Thank You Kirby!
I'd like to thank Kirby Allen for being such a gracious host. I flew out yesterday and met him for some Long Range shooting basics and also to try and figure out which caliber I wanted. I met him at the house around 8:00 a.m. and then we headed out to do some shooting.
I am amazed at the quality of the rifles that he builds. For someone that hasn't shot at anything further away than 350 Yds, using good equipment makes hitting the steel at further distances easy.
I started out at the 630 Yd gong, (Kirby, correct me on the distances if I have them wrong) and promptly rang it with the first 2 shots from the 7mm AM. Then he gave me the correct dope to line up on the 860 Yd gong and that one made a satisfying GONG after the next shot.
The next gun out of the case was the 300 AX. I didn't bother with the closer gong, but after one fouling shot the steel made noise again. Then he brought out the .375. After getting the the dope using Exbal, and firing a fouler, the gong rang two more times. The last shot proved to be too much for the target and it promptly fell over. So, we decided to pack things up and drive over, calling it a day for the shooting part of it.
I'll be trying to post pics shortly, but I'm amazed at the accuracy of the guns. When you look at the black square target, the lowest left splat is from the 7mm, the middle right splat is from the 300 AX, the splat to the left and slightly below the one from the 300 AX is the first shot on the target from the .375, and the uppermost right splat is the next shot from the .375. There was a slight wind from left to right, but I held right on and didn't allow for any wind for all the shots. Also, if you look at the right rear leg, that small hole is the fouler from the .300. Sorry Kirby!:o
Kirby, you have the steel and you can measure it if needed, but I think that's a pretty good group for that distance from 3 different calibers and rifles!
Thanks for the tips on judging goats. For a flatlander that will hopefully be goat hunting this Fall, it was a tremendous help!