We practice at 300-400 yards at pumpkins with backstops. It is a challenge to see if you hit your mark. I have also used large cardboard for better location of the shot and target. Haven't needed it yet but nice to have in the back pocket? We may try one at 1,000 yards as last year I told my brother "not to shoot" which I regretted as I think he could have made a clean kill on it...so we will see this shoot if he could have killed.
Practiced to 500 meters on ram shaped sillywets using my 1884 Trapdoor springfield 45-70 with black powder loads and open sights. Hit 9 out of ten once in competition. That was a fluke though,. The bullets were hitting the ground in front of the targets and bouncing up into them and knocking them down. A score is a score. Of course that was off cross sticks. A college buddy had a varmint set up, 220 Swift with bipod and huge scope. We practiced at gallon milk jugs filled with water. As I recall that was at 400 yds. Fast bullet like that and the darn wind pushed the bullets all over. He still hit more than he missed.
I shoot the .300 WM at 400 yards every fall off the lead sled before we go moose hunting. I'm zeroed at 250. It's one thing to look at a chart to tell you where you'll hit at 400, it's a real confidence builder to see holes poked in paper.
On my long range hunting guns I do my load testing at 500 yards. It is important to see what the bullet is doing down range. I have a 300 wsm that wont do any better than about an inch at 100 yards for 5 shots.. Scary thing is it will shoot the same inch group at 500 yards. If you are using long VLD type bullets sometimes they need to " GO TO SLEEP" and a load that shoots good at close range my not shoot good at longer ranges
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MCSA started a 1k swinging steel shoot this past fall. Will continue in 2016. Also the 500yd groundhog shoots. Great practice. Great group of guys. Number of shooters were down this past year. If you want to see what your gun will do, come and shoot. There is a factory class. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Bench rest shooting.
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I use my 6.5x55 swede built in 1900 on steel targets for fun. Was out yesterday shot out to 300yd. I've rang the plates out at 4 and 500. All open sight too. It's fun. But I put a 6.5x55 pacnor barrel on a savage 110 I load it a bit hotter than the military action loads. It shoots pretty good. I'm still working a load up for it. I may shoot at some 500yd matches this year. But idk I've shot 1000yd 50bmg matches they are fun but I can't really compete.