Monday, tues and wed were some absolutely beautiful days here in OKlahoma. 70s, with very light to NO wind. Don't happen much around here. I took the opportunity to do some LR work with a 7mm barrel im planning to haul west to wack some Pdogs with early next month. Its essentially a 7mmSTW, with the chamber mods approprate to best use 300WBY brass as a parent case. I did this because there is a whole lot of great brass out there for the 300WBY, but very little for the STW.
For the past 2 months this rifle has been pounding out regular 1.25"-1.5" groups at 400yds in good conditons, with the occasional group just under the 1" mark, so I decided it was time to streach her out a bit.
Load is 180Bergers, soft seated, over plenty of Retumbo.
Monday afternoon she got 2 2liter bottles of water at 951, and 984yds, 7 rounds total... not too bad.
Tues morning, she got 2 more at 1148, as well as a 5 round group on paper at 1345. pretty sure I bungled the trigger on the last shot (the high one) but there they are. The lone bottle from 1345 survived to be shot at another day. 15 rounds total.
I dug the bullets out of the dirt bank behind the bottles, and they are quite nice mushrooms.
Wed found me a little further south, at what is very nearly the max range of this setup due to scope elevation, just 4 yards short of 1900. I setup 2 jugs and one of the portable target stands, and headed south. I started on the jugs to make sure I was close enough on windage adn elevation to poke holes in the paper, then proceded to shoot the target. I put 3 in the paper, then went to work on the jugs. After the smoke had cleared, the jugs were still standing, but both of them had dust on them [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] from the proximity of the impacts. 12 rounds total.
Heres the impact area...
And the view south. You can see a small yellow thing to the left of the bottle cap. Thats one of our John Deer tractors, about 1360yds or so away.
All in all, not bad performance. Time will tell if its enough when we get to the panhandle!