Originally Posted by 45nut
I was just curious how my standard deer rifle would do at longer ranges.
First the rifle does play a part but so does ammo. Get a ballistics calculator and punch in the numbers for the ammo and your rifle and it will give you pretty good drop calculations to get you started. Then you need to factor wind. I strongly recommend any person wanting to shoot out past 200 yards get a quality mil dot scope and learn to use it. It will make shooting much more repeatable. You should have a good scope/ rifle set up then you need a QUALITY scope do not skimp you will pay for it later. Then a good quality wind meter and if you get really into it then a PDA and ballistic software.
One you get your rifle, scope, Ammo ( find what shoots good and buy in CASE lots unless you handload ) , and set up targets at 100, 150 200, 250 and so on out to at least 600 yards or farther in you desire and make yourself a dope chart make copies I keep a copy for each of my rifles on my computer to make it easy if I where to loose one. Get it laminated and I tape mine to the butt or the rifle so I can get dope at a glance. Once you get it set up you good though if you use factory ammo when you change lots you may need a adjustment. It is far better to hand load one at a time using quality brass powder and bullets and keep true to the recipe if it works.