Re: First Long Range Deer
Thanks for all the nice reply's. I would never post this on any other websites because I know I would get flamed, so it is nice of you guys to be supportive.
I will get some pictures of the gun and post them. It turned out to be a great hunting rifle. I'm looking forward in the future to trying more bullets and powders. My uncle who has been helping me has a 7/300 as well, so we knew pretty much what load would work. Once hunting season is over and I can get back to experimenting and practicing I am hoping to try some Bergers and Barnes, and am going to try to start dialing for distances. I built a range this summer that I can shoot up to 900 yards on. I have only shot up to 700 yards because that is the limit of the Boone & Crockett reticle. This gun shoots much better than the scope is built for. Leupold says dead on at 300, first bar at 400, second bar at 500, dot at 550 and top of heavy cross hair at 600. My gun shoots exactly 100 yards better at all marks, and is only 2 1/2" high at 200 yards, dead on at 400.
I'm not a big fan of the stock, the distance between the pistol grip and the trigger was too short for me. If my hand had a comfortable grip, the trigger was all the way to the second knuckle on my finger. I had never carved a stock before, but I took a file and dremel to it and made it much more comfortable, although not perfect. I couldn't get the finish to match very well, but I didn't build it to be a beauty queen. The last issue was that I bought med rings from Leupy because they said that is what I had to have for the 56 VXL. I think I can get away with low's, but they are too expensive for me to buy another set right now. So instead, I bought a beartooth comb raising kit. Now I get a good cheek weld with a good sight picture. The foam in the kit is squishy, so I know its not as good as a raised comb stock, but I will buy a better stock down the road.
Once again, thanks for the positive reply's and all the help.
I hope to kill a whitetail in MT next month. My goal is to get one as close to 700 as possible. I will be happy with that for now.