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Old 01-10-2008, 02:09 PM
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My first long range kill!

01/08/2008, After shooting under .25" with my new handload at the target range the day before I decided to test it out on some dogs. well we went out to do some laid back prairie dog hunting. My original goal was to shoot at 300 and under, but they started to p--- me off with their smartness. The town we were hunting in is a square mile literally. So I preceded to aim at the far hill side. I fired at a few 500-600 yards a way, but no hits. I then thought to my self I better go big or go home. I then found a the farthest dog away i could see, which was 800 yards exactly according to my Leica 1200. The first three shots were misses do to the wackness of my drop chart. I walked it in, and the 175 gr. smk went right THROUGH his mound and hit him. He walked three feet and tipped over. I could see the massive lump of the prairie dog through my scope, so it was just a matter of getting there.
(I know I have bad fashion sense when it comes to hunting, 3 different camos)

My new handload shot off cold barrel.


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Old 01-10-2008, 03:06 PM
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Three camo's thats it? least you dont look cold!

Its Ok! to walk em in you got a extra 300 yards outa that!

Nice pic!
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:45 PM
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What caliber is your rifle ??

Nice shot, eventually !
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The first three shots were misses do to the wackness of my drop chart.
Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

You need to go back out there and set up real targets and shoot groups out to and beyond 800 yards. Measure the center of your group relative to the target center and get your drop chart squared away. You need to make a file in your computer and one in a notebook where you record your drop data and the conditions under which it was shot. All rifles start out with a whacky drop chart but once one discovers something is amiss one needs to fix it. Computer generated drop charts are not worth anything unless backed up with real world data.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:33 PM
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Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

You need to go back out there and set up real targets and shoot groups out to and beyond 800 yards. Measure the center of your group relative to the target center and get your drop chart squared away. You need to make a file in your computer and one in a notebook where you record your drop data and the conditions under which it was shot. All rifles start out with a whacky drop chart but once one discovers something is amiss one needs to fix it. Computer generated drop charts are not worth anything unless backed up with real world data.
The drop chart I used was from JBM, but I got a pocket PC coming and soon after exbal.
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What caliber is your rifle ??

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300 wsm
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Old 01-12-2008, 12:42 PM
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Will you please share your load data for the 300 WSM. I'd like to know the recipe that will get .25" groups?


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