Originally Posted by blucoondawg
Seems to me 800-1000 yard shots are mainly done with targets for competition or the heck of it, I don't hear of many hunters even out west shooting that far at animals, you get to the extreme long ranges and many other variables have a big effect on your shooting, mainly good old mother nature, different wind gusts for example can throw you off different amounts, those sort of shots are very risky and take a ton of practice, even the most accomplished shooters aren't going to be near perfect at those ranges and are going to think twice before pulling the trigger and risking wounding an animal.
most ethical hunters who shoot very well and with the proper rifle cartridge and ammo will usually stop at about 500-600 yards. i agree pretty much anthing past that, including into the 800-1000 yard range should be limited to paper targets. you low a shot on a paper tage by a foot all you do is mess up your score. blow that same shot on an animal, well you will probably end up traking a wounded animal that you may not be able to find. sorry but this is getting into distances that i consider to be unethical and i will not give any suggestions or advice to someone so they can use it in an unethical manner.
as another poster on this thread said, 300 WM is a 1000 yard rifle. yes that may be true and there are many rifles and cartridges that have that capability, but that doesn't mean the person behind the trigger has that capability.