back in the late 1800's after the railroad was laid through the west, many so-called important people would ride the train for many days to the prairies , where the train was stopped by a huge herd of bison ,,,,and the shooting started . either they ran out of ammo or the bison ran off. then they would proceed on down the line to another herd and repeat. HUNTERS ?
i'm old enough to have seen the rise in the NEW CROP of turkey shells , magnum rifle cartridges , and the modern muzzleloader. they were all developed for one reason . the big shots that are willing to pay a ton of money on an elk hunt with a top notch guide and all the luxury of a fine hotel . the guide has already located the animal before the client arrives . then they ride a horse or some type of 4x4 to a spot where the big shot can shoot the animal from some astounding distance . HUNTING?
the 300 win mag is a powerful cartridge , but there are many with more power and flatter shooting. but there ain't an animal on this continent that requires a load like that to kill it cleanly . the modern muzzleloader is hailed by many to be the best ,,,capable of 300 yard kills. shooting 250 to 300 grain bullets to kill a deer ? that ain't necessary . and like someone said earlier in this topic,,,who can shoot that good? i been shooting all my life , and not like a good many so-called hunters that i know that only pick up there guns once or twice a year,,,i've been burning powder ,,,and a deer is very small at 300 yards .
as i stated in another thread ,, shooting groundhogs for farmers with a flat shooting varmint rifle is not hunting ,,,been there and done it. now on the other hand , take up the recurve bow and stalk the bean eaters to 25 yards or less and that is hunting .
to be shooting turkeys at anything beyond 40 yards is a gamble . the bird is receiving a lot of shot through the body and it is as plain as the sun coming up that anyone that would repeatedly shoot at a turkey at such distances is not at all interested in learning the art of working a bird in close .
this is just a few of my thoughts on the subject . bison shooting train riders , 500 yard elk shooters , 300 yard deer with a muzzleloader , whistlepigs from the truck at 250 and beyond and 70 yard turkeys . it ain't hunting ,,,it's just shooting animals .
i haven't always thought along these lines , but the older i get the clearer i see .
''old school turkey tactics ''