Originally Posted by Trickymissfit
well you're a lot better with holdover than most folks are. With a 200 yard zero, your looking at 48" of bullet drop in a typical .223 load and a 55 grain bullet. A 300 yard zero will still have three feet of drop. That's a lot of clicks to keep track of for that 500 yard shot
Well first of you are probably right I am better than most at hold over but I don't need to be for this. Most of the time I don't get real technical on this stuff not because I can't but because I just like to spend more time out shooting. Having said that lets get technical for a moment here then.
If I go to the Hodgdon web sit they list a few loads for 55 grain bullet at over 3300 ft/sec. So I will use 3300 per sec (this can be worked out at 3200 as well) and then bring up Sierra software and plug in a 55 sierra blitz . Lets say we have a 4" kill zone on a Coyote and plug that in to the software it gives us a zero of 225 yards with a maximum point blank range of over 250 yards. Now for hold over why not use mill dots , that's what people do if they want to shoot out there a little. So at 500 yards that is 2.5 dots, hold the coyote between the 2nd and third dot and just shoot him its not that hard and you don't have to guess at it. You do need a good range finder and if you shoot a lot of different guns a drop chart on the stock helps just so you don't forget. If it is real windy you will have a lot more of a challenge but with a little trigger time in the wind and a good wind meter
it is still very doable. I am not sure why people want to make shooting out to 500 yards that hard.
If you don't have mill dots then take a duplex variable power scope and play around a bit until you know for sure at what power the post is your point of impact at 500 yards do the same for 400 yards and stop guessing at hold overs and start making the shots.