Rifles, Optics, Ammunition and You!Today I would like to talk about the rifle and optics you bring to camp. Our deer will have a live weight of 265 – 300 lbs. ( on average ) and shots will range from 50 – 125 yds. We ask that the shot placement be on the shoulder of a broadside animal, this has a quick crippling affect and typically the animal goes a very short distance or none at all. Last season I believe our heaviest animal was shot with a well placed .243 caliber bullet and the results were good for us guides. I feel anything from the .270 caliber and through to the 300 magnums are good choices, my favorite caliber has been a .30-06 that gives me the 220 grain willow ploughing moose punch capability and then lighten it up to 150 grain soft point for 300 yd. accuracy on prairie whitetail. The optics are important but we are shooting at fairly short distances so scopes like a 4×9 variable with 40mm ends are adequate. Probably the best rifle will be one that you shoot with confidence and can shoot accurately with a slight rest the blind provides. To make that quad ride into your stand the rifle needs to be able to fit into a standard Kolpin quad mounted gun case. Most rifles with 40-50 mm end scopes fit well. So when selecting the rifle to bring keep in mind how much of a rest you need to shoot accurately and will it fit into a standard quad mounted gun case. Your guide will make it work whatever you bring but the above mentioned makes our days in the field just a bit easier. The first day at camp we will run out to the range and fire a few rounds to make sure all is well. Like always Kyle, Chelsea and I were out looking for more trail cam pics to throw on the blog, antlers are growing and we are looking hard for that buck of a lifetime!! For more information on this topic see the attached sheet Rifles, Optics, Ammunition and You!