What is the furthest distance you have shot?

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  • Up to 200 yards

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  • Up to 600 yards

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    What is the furthest distance you have shot?

    The discussion of the 400 yard 1911A2 got me thinking, and I am just wondering how far most of the members have shot at. I am going to open it up to any center-fire firearm cartridge (tankers, arty, attack helicopter pilots, ect... please limit it to .50 cal and below). I know before I joined the Marines, the furthest I was able to shoot locally was 200 yards for a rifle. While you can kind of compensate for limited distance by adjusting target size, it isn't really the same, because it doesn't teach you range estimation and wind calls. I always thought it was very satisfying to be able to build my confidence with longer shots, that showed me my fundamentals were good. But as a civilian there seems to be a limited number of ranges where shooters can take truly long shots.

    While in I shot the M-16 out to about 650-700 yards (with an ACOG) and that was probably as far as that weapon could be stretched. (we qualified yearly at 200, 300, 500 yards). I shot the M-249 SAW out to 900 yards with open sights (area fire). And the Ma Deuce .50 cal out to about 1200 yards.

    If you want to include any pertinent info, that would be appreciated as well
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    1000 yards with 300 win mag

    I regularly practice shoot to 600 with my 308 for deer and elk and 400 with my AR for prairie dogs.

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    In Basic training at Ft Knox in 1952 we had to qualify with the M1 Garand up to 3 or 4 hundred yards. Then they popped up the 1000 yard targets - about all we saw after shooting was Maggies Drawers.:)
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    When I used to shoot High Power match I would shoot out to 500 yards using either an ’03 Springfield or an M-1 Garand. The 30 Herret and 357 Herret barrels for my Contender are both sighted at 100 yards.
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    800 with my 30.06 on a very windy day...little Kentucky Windage...squeeze off the shot and....BANG...*ding*...Put the rifle back in the case, put the case in the pick-up and leave...there's no way I'm screwing up my "atta boys" and "shoulder pats" by firing 2 shots that day!
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    300 yards with my 30.06 when I was in Oklahoma. Area I hunted about the max shot you'd get was around 200 yards. Now that I'm here in VA I doubt I'd get that long of a shot.
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    High-Power competition with the M1 to 600 yards.

    Water-filled gallon milk jugs to 800 paces in the back end of a plowed field in a creek bottom with a Ruger 77 .30-06 with a Leupold M8 6X scope.

    One deer at 440 paces, taken with a .303 ICL Improved built on a P '14 Enfield action, topped with a Lyman All American 4X scope. Another was taken that was farther but there was no way to effectively pace it from off the rim of a cliff. An Interarms Mark X 7X57 with a Lyman All American 6X scope was used. Actually, I don't much care for shooting at deer over 300 yards.

    Just for fun, rocks down a canyon to "infinity."

    Regularly shoot to 200 yards on our old place with handguns of all kinds. Shoot at twice that distance occasionally but results are always dismal. I'm not in the Elmer Keith category of long range handgunning.
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    Does this include misses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    Does this include misses?
    I would prefer hits. I mean, I don't want people saying "Once I shot a .22 in the air at a .45 degree angle, so it went a mile and a half.

    But like I mentioned above, the SAW was fired as an area effect weapon, so there wasn't pin-point accuracy, that was 12-15 round bursts. The Ma-Deuce was at vehicle ssized and shaped targets, and also full auto.

    But for the sake of sportsmanship, try to keep it relevant to something you were trying to hit, and what good is shooting if you don't hit your target?
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    I voted 300 yards as I killed my best deer at that range. In the Corp we had to qualify at 200, 300, and 500 yards. I haven't shot at 500 since then.

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    200 meters. IHMSA ram targets with XP-100 in full legnth .308

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    In the army we had to qualify up to 400 meters with my M16 with regular sights. In my permanent duty station in Germany out in the field, we also got to go out to 600 meters also with regular sights and once in a while I would get it. God Bless

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    A friend of mine and I worked an M1 Garand progressively back from 100 yards to 1000 we started missing the 8x11" target after 500 yards. At 1000, with open peep sights I had 3 of 8 rounds hit the paper. Pretty cool for a bunch of amateurs. Sweet gun.

    I don't have any shot for hunting beyond 70 yds so I just hunt with a 30-30 using open sights. Picked a nice doe off last season. My 30-06 hasn't been fired.

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    We would put M-60 rounds at 1100 routinely. With a spotter I could hit 1200 fairly clean.

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    I've made countless numbers of shots at probably well over 2,500 yards with an M-16 in times past. It was held at a 45-degree angle and pointed north into the Nam jungle. Prolly didn't hit anything but a tree or the ground, but that's how far I shot - and I hit my intended target(s)

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