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    Question sight in?

    what's your personal, "live with", hunting sight in groups and what range? Also, what is your comfort, maximum, shooting distance on big game?
    If you like getting kicked by a mule...then you'll "love" shooting my .458.

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    Talk about a moving target!!!!

    It depends on the gun, the trajectory, the game, the terrain, how hard I'm breathing, and how much practicing I've done recently.

    As a rule of thumb open sighted guns generally get zeroed at 100 yards if they're centerfires, 50 yards if they're rimfires. Large bore muzzleloaders are sighted in at 75 yards and small bores are on at 50.

    Long range specialists are generally sighted in 4" high at 100, while stuff in the 06 class get sighted in 2" high at 100.

    Group size runs the gamut. For small game and for long range big game I'll take as small as I can get. For the "midrange" stuff like an 06 on big game I'm happy with anything 2" at 100 or so. For example, my Ruger #1 in 7x57 never has been a grouper, and my favorite hunting load never shoots much below 2". But the combo of scope and gun makes it the most accurate offhand gun I've ever shot.

    The easiest way to characterize hitting confidence is to say "it depends." But I can say the longer the shot the more I depend on a rest of some sort, and the nature of the rest I can find determines the range of shot I'll try. One look through the sights offhand will usually tell me if it's okay to shoot, or that I should take a breather first or find a rest or get closer.

    I gotta say that the ultimate answer is sitting in my living room. It's a very accurate air rifle that I shoot indoors and out for practice. If I've been shooting it every day religiously for a few weeks, that little toy has more influence on the "accuracy" of my hunting arms and my confidence than anything else I've tried. When you can score 97 or 98 points offhand at 30 feet on a 100-point target with a 10-ring the size of a pinhead, both your skills and your confidence go up with anything else you pull up to your shoulder.

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    Brownbear is right, its a moving target. Generally I sight in all my center fire rifles to 2" high at 100 yards and strive for one inch groups at 100. don't always get there but I try. Comfort range on big game is generally 200 yards. Maximum range is a product of the shot, wind, my position, animals position and movement, do I have a rest, which rifle do I have, etc. My max is about 400 yards if everything is good, I took a caribou at 372 yards but it was standing still broadside, no wind, I was prone with my back pack as a rest and I was using my 7mm rem mag which I've had for 30 years or so. I would not have tried it if the wind was blowing or I had my .375.

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    Default Hunting Accuracy

    I do not take a rifle to the field unless I can consistently place 5 shots into less than 1'' from 100 yds. - regardless of general opinion this is my personal criterion. I will shoot a sheep at 300 yds without hesitation from a good rest, 400 yds in quite, reasonable environmental conditions and up to 500 yds only under optimal conditions. My usual range for sheep is 75 to 150 yds but have made rare one shot kills at significantly longer ranges. All of my ammo is hand loaded and I shoot 9 to 10 months a year. To date I have luckily never lost a wounded sheep or goat.

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    I agree with Bill S:
    2" high at 100 yds, and I'm happy if I can get 1 inch groups. Long shots require a steady shooting position.

    If that's not possible, I think it's more important to have the rifle sighted in for the load regardless of group size.

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    Thumbs up 3" @ 100 yards

    good to almost 300 yards
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