I only wanted to shoot 500 yards in 100 yard increments. Hard to find a spot for a target up there so that it can bee seen every hundred yards...I put it at the slag pile and still had trouble at 300 yards (shot from the movers' 300 yard berm).
Take care shooting mild steel...that crater steel needs some place to go!
Have you tried Reloader25...might be worthwhile for you to give it a try...my data won't do you much good so start with the reloading manual suggestion(s).
I'd like to make it up to the mountain for Sniper II and/or Sniper III but work is going to be a problem (isn't it always!). I'll probably go up one or two days and play... I'd like to do the stalk(s), been a while since I've had my ghillie on (I'll bet there are some crusty old dried up briars in that suit somewhere...I hate those damn aged thorns). Rod has a helo now... no rotor and tailboom on the assembly (yet)... guess he'll use it for rapelling as soon as he gets it to the top of the tower (???), be a pretty short drop now...once you're horizontal your nose is in the grass.
That picture of me is from last year... I'm a LOT more handsome now [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]. It was pretty nice this last trip, only about 82 and lower humidity. The vegitation makes for a difficult time... at 500 yards I needed to wait for the wind to blow some branches out of the way so I could see the target...the round was about 20 inches above line-of-sight at the point where the branches were obstructing my view so no obstacle for the bullet...just couldn't see the target very often. Lots of mirage at the 400 and 500 yard event...shooting just at the top of the rise at 325 yards from the target...oh well, that's how it really happens so we deal with it.
My intent as you know was just to show (there'll always be folks that say it isn't this simple or I "created the data") how simple it is to shoot to a kill zone at distance to 500 yards. This is NOT Rocket Science... once we get past a few misconceptions and those tricky terms; MOA and NO HOLDOVER.
I have taught a few folks...generally one or two a year take on shooting and hunting with enhanced capabilities (don't dare say Long Range [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]). The biggest problem I have is getting folks AWAY from their buddies and the 100 yard 2" high mentality long enough to show them how it can be done...every shot.
(There's always the spouse problem too... folks just gotta have custom rifles
sooner or later after taking this up and that's a fair bit of money!)
Getting a grasp on that MOA thing is a problem for a lot of folks...once they have it mastered it's a simple matter as you say. It's just hard to fathom the difficulty in switching to angular from linear measure.
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