Re: Ultimate Long Range Coyote Rifle
I know I am just going to open up a huge can of worms here but I have to do it. A moderate velocity, high BC bullet will outperform the hyper velocity bullet every time at long range.
I am not concerned with bullet drop, that is easy to figure and consistant nearly everywhere on the planet, at least its easily predicted everywhere.
The problem is wind drift and this is the area where the lightweight, hyper velocity bullets fall on their face outside 600 yards or so.
I agree, if your going to be shooting out to 500-700 yards, this type of rifle may be one of the best choices, for ranges past 700 yards and for shooting out to 1000 yards, it simply is not if your in an area that has windy conditions.
One simple comparision for example, the 300-338 Lapua with 125 gr BT launched at 4375 fps and a 300 AX loaded with a 240 gr SMK at 3200 fps.
At 1000 yards, the 125 gr BT has a drift of nearly 62". The big relatively slow 240 gr SMK will have only 39" of drift. Yes, it drops much more but again, bullet drop is easy to comp for, wind drift is much harder to predict and adjust for accurately, especially when dealing with a relatively small target at long ranges.
Again, for moderate ranges, a hyper velocity 125 gr BT will be amazing no question about that. But at ranges past 700 yards in any wind at all, it will be harder to hit small targets then if you were using a higher BC bullet at lower velocity.
Not looking to start a fight in any way, just offering the other side of the coin and in my opinion, for long range consistant hitting of small targets, its the better side of the coin all around.
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