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Unread 07-14-2009, 10:15 PM
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Starting Out - Please Help.

I am a Newbe to Long Range Hunting.
I just purchased a 300 Jarrett with a nightforce NXS 5.5-22 x 56 NPR1 Zero Stop scope.
Now I need some help with everything else that I need in my quest to become a proficient Long Range Shooter.
With that said, it looks like most everyone thinks that LoadBase 3.0 is the BEST ballistic software available. I assume that Sierra Infinity V6 and Dexadine Ballistic Explorer 6.4.0 simply do not measure up to LoadBase 3.0. Is that correct?

I have the following equipment:

Swarovski spotting scope & 10 x 42 binoculars.
Garman etrex vista HCx GPS.
Oehler Model 43 chronograph that needs repaired.
How about a Range Finder? I have a Bushnell Yardage Pro 1000.
Also, could anyone give me some pointers as to what other equipment I will need?
What PDA or Pocket PC is best?
What Weather Meter should I buy?
Etc.


Thanks!
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    Unread 07-14-2009, 10:25 PM
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    Re: Starting Out - Please Help.

    You sure asked a pile of questions. they aren't all easily answered.

    I'll just list the things I use, not necessarily the best, but they work.

    I haven't played with loadbase, I use Quickload and Exbal (PC and PDA).
    My pda is a palm, but I'd probably go with a PC if I did it again.

    I use a Swarovski laser Rangefinder.

    I use the NP-R1 reticle's on my rifles, it is a nice reticle.

    A lot of practice and good reloads will take you the rest of the way.

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    Unread 07-15-2009, 07:23 AM
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    AJ,

    Thanks Sooooo Much for your advice. Right now this whole process seems pretty intimidating. I am very thankful for a web site like this and everyone like you who is willing to share their knowledge and expertice.

    Have a Great Day and May God Bless!
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    Unread 07-16-2009, 11:48 AM
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    White Mule,

    The best thing to do is do some searching on these topics in the various forums, especially the equipment forum. When you find a thread, there will also be a listed of related threads at the bottom of the page.

    The Swaro seems to be the most popular RF, but Zeiss has a new one out that may be almost as good or possibly better in some situations,

    The Kestral 3500 seems to be the most popular weather meter.

    Welcome and good shooting,

    -MR
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    Unread 07-17-2009, 12:40 AM
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    Mt. Rifleman: I bought the Zeiss thinking I could sell the swaro and save some cash: Big mistake. It won't range even close to the Swaro. The other jay up the Joe I ranged a dear at 1935 with the swaro. The best I could get with the zeiss was 1348 on an elk. It was clear skies and hot. Yes the swaro is slower but this is the price you pay for a higher power laser and that's why it takes time to charge. If I was a Bow hunter the zeiss would be a good choice or a target shooter who likes to shoot 1400 and less. But then you have the leica which is much smaller and compact and ranges pretty evenly with the zeiss. If I had to pick between the zeiss and leica, I would pick the leica.
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    Unread 07-17-2009, 03:20 PM
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    Welcome to the Fun! I have a swarov 1500 that I love. I'm not sure the bushnell will get you 1000 yds in a lot of conditions. Another good choice would be the leica 12oo. It is a little less spendy than the swarov but does a great job and will fit in your pocket....God bless........Rich
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    Unread 07-17-2009, 10:55 PM
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    Links, I read a post from another member that said the Zeiss's ranged consistantly to about 1440 in bright sun and snow and also read a couple of posts where the Swaros would maybe only reach 1000 yds in those conditions? I don't know. At the present, I have niether and am trying to make up my mind on what to get.

    I heard the Best of the West guys were coming up with a 2K RF that could do all kinds of stuff... with a price tag of course...

    -MR
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