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Unread 03-12-2012, 12:31 AM
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Re: Beginner w/ LR optics. How do they work?

Originally Posted by Bravo 4 View Post
Dr Vette has a point, sounds like you don't know where you are really sighted in. You are kinda using a max point blank range type of shooting.
Yes MPBR is exactly what I am using. I have used this method of shooting for the past 20yrs using standard reticle scopes and MPBR has been a pretty good way of putting meat in the freezer. I just don't trust myself to judge holdover at longer distances for fear of a wounding shot, and so I limit my shots to 300yds. I have since gone to the Leupold VX-II with the LR reticle I mentioned. With this I have been playing with the holdover dots etc, but I'd like to be more precise. On my coyote gun (.243) I have it set dead on @ 200yds. I use a Nikon BDC reticle and the Nikon Spot On iPhone app and I have been practicing with the holdover circles. With this setup I have been able to make kills up around 450yds. I am more confident that an errant shot on a coyote with a high-powered rifle will still be a kill shot, so I can lengthen the distance and remain comfortable. But it just seems like using a well made target scope and practicing, practicing and practicing some more in order to be effective with the POA=POI method is just more precise.

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Unread 03-12-2012, 03:18 AM
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Re: Beginner w/ LR optics. How do they work?

There is a 3-9 Sightron with midot on my 7mag=It works great to six hundred yards with 160 grain Partitions for most big game.
I know your looking for precise but the gun is a factory MOA shooter and 9x is enough power and allows me to turn it down to 3x for close quarter work.
The mildot while not precise does allow this unit to be used effectivly out to 600Yards,
Zeroed @ 100 yards
.5 mill @ 200
1 mill @300
1.4mill @ 350
1.7 @400
2.1 @450
2.5 @500
2.9 @550
3.3 @ 600

I have had a few different scopes on this rig over the years.
3-9 fine duplex Leupold=Good point plank scope but limited to 300 yards or so
16x IOR=Too heavy, too much power for close work But the MP-8 reticle is great!
4.4-14 Leupold with Boone and crocket reticle=Way too limiting on range @ 14x
3-9 Sightron with mildot just plain works for me=Light,simple and effective within the 600 yard limit of the gun.
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 03-12-2012, 08:16 AM
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Re: Beginner w/ LR optics. How do they work?

Originally Posted by SDBoltz View Post
Yes definitely, at 200yds I'm right around 3" high and at 300yds I am right around 3" low - It's a 7mmRM -

On the BALLISTIC apps, after it gives you the data, what figures are you using to change the scope? Below is a screen shot for the app. Take the red line for instance showing trajectory data for 237yds. It gives you 2.0 MOA drop and .12 MOA wind. Do you then dial in that adjustment on the turret?

Yes, you'd move the turret 2 MOA to account for the drop from 100 to 200 yards.
Some people sight in at 100, then leave the scope at the 200yd setting so they're ready to go out to 250+ at a moment's notice. For my hunting rifles I sight in at 200yd, varmint at 100yd.
You can use white tape on the turret and then write on it your yardage points and make it easy. If you need to change it just remove the tape, install new tape and re-mark.
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