Poll Question : what’s the longest shot that you’ve taken with a rifle?

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  1. Texanadian says:

    I have taken shots (targets) at much longer distances but I assumed you meant shot that actually hit the mark.

  2. It was actually this year. My first time deer hunting. Here in Southern Ontario you’re limited to shotguns by law for deer hunting, you can’t use rifles until you’re further north.

    I was using rifled slugs in my duck shotgun. I saw a deer running across the field about 200+ yards away. I got excited. Probably too excited. I knew these slugs dropped like a damned stone and moved slower than cold molasses. I aimed about 10 feet in front of the deer and about 4 above her head and shot. The slug landed right between her feet, kicked up some dirt and she jumped.

    So that was the longest shot I’ve taken to date.

    • You’re right, you were too excited. This was irresponsible and I wouldn’t tell this on an anonymous comment section and especially not admit to it in person unless you’re using it as a cautionary tale.

  3. My answer was less than 100 yards. im assuming the question was intended to mean for hunting or military. Ive actually taken 4oo yard shots at the range i belong to,but here in my area of Louisiana,youwould be hard pressed to find an area that you could shoot further than 100 yards unless you were shooting down a pipe line (illegal) or a road (illegal). You could shoot further on cleared farm land,but those who could would be rare.

  4. I checked over 1000 yards since it was about the closest, since my shot was right at 1000 yards. The question would have been more correct as “1000 yards or more.”
    I was BTW using a Remington 700P, 26 inch heavy barrel in .308 using a Tasco 6-24 and a Harris heavy bi-pod.
    The rifle and a companion M1-A in .308 have now gone to better homes, owned by people with much better eyes than my current ones.

  5. axelsteve says:

    I shot at a steel gong target that was 350 yards with my o3a3 with a 4 power scope.I was hitting it 4 out 5 times average. I hit it 5 out of 5 times with my 270 with a 4 power scope. I was hitting better with the 270 not cause they shoot a bit flatter but some older guys where kinda teasing me about my o3. They were not distracting me when I was shooting the 270.

  6. It’s not about the longest shos,, but the “best” shots.

    I put 250, but it was probably closer to 300. I was 17, and I was using a Winchester model 1894 30-30 ( iron sights). First shot was short, but I chambered, aimed above the back and fired again before the deer could move. I must have been too young to get jittery. It was as cool and calm as if I had been a pro. I get way more jittery now when I see a deer.

    But maybe my best shot ever was two birds with one shot from a 20 gauge single shot, or when I shot a walnut out of a squirrels hands with a pellet gun. (Both were probably more luck than skill)

  7. Rider of Rohan says:

    Well, like Texanadian, I took the post to mean actually hitting something one was aiming at. That would be 350 long steps for me, which was a pronghorn antelope near Douglas, Wy. I said 250 because it was closer to 350 than 500. I’m shot longer distances, but have nothing to show for it other than a cloud of dust.

    • hvaczach says:

      See you hit something does not eat particuraly well but I am counting dirt as a hit!

  8. JP in MT says:

    My best “kill” shot was on a running coyote. He was 300-325 years away and running straight away and up hill. I held the crosshairs just over his head and squeezed the trigger. His him dead between the shoulder blades in mid lope. Just pile drived him into the ground.

    I would not have even attempted the shot except he was running dead away. The rancher, who land we were on, was quite emphatic about us shooting any canines on his property, after we were introduced to his dog of course.

    The only other “long range” shot was in AZ, where I had an opportunity to shoot a new to the market Barrett M82. Shot a 4 gal pail off a 55 gal drum at 1/4 mile. Great fun, but I only go to take 2 shots and it took both to get the bucket.

  9. JP in MT says:

    We have a lot of “hunters” who come up here thinking they need a 300+ Mag (338 Lapua is the current favorite), so they can get that elk running across a snow patch at 900 yards. It looks good on paper, but most of these wannabees couldn’t hit the door on a parked Buick at half that.

    Most of the consistent local hunters, although many use a 300 Rem Mag, take their game a under 200 yards, most under 150.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      I use a Remington M700 in 30-06 for elk. Works every time, but I would never shoot it over 200 yds., even at as big a target as an elk. The vast majority of my shots have been under 100 yds., JP.

    • JP,
      “most of these wannabees couldn’t hit the door on a parked Buick at half that.”
      Love the description, and I suspect it is very true,
      Here in Ohio there are no Elk, although we have some of the best White Tail deer around. Deer cannot however, be taken with rifle. Only shotgun and handgun; although they are talking about allowing handgun caliber rifles this fall. Only time will tell.
      We can BTW also use bow and crossbow.

      • JP in MT says:


        If they do allow handgun caliber rifles, may I recommend an 1892 pattern Lever Action in 357 Mag. They make it in 44 Mag and 45 LC (and 454 Casull) but I think the 357 with 180 gr loads makes a sweet 100 yard deer gun. Either with a 16″ (my GHB gun) or a 20″ barrel, blued or stainless.

