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David Sparks Ph.d Hunting Rifles
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: September 20, 2017

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I called Sales Associate at Sportsmen’s Warehouse, Al Strupp. I asked him what he would recommend if one was to go after Big Horn because the season, at least in Idaho, is just beginning. Knowing that sometimes when you’re hunting high mountain areas in Big Horn habitat you can see one from quite a distance. Mindful that I am a purist about taking ethical shots, and mindful that Al is a super expert on all things related to rifles, I asked his opinion. “I’m just going to tell you what I would do. If it is any kind of a large animal, I typically won’t shoot it if it is over 300 yards. I will try and get closer. That’s just me because I like to make an ethical shot. I have shot out to 400 but I just know the gun real well, I know what the wind is doing and I have it all down but typically, unless I have a real solid rest or something, I will shoot anything over 300 yards but that’s just me. If I was hunting a goat, I would probably go with something like a 260, 280, 270 may be a 6.5, I don’t know what caliber you have available to you. I would want to do a 130 or 140 grain bullet and then the scope, people want to get all cranked up with 18 or 20 power. If I am shooting over 300 yards on one ago with a 6 power. You have to remember the more you magnify, the more you magnify the mistake if you miss.

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