8 Best Calibers for Long Range Hunting

8 Best Calibers for Long Range Hunting

Long range hunting is as much of an art form as it is a science. On one hand it requires diligent practice and a lengthy range, and on the other hand you've got to know how to adjust for wind and specific loads.


One thing's for sure, though, certain cartridges make your job as a long range hunter a whole lot easier. What you're really looking for are those flat-shooting, hard-hitting cartridges that have a proven track record for delivering when a trophy is on the line. Fast magnum cartridges have always been favored when hunting at long range, but velocity isn't the only consideration you've got to make. It's mostly shooter preference, especially when it comes to recoil and reloading for maximum cartridge performance.


We've broken it all down for you here, giving you the 8 best long range hunting calibers. They aren't a replacement for practice, but they sure make the job a whole lot easier.


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