Re: How do you know if you made a good hit?
The vapor trail of the bullet going out can be seen many times all the way to the target and right into the animal.
You MUST do the longrange sport with a partner to spot your shots for you and you for him.
You can see the bullet impact and the vaport trail with the big eyes we have especially with larger bullets such as the 300 gr 338, the 220 and 240gr 30 cals also. The problem sometimes is if there is deep snow that you are shooting into. It covers up the impact on occasions. We always go ahead or behind 100 yards and fire a sighter round to adjust for the wind and make the final elevation adjustment. Sometimes we go in line but OVER the animal to make this adjustment. After making the final adjustment, the next shot the animal is down. By the way, the deer or elk is not alarmned in any way. Have had them walk up to the spotter bullet hole that was still expelling dust from and stuck their nose in the hole.
A good drop chart is a must for the load you are using. The best bigeyes you can afford is also a must. They should be capable of tripod use and the bigger the better. Hand helds are not always optically good enough for what we do.
Never attempt this sport alone when shooting in excess of 650 Yards. Always have a good partner or two with you.
I believe Len captured the vapor trail on his video.
Hope that helped
[ 11-23-2001: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]