Originally Posted by Chief1942
Okay, I am fully appreciative that most LR shooters and hunters also reload since that is the best way to come up with the diet that one and one's rifle favors the most. Unfortunately I do not reload nor have any interest in getting into it
. Too many other things on my plate right now. So, I am currently making use of HSM's 7MAG168VLD retail offering as my long range cartridge of choice.
My question is, since I also do not own a chronograph
, am I reasonably
OK to use HSM's advertised Muzzle Velocity (3067 fps) for that cartridge in my 24" barrel when I calculate my firing solution with Loadbase 3.0? Is anyone else using retail ammunition for their LRH? What brand , your experience with it, and repeat accuracy?
My rifle is a 7mmRemMag Savage action with a 24" Shaw barrel on it. This was the setup as I purchased it. I've scoped it with a Leupold VX3 8.5X24X50 LRT, anti-cant level, and ACI. I haven't hunted with it as yet as I am still needing to put in a lot more time at the range making sure of MY abilities as well as the rifles. Any feedback from folks in a similar situation would be appreciated. Thanks.
There are rifles that really like factory loads and if you have one that's good ! Most won't shoot
as well unless you load for the particular rifle.
As to the chronograph; They are a valuable asset for long range shooting/hunting. But not a
The listed velocity is done in a test barrel or just calculated and is rarely correct for your
rifle so you must test fire it at all distances your self and use balistic tables to determine velocity
based on best guess BCs of the bullet furnished with the ammo.
Most factory or even the custom loaded ammo will fall short of the listed velocity so you must
develop your own drop chart. ( Even with a chronograph it is recommended).
If your barrel is very slick and longer than normal then your velocity may be as listed or even
Once you develop a good drop chart it will also give you good data for windage effects.
If you are unsure of your abilities at longer distance the only way to solve this is to shoot
at progressively longer distances until you become uneasy with the group size and repeatable
results. (Everyone has there limits and must find them in order to be a good long range
Better ammo will extend your abilities and distance so go only as far as you and your ammo
The main thing is to enjoy shooting at extended distances.
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