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    Typical ranges for deerstalking?

    Hi,
    I wanted to ask about what ranges you typically shoot at when stalking? Also what kind of scopes you are usingn and recommend..
    Thanks Peter

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    There are quite a few threads on this topic. Two spring to mind:

    maximum distance
    Range when shooting off sticks ?

    In summary, it depends a lot on the size of the deer, time available, time of day, time of year, weather, deer management plan, type of (wood)land, experience level of stalker. This is not an exhaustive list, but clearly one man's 'typical' may be completely different from another man or woman.

    You also need to take into account there are days when a shot is not fired. I've turned away from hinds standing 30 yards from me in a snow storm and gone home.

    Regards

    JCS
    Last edited by jcampbellsmith; 19-03-2015 at 15:53.

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    I shoot mainly about 100 yards. Zeroed at 1" high it is basically point and squeeze out to 150 yards which is where I like to keep within. Personal ability rather than anything else.

    scope choice, well looking to start a BUNFIGHT? I prefer a variable scope, low mag for woodland and high mag for open land, just gives you a choice. 2-12x56. Is it the best? who knows, but I like it.

    Depends on on what your priorities are, what your shooting is, type of land your shooting over.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    Thanks both "smith" and "singer",
    Myself I usuallt dont take shoots over 100m (m=meters and is a measurment used on mainland Europe ��) on roe but they better be standing and not disturbed.. we will be hubting in higher grounds so I guess we will have time and not shoot at running animals as we do with moose and other animals at driven hunts.. perhaps my question on scoopes was a bit silly as it of course is more about what you like end not like... anyway I thank you for the input and comments plus the links to other threads!

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    Well under the useful range of a 22 Hornet. And so much so in recent times that I have to remind myself why I have 24 power scope on several deer rifles.

    K

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    100 or less , scopes ? i have got z6i x50 bt and v8x56 ret 60, but an 8x56 would do the job with no problems , i am in agreement with TSS i like to use the scope to view my target and its surroundings before i commit to the shot ! after all the end of any stalk is it the deer that needs to be to taken or a keeper i may be wrong but that's just my view on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPopp View Post
    Hi,
    I wanted to ask about what ranges you typically shoot at when stalking? Also what kind of scopes you are usingn and recommend..
    Thanks Peter
    Under 400 yards with open sights

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    Of course the scope is not to see the animal but to acess the whole situation and I am probably more careful before takin a shoot and over the years i have used less and less magnification when shooting. Not sure why but over the years using less and less magnification. I have been stalking before and took a shot on about 25 m as the stag was walking towards me. This time we will be in higher grounds and when watching youtube etc it seems like all shoots are taken on extream distances and as it seems here that is not the case. And I do thinknthat the stalking is the main part of it and also trying to getvas close as possible.

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    Well to expand on you comments. Taking into account I'm no expert. The furthest I have shot was about 175 yards, the closest about 20. But normally 100 yards and under and most of the people I talk to tend to be about 100 yards. By the way if you do a search in the stories look at a couple of stories I have put in. I can recommend them because I wrote them. And one or two of them even mention the stalk at some point.

    There are are people who take long shots, but I think that would be mainly on the hill of Scotland where there are large open spaces. Somebody flame me. Lol.
    Personally I like 100 as I am comfortable with that. I have had deer at 200 and could have taken the shot but I personally do not have enough experience for that distance and so won't take the shot.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPopp View Post
    Hi,
    I wanted to ask about what ranges you typically shoot at when stalking? Also what kind of scopes you are usingn and recommend..
    Thanks Peter
    What I mainly shoot these last few months is Muntjac, on foot and from my seats, so the game changes as and where they come out..
    The last time I mentioned about shooting deer out at a far slap the deer police came out of there bat cave....

    Kahles 3-12x56

    Tim.243

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