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October 19, 2007, 12:09 PM
Whats the longest hunting shot you have made?What where you shooting at what rifle where you using and where did you hit it at.Can be a very long pellet gun shot on a squirrel or a really long deer shot with a o6.So tell me your story.

October 19, 2007, 12:23 PM
I have shot many ground squirrels at over 500 yds with my 22-250, and I shot an antelope at 250 yds, and deer at 200+ yds with my 7X57, and a pig at close to 400 yds with an 8mmRem Mag. I have also shot ground squirrels so close I could not get the scope to focus that close, and I have shot deer at less than 10 yds. Farthest shot was on a ground squirrel, closest was on a coyote.

October 19, 2007, 12:36 PM
I must admit it's only 81 yards. Where I hunt most of the time, it's thick woods and very hard to FIND a spot with an opening longer than 100 yards. I did once consider dropping the hammer from a .243 onto a whitetail doe at around 285 yards when hunting in a different, more wide-open county - but she had jumped over the fence to the neighboring land, so that wouldn't have been exactly ethical - I refrained.

Scorch, that is impressive shooting on those ground squirrels. :eek:

October 19, 2007, 03:15 PM
I must admit it's only 81 yards. Where I hunt most of the time, it's thick woods and very hard to FIND a spot with an opening longer than 100 yards.

I know the feeling. My longest shot has been right at 120 yards. Most of the time it's 100 or less because like you where we hunt finding a spot that you could actually see more than 100yards is next to impossible. In the case of the shot above I was overlooking a very small field, I was on one end and the deer was on the other.

It probably accounts for why my preferred deer rifle is a Marlin 30-30 with open sights which was not the one I was using in the situation above.


October 19, 2007, 04:36 PM
Longest would be a woodchuck at 450yds. My one and only coyote was at 230yds, and my farthest deer kill was 160yds. My personal best(IMO) long range shots would be a turkey at 70yds with a single shot 10 gauge and a 110yd off-hand head shot on a woodchuck with a single shot .22lr.

October 19, 2007, 05:24 PM
375 yds. on a whitetail with a hand loaded 30-06. Heart and lung shot.

October 19, 2007, 05:42 PM
Antelope (Rifle)....400 yards
Antelope (handgun)....200 yards
Prairie Dogs (rifle).....600 yards
Blackpowder rifle.....200 yards
Shotgun slug......150 yards
Shotgun (shot)....50 yards
Small game (22 rimfire)....200 yards
Bow.....60 yards

October 19, 2007, 05:47 PM
250 yards (lasered) on a cow elk .270 Win Federal Premium ammo with 150 grain Nosler Partitions.

250+/- yards (paced) on pronghorn doe .270 Win with hand loaded Sierra 130 grain BTSP.

560 yards (lasered) on a buck mule deer .270 Win again hand loaded 130 grain Sierra BTSP.

202 yards (lasered) boar black bear .30-06 hand loaded 200 grain Nosler Partitions.

Those are the longest shots I've made on big game, all of them except the pronghorn doe have been one shot kills. I'm still not sure I should have taken my deer at that range, I don't think I'll ever try that long of a shot again. Most of the game I've taken has been inside of 200 yards.

Best shot I've ever made is 60 yards on a prairie dog with a .50 cal black powder rifle and patched round ball.

October 19, 2007, 06:32 PM
Antelope at 350 yards. I passed up a shot at 425 yards. That antelope looked real, real small in the scope.

Art Eatman
October 19, 2007, 07:35 PM
Had a 9-shot, one-shot kill at about 450 yards.

I'd walked a couple of miles from camp. Saw a buck meddling with a doe across a little valley. I sat down, got comfy, and started guesstimating range. I figured, oh, maybe a tad over 400 yards. Breeze from my left, from in front of the buck.

So here we go: Hold for a tad over two feet of drop, and on his nose. Bang. Nothing. Bang. Nothing. A couple more frustrations, and he picked up his left hind toe and sniffed. Hmmm. More distance, more wind. Hokay.

Four more shots. Nothing. "Nothing" is getting frustrating.

Doe gets bored. Bucky gets bored. She leaves. He meddles around a bit and then starts down the hill toward me. After a bit he stops and poses really nicely, facing me and head up.

I hold just above his horns; the breeze has quit for a moment; I touch off Ol' Pet. Bang-whop-flop. Hit low in the breast bone. Not quite three feet of drop. An '06 drops two feet in 400 yards, roughly...

