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Richard Erichsen
07-11-2012, 8:19 PM
What is the range you have taken medium to large game animals in the last three seasons? Please specify the critter, the rifle and caliber.

DannyInSoCal
07-11-2012, 8:23 PM
Bighorn sheep - 235/245 yards - 6.8 AR15

Whitetail deer - 200 yards - 6.8 AR15

Wild boar - 75 yards - 91/30

Trapper
07-11-2012, 8:41 PM
Deer from 50yds - 275yds Remington 700 30-06 and a Savage 210 12ga
Pigs from 15yds to 300yds Remington 700 30-06 168gr Barnes TTSX handloads
Ground squirrels from 5yds - 400+yds 357mag revolver, Mathews Switchback, Remington 700 22-250

tpuig
07-11-2012, 9:58 PM
Pig, about 60 yards
Deer, ranged at just over 225
Both with Ruger M77 in 7mm Mag

mif_slim
07-11-2012, 10:29 PM
White tail - 18 yards
Mule - 12 yards
Black tail - 66 yards.

All with bow.

Whiterabbit
07-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Hog, way less than 20 yards. 7x57.

DirtyDave
07-11-2012, 11:34 PM
Pigs - 30yds, 85yds, 0yds (30-06 & 7.62x54R)
Deer - 35yds, 80yds, 100yds, 170yds (30-06 & 6mm)

VFX_man
07-11-2012, 11:47 PM
Pigs - 30yds, 85yds, 0yds (30-06 & 7.62x54R)
Deer - 35yds, 80yds, 100yds, 170yds (30-06 & 6mm)


0yds???? What brand of Knife? Or was it bare-handed strangulation? :)

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 4:12 AM
I'm assuming this is a continuation of your 358 winchester thread. The issue brought up in that thread was not the average distance most game is taken from, but the out of average scenarios. Sure, most game is taken under 200 yards by a large margin, but if you hunt enough you will have opportunities to take game beyond 200 yards. The terrain you hunt obviously has much to do with this, but out here in the west we have pleanty of wide open spaces for spotting game at distance. I have been on several hunts where game was spottted at a considerable distance and a stalk to get within 200 yards was just not possible without spooking the game. In these scenarios, a cartridge that lets you shoot out to 300-500 yards can mean the difference of going home succesful or not. Your poll is going to show you that. After you have spent an entire season hunting or dropped thousands of dollars on a hunt and you see a trophy animal or the only animal of your hunt at 450 yards, you will be dissapointed that you brought your 358 instead of your 270 or 300 winmag.

The most impressive shot I have seen was by the guy who does hog eradication for the state of CA. We were after a boar spotted in a large flat and we suddenly spotted him as we were riding our quads. He jumped off of his moving quad, quickly ranged the running boar going straight away from us and made a perfect shot off hand at 550 yards with his 300 ultra mag. It was incredible and he made it look easy, but he kills stuff for a living. I do know that he could not have done it with a 30-30 or 358 winchester, which is why he didn't carry one.

You lose nothing by shooting a 270 over a 358 winchester, but have everything to gain.

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 4:18 AM
Off the top of my head over the last 3 seasons

3 pigs 220-300 yards - 204 ruger
1 pig 10 yards -243wssm
1 deer 100 yards - 25-06
1 deer 75 yards - 204 ruger
several coyotes at varying distances from 50 yards out to 400 - 25-06, 204, 223

My furthest shot on game is about 500 yards, but not over the last 3 seasons.

toby
07-12-2012, 4:51 AM
All Animals taken at distances I can estimate without the use of a rangefinder so most within 400 yrds all one shot kills, calibers range from 22-250 to 30-06 would I shoot further? no need.

therealnickb
07-12-2012, 5:26 AM
One mule deer. 300 yards. M70 in Win 270.

truep
07-12-2012, 7:10 AM
I think I was there for the zero yards....use your imagination. I believe he strangled it....with his bare hands like a real man. I haven't killed anything past 200 yards, and wouldn't even try past 300 yards, because that's as far as I can hit stuff confidently. If I can, I stalk under 100 yards. While scouting last weekend, I stalked a deer within 15 yards, and watched him for 10 minutes, and he never saw me. 30-06, 308, 223, 22lr, air rifles, shotgun. Every rifle I have has tasted blood, and some of my handguns.

AdiosKali
07-12-2012, 7:40 AM
Bighorn Sheep-348 yards-7mm RM

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 7:49 AM
Something to keep in mind for your poll is that many people, especially the inexperienced, have a hard time accurately estimating yardage past 150-200 yards. Unless the yardage being posted was ranged with a range finder, it might as well be measured as long, medium, or short distance IMO. Some people are very good at ranging distance with their eye, but IME they are the exception.

taperxz
07-12-2012, 8:19 AM
What is the range you have taken medium to large game animals in the last three seasons? Please specify the critter, the rifle and caliber.

