ian, thanks,my scope is aleupold 3.5x10x50. i only use the the 50mm because my eyes need all the light they can get. it is my understanding that 50mm is the max the human eye can employ.please correct me at any time, i have long passed the time that i knew /or thought i knew any /or all things.i have made 12x12 inch channel iron targets that swing from chains on a horseshoe frames and scattered them around on my lease. they range from 160yds. to 800yds. the angles are anywhere from 35 down to 40 uphill. i am embarrassed to tell you that i figure holdover by on line charts/ballistics calcs. then range distance ,then shoot.no problem til about 700 yds. then it gets a bit messier.i only tell you this so you will understand how prehistoric my methods are . oh! and , i hope , how easy it will be to move me into the present. thanks, jimm
What you need to do is to get me to come out to shoot with you for the entire winter months (I am very tired of shoveling and blowing snow every morning [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] - Saskatchewan is not a great place to live this winter!)
Seriously, l would upgrade to a good tactical style scope. Leupold makes a great 30mm model with about the same specs as you are now using except it has the big MK4 turrets. Believe they are now called MK4 LR's. 40 mm is fine, we do not get a lot from 50mm, we do get a lot more adjustment lattitude from the bigger 30mm scope tube over the 1" tube tho.
Get the M1 turrets, not the M3's. Then buy or make a simple data book so you can record all of your scope settings as you shoot different distances. Then establish your one hundred yard zero and start clicking upward, recording each one hundred yard turret setting out to whatever distance you are going to shout to. The MK4 turrets make this very simple and they repeat perfectly. Once you have the base set of numbers they will be good to go - each time you shoot 600 or 700 or whatever the first thing you do is simply crank on the exact elevation using the big turrets. MK4 turrets are as good as any, matter of fact they get better with lots of use.
Get a partner, you need to learn to read wind and you cannot do that while you are on the gun.
ian, should you find yourself in this neck of the woods any time of year you can bunk in the . dungeon(spare bedroom)seriously. thank you for the outline of attack to improve my shooting.as funds permit i plan to invest in better equipment in all areas(gun,scope,reloading ,)and the on to palmpilots/exbal etc.ireally like the idea of a cosine indicator as well,whew! guess i better go to work to be able to afford all that,lol,see ya ,jimm
Jimm: I pillar bedded action and installed a Jewell trigger. Barrel was already cut down to 24 inches when I bought it. I use mine to shoot squirrels and am quite content with the acccuracy.
Like Ian says, you can spend alot of money to get match level accuracy from a 40X. There is a gunsmith by the name of Gordy Gritters that advertises in Varmint Hunter Magazine. He does a lot of custom work on long range guns, including 40x's and Nesikas. He seems to put alot of 40x's in the winner's circle. Gordy may be a good guy to talk to about the pros and cons of a custom action.
sorry ian, but i'm easy to confuse!the mk1 not the mk 3 and then tou mention the mk 4 as easy to repeat(speaking of turrets here)on the 6.5x20 lrt leupold can i order different turrets and if so which one should it be?1,3,or 4. thanks ,jimm