008, 01:15 PM
Come on tell us the details?! I don't even know what a MK19 GMG is !


IIRC, it is a 40mm (think M203) heavy machinegun. Like, a 40mm Ma Duece! That is why he said "near hei", the explosion probably vaporized his target.

praharin
December 2, 2008, 02:10 PM
hey, guys, it wasnt one shot. just a small burst of 40mm HEDP.
4 if i remember correctly

thump, thump, thump, thump... long pause... BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

:D

trlcavscout
December 2, 2008, 02:13 PM
Hunting? Define that :uhoh:

472 yards last year in Wy by burns I got my antelope with my 7 rem mag MAUSER with a 15-20 mph headwind verified with 2 range finders.

My longest confirmed kill was with a 308, 927 yards, but I dont think that one would have ate very well :eek:

snipe300
December 2, 2008, 02:14 PM
According to Jeff Cooper, a hunter should sit down and write an apology to himself if he attempts a shot of more than 300 yards. That said, Cooper had more opportunity to hunt than most of us, and could afford to chance getting relatively close. Personally, my longest shot was on a whitetail spike at about 400 yds. with a Model 700 in .270 Win. using 130 gr silverpoints. I would have gotten closer, but I didn't have time or cover, and I am a poor college student and needed the meat.

UnTainted
December 2, 2008, 02:49 PM
465 yards, slightly up hill, central nevada above tree line.

5 by 3 Mule deer.

30-06 in a Sako, with a 3-12x burris scope. no wind, cold temperature, clear skies. one shot, hit in the neck, DRT. I was shooting a 150 grain ballistic tip.

rifle was zeroed at 300 yards.

mgregg85
December 2, 2008, 03:04 PM
For me its th .30-06 springfield, but that was only at a little over 100 yards. I've never had to try for much over 100 yards here in Michigan.

Brian Dale
December 2, 2008, 03:10 PM
Yup. Most of my shots are from less than 100 yards, too.

zammyman
December 2, 2008, 03:32 PM
Growing up in Minnesota, we took sadly short shots with 30-30 at deer.. 40-50 yards.

jpwilly
December 2, 2008, 04:53 PM
Have harvested many gallon milk jugs filled with water and red food color out to 500yrds+- with iron sights on Mauser and Enfiled Rifles. With SKS 300yrds plinking weeds and rock off of shooting range berm with my father him spotting myself shooting and visa versa with irons.

DrPerry
December 2, 2008, 05:19 PM
Remington 700 7mm RUM
397 yards
280# boar
bench rest on the truck bed
140 grn Nosler

One of the best days of my life

Fat_46
December 2, 2008, 09:37 PM
497 yards on a prairie dog

114 degrees. wind w/nw 6-10mph (right to left as I was set up)

off a bench, with a 243 savage shooting handloaded 55gr v-max hot load

yardage verified with a laser rangefinder and gps

KINGMAX
December 2, 2008, 09:57 PM
I stepped off 177 paces for an 3 x 3 whitetail, weighed 137 pounds. One spine shot, locked up, fell over did not move. Taken w/ a REMI 700 ADL in .270 / using a 150 gr Remington bullet.

dispatch55126
December 2, 2008, 10:50 PM
Growing up in Minnesota, we took sadly short shots with 30-30 at deer.. 40-50 yards.

That and you have the gun line which limits you to shotgun in many places.

That said, mine was 100 yards give or take with a 91/30. Missed the first shot, deer started running but was spooked my a pheasant and stopped. My second shot entered its mouth and exited behind its left ear. I had been aiming for its neck...must have been the rifles fault :scrutiny:

t george
December 2, 2008, 10:54 PM
shot an 8 pt at about 194-195 a few weeks ago with the 06 longest for me by about 25 or 30 yards...

HGUNHNTR
December 3, 2008, 12:20 AM
440 yards laser rangefinder confirmed 1 shot kill on a whitetail doe in Nebraska

30-06 150 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip

hankdatank1362
December 3, 2008, 12:44 PM
but I dont think that one would have ate very well

You must try their cheeks or brains, with some fava beans... and a nice Chianti. Thuthuthuthuthuthuthu!

JK!


Anyway, I voted 7mm Rem. Mag in a Remmy 700. Not my rifle, but my longest kill, at 344 paces (maybe 300 yards).

My dad and I saw a 6 point buck while we were driving around some property we lease for hunting. Way off in a clearing. He's geting up there in years, and said he couldn't see well enough to make the shot from there.

I said I could see fine, but my .30-'06 was sighted in for 100 yards, so I told him I'd just guesstimate holdover.

He handed me his 7mm Mag and told me to put the crosshairs where I wanted the bullet to go. And he was right.




To this day, I still don't believe him when he said he couldn't see it well enough to shoot. Heck, he makes longer shots on a yearly basis when he travels on hunting trips to places like the Knight & Hale ranch in Cadiz, KY. I think it was more important for him for his son to shoot oone that day than for him to get one.

Brian Dale
December 3, 2008, 01:03 PM
Sounds like a good man, Hank.

