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First Shoot at a Mile

 
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:19 PM
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First Shoot at a Mile

Actually the way it worked out was 1823 yards and yes, I took the time to think about what stories I could come with rationalizing all those misses. Aside from the newness--my inexperience--there were some mitigating factors. Mirage, mosquitoes, and rain conspired against my best efforts. I hit not once out of 21 shots the 28" round 1/4" plate. There were two of us taking turns; we had several close--inches--but no hits. That was two weeks ago shooting 92gr of H1000, 300 Berger OTMs, Federal GM215M, and Bertram Brass at 2860 (avg.).

A week ago we squared up the range and began shooting in the worst mirage I'd ever experienced. Both targets were still virgins; the Edge was definitely challenged. I've been looking at different powders and I had my first loads of H-US869 starting at 100gr and, in steps of four, up to 105gr. I noticed right off the reduction of recoil, freely moving bolt, and maybe not so much noise. The Magnetospeed showed 2780 avg. for the first shot--which knocked a target down. The last two shots (105gr at 2895) moved the other target out of sight behind some willows. You know I was happy.

I'm waiting for the torrential rains to stop before shooting and this time it will working up to 106gr which should move me to 2930 or so and if not maximum surely close. I hope to get some RL33 and see how that works.
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:01 PM
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Re: First Shoot at a Mile

Keep shooting it fun! I have shot custom 338 Lapua Imp with 300 OTM bergers out to 2502 yards at rocks. I can push a 300 OTM Berger 3025 fps with Rl-33. Dont get discouraged just keep good notes, find out what works best at 1 mile plus!
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:37 AM
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Re: First Shoot at a Mile

Thanks for the "teaser!" I'm just salivating dreaming about loading up some of that RL33, but up here (Fairbanks as there are no stores here) the hoarding nonsense is still going on. I just spent a week down in Fairbanks and no rifle powders of any kind could be had. However, I see that relaxing soon... Does VV still make N570? Then there's 24n41... I loaded up tonight to shoot and then the rains returned, but I'm ready for the next break.

How much RL33 are you shoveling in for those speeds?
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:48 AM
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Re: First Shoot at a Mile

Alaskan mosquitos are big enough, and thick enough ballistic calculators should have a separate column for those. Good luck with the elements.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:37 AM
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Re: First Shoot at a Mile

Good shooting. I really get perterbed when I get just about settled into the cross hairs and get a fold of my head net right where the cross hairs are. Oh well patients!!
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:35 AM
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105 gr of Rl-33 in a 28 inch Bartlein barrel. 338 lapua imp. 300 gr OTM berger, speed confermed by PVS-21 and Magneto Speed chronographs.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:12 PM
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Re: First Shoot at a Mile

U da man Steeltraps! My barrel is a 30" Hart B1000 with a Magnum 4 Muscle brake and that's how I figure burning the slow boys might just be near perfect.

Note in the pic; those aren't Messerschmidts, but they are Alaska's state bird... And this years the worst anyone can remember here.
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