With the Montana big game seasons rapidly approaching. I am doing all the LR practice I can. So when a couple avid LR shooters contacted me and invited me along to bust some wild rocks
, naturally I grabbed my rifle and came running.
I really enjoy the aspect of shooting rocks. I feel his is the best real world pracice I can get to prepair for that cold bore shot on game. Yesterday morning the wind was light and vaiable 4~7 mph. We were shooting from a plateau in the foot hills up into the mountains and across gulches. This is the exact kind of pracice I need. I started the shoot as we all agreed since God placed this nice rock on a bench at 1762 yards it must have been with us in mind as it was perfectly placed at 1 mile. I ran the field conditions from my kestrel 2500 NV and entered them into my Dell axim pda with the Nightforce program. Doped the scope and settled in for the first shot of the day. The sun was giving me a ton of glare and I had to crank the 8~32 NXS down a bit to get a clearer view. I took a breath, released 1/2 and held while I waited for the wind to settle a bit and touched it off. It landed dead on for elevation but about 1 1/2 ft left. Yep.. I missed the wind as I felt I could shoot as it layed down a bit. Lesson learned again
.. Dial all the wind you think you have, I seem to tend to want to play it for less that it really is. So I gave it another 1 moa rt and sent another for a solid center mass hit.
We then spent some time busting rocks from 800 ~ 1250 yards or so and all were shooting very good. I was extremely happy with my cold bore shots in this distance area. So before we quit we decided to send a few at a rock that was 2295 yards on a grass hillside comming out of a huge gulch. One of the guys got pretty close and suprisingly he sent 3 hits close to it with them all landing in about a 4 foot area. Pretty good for a 300 win with 208 a-max's going subsonic. I was impressed. When I engaged the 2295 yard rock I ran out of dial up. The 8~32 NXS only has 65 moa and I needed 87.5. So I dialed all I had and used the reticle to hold over for the rest. Once again I documented live proof I am terrible at hold over shots..
I really enjoyed the good company and had a grat time. Wanted to share the few pics I took and the story.
The rifle line up.
Another line up and the hillside with the 2295 yard rock.
One of the guys engaging the rock at 2295.