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Old 11-12-2013, 11:54 PM
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Quck shots, long range, moving target

I don't know if this would be better in "starting out, the basics" or here so I'll put it here and if Len wants to move it he's welcome to.

I haven't had much input so far this year because I've just done very little shooting and almost no hunting. This fall has been dedicated to getting some orthopedic issues handled and recovering between surgeries.

I was feeling pretty sparky this afternoon so I decided I'd head out early to knock out the evening chores and maybe get an hour or so of deer hunting in since we've had a big, serious cold front come through and tonight we're heading way below freezing for the first time this year.

So I'm driving out and as I normally do just eyeing both sides of the road seeing what's moving. I'm looking out across a big draw and wheat field talking on the phone when to my surprise there's a really big boar just trotting across the field.

So I start the calculator in my head as I'm slowing down and trying to come up with a quick shooting solution.

I'm carrying my Wichester Extreme weather 300wm. It's scoped with a Leupold tactical VXIII 4.5-14x50 sitting on a NF fail so it's a pretty solid set up. I'd sighted in yesterday so I knew it was on and I was dead zeroed for 100yds unlike normal (normally leave it set for dead on at 350yds and adjust from there).

Ok I'm shootnig Hornady Superformance 165gr Interbonds Running about 3200fps.

The hog is about 200yds from the far end of the field crossing right to left. I know the far edge of the field is 780yds from where I'm sitting.

By the time I'm out of the truck and set up for a shot though he's turned and trotting off almost straight away from me at about 700yds.

I get on him and see he's going away angling at about 10:30-11:00 so I figure about 15% right to left and gauge his speed to figure lead.

The way I do this is hold with him at about 5:00 on the bottom edge of the scope and see how far he travels in a count of "one, one" and stop there figuring fight time just a hair over a half second.

I know my drop is around 120 inches at that range and the hog is about 30" Tall. So I put my cross hairs on his feet, and see where the top of his back its on the vertical and raise three times that plus about a half then knowing he's presenting a target about 20" wide I lead him by four body lengths, (based on already gauged speed) and let it fly.

Just as I let it fly, I see the wind is more left to right where he is rather than straight on from six to twelve at 2-4mph where I am and sure enough I see the impact just perfect at about mid point on the right ham, passing through the body and big splat out the off side.

I've already thrown another round in and am lining up for the second shot and he's sitting and spinning. I tell myself "plenty of time, give it a second" thinking he'd quit but he didn't.

He gets up and barely makes it to the edge of the field where he sits again. I added another half body height for the additional drop, lined up right on his heart and then moved the vertical to right on the point of his nose and let it fly.

One dead hog right at 780yds.

We spend a lot of time here talking about how to "get it right" with relatively perfect set ups, and you old timers won't learn anything from this but for the new guys, here's you an example of using what's handy, namely body dimensions and known ranges and drops.

In actual hunting conditions you will find that things are rarely perfect and frequently you just don't have minutes to get it all correct and dialed in exactly after running all the conditions through your ballistic calculator and setting it all up with your spotter there for calling corrections.

Predator and varmint hunting provide is great opportunities to learn and practice this type of off hand shooting so that when the same situation pops up on you when that once in a lifetime buck or bull is in your sights and there's no time to calculate, dope, and dial, you can still make the shot and make it count.

This is also another good example of how mastering the wind is the toughest part of long range shooting I was in a bit of hurry wanting to make the shot before he got into the brush and was lost and failed to make my wind observations at, at least two different points along the track of the bullet to ensure I had my wind figured correctly.

Sorry, not pictures, didn't have the camera along but thought I'd share it anyhow for the benefit of those new to the LR Game.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:07 AM
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Re: Quck shots, long range, moving target

This is the difference in capabilities from the people that hunted long range before it hit the T.V's compared to after.
Mill-ranging and proper hold over methods, range estimation techniques and TOF estimations are a forgotten concept with the exception of a few.

Thanks for the write up on what works for you! While many may learn from it some may not, we all like hearing about it!
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:00 AM
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Re: Quck shots, long range, moving target

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This is the difference in capabilities from the people that hunted long range before it hit the T.V's compared to after.
Mill-ranging and proper hold over methods, range estimation techniques and TOF estimations are a forgotten concept with the exception of a few.

Thanks for the write up on what works for you! While many may learn from it some may not, we all like hearing about it!
Shooting is both an art and applied science. The applied science is getting easier every year with advancements in technology.

The art part just takes time, practice and hopefully someone to help teach you the basics.

I was extremely fortunate to have benefitted from growing up with probably one of the best natural shooters to have lived in the last fifty years both demonstrating it, and being a great mentor to me.

We have a great many young shooters today who didn't have the same kind of years long instruction that I got from Homer.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:43 AM
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Re: Quck shots, long range, moving target

Great information, thanks WildRose!
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:49 AM
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Re: Quck shots, long range, moving target

I have taken some moving shots on critters before, mostly coyotes and a few deer, all within 300 yards.

I would not be able to do what you did though. I believe my understanding of my rifle, load, ballistics, and wind is good enough, but I simply am not capable of doing quick math in my head. I have to be able to work it out on paper.

Thank you for sharing your story, and especially the depth of information that it contains! That is a couple of fantastic shots. Would have loved to have seen it!
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:08 PM
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Re: Quck shots, long range, moving target

That's one of the reason I went with a Burris E3 on my rifle. No dicking around with a rangefinder and ballistics program when you need to get a quicker shot off.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:27 PM
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Great post! Thanks.
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