Originally Posted by Silverback7
Do you really need all that stuff by the time your done figuring it all out your target is gone you can send it and your dope has changed. PLUS I CANT AFFORD ALL THAT!
We can all relate to the "can't afford" problem. But no, I have never had a rock, silhouette, or paper target run off yet. I also have never taken or needed to take a game animal over 300 yards. And for that, no, non of this stuff was used.
But if you want to get first rounds on target at ranges of 600 yards or more, then somehow you are going to have to account for the variables and have them at least on some kind of table generated by a ballistic program.
In recent years, my buds and I have began hunting in places where you can take some really long shots if you like. We will shoot at a hog or a coyote if we can see them. If we can get closer, stalking, calling, baiting, whatever, we do. But if not, we will still airmail some lead.
And, when we are sitting out on a stand or mountain side, we always like to range different trees, rocks, land marks, etc. That way if something steps out or moves through, the solution is done. I do this even when bow hunting.
Getting all the data in your program is invaluable when you are working up loads and confirming drop tables at the range. It would not be needed if we always shot at the same distance, with the same load, and the same incline, at the same altitude, temp, etc. You get the picture. I have also never needed or wanted it for shots under 300.