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Old 10-01-2011, 12:58 AM
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Zero in for long range shooting

I'm using a Remington 700 Laminate Thumbhole Special Run 300 WSM with Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56mm scope. My local shooting range is only setup upto 200 yards. I want to be able to shoot to 600 to 800 yards, and eventually to 1000 yards. How should I zero in my scope for it? It's shooting at 2" high bullseye at 200 yards target now. Should I do anything in order to get bullseye say at 600 yards or 800 yards?

Looking for input from seasoned LR shooters. Thanks a lot.

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Old 10-01-2011, 01:54 AM
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Re: Zero in for long range shooting

Your Ballistics Calculator might require you to be Zero at 200YDS. My ZEISS does.
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:12 AM
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Re: Zero in for long range shooting

You could use a ballistics program like Berger's or JDM to model your bullet drop and flight path

Berger Bullets

JBM - Calculations

Do you have a chronograph?

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Old 10-01-2011, 08:16 AM
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Re: Zero in for long range shooting

I would zero for 200, chronograph your load, make your drop chart to get you started with your drops at longer ranges, then... you need to shoot at those ranges and confirm your drops.

You might have to then go back to your software and tweek your FPS or the BC of the bullet to match your actual drops. Target validation is very important ~!!

Also, you need to consider spin drift, wind direction, wind speed... and many other factors when shooting at longer ranges.....

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:29 AM
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Re: Zero in for long range shooting

Thanks all for the input. It seems there are a lot of gadets you need to bring

to the field in order to get accurate shooting at any long distance. Which

ballistic program, calculator, wind reader do you use on the field? What other

obsolutely necessary gadgets do you carry with you? I would love to hear

from you.
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Re: Zero in for long range shooting

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Thanks all for the input. It seems there are a lot of gadets you need to bring

to the field in order to get accurate shooting at any long distance. Which

ballistic program, calculator, wind reader do you use on the field? What other

obsolutely necessary gadgets do you carry with you? I would love to hear

from you.
Actually no the toys are not necessary, but they sure take out a hell of a lot of guess work.

If you just take a range finder with you, a drop and wind chart, and get yourself some practice particularly at things like reading the wind you can get to 1000yds very easily.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:25 PM
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You could use a ballistics program like Berger's or JDM to model your bullet drop and flight path

Berger Bullets

JBM - Calculations

Do you have a chronograph?

-Pons
No, I don't have a chronograph. Which program do you use? Is it better to have one for filed use? Is it essential to use chronograph?
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