        • JP,
          That is the gun I’ve been coveting for a while. I normally hunt deer with .357 Mag in a 14 inch TC Contender and a 3-7 power scope. Until however, the DD finishes college (this semester plus one more, I’ll probably not be buying to many more firearms. I think the 1894 pattern rifle is made by numerous manufacturers, so one should be available when the time comes.

          • JP in MT says:


            The ’92 pattern as made by Rossi is a good one, and I know a place that sells the parts that I THINK shouldn’t be on there (I hate the safety on the top of the bolt). You can do the work yourself (he sells the parts & DVD) or you can send it to him. Just be ready to wait.

            The ’94 pattern is the 30-30. It’s long for the pistol calibers, so the fitting is different (and they are more expensive – usually).

            • Actually, the Rossi models are now made by Taurus, and a better value now with much better quality. (I think there’s a post about the Taurus here somewhere…)

              • JP in MT says:


                I believe you are right, both the change and the “blog talk”, thanks.

          • JP in MT says:


            I just had one of those thoughts. On the ’94, were you talking about Marlin’s? If so, I’m thinking Winchesters so I was wrong. The ’94 Marlin is a great gun, a bit heavier and more expensive than a Rossi/Taurus ’92, but nothing wrong with them. I had 2 in 45 LC at one time.

            • JP,
              I was thinking a lever action .357 rifles in general. I have shot a friends Winchester in 30-30 and of course the Henry Golden Boy in .22 LR. In general I was thinking Marlin, Henry, or Winchester; however, the Rossi / Taurus would be fine also for the amount of use it would be getting. They’re all decent rifles, so it will probably come down to price and availability when the time comes to be able to afford one.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Ohio is a strange state. I can take a 3006 and hunt squirrel in a tree, but not a deer on he ground?

    • axelsteve says:

      I had a 300 Weatherby sighted in at 200 yards. I bought it for Elk hunting.After I sighted in I never saw an Elk to the day after the season closed.I would not try a shot over 200 yards back then.

  10. I clicked 250, but it’s more like 300 meters. Scored expert in the Army. Qualifying with the M-16A2 meant hitting pop up targets from 50 meters to 300.

    • tjbbpgobIII says:

      I did the same type of shooting on the pop up targets. I shoot all of the closer ones from the hip and had to do it all over again to prove what they saw was true. Another time I shot ahhh I’ll just save that one.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Same here, though I was fortunate enough to have gone through a special “sniper school” (only lasted two weeks and mostly taught us shot discipline and math, not snooping and pooping) where I got a clean “kill shot” on a balloon at 800 meters. That was some nice shooting if I do say so myself. Couldn’t do it now of course with my eyesight being what it is….

  11. I put 800 but it was actualy 700. Me and my father were out in NM shooting prairie dogs. I was shooting a 22-250 with a 40x scope.

  12. riverrider says:

    when training troops i find that they vastly over estimate the range of things in most cases. many times civilian friends have done the same while hunting and shooting. usually a “300 yard shot” is closer to a hundred. i have shot/hit long distance but i have had extensive training. my average shot though is 100 or less due to terrain and the desire to kill cleanly rather than taking a chance on wasting the game etc. i also find that most joes buy one box of ammo a year, shoot 4 or 5 rounds, and then go hunting and blame the gun and/or scope when they don’t hit anything. that and they hunt little bambi with a 300 magnum. nothing in the lower 48 requires that much power, no, not even grizz. most guide uses 12 gage or 45/70 short carbine and the like. to be honest, i have killed most everything in the lower 48 with a .223. you just have to hit what you aim at, and aim at vital organs, same as any other round. i wouldn’t be afraid to face a bear with an ar15….with a thirty round mag of course 🙂

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      I usually take a black bear every year with a .270. I have taken more deer with a .410 with triple aught buck than I have with anything else. That was in my youth in franklin county va. We ate a lot of deer meat. With damage stamps I got 23 in one year.

  13. Staryohotnik says:

    I have actually made a few successful shots on marmots at about 325 meters in the Tien Shan mountains. The meat is not bad and the hides are useful.

  14. The best shot ever was about 500 yards and dropped an 8 point Bull Elk in NW Colorado.

  15. NeWolverin says:

    When I was active duty in the Marine Corps we had some spare time and ammo that needed to be spent. 1,000 yards standing position, now we were shooting at 6 foot targets at that range you have to raise a target on both sides (skipping 1 target) 1_1_1 so you are shooting at the middle one just to see the targets at 1,000 yards. Open sights, more than 3 tries to hit the middle target, spotters to help etc. etc. just to prove we could. Effective range for the rifle is 800 yards. Same with the 9mm pistol 40 yards, one hand shooting pennies off the target. Took a lot of time and ammo, but when you are 19 at it’s free to you kids will play! Longest shot to kill an animal….maybe 160 yards. Sure wish I could spend that much time at the range today!

  16. Tracker says:

    Oct 1971, Ho Chi Minh Trail. NVA captain headshot. 650 yards.

  17. I was sighting in my M1A with my Leatherwood scope. The caliber of bullet I was shooting was one of my reloads off my Dillion RL550B Reloader. 308 caliber / Sierra190 grain HPBT Match King bullet. The Shot was 1000 yards.