Why? It would interesting to know more as to why you ask this question?

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-12-2012, 8:58 AM
In the last few years I've taken 3 hogs @ 350+(355, 415, 445) and multiple coyotes from 200-300yds with a Rem 700 7mm. No long distance deer in the last 3yrs.

Why? It would interesting to know more as to why you ask this question?

probably because when he said most hunters won't shoot past 200yds, some pot stirrer told him that was BS :innocent:

taperxz
07-12-2012, 9:16 AM
3 point buck: 462 yards

Forked Horn buck: 405 yards (it was a big fork)

3 point buck: 320 yards

All with a 308

Scottie15
07-12-2012, 11:03 AM
Mulies at 200 and 250 yards the last two years. M70 in 300WM.

Hunter47
07-12-2012, 11:16 AM
This will be fun.
All were measured by range finder and witnessed by other hunters or guides:
Blue Wildebeest: 70 yrds 300 WSM
Springbok 150 yards 300 WSM
Kudu: 220 yards 300 WSM
Oryx: 150 yrds 350 Rem Mag
Waterbuck: 90 yrds 350 Rem Mag
Ostrich: 250 yards 300 WSM
Hartman's Zebra: (2) 227 & 150 300 WSM & 350 Rem Mag
Pronghorn: (4) 509, 125, 70, 110 6 mm Remington
Cow Elk: (2) 330 & 125 yrds 356 Winchester
Caribou: 125 yrds .30-06

The only miss was the 509 yard pronghorn on the first shot but the animal only moved a few feet from the first shot. Luckily she was on the side of a hill so I could see the miss. I compensated for the miss and hit her on the second.

Bowhunter_619
07-12-2012, 11:32 AM
Mule Deer: 230 yds - .270 Win
Mule Deer: 80 yds - .270 Win
Whitetail : 75 yds - 30.06 Springfield

Richard Erichsen
07-12-2012, 11:41 AM
Why? It would interesting to know more as to why you ask this question?

I'll explain in a week or two.

bambklr
07-12-2012, 12:09 PM
cow elk at 510yd
bull elk at 50yd
bull elk at 15yd
all with m77 in 7mm rem
and I have never taken a deer more then maybe 100 yd out
all of that said I now hunt with a 308win because its cool:cool2:

HokeySon
07-12-2012, 12:33 PM
*** it might as well be measured as long, medium, or short distance IMO. ***


Also, the distance tends to get longer as the campfire burns and beverages are consumed.....

[I have not taken any big / medium game at all, so I am not in the poll. But I am am pretty confident in my abilities to take down a bull elk @600 yds with a stock savage and factory .223. .... 'course my wife says I tend to overestimate lengths ... and abilities ... ]

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-12-2012, 12:51 PM
just wanted to add, my rangefinder is just as important to me while rifle hunting as it is while archery hunting. Without it, I'm not sure I'd shoot past 300yds. After 300, I have no yardage guessing skills. So, along with my binos, my rangefinder is one of the most important pieces of gear I own, regardless of what weapon I'm using.

Divernhunter
07-12-2012, 1:09 PM
Calif deer and hogs all under 100 yards-300win mag(overkill)-30-06-6.5X55-No need for rangefinder

Wy pronghorns 40, 80,110,125,600+(really too far but wanted to fill last tag and go home due to medical problems) and several 200-300 yards.--7Rem mag -25-06 and 257Weatherby-Use rangefinder

one squirrel that ticked me off 382 yards-204Ruger-Used rangefinder

Years ago a very large black bear at 15-20 yards up in a tree-44mag pistol and not need for rangefinder.

IF I need a rangefinder then I usually think twice about the shot or just get closer except on ground squirrels and then most of the time I do not use one as the target is not that important and usually get another shot if I wait them out.

I do NOT like shooting long range. I would rather get closer. I might add that I handload and shoot for speed over my chrono and group size, testing loads often. I also shoot at least 2+ times per month spending 1/2 to all day at the range. The load you use and the practice you have will make a huge difference when long range shooting unless it is just a lucky shot. Right now I have been to the range every week for the last month testing loads for my Africa trip. I have selected bullets but am dialing in loads with the smallest group(like 3 holes touching) and keeping plenty of speed for the Swift A-Frames will open well.

chicoredneck
07-12-2012, 1:13 PM
just wanted to add, my rangefinder is just as important to me while rifle hunting as it is while archery hunting. Without it, I'm not sure I'd shoot past 300yds. After 300, I have no yardage guessing skills. So, along with my binos, my rangefinder is one of the most important pieces of gear I own, regardless of what weapon I'm using.
Me too
+1

nastyhabts26
07-12-2012, 1:34 PM
I took one pig at 75 yards then another at 2 feet as it was running by me.

therealnickb
07-12-2012, 2:53 PM
Me too
+1

I'm a nube hunter with only 2 shots taken at deer so far.

