Originally Posted by yobuck
id say that would be better than good. it would be excellant when considering
many seasoned shooters dont shoot that well off concrete benches at 1000 yd matches. many of those that do dont do it consistantly.
besides a shooter is usualy happy with a good group regardless of location on the target. certainly a good score and a small group are the ultimate. but the group
is most saught after and that after sighter shots have been fired and there arent any
unseen tree branches in the way.
I believe match shooters are in a totally different league than long range hunters. Match shooters are shooting 10 shot groups (which is dang impressive for them to get as small a groups as they do) where as a hunter usually only shoots 3-5 shot groups. Match shooters are trying to get all their shots into that small X ring where as hunters are trying to put a shot in a 10-18" kill zone depending on the animal. A longrange hunter is trying to make that first round shot count where as a bench rest shooter gets sighters.
Long range hunters usually tend to use large caliber rifles with real high BC bullets to fight the wind easier than the smaller caliber rifles that bench rest shooters use.
A grouping is important for a hunter initially but after a while the first round hits are most important. Groups are fun to look at but like I said, if the real small group is 20" off of your point of aim then those shots are useless to a LR hunter. All it proves is that you did everything right behind the trigger but read the wind or other calculations wrong.
There is no doubt in my mind that a bench rest shooter could get a large caliber rifle, get prone with a bipod and shoot a half MOA 3-4 shot group at 1000-1300 yards.