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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-11-2011, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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100 accuracy good, 200 not

WHy do I shoot moa groups at 100 yards and tthen at 200 those same loads fall apart?

Yesterday I was shooting hornady 150 grain BTSP over 60 gr of H4350. I shot a 1" group at 100 yards. The next three shots at 200 was 6" at best.

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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

I could be you. Every small movement is multiplied the further away the target is. Maybe you can borrow a lead sled and get her real steady and see what it does then.




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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

Maybe it was the weather, lots of stuff going on between the muzzle and the target.
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

Think WIND.
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

I will 2nd all of above.Check your scope for tightness.
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

What John H said. 200yds. shoot small dot,small target small group. Don't know what power scope you use but I shoot at a 1/2" dot at 200 and if I go bigger so dose group. Good Luck...later
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

If you are shooting a3-9x scope cranked up to 9x when shooting 100 yards. Remember tht will be like shooting a 4.5x when you go further.
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

All of the above!
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

Alot of shooters think. "well if my rifle shoots an inch at 100 yards then it should shoot 2 inches at 200 yards". When nothing could be farther from the truth.

Shooting at 100 yards is only a good test of accuracy for a rifle that will be shot at 100 yards or less in the woods.

When I test loads for my varmint rifle I am concerned about the 300 yard groups. The 100 yard groups are totally irrelevant.

Now when shootnig longer range that is when you separate the wheat from the chaff.

When shooting longer distance it takes the skill of the shooter, as well as the quality of the equipment. If both aren't up to par then long distance accuracy will suffer greatly.

It could be a dozen reasons. Basically an inaccurate rifle, bad shooting, poor stock design, poor load performance..................and on and on.

Start with your shooting. Do you know anyone with a rifle that you personally know will shoot 2" groups at 300 yards?? If so then spend some time behind that rifle. What groups do you shoot from that rifle??

There is no replacement for practice and quality equipment.

Personally I do not believe the power of the scope is very important. I have shot 3X9's to 400 and 500 yards for years. No problem with the power, just as long as the scope qualtiy is there.

Basically you asked a question that can not be answered on the internet. It has to be done at the range. And with many shots fired down range. Practice is the only rememdy, along with better equipment.

My first suggestion would be about your trigger, and trigger control. Tom.
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Re: 100 accuracy good, 200 not

About the best summary I've heard so far!

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