  18. I don’t remember what my longest rifle shot was, but it was nothing special.

    If you would like to see a truly inspiring shooter, try this 8 minute video:


    It’s of Ted Gundy, a sniper at the Battle of the Bulge. At age 84 some modern snipers took him to their range at Fort Benning and let him shoot at a target 1000 yards away.

    I would not want Ted Gundy shooting at me.

  19. tommy2rs says:

    I was lucky. My father was an NRA instructor (who got his training in the Navy during WW2 where post war he shot competitively) and taught not only my brother and I but our whole scout troop to shoot long range. My brother and I got do this regularly by volunteering to do clean up duties once a month at the range. Got to where the thousand yard target was afraid of us. And that was with a murderous kicking 03-A3 in 30.06. Mostly because back then there was plenty of 30.06 surplus ammo for almost free still in the Garand en-bloc clips. Which we had to unload and hand back the clip.

    During my Elmer Keith fanboi days I could hit targets regularly at 400 – 500 yards with my Ruger Super Blackhawk with the old 22 grains of 2400 and hard cast lead bullet load using the factory iron sights.

    These days….well, time has taken its toll and iron sights are no longer an option even though the longest shot I could possibly take here is 100 yards and my hands can’t deal with more than 2-3 shots with the old .41 mag much less the .44 mag so I pretty much stick to long guns.

  20. I’ve taken hail marys at ground hogs over 1000 yards before. Now ask me how many I’ve connected on 🙂

  21. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    The actual shot made was at approximately 325 yards. I am talking ‘live target’ here, I will not shoot unless I feel very sure that the shot will be good. The vast majority of my shots have been taken inside 200 yards, with quite a few inside 100. You don’t need magnums and Hubble sized magnum magnification scopes is all I’m saying. :^)

    Target shooting (milk jugs on dirt banks) – a bit further, a bit less than 500 yards. This is waaaaay out there in the south Texas brush country, the only place we can do this is along a sendero (road bulldozed through brush) and part of Texas law is landowner is responsible for any bullet leaving their property. So care is definitely required when long distance shooting, in case of possible richochet.

    Long distance shooting definitely teaches you that wind REALLY is a factor and a strong crosswind is good teacher on how much it effects your bullet. Rimfire shooting at 200 yards will do much the same for far less cost.

  22. Rogue 7.62 says:

    Longest shot or longest REPEATABLE shot. I’ve got the steel at 800 with a “Slightly Modified” Remington 700 in .308. However to lay down and do it on a CONSTISTENT basis, hell I don’t have the $ to invest in the ammo to practice. Guys like the REAL DD214 documented Military guys who are paid to shoot are way more talented than me.

    • Rogue 7.62,
      I was pretty consistant @ 1000 yards, also with Rem 700 heavy barrel in .308; but, it did cost a lot of ammo, which I was buyin at the time for $0.15 per round, mil surp. At todays prices I certainly couldn’t afford it, and with todays eyes, wouldn’t even try.

  23. Sadja49 says:

    When I was in the military in 67 The M-14 qualification had 400 meters with iron sights, I hit more than I missed, I went back in later and hit 55 gal barrels at 1500 meters with my M-60 with somebody spotting. I couldn’t see the targets the spotter just said up, right on target. Love the 7.62 nato round had trouble hitting anything beyond 250 with the M-16. Just bought a black gun and as soon as the snow clears will get out on the range to get better, but not with iron sights, eyes are to old will need a red dot or scope.

  24. I’m still a beginner shooter – Less than 100 yds.
    For those longer distances, I’m guessing that a shooter would have be laying prone on the ground and/or using a tripod or some setup to hold the rifle steady. Is that correct?

    • No, Red, you can become a good off-hand shot at distances much farther than 100 yards. It’s all in practicing, strengthening the muscles and more practice. A good trigger will make accurate shots a lot more easy. Once you get used to shooting your rifle, you’ll be amazed what you can do with it. Dry firing with a blank in the chamber will give you lots of ‘free’ trigger time that will greatly improve your shooting. Practice off hand and prone.
      Still, prone position and bipods are a great help for accuracy, so don’t stop thinking about them. Most shooters in our long range group use bipods either prone or off the bench (depends a lot on the shooter’s age). Some opt for field expedience and use a shooting bag as a rest.
      The main thing is to practice holding the rifle properly, breath control, trigger press and hold. Like in all things worthwhile, the more you practice the better you’ll be.
      One site you may like to study is here: http://artoftherifle.blogspot.com/ and his newer site for his newer exploits.

      • Hi JSW, I clikked on the link twice and both times got an error message saying the blog had been removed.

        A shooting sling, properly adjusted makes a huge difference for me. There is a big difference between a shooting sling and a carry sling, tho you may be able to adjust a carry sling to help quite a bit.

        • Penrod,
          Same here on the link. And I concur on the sling, especially for offhand.

