Originally Posted by bwaites
200 yard target, new load, new COAL.
Moved from the 1000 yard zero on this rifle to 200 yard so that I could do some load development more easily. 1/4 value wind from the back left, at about 5-7 MPH.
1st shot was top right. Down 7/8 MOA and left 1/2 MOA gave me second shot shot. Up 1/4 MOA and left 1/4 MOA gave me the group. That is six shots in that touching group.
Does that make the gun a 1/4 MOA gun?
Does the fact that my 73 year father can hit 1"x2" pieces of clay pigeon at 430 yards make it a 1/4MOA gun?
Not in my book, but I really am happy with the way it shoots!
Be reasonable about what you expect, and enjoy shooting!
This load was developed for a match in October that Milanuk saw me shoot. At 1000 yards, this load shot 1X-129, hardly a 1/4-1/2 MOA load in that circumstance! The gun didn't change, the conditions did!
I was the top F-Class 1000 yard score that day, with the wind howling, but I think it demonstrates the difference between what is theoretically possible with a rifle, and what actually happens at long range. (It was shot Palma format, 15 shots at 800, 900, 1000 yards) I was unhappy with my scores, especially at 900 where I just flat tanked it, but it was a great learning experience!
I think Shawn and Kirby have it right, a well built rifle today has the POTENTIAL to shoot 1/4 MOA groups at long range, but the actual results will certainly very depending on conditions!
I recently took my dad out shooting. Under good conditions, (little to no wind, bermed range sides for the full length of the range), his 73 year old eyes were putting that 180 grain Berger into 1" by 2" pieces of clay pigeon without problems. Once again, under near ideal conditions, the gun performed as it should.