Re: Scope Questions??
Exactly, you would have to hold a few inches below where you wanted the bullet to hit at 100,150,200, ect.
"Point Blank Range" sight ins are good for coyotes, because that way all you have to do is hold dead center and can make a vital hit out to X yds. Beyond X yds, you have to hold over or dial the scope. Holdover is quicker and less movement on the hunters part. That is what the "little dots" are sometimes used for.
The bigger the vital zone (higher midrange trajectory), the farther away you'd be sighted in at.
Example, if you were shooting the Winchester Supreme 85grn Ballistic Silvertip load at about 3470' / sec. You'd sight in "dead on" at 260 yd. Your highest point of impact would be about 2.5" above the crosshairs at 130 to 180 yds. Out at 300 yds you'd be about 2.5" low. Therefore you could hold right in the middle of the coyote out to a shade over 300 yds, and expect a hit in the boiler room (allowing for wind of course). Anything over 300 and you'd have to hold a little over. At 350 you'd be hitting about 6" low, at 400...12" low, ect. Guarantee you that 350 to 400 yds is a long way when the target is as small and "flighty" as a coyote.............especially from a sitting position......Double tough when it's windy.
These numbers come from the NightForce Ballistic Software, You can maybe pickup the Sierra version for a little less money, not really sure. I've used them both, and if you're thinking of getting into the long range game; they are a nice accessory to have.
Last edited by SBruce; 01-08-2010 at 05:37 PM.
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