I've been trying to get into the long range scene for a long time, and simply dont have the money to do it all at once. Over the last couple years I've read a ton of material on and off this site, and have purchased equipment accordingly. I have a .338 RUM shooting 300grn matchkings topped with a Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14 mill dot with M1 turrets. I have a wind meter
and a bipod, ect... but I dont have a decent range finder
. Mine will only range out to about 350 regularly and 550 in absolutley perfect conditions. My goal this year is to take a whitetale doe beyond 500 yards. I have practiced alot with mill-ranging, and plan to practice more. My question is this: How far can I range with my reticle before it becomes inaccurate? there are alot of veriables, the biggest being the variation in target size (what if that doe isnt 18" belly to brisket).
Should I not even try ranging with my reticle and just wait till' next year when I can get a decent range finder? The other option I have is going out to my area in scouting season and ranging landmarks by placing a peice of white board or maybe tin by the land marks. I would like to be more versitile than this but you gotta play the cards givin.
Lets say that if you have never used your reticle to range targets that you engaged, please do not post.
thanks guys. Im totally open to being limited to 400 yards, but I can always hope.