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    .308 Win minimum safe distance to hunt

    I was given a Remington 783 in .308 Win for Christmas. I normally hunt with a single shot 12 gauge and wouldn't mind taking the Remington to the woods this year. The maximum distance I plan to take a shot for a deer is 250 yards and I will only do this if I feel my skills are up to it after a bit of practice. In two directions I have neighbors 800 yards away with all the other directions wide open corn fields or wooded land. The land I own is surrounded by rolling hills and woods.

    I don't know much about how far bullets from rounds like 270 Win, 308 Win, and 30-06 Springfield travel. Are those two neighbors in any danger or will bullet drop bring the spent bullet back to earth before it gets near them? I don't plan to shoot in their direction for safety reasons but I am curious as to how far a 308 Win will travel if I miss and the bullet ricochets off of something. Thanks!

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    Trajectory depends on launch angle. At maximum azimuth of 45 degrees, a .308 might go several miles. At level, it might go a few hundred yards.

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    If you have line of sight, the 308 can easily go 800 yards. Be sure of your backstop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 42769vette View Post
    If you have line of sight, the 308 can easily go 800 yards. Be sure of your backstop.
    I am already thinking about all the "safe" directions, good backstops, and the directions in which I shouldn't take a shot. I don't lose my head when I go deer hunting so I should be okay. Thanks for the tip!

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    As you may know from single-shot-12-ga days, it is really a lot more impressive, from multiple perspectives, when I hear of a hunter getting a shot inside 30 feet.

    Rifle performance is also pretty good at that range.

    But it doesn't sound like you have an unworkable situation with that .308. As was said, be sure of your backstop, and also be cognizant of the risk of ground skip. With frozen soil, you have to have nearly 45-degree impact to ensure you won't have a bullet skim into, then right back OUT of the soil. Ice is the same discussion.

    It's worst with AP and FMJ ball ammo, but it is very common with medium-game hunting bullets as well.
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    If you hit the deer you're probably okay...if not check your backstop. If you're not shooting upish you're probably okay too; other wise 7.62NATO will go aways.
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    If you can hunt from an elevated position, it will greatly reduce your chances of a round leaving your property.
    The heavier the angle, the better off you are.
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    Rather than think about a minimum safe distance, I think I'd refer back to the old hunter education days and think about what is behind your target that could possibly be hit should you miss.

    Dirty Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Steve View Post
    Rather than think about a minimum safe distance, I think I'd refer back to the old hunter education days and think about what is behind your target that could possibly be hit should you miss.

    Dirty Steve
    That's a pretty good perspective point.

    The fact is, in Indiana, you're unlikely to GET out of a .308 rifle's maximum range of somebody's house...

    ...and even at that: For every round fired, you are responsible for keeping it safely within your real estate.
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    The Bascatow study showed todays shotgun slugs bouncing farther.

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