Now that huntin season is over I have been thinking about this more. The area I live, in N. Idaho here is logging country. There are more and more clear cuts every year. I have noticed a lot more opportunities for shots out there at 400-500yds. While I am a hunter first and foremost, getting close to an animal is not always possible.
So I have been wanting a rifle that is capable of 500 yd shots as long as I do my part. I do not like doing the "Hail Mary" thing and trying different hold overs until an animal is wounded or crippled. I have seen this and found many wasted animals over the years.
What do you guys think a 500 yd rifle should be capable of ballistically? I hunt whitetails(130-160lbs), Mule Deer (150-250lbs) and elk which can be up to 600-700lbs for a really big one, most of them are around 300-400 lbs though.
The flattest shooting rifle I own is my 358 Norma, it fires a 225 gr Nosler Accubond out of the muzzle at 2950 fps. That bullet has a B.C. of .421. At 500 yds this load still has over a ton of energy left. Should I just practice a lot with the rifle I have, or would a flatter shooting rifle be more humane and ethical if a long shot is the only option left for filling my freezer? Thanks for your input and opinions.