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Do you shoot 1000 yards?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Captcurt, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. Ramone

    Ramone Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Tidewater VA
    Forget the drop- you can work around it just fine.

    let's give the lad the benefit of the doubt and assume he is a consistent 1 MOA shooter.

    at 1000 yards, 1 MOA is a tiny bit more than 10 inches.

    Add to that, the time in flight for a .308 Win is over 1.5 seconds- a deer can mosey about a fair bit in that amount of time.

    A 5 MPH difference in wind down range can make a difference of 50 inches in POI. Depending on terrain, a 5 Mph difference is not uncommon over 1000 yards.

    1000 yard shots *are* possible, but they require huge amounts of data- there is a reason Snipers always work with a spotter.

    Edited to add:

    above numbers are off the top of my head, based on my (25 year) recollection of the ballistics of M118 ammo from an M40A1 rifle.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  2. kcshooter

    kcshooter Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    I'm good to about 600, maybe a little past. I've shot at 1000, but not enough to really learn all the nuances that will make me consistent at that distance. Of course, I've only had access to the area where I'm shooting long distance for about 7 months now.

    I won't hunt past about 300 or so. Not ethical.
    IMO, trying to hunt deer at 1000 yards is plain dumb.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  3. Slamfire

    Slamfire Member

    Dec 29, 2006

    Thanks Don. I was using a bolt rifle in 308. I have several kegs of Varget and I can get a bit more velocity without sticky extraction with that powder.

    I will keep my eye out for N550.
  4. d2wing

    d2wing Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Target bullets and hunting bullets are not the same. It is possible to make the shot, but to make a humane kill is a very big problem as far as I am concerned.
    I have shot deer at long range, under 500 yards. The 2 longest shots the deer were down but still alive when I got there. For that reason I limit the range of my shots to 300 yards depending on rifle used to make sure the deer is down and dead. I have seen 440 yard one shot kills on deer by a great shot. That is beyond my pay grade.
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