I went out and got myself a new toy. Roger Hansen of Vestfossen, Norway built the steel items, - it has a March 3-24x42 on top, a McM HTG stock for hunting, and the AICS for plain shooting.
I have a Vortex Razor HD 5-20x50 that will go on for hunting under moonlight, and some ELR playing later this year. Questions will follow..
The rifle simply shoots like a house on fire, to the extent that i hardly dare shoot it, as i know it will quit one day. Last sunday i shot a 7 shot (as my ammo "cards" take 7 rounds) group @ 970m that made only a hand sized mark in the paint on the gong. I have also shot it well at 1225m, using Berger 180gr Hunting VLDs.
To now i have only used the 338LM for longer range work - up to 1250m even the 6.5x55 works quite well, although it is far more affected by exterior variables. The 338 delivers impressive accuracy to 2000m, and at 1600m (a mile even) it has printed groups on rock that was "in the same spot" as we could judge from the scope. I do struggle making first shot hits at that range.
But all in all, coming to my shooting toys, and shooting lately, i am one happy camper. And eager to push further.
Has anyone here experience with the 7mm 180gr Berger VLD at extreme range? Using the Vortex i seem to have about 24 mrad elevation travel available, add the 10 in the reticle and my range is some 2050m (a range i actually have "sort of" access to) - what can i expect from the VLD between 1225 and 2050m?
Same goes for the 338 300gr Berger OTM bullet - i know it works flawlessly at 2100m, is there any knowledge around as to where it "stops working", starting around 830m/s?