1. What kind of rangefinder do you have that will consistently be accurate out to 1000 Yards? Leica 1200, however you will want one that can calculate true distance with heavy angle, and one that can shoot through weather, like snow, fog, etc. This one cannot do snow, fog, or rain at all. I know because I missed around 3-4 coyotes last year, tried to range moose that were only 350 yards away and in a light snow(could see farther than 500 yards) it couldn't range past 130. So keep those 2 things in mind.
2. Do you carry any sand bags in your pack? No, not unless you want to pack them for me,
. I like the stoney point tripod with the tag along only for sitting and on knee shooting positions, you can adjust everything and it can keep the gun steady. Then for on the ground laying down the Versa-Pod. It does move and does wobble but shooting on steeper grades you can still move your gun to correct this instead of having a fixed bi-pod. It does force you to remain calm and collected and to make a good shot because you must control your gun and make it be steady and control the wobble and movement, however many don't like the wobble and movability it has, its up to you for that one.
3. What kind of instrument do you carry to dope the wind? I have a kestrel, its really small and compact so can fit in a pocket and does a lot of things, like temp, humidity, all sorts of wind gages.
4. What kind of computer program do you use to determine your drop? You can use a bc turret calculator. Actually I did find one company that makes turrets for any scope if you give them the data, otherwise Gunwerks has a program online you fill out with all the info and hit enter and there you have a complete list of calculated info for you gun and hit print. Then you can do what you want with it, and it was free.
5. How do you carry your ammunition to protect it from getting damaged? I have a 20 round hard case made by MTM. its works but not the best, you can still here the rounds shake and rattle in the case but good enough.
6. How do you carry your rife? Do you attach it to your pack? I have the Eberlestock J34, insanely good pack with the gun scabbard built in. Do the adjustments and the gun just slips in like a great fitting glove.
Then when you do shoot things long range make sure you can get to it, pain in my butt on more than one occasion
. But it is insanely fun, so have fun with the new toy!