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Old 11-30-2011, 03:01 PM
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First Long range rifle and first attempt at it

Hello all..... brand new to the site been looking at it and reading for about a month.. but finally register a couple of days ago.... Just picked up a Marlin XL7 with 26" heavy barrel/w bipod, and 4x16x42mm scope and going this sunday to try and make my first 400 yard shot. Dont have any idea how this is going to go but going to give it one hell of an effort.... the rifle is a 22-250 if anyone can give me some pointers... be greatly appreciated. thanks again
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:10 PM
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Re: First Long range rifle and first attempt at it

Welcome to the addiction. Before you go wasting ammo at 400yds, take some time to get to know the rifle. Buy a couple different brands of ammo unless you are reloading. Make sure you get a good zero. You want to try and figure out your estimated velocity and pull up a drop chart using JBM Calculations. Do a good barrel break in while your shooting. This will add longevity and accuracy to your rifle. I'm interested in hearing how that rifle shoots. I want one of the new .223's with the AR mag. Let us know how it goes.

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Hello all..... brand new to the site been looking at it and reading for about a month.. but finally register a couple of days ago.... Just picked up a Marlin XL7 with 26" heavy barrel/w bipod, and 4x16x42mm scope and going this sunday to try and make my first 400 yard shot. Dont have any idea how this is going to go but going to give it one hell of an effort.... the rifle is a 22-250 if anyone can give me some pointers... be greatly appreciated. thanks again
Get a couple boxes of 55 gr ammo, sight it in at 100 yards (or whatever you prefer) get a velocity estimate, print out a drop chart and fire away. There's no better way to learn how to shoot 400 yards than to do it. I hope it works out well for you.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:17 PM
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Re: First Long range rifle and first attempt at it

thanks for the pointers and the encouragement i will diffentley let you kno how it shoots and how the shooting goes...
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Welcome. Slow down and relax.

Start off at 100yds and follow their recommended break in procedure to the letter.

Once you get it grouping sub moa (under 1"@100yds) look up your drops out to 400yds on a drop chart, dial it up and give it a try.

Personally I'd say relax and work your way out at fifty yard increments so you can get some practice along the way and that will help build your confidence.

If you have a choice of how/where to set up, do so where you have either a direct head or tail wind and that will eliminate one of the major variables.
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Re: First Long range rifle and first attempt at it

Hi Val and welcome.
It can be hard to impossible to see small caliber bullet strikes if they don't hit your target at longer ranges. Having a spotter can sure help.

I took a friend out who wanted to shoot 500 yards and suggested we start at 100 yards but he wanted no part of that and it was 500 off the getgo. Well, about 10 rounds later, I could see the frustration building as he plowed the ground around the target. So we started at 100, 200, etc.

He is now quite capable to 600 yards.

Have fun.
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Re: First Long range rifle and first attempt at it

Sorry guys im new and still trying to sort through all of this stuff. I keep seeing stuff about breaking in a barrel. What exactly does that mean? Oh and im not in any position to give advice to anyone but i feel like the old adage holds true. Crawl before you walk, walk before you run. Good luck OP

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