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Old 10-03-2004, 07:48 AM
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Longest shot so far outta the 243AI

HI guys, I had a chance to get out Sat. P.M. with a VHA Member buddy of mine, he took me to a place of his called the SWAMP. We killed 2 short range groundhogs with my AI, and then a crow size varmint lit on yonder fence post.... We ranged it and came up short(no reading) so I did a series of short ranging and got close... I figured it was 900 yards... we had a quartering wind coming from behind right to left. So I click up the leupy/ premier 18-40X50 side focus the appropriate clicks and hold off 2.5 feet to the right... center the elevation line on the critter and touch the trigger.... about the time I was going to say where did the bullet strike.... I see the feathered varmint explode backwards off the fencepost.. 1 shot 1 kill.... A little bit of shooting skill and a whole lotta luck!!!
It was a great day!!!! As prior to this my longest kill with the 243AI was 420 yards.
We walked out and ranged back did it 2 times and came up with 880-885 yards. I was awestruck!!!!
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Remington 788 Trued by Shilen Single shot
28" 10 twist Shilen tube chambered in 243AI
18-40X50 Side focus Premier Boost
Lapua Brass, Win. LRifle Mag. Primers
Accurate 2700 powder
Sierra 70grain Blitzkings

I always enjoy reading and learning here even though I don't post that much. It was a most memorable day for me! Thanks, Sam in Va.
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We truly enjoy sharing your joy in this moment. Way to go.
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Old 10-03-2004, 05:20 PM
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THERE IS JUST NOTHING LIKE A 1 SHOT 1 KILL AT DISTANCE. CONGRATS. YOU MAY HOWEVER FIND OUT THAT IT WAS NOT SO MUCH LUCK AS IT WAS SKILL. REMEMBER CHANCE FAVORS THE PREPARED.
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Old 10-03-2004, 06:28 PM
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Thanks guys, for the congrats.... I was, and still am amazed.... I had the 243AI built in the spring, and have been practing with it all season. Had popped a few chucks at 410,425. Shot at some dry targets on the ground at 500 and 575, and was really amazed at what role the wind plays. I love it and I'm hooked! My buddy that was with me almost fell outta his chair when the varmint exploded off the fencepost! Me too!!Thanks again guys! Sam in Va. (still grinning) [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Longest shot so far outta the 243AI

Sam,

Most impressive!!

You obviously have a fine rifle and you obviously can load fine ammo and can shoot very well also.

Congrats on the great accomplishment!

What is your next yardage goal. Some guys just want to better the last shot, others set up range goals, whats your plan.

Your darn near to the 1000 yard club!!

Good Shooting!!

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Old 10-03-2004, 06:43 PM
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Kirby, I gotta tell ya, I would be satisfied to kill a groundhog at 500-600 with it. I'm really interested in the bullet's expansion at the extended ranges on groundhogs... as that's my main target. Birds are harder to hit, but easier to kill when hit. So it's hard to answer. I wish it had been a groundhog, so I could see if it had killed him, or if he was just gonna turn into a dragger. I have all ideas that the bullet I'm shooting(sierra 70grn. Blitzking) is gonna run outta steam at 5-600 yards on g-hogs. I'm getting 3850FPS vel. out of a 28" 10 twist tube. My buddy is shooting the same bullet out of his 6br at 3300fps and has had draggers at 450 yards. Most places I have to hunt are out to 500, and I've got a few that are on out there 1000+ But I'm just learning and time will tell... what do you think about that bullet and about where it may fail to perform? Thanks, Sam in Va.
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Old 10-03-2004, 07:31 PM
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Hey Fiftydriver, my ballistic chart is broken down into 25 yd increments. Here's what the vel. etc is at 875 yards.

Velocity:1411
Energy:310#
Time of Flt:1.173 sec.
Optimum Game weight:21#
I personally do NOT buy that the 70 grn. Blitzking would terminate a groundhog of the optimum game weight listed on my chart..grin..but the clicks are accurate!BIG GRIN! hopefully we'll see sometime. Sam
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