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100 yd or 200 yd zero for hunting?

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Unread 03-25-2008, 07:39 PM
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I zero my 300 wsm for 200 so the bullet is well within the kill zone (Whited tail) out to about 250 and I raise up to about 350-400 and dial beyond that.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
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Unread 03-25-2008, 07:52 PM
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Software to help

One of the cool features of exterior ballistic software is the "point blank" calculation. It allows you to set a point blank range for a given size kill zone and for your particular load. I sometimes end up with zeros of 242 or 274 or whatever so I can tailor my scope for the anticipated target size ...This is because of the need for quick shots as I hunt mostly boar which never seem to quite moving and I want to know that out to a certain range I can hold dead on and perhaps favor a little high or low...If time allows, then dialing or having the reticle figured out for specific distances is much more precise.................30-338
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Unread 03-25-2008, 10:16 PM
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Zeroing at 300 for 300rum, with 200AB, and this setup give me the option to shoot from 50-350 without using the dial knobs.

As for 338Edge, I setup zero at 400yards, due to picatinny 20MOA rail, and at this distance my elevation knobs need just 2 clicks to be at the bottom adjustment.

I did not plane to have this setting but with 20MOA rail and IOR scope on top from 338Edge is working like a charm for 400yards zero.

My 338Edge
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Unread 03-26-2008, 12:52 AM
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I zero my 300wsm at 200, dail for anything over 300
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Unread 03-27-2008, 12:17 PM
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Thanks for the info. All of the feedback helps.
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Unread 03-28-2008, 09:32 AM
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200 yard zero
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Unread 03-30-2008, 01:36 AM
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I am a 300 yd zero fan.

This really depends upon the country you do the majority of your hunting in. I hunt in the open sage brush of Eastern Wa, so longer oprotunies are the standard fare of the hunt.

I screwed up a long range setup this past year because I changed to 2" high at 100 yds (200 yd zero) thinking my new nifty ranging dots would do the trick. Then within the first 15 minutes on opening I blew a 550 yd standing still broadside shot.

Under pressure you will return to your training, so avoid trying something new unless you are dam sure you have the "varibles" properly managed. Otherwise you will be getting a graduate degree from the school of hard knocks as I did this past year.

I did track that 4x4 down 6 hrs later (and 3000' in elev gain) and put him down with a 125 yd shot.

Bottom line, pick a setup, train with it by doing some field shoots, learn what you will never learn shooting from a bench at fixed yardages.

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