        • Try this one- his new site… http://artoftherifleblog.com/
          I just checked and it appears he’s transferred al the info from the old site to this one, or connected the two.
          As for slings, the Army issues one sling for each rifle- you shoot what you carry. Have never had a problem with slings, either for carry or shooting. In normal use, I remove the sling while hunting, replace it when I have some place to go.
          The sling I use is a Michael’s. Surprised a lot of people when they saw how I use it for prone, sitting and kneeling shots.
          For the MOA shoots, I’m on a bipod and using a sling then is detrimental to accuracy- can’t load the bipod when you’re yanking on a strap, and the hands are not in a casual shooting position anyway.

  25. barberbill says:

    500 meter with the M16A1 rifle courtesy of the USMC. In my 20’s I use to shoot soda cans at 75 to100 yards with a S&W mod. 686 with a 6″ barrel. Now days I use a shotgun and a seeing eye dog. Good dog too, he crouches behind the targets and barks.

  26. Donna in MN says:

    100 yards for target with my 1700’s .50 cal. hand forged muzzle, dragon decorated flintlock, sittin in a canoe on land and people rocking it like I was starring in Deliverence. I missed. It shot to the right, so I had to aim to the left while being in a simulated canoeing down a rapids. I learned shooting a piece of history that was not accurate didn’t win competitions. The shorter 50 yards I got first place with a kit made percussion muzzleloader in competition. It was right on the mark and I won the prize I donated for the prize back—a heavily beaded fur possibles bag.

  27. Chuck Findlay says:

    850 yards on a woodchuck, one shot kill. The rifle was a Ruger M-77 V 26 inch barrel 22-250. Redfield Golden 5-Star, 6 to 18 power scope with range dials. The bullet was a Nosler 50 grain expander and the powder was Hodgon 322.

    But then I have also missed a woodchuck at 40 yards one time when walking back to the truck. the dial was set for 400-yards and I was not expecting it to walk out in front of me. By the time I worked the bolt for a second shot Mr. Woodchuck was gone. This is why I many times use a single shot rifle or handgun. You normally don’t get a second shot and being a single shot you take time to do it right the first time.

    • LOL, Chuck- we don’t wanna talk about the misses… I’d lead the pack with most wasted lead expended down range!

  28. If the question relates to hitting food, my longest was/is 225 measured yards after five minutes on stand. The biggest buck taken that year.
    If we’re talking about longest shot, period, our club range is currently 550 yards and we shoot that regularly for our Minute Of Angle shoots (one inch at 100 yds, 2 inch @ 200, etc..). We’re in the process of extending another hundred yards this year, hoping we can get some serious long(er) range competition going. So, the longest where I’ve shot and hit is 550 yards. Hopefully that will grow this year.

  29. Longshot says:

    I was a sniper. Most my shots were with 50 cal., Scope assisted. Many were taken beyond the naked eye.

  30. Exile1981 says:

    I would say that I can consistently hit things 100 yards away, 250 yards at the range with a rest. Our range max’s out at 200 yards and the other one I have been too is 250 yards long. In the woods were I hunt the max clear distance is 50-75 yards so I can honestly say I have not tried to shoot longer shots.

    I know a guy with a range near here that has a full 1KM length but the problem is the day I was scheduled to go and use it last fall a early winter storm came in and the highway between here was closed…. not that I was interested in doing outdoor shooting at -40, which is what the temp dropped to with the storm.

  31. Better than a click at targets. For game it was 338 meters laser ranged and shot with a 700BDL wearing a Weaver scope with a han
    d loaded 174 grain Sierra boattail.

  32. Had to go with can’t see that far. It was right at a mile but then I was using docs 50 cal . Barrett at an old barrel .

    • I should add that my worst shot was this winter. An easy 30 yarder at a deer was a clean miss. I looked at the deer and then at my 30-06. Scope had gotten bumped it was shooting 6″ low and 4″ left at a 100 yards.

  33. 400m headshot. 15mph crosswind, ft benning july 2012.

  34. Ready2K says:

    Mine was only about 90 yards, but it was with a rickety old 22 (no scope) inherited from my grandpa. The best part was extinguishing a very destructive beaver I’d been after for months.

  35. Longest was 2000 meters in 1989, military range. Took 5 shots, but I hit it. I can no longer do that – heck I can’t see that far anymore. Second was 650 meters in Iraq in 2006. Nowadays, 300 meters is as far I shoot, since that’s for qualification, and the 300 meter target is an easy one for me since it always pops up in the clear and stays up longest (but those darn 200-250 ones are a pain!) At home I shoot 100 meters (the length of the back end of the pasture).

  36. Ive only shot 500 yards at a range most if not all my hunting shots 75 to 150 where i live lot hills and brush

  37. i shoot a coyote with 17 hmr with open sites i coud see it but im not great at judging distence my father enlaw checked it with his range finder and it was just under 750 yrds. i was aiming about 20 in high it was all luck but made me feel pretty good.

    • I hit a 40′ putt from off the green once. It wasn’t luck (yes it was). I was aiming for the cup, Aaaaaand nailed it! You were aiming for the coyote, and hit it. Even if it was luck, don’t admit it. tell ’em it was all skill. Good shot Larry.

