Re: LRH .... My people
Well I can honestly say that I have learned more about technique, and practices in the past year reading this board that I have in the past 20 on my own. THis is not to say that with a little preperation and work on my part, I haven't put together some really great shooting loads for my battery.
However, to me a 400yd shot was a stretch a year ago, and now we are testing loads at 500. I have always had simply off the shelf rifles, and if any tweaking was done I did it myself. Hasn't been much just a lap job or two, or some bedding or channel work. I always strived for less than 1" groups at 100 on most of my rifles and on a couple 1" at 200. Yes I eventually got there but it was from careful loading and being an experienced shooter.
I know just what you mean in your comment,
"This is ok I suppose for the way they hunt but when they talk about a load their gun likes then tell me they get 1.5" groups at 100 yards I can't help myself. I have to tell them that their gun can get better groups with just a little work."
The rangemaster where I used to shoot got into a heated argument with me about that exact thing one morning. I simply commented, that with some of the patterns verses groups, thinking about some of those folks out in the woods opening weekend would be a scary thing. His first reply was," hell boy, if you can put three shots into a pie plate at 100yds, you got a dead deer." Well me being the way I am, that just didn't sit to well and we went from there.
Personally wether the shot is 5yds or 500yds, I want something to deliver consistant accuracy, enough so, that it rules out one of the variables in the shot to be taken. Considering wind, rain, hunter stress, or excitement, knowing that I don't have to worry about is this the bullet which is going to hit 3" high and to the left, or 2" low and to the right, at least makes me feel like I have done all I can to take the game as quickly and humanely as possible no matter the range.
I am looking forward to putting into practice some of the things I have learned here in the upcoming months. I have stepped up into the game somewhat with a true LRH rig that from all I have heard, will put some serious range into practice. Hopefully I will be up to the task of using it to it's full potential. I figure that head shots on skunks and coyotes at 300+ yds are a start with the rifles I already have, and am looking forward to extending that to at least three or four times as far, on the feral hogs.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"