Re: Level of accuracy for LR hunting rifle
With this thread in mind, I went out and did a little shooting at 456 yds with my 22-250 tonight. I was shooting from a bipod down a wide draw and the wind was blowing every which way, but prevailing conditions were 4-7 mph with gusts to 10+, blowing from directly at me to roughly 9 o'clock. Two groups of three shots were as follows: #1- 3.67" with furthest POI 3.5" from POA. #2- 4.25 with furthest POI 2.25 from POA. Plenty good for coyote, with 3 of the shots definitely minute of prairie dog [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] . Now, in steadier conditions this rifle consistently shoots in the mid .3's at 100 yds, and I have shot groups in the neighborhood of .4 moa at 481 yds. Would a rifle capable of only 1 moa have shot 3 times as large groups? Probably. The point that I got from this is that it takes a lot of practice, at longer ranges, and especially in varying conditions, for me to learn how my rifle and myself shoot under field conditions, so I know where my limits are. In calm conditions with this rifle I think I would shoot at prairie dogs out to 600 yds. Under todays conditions I think that I was about maxed at 456.
[ 05-24-2004: Message edited by: COBrad ]