  38. mrratman says:

    June 2001 fox valley range in Dundee IL 30-06 mauser weaver 4x scope baseball size pattern ten rounds in the black b-29 target 500 yards

  39. Mine was 400 yards, and that’s not in your list. This was done at a precision rifle training course at Tactical Defense Institute. All shots hit on a human silhouette target using a Remington 700 rifle in .308.

  40. rjarena says:

    Don’t like to take long shots, 250 yards is my max, like to be in around 100yds.

  41. I grew up using firearms as a child putting meat on the table to assist in feeding our large family. One shot kills with an old Stevens crack shot with the rifling nearly shot out of the barrel and if you did not bring back game with one shot you suffered the consequences. At seventeen during basic training at Ft Leonard Wood Missouri I fired on the 1000 yard targets with the M1 Garand service rifle putting six of eight shots in the target which I thought was pretty good considering. The company commander figured it was good also as I was excused from further range training. Sure wish I could shoot that way now but there is a big difference between seventeen year old and seventy five year old eyes.

    • Hey Harold , good to hear from you it’s been a while hope your doing alright..

      • Thanks George, I have beenh in ill health since cancer surgery last May but am starting to recover and lurk on the blogs again. Just had to comment on this one. Now everything has to be on grenade range for me to hit it.

  42. I agree with rjarena but I had an opportunity at 250 yards for a big buck with a sporterized Swedish Mauser M38 using a hot Hornady load in 6.5x55mm and took it. I usually keep them around 100 yards these day. Oh, btw, he dropped like a rock.

  43. 327 paces on pipeline right of way 30-06 Browning semi-auto 200 lb 8 point.

  44. I said 500 actually I have hit a bell at735 yard the longest anyone can shot at the local range. I did hit a running coyote at 440 yard once. But I believe that was more luck than skill.

  45. Mauser Man says:

    The longest shot I ever made was over 1200 meters with a Ma Duce in the army with a spotter .I grew up on a ranch in Montana hunting and shooting and have done so all my life. I still reload cast bullets and shoot a lot. I have killed many deer ,antelope ,elk ,coyotes, and woodchucks . The majority of the kill shots on game animals have been 200 yards or less .I get a kick out of listening to hunters talk about their 500 yard shots then at a later date you are out with them in the same spot they took the shot and they show you and it’s all of 250 yards lol. I have always maintained there have been way more animals shot over than ever were shot under from people miscalculating distance 7 holding up when they should hold dead on. I also get a kick out of talking to people and reading outdoor & hunting magazine’s . It is a common misconception you need a Magnum rifle to even kill a whitetail deer. It’s all about shot placement there have been more game killed with a 30-30 than probably any other caliber .Even a .22 long rifle with proper shot placement is capable of taking game (I’m not saying this is the weapon to use I’m just saying it’s been used many times and worked ) . I for years hunted with a 30-06 and never felt under gunned even in Grizzly country . I have hunted for the last 15 years with a 300 H&H magnum because I like the extra security of the harder hitting flatter shooting round on elk that are out further. I still practice year around and place my shots . There is no substitute for marksman ship weather you are shooting a .22 or a .338 win mag AIM SMALL MISS SMALL !!! Just my two cents worth 1

    • I agree with you about others claims, on the longer than actual distance. I’ve had a friend try and longify! my kill shot on a buck several years ago. as you know it is, Very very different when you have a living breathing….. in your sites. You nailed it on average distance to game. My shot was about 170 yrd. off handed with a glass. I put him to sleep by hitting the ear. I confess that I missed, his eye that I was aiming. You said it well. Aim small and miss small.

  46. 3rdgen4wars says:

    I qualified expert in the Marine Corps 3 times at 500 meters with a worn out m16a2 service rifle. It was so sloppy, I cannot beleive it would hit a 42″ target or the broad side of a barn, for that matter. Its been 25 yrs but if I remember correctly, at 500, those groups were probly 16″.

  47. Onyxtiger says:

    Hmmmm, longest shot was a shade over 800 meters in 1967 in Vietnam. US Marines, 1st Recon Btn.

    Tax collector never even knew we were around.

    Oh well.

  48. I feel so lucky to have a crew of like minded brothers from my church. The land that the church holds their camp outings on, has a nice little range that us guys use for our mens retreat. The cost of ammo lately has push us to our 22lr’s. mainly the Ruger 10-22. We have zeroed in at 100 yards. with a head sized bell that we hit 9 out of 10 shots. So with a cheap tasco scope and about 24 inch hold over I have rung this bell from 250 yards. I know that some are going to say that, you have no knock down… well I say that’s not what we’re going for, ok. this was just damn fun. We shoot, and then wait about 2 seconds for the bell to ring. What fun.! that is what it is about right. Let’s have fun, Be safe, Prepare, God Bless.

  49. Chuck Findlay says:

    If you want to become a good shot at long range get into varmint hunting. Here in Ohio I hunt woodchuck’s, they are about the size of a 2 liter pop bottle. If you can hit this at 500-yards (almost every varmint hunter I know can do this) you should do well if the S ever hits the fan.

  50. Benjammin says:

    Long range shooting is for competition, unless you are working for the military.

