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Unread 08-10-2012, 10:52 PM
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Half Mile Marmots

Two years ago I shot a number of marmots between 600 and 749 yards with a Cooper Custom Classic .270. This pretty much maxed out the elevation in the scope, and my ability to score consistent hits with this rifle.
Last winter I had Scott Harold of Quarter Minute Magnums build one of his long range hunting rifles in 7 rem mag, and today I skipped work for the first day of Colorado's marmot season.
My goal was to break the half mile mark. We have a limit of 3, and I took my 3 at 920, 1108, and 1156 yards. I was shooting at close to 12000' elevation along the continental divide.
The G7 range finder was spot on with ballistic solutions, and thanks Scott for building a wicked accurate rifle.
Next goal, 1200 yards.
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    Re: Half Mile Marmots

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    Two years ago I shot a number of marmots between 600 and 749 yards with a Cooper Custom Classic .270. This pretty much maxed out the elevation in the scope, and my ability to score consistent hits with this rifle.
    Last winter I had Scott Harold of Quarter Minute Magnums build one of his long range hunting rifles in 7 rem mag, and today I skipped work for the first day of Colorado's marmot season.
    My goal was to break the half mile mark. We have a limit of 3, and I took my 3 at 920, 1108, and 1156 yards. I was shooting at close to 12000' elevation along the continental divide.
    The G7 range finder was spot on with ballistic solutions, and thanks Scott for building a wicked accurate rifle.
    Next goal, 1200 yards.
    That's some very impressive shooting! Is it 3 per day?
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    3 a day.
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    Nicely done my friend. That's some fine shooting. It's one thing for the rifle to be capable. It's another thing entirely for the shooter to be!
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    That is some damn fine shooting sir. What were the weather/wind conditions? What glass do you have on the rifle?
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    Do you tote the rifle on the same cart as your oxygen? I'm not sure I could control my breathing enough at 12,000 elevation any more! Congratulations, I like seeing your pictures a very cool hunt.
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    Re: Half Mile Marmots

    Thanks guys, I enjoy long range whistle pig hunting at least as much as I enjoy chasing elk anymore.
    Weather conditions were a 1.5-5 mph cross wind. It was pretty steady in direction and gusts, if we can call them that, were few. Most shots were with .5-.75 moa windage.
    Glass is a Schmidt Bender 4-16 PMII with Hollands ART reticle.
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