I'm trying to set my 14yo son up for a successful long range kill (500+yds) on a whitetail doe. We've geared up and practiced shooting paper for almost 2 years. He shoots sub-moa out to about 940 yards with a Sendero 7mm Rem Mag and 180gr Bergers. Our trajectory matches almost exactly what the NF Bal program says it should. And, the turrets on the Leupold 6.5-20x56 Varmint Extreme are accurate and repeatable. ...although the 1/10 MOA clicks are a pain. (I definitely see why Huskemaw
We hunted this last week for the first time with the objective of taking a doe at 500+yds and I found it a little frustrating. There was very little wind which had been my biggest concern.
But, this was also the first time we used our Leica 1200 CRF in the field. It's way better than our old Nikon. But, I really had difficulty getting readings in an open field on individual deer at 550-750 yards. I was even using a very solid rest to do so.
It more or less reads 2-3 deer in a group at that distance. But, otherwise, I had to range nearby trees and shrubs. Unfortunately, that can be deceptive unless the deer is literally leaning on the tree. On several occassions and by the time I was confident in my readings, the deer wandered off. So, we never fired a shot.
Are my expectations for the 1200 crf out of line? Or, do I simply need to practice more and/or keep waiting for the deer to stay put another 5 minutes while I sort them out?
I would've bought the 1600 crf, but it seemed that the beam wouldn't be any better on the small targets.
Any pointers are greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance!