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Review Vortex PST 6-24 on the 1,000 yd. range.

 
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:45 PM
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Review Vortex PST 6-24 on the 1,000 yd. range.

Yesterday I shot my first competition at 1,000 yds. in benchrest class. The scope I have is the new Vortex PST FFP MOA 6-24x50mm. My rifle I have it on is a Savage Target action duel port with the target Accu-Trigger set at 18 ounces. It has a EGW 20 MOA Picatinny rail with Burris Extreme Tactical 30mm Low Rings. I'm shooting a 6mm Norma BR with CCI BR4 primers, Varget and Berger 105 gr. Hunting VLDs.

I had never shot at paper targets at 1,000 yds. before and was worried that I would not even hit the paper since we were only allowed 3 sighters before the 10 shot string for score & group size.

I used the JBM program to figure how many MOAs I needed to adjust from my 200 yd. zero for 1,000 yds. Now I had to adjust the PST 27 MOA which is 108 clicks. I have been practicing counting those clicks quite a few times, because when I get set up on the shooting bench I do not want to make a mistake. The point is that I have adjusted the turrets many times up and down.

When I shot the 3 sighters the pit crew said my three shots were centered at 4 o'clock just outside the 10 ring and only 4" across. WOW boy was I happy. I then adjusted one click left and one click up. Then I had to shoot my very first 10 shot string for score & group size. Oh, forgot to mention that the mirage was terrible. I had to turn down the power to 12x so I could see the target better which everyone else did with their much more expensive scopes.

The PST preformed great even with the reticle it has for the 1,000 yds. The repeat adjustments of the turrets were spot on. I don't know how they could be more accurate and the glass very clear except for the mirage which affects all scopes.

The first relay was scored like this. 91-1x out a possible 100 with a group size of 14+1/8". The shots were centered perfectly in the middle of the target.

The second relay was centered about 6" above the first (wind changed) it scored 82-no x with a group size of 17+5/8".

In conclusion I am extremely happy with this scope and can't wait for the next match on May 28.

Almost for got to tell you that I came in second place for score with a total of 173-1x and the guy that came in first place had a score of 174-1x. I was so close, but sooo far away.

joseph

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Re: Review Vortex PST 6-24 on the 1,000 yd. range.

Thanks for sharing, and the update.

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The PST preformed great even with the reticle it has for the 1,000 yds.
Is the reticle pretty thick or something?
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:36 PM
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I have read that it is slightly thicker than the SFP scopes and some guys thought it would be to thick, but I do not think that is the case. I was still able to confidently hold on the center of the bulls eye at 1,000 yds.

joseph

PS: Don't forget that I was able to hold good enough to shoot my 3 shot sighter group which was only 4" across.
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Good shooting Joseph, My buddies play the same game. They shoot 6mm 105 bergers also, and 103 spencer.The wind is a real tough thing with small bullets, they used to shoot 300wsm and said wind values were about 1/2 lots of times. My one friend was giving a guy advise on his first build, one of 3 Defiance, drop ports, they have other 2. This guys first match a few weeks back, he shot a 100, 5.2'', got him 20 hall of fame points. It lookes like a fun game, my problem is to many other hobbies right now. These guys are light and heavy gun, light is under 17#. and they run 40x NFBench. You will learn alot in wind and reloading in this persuit,have fun.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:46 PM
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Joseph, first, congratulations on your shooting. to have success like that on your first outing is incredible. but you must realize it's not supposed to be that easy! the program said 27moa, you dial it and almost right on? to do this you must have a scope that tracks the amount it's supposed to. thanks for the report, i'm getting ready to send the second viper back because it won't track the amount it should. of course i'm gonna try and get one of these PST's instead.
can i ask why you count clicks when you rotate the turrets? why don't you use the marks/numbers that are on the turrets?

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can i ask why you count clicks when you rotate the turrets? why don't you use the marks/numbers that are on the turrets?
First I think you will love a PST. The adjustments are spot on.

Second is I have a custom turret with measurements in yards for hunting. With it all I have to do is laze the antelope or deer in yards then turn the custom turret to the yardage and hold for wind and shoot.

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