First time; no range finder equalled a miss at what turned out to be 280 yds.

Second time; ranged at 305 for a one shot kill.

Lesson learned.

Fjold
07-12-2012, 5:58 PM
Medium game:
Whitetail - 125 yards - Bolt action MRC Custom in 6.5x284
Whitetail - 250 yards - Bolt action MRC Custom in 6.5x284
Antelope - 100 yards - 6.5x284
Antelope - 200 yards - 6.5x284

A dozen or so coyotes - 150 - 600 yards with Savage 110 in 22.250, my 6.5x284 and an AR in 223


Large game:
Cape Buffalo - 70 yards - Winchester Model 70 in 375 H&H

252yft
07-12-2012, 8:50 PM
My guide laughed he's butt off last year when I took a cow elk at 257 yards using a 300 WSM. She was being helped over a fence by a bull at the time. Certainly one of my more memorable shots.

pennstater
07-13-2012, 1:00 PM
Most mule deer: between 125-200 yards.
My Ca. antelope: 225-240yards.
I used to play aLOT of golf, so yardage isn't that difficult to figure.
Owens Valley/Round Valley coyotes: All kinds of different ranges: 20 yards out to real close to 400yards. Either an .22-250 or .25-06. Usually the .22-250.

dirtracer24
07-13-2012, 5:15 PM
2008-Black tail 78lb at the butcher forked horn 30-06 165gr
2011-Black tail 130lbs at the butcher 8x7 100gr bass pro expandable broadhead.
2011-Coyote 250yrds 30-06 180gr

dangerranger
07-13-2012, 6:01 PM
I always practice for the long shot But when it comes time to punch a tag the Deer and Pigs have always been in close. Ive only shot one large animal out passed 60 yds! My nearest shot was at only 10 paces. I had gotten ahead of my dad and sat down to wait and this Buck walked right up to me. He must not have seen me because he was looking around a lot. I waited till his head was turned back and I shot him dead center of his chest. Thats one Ill never forget! DR

foxtrotuniformlima
07-13-2012, 6:44 PM
In the last 3 years ? none :(

Angel g
07-13-2012, 10:41 PM
2010 black tail deer 80 yards or so 180 gr 30-06 barnes
2011 black tail deer 40 yards same round both with a Remington 760 pump

Richard Erichsen
07-16-2012, 7:07 PM
The poll results are showing some interesting trends for 200-300 yards, I'll need to correlate and reconcile some of the responders to this thread that have reported distances that may not match exactly between posts and the poll tally.

R

DirtyDave
07-16-2012, 8:05 PM
The poll results are showing some interesting trends for 200-300 yards, I'll need to correlate and reconcile some of the responders to this thread that have reported distances that may not match exactly between posts and the poll tally.

R

I'm anxiously awaiting your findings so I can sell all my rifles and get something slow and heavy. :rolleyes:

kayaker
07-16-2012, 8:12 PM
I've killed 8 dear, ranges from 25 yards -350 yards. Longest and shortest were with 7mm Rem Mag. I've also killed dear with .308 and 30-06. Regardless of caliber all of the dear seemed equally dead.

Fjold
07-16-2012, 8:21 PM
The poll results are showing some interesting trends for 200-300 yards, I'll need to correlate and reconcile some of the responders to this thread that have reported distances that may not match exactly between posts and the poll tally.

R

A lot of people probably didn't pick a distance in the poll because you only get one choice and they have multiple animals. Other people may have picked a distance but not posted.

jaymz
07-16-2012, 9:13 PM
Can't see the poll on my iPod, but my furthest kill, according to the rangefinder, was a small buck at 424 yards. DRT with a 155 grain Winchester Silvertip out of my pre-Accutrigger 10FPLE2.

Richard Erichsen
07-16-2012, 9:26 PM
I'm anxiously awaiting your findings so I can sell all my rifles and get something slow and heavy. :rolleyes:

I would never recommend anything so extreme. I'll leave it to the reader if adding something that launches rounds that are "slow and heavy" (at least compared to .30 magnums) is appropriate based on the findings. Fast and furious is something of a uniquely American fetish and I wouldn't presume that is going to change anytime soon.