Gut Bambi. Walk the two miles back to camp for truck, feeling happy. :) Drive truck to near Bambi. Load Bambi. Truck won't start. Walk to camp, get battery from my VW bus. (Street radials won't live to get to truck.) Walk with battery to truck. Batteries are heavy. Feeling unhappy. :(

Get to camp. Hang up Bambi. Take off boots. Stare at campfire, drink sixpack. Get happy. :)

Lesson: Hunt from truck, preferably one with a good battery.

Outside of that for long shots, one 400-yard prairie dog. Much less adventure.


October 19, 2007, 09:41 PM
132 yards with 25-06 on a buck dropped like lightning with 120 grain positive expanding point winchester ammo:)

October 19, 2007, 10:12 PM
130 paced and repaced yards on a whitetail doe with a flintlock longrifle, from a sitting-on-a-bucket position.

October 20, 2007, 11:54 AM

October 20, 2007, 11:55 AM
Groundhog at 535 yards.

October 20, 2007, 12:56 PM
350 yds standing using my left hand gripping the edge of my truck door as an improvised rest across a soybean field. 2 shots, first went high, second went right where it should.

Stock Remington 700ADL .30-06 with a BSA mil dot scope. The scope has since crapped out and been replaced by a Nikon.

October 20, 2007, 01:44 PM
9-shot, one-shot kill

Hee, hee. :) Actually, come to think of it, my "long" shot was 80 lasered, not 81 - not that it matters.

October 20, 2007, 09:19 PM
My longest shot was around 150yds it was a pig I don't have many calls for shooting very long shots that was with a 30'06. I am looking forward to the start of rifle season I have a 300rem ultra mag that I am dieing to put to use. The down side is I think it might be over kill for my area.

October 20, 2007, 09:22 PM
Groundhog at 340 yards with my 22-250. Knew it was dead meat when I heard the cu thump.

October 21, 2007, 08:57 AM
65 yds on a whitetail using a .35 rem with iron sights. Every time I hunt with a scoped rifle the deer are almost too close to use the scope. Now when I have a bow in my hands, they are in the next area code. Such is life...

I don't count the milk jugs and paper plates.

October 21, 2007, 07:24 PM
Had a 9-shot, one-shot kill at about 450 yards.

That's impressive.
Let it be known that I can usually keep my one shot groups sub MOA.:D

My longest is about 250 on a whitetail.

October 21, 2007, 08:12 PM
Let it be known that I can usually keep my one shot groups sub MOA

Me too. And not only that, but I can *always* get a one-hole, multi-shot group, provided I shoot enough shots. The hole may be 12 inches across, and it may take a few hundred rounds, but it'll be a "one-hole" group. :)

Dave Haven
October 21, 2007, 10:55 PM
My longest shot was on my first bull elk. It was around 350 yards across a canyon. Solid heart/lung shot. He trotted about 20 yards and sprayed blood all over the bushes...

Ranger Al
October 22, 2007, 12:54 AM
180 yard mule deer standing position with Ruger M77 7mm mag 139grain Hordy, right onto the shoulder.

October 22, 2007, 07:23 AM
Rifle--275 yds (I no longer hunt w/ a rifle)

Bow--38 yds (don't hunt much with a bow now, either)

Handgun--135 yds. (now we're talkin':D)

October 22, 2007, 07:48 AM
When I was younger I managed to take a couple of woodchucks diagonally across our front field, about 210 yards, done with a .243 Winchester out of a Remington 760 with the best Leupold scope I've ever seen (Dad's rifle).

The hunting that amazes me these days is how I used to hit rats on the run with my dad's Remington 552 from 10-40 yards. My "young eyes" were sure sharper than the "old eyes" I woke up with today :rolleyes:

October 22, 2007, 08:04 AM
My most impressive, but not farthest was a 175 yard, one shot to the head deader then a door nail groundhog with my Savage 17 HMR and Hornady 20 grain XTP bullets. I took the shot on a whim and ended things pretty rapidly for the little fella.


