Re: long range shooting
Im in to lr shooting and hunting actually going shooting tommorow. It depends on what you call lr some people consider 300 yards lr. I have heard a good rule of thumb 0-300 short, 300-700 medium, 700-1k lr , and 1k over extreme lr. I have a friend with some long fields we shoot from 1060- 1350 and thats because of the terrain. We use milk and bleach jugs filled with water. There are many calibers that can be used already mentioned was the 6.5 x 284 very good caliber and savage makes a factory rifle. One caliber we break out at times is a 6mmx 284. the 7's , 30's work well also. I personly use a 338 edge and hunt with it also. The 338 is an outstanding caliber due to it will buck the wind as good as anything also the higher bc bullets it offers, i use the 300 siera match king with a bc over 700. It is not that expensive to reload i buy 500 bullets ata time for 265.00, 100 pieces of brass around 75.00 and get a fair amoun of loadings out of it since the pressure isnt that bad. The key to lr shooting is quality optics, most guns you tune to 1 moa or less will work. You need a scope that say if your shooting 1k yards you can see the target a 3-9 would not work for me with my eyes due to age. You need a scope that will track properly and return to zero. My 338 is dead on at 100 yards, tommorow first jug i shoot at will be at 1060 yards. I know to dial in 26.5 minutes for that 34' of drop then i can return it to zero and bet anything i own that you could head dead nuts at 100 yards. There are many scopes out there that will do this but some are pricy i use nightforce but your looking at 1,800.00 and it does what i paid for. I have some good leupolds and zeiss that track well to for half the price. Vortex, sightron, and many others but expect to put around 700.00 min. in to one. Next thing is to understand MOA aka minute of angle, you will be dialing in minutes instead of counting clicks. Its a fun sport but like anything else once you think you figured it you might get slapped a good shot.