R

Richard Erichsen
07-16-2012, 9:28 PM
A lot of people probably didn't pick a distance in the poll because you only get one choice and they have multiple animals. Other people may have picked a distance but not posted.

The only suggestion I can make, given the limitations of the polling system, are to take the poll as many times as you have tagged critters to account for. It will certainly save me some time.

R

Richard Erichsen
07-16-2012, 9:32 PM
I've killed 8 dear, ranges from 25 yards -350 yards. Longest and shortest were with 7mm Rem Mag. I've also killed dear with .308 and 30-06. Regardless of caliber all of the dear seemed equally dead.

So I've heard. I doubt wherever those deer go in the afterlife they spend much time debating which "hurt" more on their way to the pearly gates.

For our purposes, I'm interested in where we end up with average and maximum distances, though the data is already showing significant trends that might define what we consider short, medium and long range.

R

mif_slim
07-17-2012, 10:39 AM
I didnt even know there was a poll. LOL.... havent been touching a actual computer for ages and my phone is on iphone format so nothing fancy...Im the first option....25yards. haha

DirtyDave
07-17-2012, 11:05 AM
Your poll is flawed. More Deer are taken at 0 yards with the front bumper of a vehicle than by hunting each year. That would be a 21,000,000 grain projectile moving at 100fps (3000lbs @ 68mph)
Lobbing Lead out of your 358 has got nothing on a mid sized American Sedan.....

Sureshot357
07-17-2012, 11:33 AM
880 yards

Mule Deer

Ruger/338 win mag

Richard Erichsen
07-17-2012, 1:00 PM
Your poll is flawed. More Deer are taken at 0 yards with the front bumper of a vehicle than by hunting each year. That would be a 21,000,000 grain projectile moving at 100fps (3000lbs @ 68mph)
Lobbing Lead out of your 358 has got nothing on a mid sized American Sedan.....

I will now observe thread silence for a few days while I regroup and take into consideration adding "road kill" as a valid category and "vehicle" as a weapon type for "medium to large game harvesting." LOL.

As for the .358 comment, leasepey topsey alkingtey aboutay hetay inefay ediummey angeray alibercey atay histey imetay.

R

Gasman
07-17-2012, 1:32 PM
Cow elk, just shy of 500 yards, 308 Win
Mule deer, 100 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 225 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 150 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 10 yards, 308 Win

Sounds like I only have a 308, doesn't it? That'd be far from true, but my go-to rifle IS chambered in 308 Win.

Over the years, most of my mule deer have been taken between 225-250 yards (Colorado).

Richard Erichsen
07-19-2012, 2:12 PM
Cow elk, just shy of 500 yards, 308 Win
Mule deer, 100 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 225 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 150 yards, 308 Win
Wild boar, 10 yards, 308 Win

Sounds like I only have a 308, doesn't it? That'd be far from true, but my go-to rifle IS chambered in 308 Win.

Over the years, most of my mule deer have been taken between 225-250 yards (Colorado).

Elk, with a .308 at 500 yards? That was some shot.

R

toby
07-19-2012, 3:24 PM
My next creature will sufice to a 257 Weatherby tossing a 100 grain chunkolead at 3600 fps, I am thinking a close range shot is not in the works, but a shot of 350-400 yrds.That animal will most likely hit the ground before the recoil is absorbed. I'm not big on over that range cuz it just aint necessary If you cant get closer let it run....

BigJB
07-19-2012, 3:58 PM
I can't even say how many I have harvested, from antelope to Elk- more than 50 tasty animals

Farthest was a wounded antelope heading out toward private ranch on last day of season- 675 yds with a win m70 300wsm

Killed a bunch with 22-250 out to 450yds

.243 out to 450

25-06 500

300H&H to 500 yds

.308 to 450

Most of my kills were between 150 - 350, some as close as 20yds

I mostly use .243 and .308 in Cal, though my 25-06 and I are getting pretty chummy these days

Hunter87
07-20-2012, 7:59 AM
Pig- 250yds- Ruger M77 7MM Rem Mag.

Vigilante
07-20-2012, 12:22 PM
Pig - 300 yards - .257 Weatherby. The guys I was hunting with thought it was more like 350-375, but I think it more like 300 yards.
Pig - 40 yards - 257 Weatherby
Pronghorn - 125 yards -.240 Weatherby (rangefinder verified)
Pronghorn - 180 yards -.240 Weatherby (rangefinder verified)
Blacktail - 200 yards - .257 Weatherby
Blacktail - 50 yads - .50 cal muzzle loader