What I am learning here is this. A big high BC bullet is your friend if you can push it to good levels of velocity. This rifle and it's velocity has made me much more successful for cold bore hits. I use to favor rifles that were a little slower and had more barrel life. I can always just dial a bit more, right? But witnessing what the velocity is doing for me has changed that mind set. Higher velocity rifles are much easier to shoot and will give you a smile more often. I don't think shooting slower rifles hurt my skill set a bit, in fact it made me be very careful with my wind calls. But now if I am a MPH or so off it is much less of an issue. The drifts are simply smaller.
This has been my theory and belief and the reason for designing my wildcats. Firm believer in using a bullet with high BC to do most of the work but when you take that same bullet and add 200, 300 or 500 fps to it compared to more conventional chamberings, the ability to hit small targets at extended ranges increases dramatically. Much more so then you would ever thing it would when looking at the numbers on paper.
The margin of error that your rifle give you compared to lesser performing rifles is exactly what your seeing. With a lesser rifle, you need to nail conditions almost dead on to get even to the fringed of the kill zone in most conditions like you shot in today. With your rifle, with its velocity advantage, it gives you more of a margin of error in reading conditions yet still allows you to get that bullet on target. Plus, if you get the conditions very close, life is, well, for lack of a better term, pretty easy!!!
Most would not believe the difference in hitting a small target at extreme range comparing a 300 gr berger at 2850 fps to one launched at 3200 fps. I used to hear all the time how the faster bullet just slowed down more quickly and at long range really offered nothing of an advantage. Perhaps on paper but that is not what happens in real world shooting as you well know now working with your LRKM.
Fine shooting on your part, glad you decided to put some in the air JUST TO SEE.
I always find myself almost OVERTHINKING wind conditions when shooting the high performance rifles. Getting better at it but its really amazing what happens when you drive a 300 gr berger to +3200 fps!!! Then take it to +3400 fps and it really gets hard to believe sometimes!!!
Sorry, subliminal plug for the 338 AM!!!
Good shooting, I suspect the LRKM is going to put a lot of meat in the freezer this year!!!