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Unread 02-11-2010, 12:08 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Caliber

The Monarch only has 30MOA of elevation to work with and you will chew some of that up getting a zero, you may want to look into a tapered base.
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Unread 02-11-2010, 07:21 AM
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Get a chronograph. Develop a load with as small SD/ES as you can. The less velocity spread means less vertical stringing at long range.I've seen 100yd groups in the .5 range that had 80fps spread. You start shooting out yonder with that load and it will open up vertically. It will also react differently in the wind.
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Unread 02-11-2010, 12:32 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I do have a chronograph and will have to run some 200 grain Accubonds through it again to determine the SD/ED of this load. The 200 grain Accubond has a BC of .588. When I develped the load I wasn't too concerned about SD/ED because the load was plenty accurate for normal range hunting.

Are there ballistic tables somewhere that will give me the effect of moving the elevation turret at various ranges? For instance if I'm shooting at a target 600 yards away, how much will a 1/8 MOA (the Monarch has 1/8 MOA clicks on the scope) adjustment up or down move the trajectory up or down in inches? I know the charts would be approximate and would have to be proven in the field. The same info would be needed for the windage turret.

How can I learn to estimate wind velocity by looking through the scope in the vicinity of the target? Are there some videos or on line web sites that could help me learn?

I realize I have a lot to learn. Thanks for your help gentlemen.
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Unread 02-11-2010, 03:30 PM
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Try the JBM website. Berger also have a ballistic program on their website now. A lot of ballistic programs will give you adjustments in MOA so whether you have 1/8 MOA or 1/4 MOA doesn't matter.
For wind look back through the articles and find the one Shawn Carlock wrote. Also get a windmeter if you have don't have one. Get the reading where you are, look at how things around you are moving, and then compare that to the target area.

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Unread 02-11-2010, 06:16 PM
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You can convert the tables to inches MOA or Mils.

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I'd suggest the 208 A-MAX, 210 Berger and 220 MK are all over .6 The JLK 190 bc is .602 The 210 and 210lbt are .665 and .680 and all will shoot through a 10 twist. You have the juice to push these bigger bullets. All will have less wind drift than the AB's. Also I'd suggest having the bullets coated with moly or nitrate. I get better sd/es with coated vs non coated in my guns.
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