    For hunting, I would never, never, never take a shot past 400 yards. In fact, I’ve never had to shoot at anything much past 100 yards. It is called hunting, not shooting. I’ve seen lots of shows where hunters took shots at game well past 400 yards. It is a question of ethics. Mine will not permit it, YEMV.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Yep. What you said.

      • Benjammin says:

        At the range, it wasn’t the longest shot, but my best was with a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker with BOSS system, shooting 7mm mag 160 grain handloads, with a Leupold Vari-X 2 in 3-9 power. I center-punched the X at 400 yards. They marked the target for me with a golf tee in the hole I made, and the next shot I popped the golf tee. I’ve hit the X a lot farther out, but not the same hole one shot after another. Funny thing is, that same gun has taken most of my big game, never more than 150 yards away.

        I have since got rid of that gun, and now I have a Howa 1500 in 375 Ruger. I wanted something a bit bigger to knock down the Moose, and keep the griz off my kill and me when I am busy dressing it out.

  51. It was actually more like 375 yes. Shot a deer in South Dakota with 300 win mag. I got the Arkansas guarantee on that one. I got to keep both halfs. I shot an elk at 325 yes in Colorado with 3006. 180 grain bullet thru the pump hose and took off top of heart. Pictures to prove it. He still had enough energy to jump straight up turn 360 degrees and take 2 steps before he fell over dead.

  52. For long range I like the 22-250 can consistently hit varmints out to 500-800 yards and the longest was about 1000. I paced it off so may be off 100 up or down…

  53. Oldalaskan says:

    As a teen ager I killed a ground hog in PA with a 30REM. at 50 yards, White tail deer and moose at 100 or slightly more yards and the most dangerous of all animals at 500 yards confirmed.

  54. Up until last weekend, I would have said 250 yds. We went to the NRA Wittington Center in New Mexico with some friends. This place is amazing. 38,000 acres of wilderness and shooting ranges.

    At the end of Sunday… My friend, who owns a gun shop and dozens, if not hundreds of guns, and I went to the long range silhouette target range to shoot rifles. There were steel targets at 100 meters, 225 meters, 350 meters and 500 meters. After firing more than a hundred rounds… mostly at the 500 meter targets with a 270 and a 7 mm… we decided to go get the 338 Lapua and try the white buffalo up the hill at 1025 meters / 1123 yds. This is a 16ft x 10ft steel buffalo painted white with a 16 inch “movable” black circle where the heart would be.

    It was pretty windy so it took a few shots to site in the scope… but once it was dialed in, we could hit the 16 inch center with accuracy.

    Although it was fun to hit the 16 inch target at 1123 yds… the highlight of the weekend was shooting 6 out of 6 200 yd silhouettes at the small pistol range with 357’s and 44 magnums. it is a blast to shoot 600 ft with a big pistol.

  55. ps. we are going back in 2 weeks. The place is incredible!

  56. Mal Mann says:

    with handguns:
    200 meter rams 2 of 5 with a 357 w/ factory ammo. Some were hits, but the rams didn’t fall down.
    400 yards at a gong with a scoped contender in 223 – hit regularly – even my mom could ring the bell. That was a fun gun.
    300 yards with a scoped 44 magnum Redhawk produced hand-size groups – say 3×5 inches

    With a rifle, 600 yards during DCM high-power competition with a loaner Garand w/ iron sights – don’t remember my score, (marksman? whatever the lowest rating was) but I did get enough hits to not embarrass myself completely – around the middle of the pack.

    • Mal Mann,
      I have the .223 for the Contender also, and have taken groundhog at 125 yards. Have you ever tried 7mm TCU. It’s a wildcat that is as accurate as anything I’ve ever shot. I used to shoot it for metallic silhouette.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        I’ve been shooting a 14-inch 7-TCU since the 1980s. it is the most accurate firearm I own. I also use to shoot at IHMSA shoots all around my area. Lots of fun to shoot against / with all the other guys.

  57. hvaczach says:

    I put 500 because I have taken that shot at deer and have even hit one at over 425 I would guess and after a 2 mile track and a two mile drag with the guts in it (forgot my knife in the truck) I wouldn’t ever take it again. 400 plus on deer leads to alot of wounded lost deer, these shots were taken when I was a cocky teenage and early 20’s with a brand new 300 win mag, and tons of I will show you how far I can shoot vigor. The cockiness and vigor have faded with age and the rifle was sold to prevent shoulder bruising. Now with my new cartridge of choice 30-06 I don’t step beyond 300 yards and shoot most my deer inside 100. Probly my best shot was actually this year, took a running shot at a coyote and hit his hind leg he limped for about another 80 yards then sat down and looked back roughly 325 out and I tatored him in the head. I am certain there was a large luck factor as I am a proficiant shooter but no Annie Oakley.

  58. Patriot Farmer says:

    I shot a fox at 637 paces with the Remington 700 action with a 26 inch bull barreled .223. It took two shots.

