Originally Posted by Crazycastor
I have a group of friends, one of them owns 650 acres, they go every year. Usually 3 of the 5 guys will get an elk. I've never hunted or been to the property but saw pictures of their kills and its hilly land with trees. Not thick trees like in the south. If I had to guess I'd say the farthest shot would be maybe 300 yards. I wouldn't shoot that far, wouldn'd trust my shot that far out on a live animal. Maybe 200 yards would be my farthest comfort zone for shooting at an deer/elk.
Well, if you aren't really experienced but have good guides who know the property and the heard a 200 yd shot should not be too unreasonable. The reason I asked the questions is because it can be kind of relative. People now hunt elk but most experienced now hunters will scout well ahead and understand movement if a heard. They will know choke points, water, food, and bedding areas. This allows them to position well to get a better chance at a humane shot.
A good bolt action .30-06 should get you reach, precision, and penetration for a 200yd shot.