Well, the boys and I set out for a chuck hunt this past weekend with the MOAG and various other long range boom sticks and we had 3 goals in mind. First was for everyone to have a great time. I believe that was accomplished. Second goal was to get a few guys into the VHA 500 yard club. Mission accomplished. And third was for Brian B and I to get into the 2000 yard club. We failed at that, but it wasn't a complete failure as I set a new personal record on a live target of 1,877 yards! I was kind of disappointed at first that I fell short of my goal by only 123 yards, but then I realized that is still a hell of a long way, and it beats my previous record of 1508 quite handily.
But what was even more impressive to us that day was how well the MOAG was shooting. Nearly everyone got to shoot at least a couple shots through it and we all had unbelievable groups going at that long range. I believe that we would have had at least 15-20 shots that would have hit my 15" gong easily. Everyone that shot it missed a 2k chuck by only several inches multiple times! At one point, Brian had about a 5 inch 4 shot group going!! He even shook a rock out from under a chuck at about 2300 yards!
The reason the MOAG did so well was because of near perfect conditions. Warm air with no noticeable thermals, no wind, and little mirage made for great views of the target. We also measured all bearing surfaces of the MK's with Bill Shehane's bs dial tool ($275 bucks and well worth it for this insane distance).
7mmrhb and my friend Dave (new vha member as of Saturday) also got into some action on several 500 yard chucks. Both qualified for the club! Congrats guys!
I also got to try out my new 6mm br dasher (tejas) on a 515 and a 790 yard chuck. The 105 Amax at 2950 fps exploded chuck in fine fashion. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] This gun shot 14 different loads in load development with sd's in the single digits and had groups in the quarter inch range at 100 yards! My largest group was just under an inch and my biggest ES was 19 fps! This gun will be a 1300 yard chuck slayer like none other and it only burns 31.5 grains of Varget.
Anyway, here are some pics of the day:
Here's the boys and the firing line. I know that kitchen sink is in there somewhere!
this is the first kill of my 6br imp at 515. (head shot cause that's all he was showing me)
Here's the 6 br imp. Speedy Gonzales sleeved 700, Mcmillan benchrest stock, 27 1/2" krieger 8 twist barrel, Rifle Basix 8 oz. trig, performance guns brake, Leupold vx-III 8.5-25x50mm scope.
The newest 500 yard club members.
The pic of the 2000 yard area. The chucks we were shooting at were next to those two 40 foot tall trees circled in green. The one I hit at 1877 was near the red circle.
Here is the actual location of the long chuck. The trees in the green circle are the same trees in green in the pic above. It took quite awhile to get over to this spot!
And lastly, here is my official pic of the chuck and the distance sign. I had to take this one when I got home because it was dark by the time we made it back to the shooting bench from the kill site, so I brought the critter home for the chance to take the pic in the daylight with the moag in my hands.
Anyways, next time we will hopefully get the 2k chuck if we can talk lady luck into helping us reach our goal.
Hope these pics were entertaining!