  59. Higherview says:

    The longest shot I have made on steel was at 1000 yards. On live game it was just at 650, which I consider unusually long for a living creature. If circumstances are not perfect or required (as in a wounded animal – this was a bull elk wounded by another hunter) this would not be an ethical range, excepting varmints. I have made other other one shot kills in the 450 to 550 yard range. These included pronghorn, elk and mountain goat and eland. (The vast majority of big game animals harvested were under 250 yards). We have matches which include steel gongs out past 1300 yards, and I practice from ground positions out to 1000. We can get first shot hits on steel out to 700 yards regularly and out to 900 often. Learning the wind is one of the most useful benefits of shooting at distances regularly. I have learned to shoot pretty well in 5-10 mile an hour winds by practicing on gongs and using both a rangefinder and wind meter when needed. But “doping” the wind gets easier with practice, as does range estimation.

  60. Texas Gunslinger says:

    When I was living in Idaho, I used to go Coyote hunting in the winter. They had a habit of getting into everything like pulling down newborn calves, etc. So- – – I had a 22-250 Winchester with a 24 power Urtle scope. The pelt wasn’t so hot but the animal was down. Then when I worked for the government, I made consistent shots with a Colt M-16, iron sights at 250 yards. I don’t think I could do that one today. Getting old in the eyes! Those were good days!

  61. Donna in MN says:

    Am I the only lady who shot a long gun any distance? Sigh. Women should be target shooting or hunting for experience in a survival situation. I mentioned target shooting above, but my squirrel, rabbit, quail, pheasant, and turkey were all under 150 feet.

    Where are all the other Annie Sure Shots today?

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Donna when I was married my X-Wife loved to shoot and did a fairly good job of it. She liked handguns more then rifles. I would say she shot OK. Not great as she did not shoot as often as I did, but more then good enough to drop a bad guy. For some reason she didn’t like rifles, even a 22 did not interest her. at 25-yards (75-feet) she could hit a 4-inch clay pidgin with a 22, 9-mm and 45-auto. Didn’t like the recoil of the 357 Mag so not so well with it. We kept a 45-auto by the bed because she liked it.


    • Actually, Donna, our club has some excellent female shooters. Some outshoot me regularly (but we won’t talk about that, OK?) and that’s with shotgun, rifle and pistol. I think most the women prefer the cowboy shooting rather than IPSC or Steel, while we’ve some really good steel shooters as well.
      Oh, to be young again… sigh…

  62. Curley Bull says:

    Tracker & Onyxtiger,

    1968, 600m, 2 at 50m apart in under 10. I was an Aircraft Electrician.


    Lot of mention about “Old Guys”. A little Texas wisdom: “Never pick a fight with an “Old Guy”. If he thinks he’s too old to fight, he’ll just kill you”.


  63. been hunting for sixty years never shot a moose out past fifty feet in all that time very thick underbrush where I hunt always hunted with a m1garand rifle it never failed in all these years. regards.huntsalone north of the border.

  64. Bullseye at 600 yards with a match-grade M16A2, ammo, and iron sights.

  65. Swabbie Robbie says:

    I live in a wooded and hilly area. Most deer are gotten in about 30 yards. I regularly practice at 100 yards with open sights and some longer with a scope. I prefer open sight for hunting because I can bring the rifle up and gain the sight picture right away. Nothing is more frustrating than when a deer is moving and you can’t target it in the scope as it moves betwee the trees.
    A 30-30 (what I use) or shotgun are adequate for deer hunting around here. I also use my favorite rifle, a 45 cal Thompson Center Hawkin I built in 1978. It is also fine for 100yard to 150 yard shooting. Over that, I don’t trust the 45cal weight.

  66. I dont like long range shooting , its just not enjoyable to me in any way , and dont have the patience for it …..too static , prefer 50 yards or less while moving around .

  67. Curley Bull says:

    Howdy Fellas,

    Some talk here about pistol caliber rifles and lever actions. I’m all for it! My lever guns include 22LR (Henry), 45LC (Henry), 30-30 (Marlin), and 300WSM (Browning). I’m partial to the 45LC. I hunted white tail with a Ruger Blackhawk in 45LC for 25 years (pushing a 240gr SJHP out of 7 ½ inch barrel at 1275fps). I now use that same load in my Henry. The longest shot was at 105yds and I can still claim clean One-shot kills. I’ve taken a black bear with it at about 50yds, but put two in him. We startled each other and I let two fly. In Cowboy Action Shooting, I can deliver 10 rnds of cowboy load in very short order with very good accuracy at 25-30 yards.

    Again, as others have said, it comes down to shot placement reguardless of caliber.

    • Curley Bull says:

      BTW the 300WSM is for open country and for elk or larger and long range.

    • Curley,
      When Ohio first opened up White tail hunting with handgun, it was limited to revolver, and a Blackhawk in .357 was my choice. I did replace the original plow handle grip with a Pachmahr. I have a single six that still uses the plow handle grip, but the .357 and that grip were often very hard on the hand. After hunting many years with that gun and almost never firing more than one shot at a time, I switched to the TC Contender in the same cartridge, and if Ohio opens up the pistol cartridge rifles, will be looking at something in .357 lever action.

