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Old 05-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #21
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I find this has done a great deal of good for my range estimation in the field.

Since it is necessary to figure out how large a stump or rock is to determine the range, I pay more attention to detail..

Of course I use a range finder when actually hunting, but there's a pretty high degree of satisfaction when you look at an animal and think, "170 yards" and the laser range finder reads 176 yards.


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One of those gun writers said he hunted w 6X scope. By having only one mag level/power, he began to know how large tgts should look at different ranges. Good range estimation and a flat shooting rifle all help put meat in the freezer.


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Hiking and shooting in the high country is great practice for the fall hunting seasons. Shooting Rock Deer and Stump Elk up in the high meadows also allows for scouting out future hunting areas.
- But never be tempted by the white-faced deer!
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One of those gun writers said he hunted w 6X scope. By having only one mag level/power, he began to know how large tgts should look at different ranges. Good range estimation and a flat shooting rifle all help put meat in the freezer.
You can do something similar with a variable scope by doing most of your shooting and spotting at some intermediate power level.

With a 2-7x scope, for example, I leave it on 4x most of the time and do my initial spotting that way. If the occasion calls for me to crank it up or down, then it's nice to be able to do so.

It's instructive though to note how many times 4X will do the job just fine.
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Most all of my rifles have military slings on them which I use when big game hunting. I use what ever of the four positions I can get into and use any thing available to steady my forearm hand to make the shot. Im an old timer and the last few years have carried shooting sticks.
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One of those gun writers said he hunted w 6X scope. By having only one mag level/power, he began to know how large tgts should look at different ranges. Good range estimation and a flat shooting rifle all help put meat in the freezer.

My hunting rifle has a 6X fixed power. For my needs, its close to perfect.
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Locutus, angle of the target can be a huge factor. We shoot pellet rifle matches quite often in the spring. I love it when I get to a section is set up with my spinners. I know how they are bent and how to aim at the when light reflects off the target. Other people that are fine shots do struggle with a few targets.
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One of the things I teach a new hunter is to ALWAYS leave your scope set on the lowest power setting while hunting (stalking). You will have time to turn the scope up for any 'long' shot but never have time to turn it down if you 'jump' an animal!!! If you are in a fixed position, like the shot houses here in bama, that does not apply.
My favorite 'big game hunting' scope is the Leupold 1.75 x 6. Extremely wide field of view up close (1.75) and 6x is all you need out to 400yds on big game.
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In order to achieve field accuracy at the range, I

shoot offhand only, to simulate field conditions.

If I can't, or won't have it in the field, I don't

use it at the range.

IMO, a practical approach to getting an idea of what

your accuracy would be, without the assistance of

bench-rests, and the like.


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