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Old 08-18-2013, 10:16 AM
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Hooked!

So, I bought my long range rifle last winter, but could not afford the scope at the same time. Instead I stole the scope off of my wife's rifle and started working up loads for my new 7 RM. I lovingly broke in the barrel and found two loads that shot a hole in a hole. It was late spring by this time.

I have been reading up on this website since before I bought my new rifle, and continued to do so while I rather impatiently saved to buy my long range scope. Finally, two weeks ago, I had the money to purchase a new Huskemaw Blue Diamond.

After purchasing the scope I watched the video included with it three times, and lovingly put the new optics on my rifle. Last weekend I zeroed the scope at 200 yards at our local range and gathered the needed velocities through the chrony. Finally I printed out my range card. I still had one problem...I have not had a chance to make any gongs yet.

Morgan, the fella that I bought the scope from, had offered to take me shooting when I bought the scope. I called him up and asked if we could get out this weekend and he said yes. So it was that we had a shooting date set up for yesterday afternoon.

We got out to the pasture shortly after 4:00 and Morgan and Jared set to work trying to zero a 338-375. After they finished I checked my 200 yard zero on a rock, and then tried to dial in on the gong set at 533 yards. After 1 shot I was able to get on the gong and fine tune the rifle on the target. I was having a blast, and got my barrel hot and was stringing shots to the right before long. As I let my barrel cool we shot Morgan's 338-06, which was a pleasure to shoot, and we shot several rounds through my 220 Swift just for kicks. Jared also shot a few through his 300 RUM. My barrel had cooled off, and 1 more shot told us I was dialed in.

Now, I have shot out to 600 yards before, but it was fun to actually be consistent at it. After this we backed up to 950 yards, which I had never even dreamed of trying before. Morgan ran a few through his 338-06 with good results, and we put the clicks in on my 7 RM. The first shot was 3 minutes low, and showed me that I needed to hold 2 minutes of wind. I dialed in the clicks and let the next shot go. "Hit" Morgan said, "right in the middle, solid". I was absolutely dumbfounded and giddy! I let two more go as Morgan reported, "Hit, Hit".

Shooting at 950 yards was even more fun than I had thought it would be. I am definitely hooked, and even though I am just getting started with my first long range gun, I am already thinking about what I would like to get for my second build. Thanks to everyone on this forum for the information you have provided, and thank you to Morgan and Huskemaw for all of your help! I can't wait to get my distance and MOA turrets from Huskemaw and get busy honing my skills!!

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Old 08-18-2013, 05:36 PM
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Re: Hooked!

sounds like fun. what rifle??
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:25 PM
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Re: Hooked!

Well it is quite exciting to get your gun shooting the way you want it, then you could be like me and have a humbling session help ground a guy. Sure I had told my buddy how well my new Rem 700 264 WM was shooting at just under 500 and just over 1100. Then I promptly proved to him that with a nice stiff swirling wind I couldn't hit a life sized steel elephant at 520. The reality is that it is those humbling moments that remind us to develop confidence but know your limitations. Good job on your day afield and my your bad days be minimal.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:25 AM
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sounds like fun. what rifle??
It is just a Remington 700 SPS in 7mm Rem Mag. The gun is completely stock other than a Accuracy Systems Inc. Maxi Brake that I had added so I could spot my shots.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:29 AM
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Well it is quite exciting to get your gun shooting the way you want it, then you could be like me and have a humbling session help ground a guy. Sure I had told my buddy how well my new Rem 700 264 WM was shooting at just under 500 and just over 1100. Then I promptly proved to him that with a nice stiff swirling wind I couldn't hit a life sized steel elephant at 520. The reality is that it is those humbling moments that remind us to develop confidence but know your limitations. Good job on your day afield and my your bad days be minimal.
That does sound like a humbling experience for sure. I too have been humbled a few times at much shorter distances in the past. I'm excited to keep shooting in different situations and see just what my skill level will be. I think that is the challenge of the sport, especially being able to read the wind and make accurate shots while compensating for it. I'm sure some days will be better than others.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:14 PM
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Re: Hooked!

with a bedding job and some good loads those "just an sps" can be really reliable rifles. I have a .243 win SPS and it does what I need it to. not the nicest gun on the bench, but when the fur is in the scope I have %100 confidence.

congrats on the "hookage day" and I hope you have many more.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:34 AM
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with a bedding job and some good loads those "just an sps" can be really reliable rifles. I have a .243 win SPS and it does what I need it to. not the nicest gun on the bench, but when the fur is in the scope I have %100 confidence.

congrats on the "hookage day" and I hope you have many more.
Angus, I totally agree. I said "just an SPS" because there are so many custom rigs on this site, but I have two stock SPS and an ADL that all shoot 1/2 MOA groups! That's great because I can't afford more. Thanks for the reply!
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