      • Curley Bull says:

        OP, the 357 is fine for whitetail. That’s what I started with and still enjoy shooting my old 3-screw blackhawk. I put the super blackhawk grip frame on it and it suited me just fine. I do use a pachmahr target grip on my 45LC blackhawk. It does help with the recoil. I decided to switch to the 45LC for several reasons and again caliber in any firearm is dependent on the shooter. There is no best caliber!

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Ohio Prepper I also have several 357 Mags. What I have found is that the 10-inch contender is more accurate then my Marlin 357 Mag. The contender will shoot a one-inch group and the lever action at best shoots a four-inch group. It shoots cast bullets best, but I have been trying to get a tighter group since I bought it in 1987.

        As a side note I recently found the receipt for the purchase of the lever action 357 Mag and my Camp-9 Marlin rifles. The camp-9 was $172.00 and the lever action 357 Mag was $209.00

        Those days and prices are long gone.


  68. I took 10 shots with an M16A2 at 600 yards and hit 4 of the ten. I was at the known distance range at Ft Benning. We were shooting green tip 5.56 ammo, nothing special. I was just happy that i was able to hit the target 4 times.

    • I think that’s pretty damn special. A lot of folks will brag about some fictional once in a life time shot. But I’m sure those other 6 rounds you sent down range were in that o shit I’m being shot at circle. Most conflicts will take place much much closer. If it’s out there that far, it’s probably better to stay in hiding, or keep moving. just sayin.

  69. oldguy52 says:

    Longest was 500 yards on a military range with iron sights. Couldn’t hit reliably at that distance though. Reliably, I could hit out to about 300 That was forty years ago and while my vision was excellent in those days, it is much less so now. I don’t figure on much more than 200 anymore and for that I like at least a 2.5 power scope.

    Honestly, I can’t think of a whole lot of reasons to shoot at things more than 200 yards out. Too much risk of a poorly placed shot. If I can’t get closer than 200 yards my stalking skills most definitely need improvement.

  70. in the forested mountains I call home it is rare to have a view greater than 200 yards at all. most shots (hunting) are taken less than 50 yards due to rough rocky terraign and dense vegetation in the way. its not easy to find a place to even take a long shot.

    around here everything is close range or hidden out of view

  71. recoveringidiot says:

    Many thousands of rounds fired in 1k NRA long range matches. I had days where I could not read the number boards due to conditions and would wait for the (hopefully) younger guy with great eyesight on either side of me to shoot and when his target went down I could find mine and make the shot. Most of these matches were open site only. Admittedly they were sights that cost more than what most folks spend on a new rifle. Adjustable apertures on both ends with filters and light shades. My favorite round was 6.5-308 (later on Remington came out with the .260, nearly the same chamber), it won’t quite the 6.5-284 but I got twice the barrel life with the smaller case and did not give up that much in performance. On days with good conditions I would shoot almost the same scores in scope matches as the open sight matches. Not bragging but I made HM LR classification, there were many guys I competed with that made me look really bad most days. Persistence was my strong suit, just kept trying and learning until I got to the point where I was a “losing” HM. I also fired many thousands of rds in ATC matches starting with standing at 200yd and ending prone at 600yds with rapid fire matches in between. Lots of fun, if you or your 13+ year old kids want to check it out go to your state R&P association and inquire about NRA HP rifle competitions, some will even help with equipment and training for the young folks. I helped with Jr teams back then and really enjoyed it. Long story short, LR shooting is not as hard as some think. I’m not talking about field/sniper work but KD ranges under controlled conditions.
    Go shoot and enjoy.

  72. Chuck Findlay says:

    recoveringidiot ever shoot at Camp Perry? I go there every year for the national matches as it’s only a few miles from me. Not that I shoot, but while most people would find it boring I enjoy watching the shooters. And I always seem to find things to buy in the commercial row vendors. I use to go there for the weekly trap shoots, but not for a few years.

    I also go to the Grand shotgun shoot in Vandalia (sp?) just north of Dayton Ohio. It’s amazing to see all those shotgun shooters competing. There is like 140+ trap houses in a row. Lots of lead being thrown into the air that week. It’s amazing the Dayton airport is close by and planes fly right overhead so close you can almost count the rivets holding then together, and there is thousands of shotguns being fired into the air. No real danger, but it always seemed funny.


  73. recoveringidiot says:

    Chuck F, yes I attended the nationals from 1992 through 2003. You are right, commercial row is worth the drive alone. The first few years I shot the NTI DCM provided the match ammo. The later years I only entered the NRA matches. It was a sight to see 150 shooters firing 10 rd rapid fire strings into lake Erie.
    Do you know if the fur fin and feather (i think I got the order right?) store is still around? They used to have a great reloading supply.

  74. I’ve made successful shots at a paper/metal target at over 1000 yards.
    However the longest shot that I have ever made and successfully taken game was at 830 yards at a Mule Deer. A No BS Pure Luck shot. It was taken before I got into long range shooting and I just threw the rifle up and used a little Kentucky windage, a good guess and a small prayer. Gotta love reloads!

  75. a ground hog at 715 yard ranged 22-250 rimington model 700 bdl 4×12 bushnell scope

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