Had a blast on saturday, shooting the 7mm in the morning in fair weather, putting lead on steel @970m on the 2. shot (16" gong), and grouping nicely from thereon.
After some work on the range we shot a few groups on paper, @some 560m, me using the 6.5x55 Sauer 200STR - but a couple of poor shots opened my 10shot group to 205mm, 8". I had forgotten the bipod in the car, so i shot off a treestump, half sitting behind it, not too bad i say - wing was picking up too.
Walked up on the "1200m" hill, and shot some on the same 16" steel from 1025 and 1230m - but now i had brought out the big "Hammer", i do not like to shoot a lot with the barrel burning 7mm, so 338LM it is.
1.7-2.5 mrad of wind we had, from about 8 o'clock, and at 1025 the gong was without a chance. The 6.5s kept missing a lot, but the 338, and a little discerning wind-picking - i cant remember missing even once...
@ 1230m the story was altogether different, and i believe we shoot into another wind swirl, as watch the near trees didnt work at all - i put 5 about 7 out of 15 on steel, all but one shot just barely missing.
Shot 1. missed grossly, by about a meter, since i thought we would have the same wind as on 1k, but i was actually down to about 1.5mrad for the longer shot...
Now i worked alittle with myself but brought not the 7mm to the 1540m firing point, but the 338. The reason was it was now raining heavily, and i wantet something tha would show hits clearly on the mountainside, and also i am still not "sure" of the 7mm at this range. The 338 has proven itself beyond 2km, and the dope is in my book.
Reason for poor spotting
I fired a few shots but none connected, nor was spotted, dialling 3.0 for wind, which was now rather fierce on the treetops.
But visibility vaned and i packed it in - only to see a lightup in the weather, so i made ready again. Much less wind now so i dialled 1.5 and sent a bullet up on the hill.
"1.5mils right" called from behind, two spotters with big Swaro scopes really help, since i saw nothing
next shot was a few inches high, so i went 2 clicks down - and of course hit low... But then there was cheering from the spotters, and i saw the plate swing. About 10kgs of steel, so the 338 still packs a punch @ 1540m. We were almost done cheering by the time the distant ring came back - "seven seconds away".
Next time 7mm.