Originally Posted by phillietimothy
I have received a great deal of help and guidance from this site and it's members. I was hoping that the article would be beneficial reading. Where do you feel the article comes up short?
Royinidaho may have some other items he sees as shortcomings of the article, but I will take a stab at what I saw. Maybe Roy will check in later with his thoughts.
First, I will complement the article. It is nice to see a positive article in LR hunting and there is a lot of good advice in it. Much of what I see that is not necessarily "wrong", but is just not the way I would do it based on my experience can probably be chalked up to the difference of "long range". This article seems to make reference to 400 yards or so, to me "long range" starts at 500 yards and goes to 1000 and beyond. Ok, enough of that......... here are my thoughts on the article itself.
1) "Bino's of 7 power, not more not less" I carry either 10X32 or 10X42 Swarovski bino's. I do a lot of glassing out west in very open country and would not want anything less that 10X. I also use my 10X32 turkey hunting and do not at all feel that I have too much magnification or too small a field of view even for the relatively close ranges encountered.
2) The portion of the article on "rests and shooting position" is totally inadequate to me. The writer states that sitting using a sling is the best position and does not speak highly of bipods, shooting sticks....etc. Sitting, wrapped up in a sling may be fine for 200 or 300 yards, but if I am shooting long range I want far more than that. A bipod and rear bean bag is very commonly used. I use a heavy duty camera tripod as my front support with a bipod on the rear for support on both ends of the rifle. There is simply no way I can hold steady enough for a 500 or 600+ yard shot sitting with a sling........ others may be able to but not me.
3) "Chose a high quality 6 power fixed magnification scope". Again, maybe for 300 yards or less. I typically use a 5.5-22X or an 8-32X. If you are wobbling around enough you need a lower power to look like you are staying on the critter, you probably are not steady enough to shoot. I typically shoot either of those scopes on max power even on close shots of 200 yards or so. The only time I reduce power is when the mirage is bad as the higher the power the worse the mirage will be.
Those are the main things. The article talks about ballistic programs and hand held weather meters, both of which I consider absolutely necessary. However, there is little to no use for them at ranges of 400 yards and less. With any reasonably flat shooting rifle a simple range card is all you need if 400 yards is the max range. But, If you are shooting at ranges where the ballistic program and weather meter is needed, then you are shooting at longer ranges and need a higher power scope and more solid rest than just sitting with a sling.
All in all it is a good article and thank you for posting the link. As I said earlier, the difference to me is wrapped up in the question of "what is LONG RANGE" and that answer is different for almost everyone.