MT GUNNY
December 3, 2008, 01:31 PM
7mm rem mag 200 yards up hill offhand (Normal 5x5 Whitetail).

.45 out of 1911 15 yards hit a grouse in the Head.

AR M4gery 150 yards running coyote, first shot hit right behind him, I adjusted fired and hit him in the neck, he cartwheeled into a ditch where he would have disappeared if I hadn't got him.

.40 cal M&P, 40 yards, coyote, Dropped him in his tracks.

Those are some of the more memorable shots.

cracked butt
December 3, 2008, 02:27 PM
Whitetail 2.5 year old 8pt buck.
Redfield scope
Remington 788 in .243.
410 yards.

mavracer
December 3, 2008, 07:33 PM
425 yards antelope w/243

federalfarmer
December 3, 2008, 08:00 PM
35 yards in Wisconsin on a nice 6 point -- .300 Win -- Ruger M77
Sorry with the woods I may not see them over 100 yards.

Brian Dale
December 3, 2008, 11:52 PM
federalfarmer,if you don't mind my advice, it's this:

you don't owe anyone an apology for getting good and close! :)

Well done, Sir. It's called hunting.

Edited To Add: That's not meant as a slam on the OP or any other posters in this thread. It is an interesting topic and it is valuable information that we're seeing posted here. I just wanted to remind a fellow Member that he's not losing any sort of contest. {Am I getting long-winded? I think so.}

Ridgerunner665
December 4, 2008, 12:44 AM
1,019 yards, shot at a coyote with a 308 built on a Rem 700 action and a 22 inch Shilen barrel...shot with a reload using 175 grain Sierra MatchKing.

Missed the wind call on the first shot...but I nailed him with the second one. The wind was light and varying...coming from my 2 o'clock.

Over the years I've taken several deer at around 600 yards...I've lost count...shot a spike week before last at 540 yards.

ALL with my puny lil 308.

EDIT: I wanted to add this...In nearly 30 years of hunting I've lost 3 deer, 2 with a bow (found them both...but only after a few days of searching) and 1 with a rifle (25-06...and I never found him), the one with the rifle was 20 yards away when I shot him...go figure.

possum
December 4, 2008, 04:02 PM
i don't hunt, but i can hit the head of a e type shillouete at 700 meters with an army issue m24.

diananike
December 4, 2008, 04:41 PM
220 yds paced
From sitting position.
Last week on a big fat doe with my Remington 788/.308 and Hornady 150gr SST light magnums. The bullet hit her in the hip and broke up in the bone. It hit the femoral artery and she didn't get too far. Lucky shot though. It ruined about 1/3d of the ham and fragmented heavily along with the bone.

PryItFromMyColdDeadHands
December 4, 2008, 04:53 PM
Heres a BaddA$$ one:

Sittin in a Foxhole--(dug out for range bullet catch).....got my REM 700 .243 with a 9x50 on top.

Target-Armadillo diggin holes in yard
Camo- Surplus Woodlandwith face net
Distance- 120.............INCHES!!!
Result- Headless Armadillo!

P.S. Its the only kill i got since I don't like to hunt LOL....I like target shooting personally.
It was kinda funny so I posted it.

Walkalong
December 4, 2008, 07:05 PM
Flying bird at over 200 yards with a 12 gauge.

Flushing Quail at around 30 feet with a .38 S&W. (Not Spl)

Unconfirmed, and I would not believe it, except I was there. :cool:

Both 90% luck. ;)

Best real hunting shot was 175 ish yards, a .22 LR, back of the head shot on a Doe. Confirmed. (Statue of limitations has run out by the way. :D)

pbrktrt
December 4, 2008, 09:41 PM
5 pt whitetail @ 440 yds. 270 win with 130 gr Hornady sst bullet. elevated box blind with a solid rest & no wind. took the spine out & drt. not sure i'd take that shot again but everything felt right that moment.

interlock
December 4, 2008, 10:25 PM
230 yards brown hare with a .243 win using hornady interlocks over viht n140. ruger m77 mk2 . on deer i think 220 yards with .30-06 165 gr sgk over 60 gr imr4350. both given about 4 inches aim off. to be fair i don't take many long shots. most are very well within 100 yards.

Snowshoe
December 4, 2008, 10:26 PM
181 yards, head shot on a prairie dog with a Ruger GP100 4" barrel

Yes, I had a witness.
My father in law said there was no way to do that off hand.
Two rounds later, it had been done.

CB900F
December 5, 2008, 12:04 AM
Fella's;

Winchester model 70 Classic with BOSS, .30-06, 470 yards, lasered, buck antelope, 2002. The load was a 150 gr bullet at 2860 fps muzzle, Winchester case, CCI primer, and 59 grains of IMR4350.

I rested on a heavy corral timber, the wind was only about 5 degrees off my left shoulder blowing downrange to the right. Glass was a Leupold 3.5-10X 50mm Vari-X III.

When I recovered from recoil, he was on his back with all four feet in the air. Bullet went in just in front of the shoulder & about 2" below the spine. Which was the area I was aimin' for.