October 22, 2007, 09:00 AM
Woodchuck on a grass airstrip - 375 measured yards - two shots to get him. TC encore in .223
Woodchuck - same airstrip - 325 yards - first shot. same TC encore in .223
deer -shotgun - 115 yards rem 870 cantilever rem copper sabots
deer handgun 225 yards - tc encore 15" in .308 win. win supreme 150 gr silvertips.
small game - squirrels - probably just under 100 yards with a .22 bolt action rifle.
Coyote - 250 yards with a weatherby SVm in .223 55 gr sp
carp - 10 yards 12 ga rem 1100.....( I was young and dumb )

October 22, 2007, 03:36 PM
I'm hesitant to even post this, as I don't really know if it qualifies as hunting, but there was a critter involved,so here goes...

In 1990, a week before season, myself and my two hunting partners were up scouting the elevated basin we were going to hunt opening day. We eased along the ridgebacks most of the day and by midafternoon decided we should start heading back to the truck. As we neared the valley floor we decided to stop for a break. As it happened, there was a pond below us.

A muskrat had the mis-fortune of cruising across the pond at that time. Like a redneck, I said "Watch this". I had 300gr Sierras in front of 77 gr 4350 in my old Sako 375, and had shot quite a bit at distance with that bullet in the summer. I estimated range to be well over 500 yards and very steep. From sitting, I gave er a little Kentucky windage and touched it off. One of the guys is hollering that he thinks I hit him. Truthfully, I expected to maybe get within a couple of feet, but of course I didn't let that be known.

By the time we tromped down there, the wind had blown what was left of him over to the bank.

To this day, the one guy still tells anyone who will listen about that shot. It does make it hard for me to explain how I clutched up on far larger and closer targets... Just last fall he bought one of those new Leupold rangefinders, and when he was headed up to that same basin, he stopped and lazzed from the pond up to the outcrop I had shot from. 654 YARDS! Yes, it was just a lucky shot, but don't tell anyone.

October 22, 2007, 04:47 PM
White tail doe at 130 yds with a Winchester model 70 shooting Winchester 150 grain 308.

October 23, 2007, 09:18 AM
whitetail at 372 (lasered) in bean field. 180 nosler partition .300 wby mag.
1 shot 1 kill

October 23, 2007, 02:33 PM
375yd shot on a 10pt whitetail, with a Rem 7 mag.

Ranger Al can verify that the 139gr Hornady bullet out of this cartridge is VERY accurate.

45Marlin carbine
October 23, 2007, 02:55 PM
have to brag some on my shot a crow resting in the top of a tall hickory with a slight breeze (actually I have done this 3-4 times) around 135 paces up a hill across the flat top. AMT small game hunter .22 LR using Super-X sighting thru a Simmons 3X9. resting on a porch railing corner of my house. I have missed way more than I've hit tho at that perch which seems to be a favorite of theirs. adjusting for the windage is the tough part.

October 24, 2007, 04:34 AM
326 yards using a Weatherby .300 magnum

October 26, 2007, 02:43 PM
Deer - 700 yards running
Elk - 450 and 350 yards
all with .270
Racoon 125 yards 22lr
Cotton tail 75 yards with air gun

Fat White Boy
October 26, 2007, 10:39 PM
Ground Squirrel- 315 yards with my .22-250.

Coyote- 217 yards with my Remington 700vls in .308.

Wild Pig- 230 yards with my Winchester Model 70 in .270.

Quail- 53 yards Rem 1100 12ga.

Chukar- 60+ yards w/ Rem 1100 12ga.

Art Eatman
October 27, 2007, 10:15 AM
That chukar shot reminded me of a day that the Good Lord wasn't favoring a dove. Back in the days when I didn't quite understand that "full choke" on an old Model 12 12-gauge was for paper shells and not plastic shells with the plastic shot dealie, I missed a lot. What it was, was, for all practical purposes I had an "extra sure-enough full choke" critter.

So, one day, just for the heck of it, I took a shot at a way-over-yonder dove. Completely amazed to see him crumple and fall. Ninety yards. One pellet had hit him in the eye.

I'll take luck over skill, any day. :)

October 27, 2007, 11:24 PM
415 yds on a whitetail with my .30-06.

October 29, 2007, 12:18 AM
330 yards with my first elk yesterday morning 300 win mag loaded with 168 gr barnes tsx

October 29, 2007, 01:54 PM
So far, I've been lucky... I guess.

The farthest shot I've ever taken was on a cow elk from about 100-110 yards.


October 31, 2007, 03:41 PM
257 yards, across a peanut hay field on a small buck. One shot kill with a Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle in .270 Win.

