Folks,

A year ago I started a thread asking about real-world shooting distances and positions. I asked about the last 5 animals you shot at, and had you describe the distance, the shooting position, the animal, whether it was a supported shot, etc. Recently it occurred to me that this could be a good source of data to run some statistics on. I thought I'd share the results here.

Quick description of methods: I limited the results to just shots on big game (no coyotes). In each case I attempted to determine the species, the shooting position, and whether it was a supported shot. This could not be determined in every case. I discarded any archery examples.

Results:

The median shot distance across all cases was 150 yards. (Median means about half of shots are below and half above 150 yards.)

About 31% of shots were 100 yards or less.

About 36% of shots exceeded 200 yards

About 20% of shots exceeded 300 yards.

Only about 5% of shots exceeded 400 yards.

Broken down by species, the median distances were

Pronghorn: 253 yards

Elk: 168 yards

Mule deer: 150 yards

Whitetail deer: 135 yards

Only the pronghorn difference is likely statistically significant. Moose, hogs, and bear had sample sizes too small to bother with.

Prone, standing, and sitting positions were each used at about 30% frequency, with kneeling taking up the remaining 10%.

Median distances by position:

Prone: 300 yards

Sitting and kneeling both around 150 yards

Standing: 80 yards

I wasn't always able to determine whether the shooter was supported by some kind of rest. But of the cases I was sure, 61% were supported. Unsupported shots had a median shot distance of 100 yards; supported shots had a median of 200 yards.

The original thread can be found here: https://www.hunttalk.com/threads/real-world-rifle-shooting-positions.281895/

If anyone wants to contribute more data, please do so here! For your last 5 shots, provide the distance, species, shooting position, and whether or not the rifle was supported (by tree, backpacking, bipod, shooting sticks, etc). If you missed, let me know.

A year ago I started a thread asking about real-world shooting distances and positions. I asked about the last 5 animals you shot at, and had you describe the distance, the shooting position, the animal, whether it was a supported shot, etc. Recently it occurred to me that this could be a good source of data to run some statistics on. I thought I'd share the results here.

Quick description of methods: I limited the results to just shots on big game (no coyotes). In each case I attempted to determine the species, the shooting position, and whether it was a supported shot. This could not be determined in every case. I discarded any archery examples.

Results:

The median shot distance across all cases was 150 yards. (Median means about half of shots are below and half above 150 yards.)

About 31% of shots were 100 yards or less.

About 36% of shots exceeded 200 yards

About 20% of shots exceeded 300 yards.

Only about 5% of shots exceeded 400 yards.

Broken down by species, the median distances were

Pronghorn: 253 yards

Elk: 168 yards

Mule deer: 150 yards

Whitetail deer: 135 yards

Only the pronghorn difference is likely statistically significant. Moose, hogs, and bear had sample sizes too small to bother with.

Prone, standing, and sitting positions were each used at about 30% frequency, with kneeling taking up the remaining 10%.

Median distances by position:

Prone: 300 yards

Sitting and kneeling both around 150 yards

Standing: 80 yards

I wasn't always able to determine whether the shooter was supported by some kind of rest. But of the cases I was sure, 61% were supported. Unsupported shots had a median shot distance of 100 yards; supported shots had a median of 200 yards.

The original thread can be found here: https://www.hunttalk.com/threads/real-world-rifle-shooting-positions.281895/

If anyone wants to contribute more data, please do so here! For your last 5 shots, provide the distance, species, shooting position, and whether or not the rifle was supported (by tree, backpacking, bipod, shooting sticks, etc). If you missed, let me know.

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