900F

rrflyer
December 5, 2008, 01:26 AM
225 yards uphill piggy. 300WSM

Hit him once in the should and he ran straight at me until he got about 50 yards away and I hit him again.

countryrebel
December 29, 2008, 04:06 PM
Longest kill was with a M1A in 308. Ranged 950 yards, one shot kill.

expvideo
December 29, 2008, 04:08 PM
Groundhog, 20 yards with a Sig p226 9mm shooting Remington FMJ.

pbearperry
December 29, 2008, 04:11 PM
Whitetail deer at 100 yds with a .56 cal smootbore TC Rifle with iron sights.

HOLY DIVER
December 29, 2008, 05:31 PM
510yds (said the range finder)on a 150lb whitetail/ rifle:remington 7mm-08 i just put the cross hairs alittle above his spine and hit just alittle high on the deer still got both lungs though
i've taken allot of deer with my 7mm-08 and they all ran 20-30yds after being hit but this one dropped dead in its tracks
only thing i can figure is the bullet had slowed down some and had more thump when it hit
i'll never forget that day i was so proud of myself lol......it happened 3 weeks ago so its still fresh
oh yea:the round was a handload of mine 140grain hornady softpoint nouthing special just a standard load

3pairs12
December 29, 2008, 05:32 PM
317 yards coyote. 308 win from my dads balcony.

goldie
December 29, 2008, 05:42 PM
not me, but a girlfriend shot a fly on a ceiling at 15 feet with a crosman 38c pellet pistol....

doc2rn
December 29, 2008, 05:53 PM
Squad Automatic Weapon in 5.56mm ranged at 638 yds.

Doc_Jude
December 29, 2008, 05:58 PM
Just under 200yards, nothing impressive, deer hunting up in WA with my dad.

MCgunner
December 29, 2008, 06:17 PM
360 yards on a coyote out of a boat shooting over a guy's shoulder with a .308. :D It was impressive. Everyone out at the plant now thinks I'm some sort of Quigley or something. LOL I took a mulie out in New Mexico across a canyon just shy of 350 yards with a Savage 110 in 7mm rem mag. Most everything else I can think of has been 200 yards or less. The mulie, the wind was calm, the incline was flat, light snow, perfect shooting condition, though. I don't risk shots much farther and it has to be good shooting conditions when I'm shooting game. Coyote? Heck, I'll try one at 1000 yards, LOL!

penny
December 30, 2008, 10:14 AM
60 yards with a 20 gauge slug gun, whitetail buck. I live in a shotgun zone

so most shots are usually closer than this.:neener:

Even black bear hunting with a rifle the shots i have had have been at 40

and 20 yards.:)

tango2echo
December 30, 2008, 08:18 PM
Hunting in central Oregon a few years back with some friends on a private ranch. One of the guys jumps a nice muley buck and takes a shot from about 80 yards. Gut shoots the deer. Hunches up and I can see red on the deers hip. Deer is heading for a restricted zone of BLM land that borders the ranch on one side. I'm back at the truck about 200 yards from the guys. I grab my old .300 win mag from behind the seat, load it and rest across the truck hood...sqeeze off a round...deer drops stone dead at 585 paces from the truck. Would guess a true 500 yards with a 10-15 degree downward angle.

T2e

Duke of Doubt
December 30, 2008, 08:25 PM
I shot a bumblebee on the wing with a 9x scoped Marlin Model 60. Distance, maybe 20 meters. It was trying to mate with my lawnmower.

I don't hunt. Not on principal; I just don't relish the prospect of disassembling cute animals. I have no problem with other people doing it, though, or eating their kills. I didn't even mount the antenna of the bumblebee.

For long distance shooting on paper, I've made a game out of shooting at the extreme calibrated ranges on the tangent rear sights of military bolt action rifles. Longest hit on a human-sized target? 1,300 meters with Mark VII .303 Ball from a Long Branch Enfield Number 4 Mark I*, rear micrometer elevated peep sight, blade front.

gwrider
December 30, 2008, 08:44 PM
longest was with 300 mag. in eastern NC. sitting in good tree stand no wind, perfect day , sun behind me. 412 yds across huge cornfield, hit about 2 inch high and about 3 inches above where I thought it would hit. 200 grain flat base soft point handload. had been practicing for weeks to take a shot this long. still mostly good fortune and luck

Dr.Rob
December 31, 2008, 12:11 AM
Outside Gillette Wyoming, uncommon doe antelope, gusting wind at 15-20.
Was told by my 'guide' (landowner) I'd have ONE shot.

Just over 400 yards (know it wasn't 425, like 409) counted off using number of 25 yard wide plowed rows in a stubble field.

Sitting/kneeling (can't recall which) with USGI sling support, Savage 116 FSAK .30-06, tasco World Class 3x9 x40, 165 gr Sierra game king boat tail soft point, 56 gr AA 3100, WW primer in once fired Remington brass.

Waited between wind gusts, picked the antelope I wanted, said a little prayer. Had to finish it off with a pistol, but I surprised myself and the 'guide.' That was a LONG way for me.

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