October 31, 2007, 10:05 PM
175 yards. Bad gutshot. I never have attempted a shot like that again. The next longest would be around 120 yards which is now what I limit myself to. I still fill all the tags and the freezer and don't have to dry heave while cleaning it. As I get older and my eyes get weaker, I am learning that even shorter shots are nice. If I had my way, I'd make them all at 20 yards with a pistol.

October 31, 2007, 10:12 PM
The longest shot made while hunting blue barrels (55 gallons)700 yards with a 50 cal sniper rifle one of the gun stores had set up for demonstration, cost a buck a bullet but hit the thing 9out of 10 times now that will put a smile on your face!!!:D

November 1, 2007, 09:22 PM
When in high school I shot a crow at a loong ways. To this day I wish I knew how far it was. There were two of them. I hit one and the other jumped into the air and went wild and landed. I had reloaded-my dads single shot- and shot at the second and saw the dirt puff just behind the crow. Good thing I missed as making a 'double' and not knowing the distance would really be bad. I guess I could have 'stepped it off' and wish I had.

November 2, 2007, 07:50 AM
A buck a bullet for .50BMG? Please tell me where that was. I'd shoot all day at that cost!!!!

arizona hunter
November 2, 2007, 11:50 AM
So far my longest prairie dog is 408 yds and 250 yds for my longest big game (black bear).

November 3, 2007, 07:59 AM
Longest shot at home was at a kangaroo from 700metres away(measursed with ute) with a 300winmag, also at a friends have shot a crow from 455metres with a 243.... took around 4shots but it hit it in the end :P

November 7, 2007, 01:12 PM
a coyote, 340 steps from my front door . with a .270 win

arizona hunter
November 7, 2007, 02:16 PM
that sounds like a good way to practice your shooting skills come deer season.:D

November 7, 2007, 03:17 PM
You won't belive this, but it's the absolute truth:

Crow: That was flying directly overhead in a large forested area, crossing a woods road about 100 yards up. With my .22-250 Rem, I shot it's head off.

Woodchuck: Head shot offhand at 220 yards with .22-250. Only the head and neck were visible in the grass.

Skunk: moving around in a field, from prone with rest, 450 yards, using custom stocked -bedded and floated Savage 110, .30-06 with K 2.5X scope, and handloaded ammo, I think with 150 grain Rem Bronze Point (1962).

Deer: Buck striding across blueberry field, offhand at 200 yards - Rem 700 SS, HS Precision Stock, Balvar 8B, 130 Ballistic Tip ahead of 60+ grains of Reloder 22.

Weirdest shot was about 1962 at a woodchuck at 600 yards on the other side of a shallow valley. Using the above-mentioned Savage 110 with the K 2.5X scope on a cloudy day. On the second shot, there was a bright blue flash about where the woodchuck appeared to be...then a loud 60-cycle hum and the blue flash turned into a large blue fireball as the powerline (that I didn't see) about 250 yards away, parted and fell; electricity arcing across the wet grass for a while. Obviously, I didn't hit the woodchuck.

The milking machine in the barn directly behind me stopped running abruptly and the farmer came out. I asked to use his phone and he allowed that he thought I might want to. The power company foreman's name was Grimshaw...and he was mighty grim. Fortunately, being a college student, the power company never sent a bill. Power was cut off to 6 towns. Of course, I always thought that I'd have hit that woodchuck, if only the darned power line hadn't gotten in the way.


November 18, 2007, 04:34 PM
Longest on a deer...About 35 yards with No 1 buckshot.

Longest on anything. About 50 yards at a squirrel WAY up in a tree. Held the crosshairs about an inch over him, and he dropped like a rock. Rifle was a Marlin 39-A. Pure dumb luck.

Never shot anything with a centerfire rifle.

November 19, 2007, 07:27 AM
Longest shot was 235 yards over a field on a big Doe. Proudest shot was about 135 yards thru the pines. Could barely see the deer. Had back half of deer for a few moments, then it moved foward and had a target behind the shoulder. Bang a good hit, the spike ran about 30 yards and down it went. The rifle both times is a NEF Survivor heavy barrel 308 with a Nikon prostaff 4x32 scope. Using factory ammo, Federal fusion 180 grain 308.
Here is a picture (that day I had a double, a spike shot around 830 am, and the 4 pointer shot at 915 am at about 20 yards.)