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Unread 01-15-2012, 08:19 AM
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Re: New to LRH

The '06 should be fine for your purpose. In my opinion, and I am by no means a long range competition / benchrest shooter, long range hunting / shooting is a matter of shooting a rifle that is known to be accurate and shooting it well. The easiest way I've found to gain confidence is with a big target. I have a 22" farm disc hanging on chains that I can shoot at from almost any distance out to 900 yards. I've used this for my own practice as well as introducing new people to the challenge of long range shooting.
My dad had never shot much past a couple hundred yards - last summer we got a good load worked up for him, and I used the Gunwerks ballistic chart to get his drops figured out. His first shot at 550 yards was on target (he doesn't smile like that very often).
Now, I'm not by any means saying a hit on a 22" target should give anyone the impression that they can go kill a deer at that range. It's all about practice. A big target will help you "walk" shots in while trying to learn how to dope wind. Elevation is the easy part, it's the windage that you will find that makes things difficult at extended range.
And, practice as much as possible from field positions. The only time I use a bench is to see the real difference between loads at short range (100 - 200 yards). There are a lot of very knowledgeable folks on this forum (much more knowledgeable than myself), so take in as much as possible. I learn something just about every time I log on.
In the end, long range (non-competition) shooting is about shooting a good rifle well and knowing your capable range.
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    Unread 01-16-2012, 09:00 AM
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    Re: New to LRH

    Again thanks to all for the replies. It makes me feel more comfortable knowing that others who know more than I do think it's worth messing with. Now just to find that scope for the 500 - 800 dollar range!
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    Unread 01-16-2012, 09:43 AM
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    In that range, I think it would be hard not to take a real good look at the Minox ZA5. I've heard very good things about it and have been thinking of picking one up myself.
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    Unread 01-16-2012, 03:06 PM
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    Look at the Super Sniper scope, it's a great scope for the price you pay:

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    Unread 01-16-2012, 06:21 PM
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    for the less expensive scopes . i have several bushnell 4200's. what ever scope you get it i believe you need to have a turret with the yardages for your load. you may need a some burris rings with the plastic inserts to get to the longer ranges.
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    Unread 01-17-2012, 10:08 AM
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    For that money, look at the Vortex Viper PST. They have a non first focal plane model for $759. It is at the top of your money allowance, but worth every penny. If you want to spend a little less, take a look at Weaver Tactical, and Vortex Viper and HS models. I own the Viper Vortex 6.5-20x44. I have been very pleased with my scope. Sightron SIII should also get your attention. It is quickly becoming a standard for Benchrest and F-class shooting. It is also a good line to look at for field use. The 6-24 would be the best option for power and huntability in any of the above options.

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    Unread 01-18-2012, 01:12 AM
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    If your gun doesn't shoot sub-moa with match loads, consider having it accurized. There are many excellent gunsmiths on this site who may be able to help you. Hill Country Rifles also has a good reputation for this work. Could be just the thing to wring out all the accuracy from your rifle, at a reasonable expense.
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