Does Long Range have to be long distance?
I'm interested in what constitutes long range.
On friday night I took a really hard shot at last light on one of our roe deer. These deer would make a Coues deer look big, they field dress at around 40lbs and have a back to brisket of around 9" including fur.
Equipment was a stand with a rail overlooking a flat field of winter wheat. A pair of Ziess 7x42 binos just showed a tiniest flash of pale on the doe's behind that confirmed the fact that it was a doe. It was too dark for my Swarovski spotting telescope. From memory the hedge is 275 yards.
A semi contorted hold allows a steady sight picture with both elbows rested, the gusting wind is directly behind. A hold just below the fur and on the shoulder. At the shot I am blinded by the flash but hear a good thump. As the flash fades I see the doe coming back down to the ground from her jump, whirl and run the 30yards back to cover.
I climb down from the seat, give the dog a pat and we walk back to the car in the farm yard to give the doe time to stiffen/die and facilitate tracking. We are back 10 minutes later and walk the dog back to the point the doe was. On with the tracking harness and the flashing collar. She pulls strongly which is good. We get to the cover and I release her. The flashing lights move through the thorns quickly and then stop. Staying stopped for a while means she is at the doe. I walk forward and find the doe dead. Out with the torch. An exit wound 2 above the brisket just touching the rear of the shoulder and an entry wound just behind the near shoulder. Field dress, give dog the kidneys and drag back to the car. Change into office clothes and ring wife to explain I have been held in a meeting.....
Rifle is a 9lb fine looking Mauser custom sporter with a 24" shihlen in 6.5x55 with a 6x42 Swarovski shooting a 100gr ballistic tip at 2,900fps and has shot a number of .25moa 3 shot groups at 100 and 200yards.
So do you have to have charts, dial ups, fibreglass, bipods, VLDs or can you do long range merely by stretching basic equipment to it's (or your) limits on smaller targets at shorter ranges?
BTW it is legal here to shoot up to 1 hour after sunset,at which point it is very wise to make use of a dog for blood trailing which is also legal.
[ 01-13-2004: Message edited by: 1894 ]