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Davey_boi 09-15-2012 01:12 PM

Whats your average deer shot distance?
As a new hunter I'm curious to know the average distance for a shot at a deer for your hunting style.

Please list:

rifle and calibre
Scope magnification
Scope sight in distance

slim325 09-15-2012 01:19 PM

I live in Ohio 50yds or less

treehugger49 09-15-2012 02:20 PM

I'm primarily a bow-hunter, so my shots probably average 25 yards.

I hunt in the woodlands of Georgia, so even when rifle hunting I'd guess the average shot would be around 50 yards. No green fields or power lines are available to me.

My rifle of choice now is an AR-15 I assembled last year in 6.8 SPC, topped with a Trijicon AccuPoint 3 - 9 X 40 sighted in for 200 yards. Definite overkill for my hunting conditions, I admit.

I leave the scope dialed down to 3X unless I'm trying to get a better look at the animal's attributes.

kytowboater 09-15-2012 02:40 PM

Shortest modern gun was 60 yards with a 44 mag carbine. Longest was 110 yards with a .300 win mag. Was hunting power lines was planning on a long shot rifle was way to much overkill as the rifle is sighted at 300 yards. Luepold mark 4 on it, can't remember the magnification. The .44 was iron sights. Keep my black powder hunting to around 50 yards. cheaply made Walmart scope on it.

c3shooter 09-15-2012 04:26 PM

Hunt one area in mountains, SW Virginia- Laurel thickets, revolver- 25-50 yards (can't see further!) Muzzle loader, T/C 50 cal, 50-100 yards. Centerfire rifle, typically 50-150 yds, although I do hunt one area with a large broomstraw field that deer walk headed down to lake. Distances well established, shooting from support, may go 200-250 max. EDIT- Sorry- .243 or .308, typically 3-9 on 4 power. Shortest ever was in a shotgun only county, about 15 yards.

tri70 09-15-2012 07:32 PM

We have hills and not many long distance shots too, all mine have been within 100 yds with a mini 6.8 and mini 14 with a 3x9 Nikon and Leupold.

tacticalfun 09-15-2012 07:39 PM

My longest deer shot was maybe 325yds. ( most our woods are thick) with a .308

Sniper03 09-15-2012 07:40 PM


As you are seeing it all depends upon the terrain and the area you live in. In Tennessee 50-100 Yards. 308 Winchester Model 700. Leupold 3.5X10. When I hunt in Texas 100 Yards to 250 Yards with Remington 700CDL 7MM Rem. Mag. and 3.5X10 Leupold.
But I would have to say for the majority 50 to 100 in most states.

therewolf 09-15-2012 07:44 PM

30.06 with iron sights,

@ 80 yards.

Davyboy 09-15-2012 07:59 PM

As you can see Davy its a hard one to answer we all have our different terrain and preferences. I have taken deer in Scotland on open terrain at 300 yards plus and in pine Forrest at 25 yards. Good hunting, great name by the way :D

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