I have used .308 with 165 grain Core Lokt bullets on Moose, .270 on African game and now own a 30-06 SAKO Bavarian (wood stock.) Which has been to the range a lot but not in the woods as yet.
There are grizzlies and black bears where I hunt (BC) so I am always loaded with 165 or 180 grain controlled expansion bullets and a 2 - 10 power scope.
What I am interested in is first (cold)shot accuracy. If you shoot at the range, you probably shoot groups and may not pay a lot of attention to where the cold shot goes.
My cold shots are generally 2 inches off target at 100m and 3 inches or more at 200m. The rifle seems to come onto the target better from the second shot onwards and my groups shrink to 1 to 1.5 inches.
When you are hunting, of course, you are most interested in the accuracy of the cold shot. It has to be accurate in order to stop and drop your target as cleanly as possible.
So the question is: What do I have to do before I go hunting to make sure my first shot is going to be as accurate as possible?
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