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Old 03-25-2014, 09:41 PM
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Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

Throwing this out there for opinions. What is your take on shooting fast for groups @ 1000 yards? I'm tentatively going out Monday and the guy I'm going with recommends shooting as fast as possible for the best results. He shoots weekly and is an accomplished shooter with a 338 Lapua and a 6.5 SAUM. I'm not calling him a liar, I just believe a slower rate of fire would be better. Understanding the wind will change between shots.

I will be shooting: My 6.5 x 284

My load was:
Bullets: Berger 140 Grain Hybrid Match (.618 BC)
Brass: Lapua 6.5 x 284
Powder: 49 Grains - H4350
Primers: Federal 210 Match
Velocity: 2925 FPS
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:47 PM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

A benchrest shooter perhaps ? Or a different form of competition ? One often hears competitors shooting at paper wanting to shoot fast to take advantage of a lull in the wind or whatever. No need for hunting I would think.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:12 PM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

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A benchrest shooter perhaps ? Or a different form of competition ? One often hears competitors shooting at paper wanting to shoot fast to take advantage of a lull in the wind or whatever. No need for hunting I would think.
Nope just a recreational shooter.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:29 PM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

In the words of my old SOTIC instructor, "Shooting fast at long range is like having sex fast, you're just wasting ammo!"

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Old 03-26-2014, 01:22 AM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

i've shot next to a guy shooting 1000 yd matches over in montana, that shot his 10 shots for record between 30-40 seconds total the guys holds a few world records, so obviously he knows what he is doing.

in real world shooting, where the first shot matters(aka, hunting) going fast doesn't change anything. you need to work on reading wind before you make a shot. of course if something goes wrong with the first shot, don't take any more time than you need to make a quality follow up.

i'm not sure how shooting fast for practice would help at all. what's the point.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:15 AM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

This is a great question. If it's not neccessary to shoot fast, you should take advantage of the time to optimize set-up, read wind, etc. Also, if you are shooting in volume, a slower rate will keep your barrel from overheating. I think increasing shooting speed comes with practice, as is the case with your buddy. It will develop naturally, and at a pace that matches your proficiency. I think that developing accuracy should be a priority over speed. I personally find the skill to shoot fast to be an advantage. In long range competition, where strings are timed, you can take advantage of a wind, or favorable mirage condition. Being primarily a whitetail hunter, I have had numerous situations where time has been a factor, The big guys don't hang around, particularly during the rut. Add this aspect to same need to at tmes take advantage of wind, or mirage conditions, the ability to get an accurate shot off in a small time window can be a major factor in making the kill. It's for this same reason that I switched to the G7 rangefinder which very effectively cut out a few steps in determining scope setting.IMHO.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:14 AM
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Re: Shooting Fast @ 1000 Yards

Thank you for your responses. My goal is to see how my rifle and load perform at that distance.
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