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Varmint Survey-click dial or hold over

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Unread 01-05-2008, 06:20 PM
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Location: Eastern Oregon
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Guys thanks for keeping this thread going, its been a good read. If you varmint hunt, don't be shy post and let us know how you do it.

By the way, that homemade "ballistic cam" looks like a great idea. Really can't beat the price either.

Keep posting guys.
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Unread 01-05-2008, 09:33 PM
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Location: crosscreek P.A.
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From 300 yard's and on out, I use a click chart. courtesy of a JBM ballistic program. my scope's are all Leupold's ranging from the vari-x 2 6x18 target, a mark 4 4.5x14, two 6.5x20 LRT's, and one 8.5x25 LRT. I've never had a problem working the Leupold's up and down, or side to side throughout the erector assembly's range of travel. the JBM program is easy to use as well.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 09:08 AM
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I hunt groundhogs and other small varmints. I love to use 22 mags, 22-250's 6 ppc's & 243AI's. None of my scopes have mildots, and most are plain crosshairs. 2 of my scopes have a standard duplex reticule. All my scopes have target knobs, except one. I have used the ballistic program from big game info to help me plot the drops. I have drop charts for all the chamberings w/ various weight bullets. It took alot of testing, but I did figure out how to manipulate the #'s to make an accurate chart. Please note that the longest I plan on shooting is 1000 yards and I have a firing solution made up for the 243AI on that. All other chamberings are plotted out to 500 or so yards,except the 22Mag. I only shoot the 22 mag out to 200 or so yards, but I do click the scope for the drop past 125 yards. I will holdover out to 200 on the other chamberings, then start clicking for elevation, I hold for the wind, except when using the duplex scopes & depending on the range, I will reference the duplex for holdover & windage.
I learned a whole lot shooting one day at a place we call the "wind tunnel", it's a beautiful farm where there are lots of groundhogs, but the wind is terrible. Well it was a slow day and there were a couple of stationary targets at 525 yards... we just started shooting at them to estimate the windage.... it was cool to make the windage correction and see the hits,,needless to say, I learned a whole bunch that day. SO since then on slow hunting days, I will find or place a stationary target at long range and practice shooting the wind. Thanks,Sam
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Unread 01-06-2008, 10:11 AM
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I have a ballistic mildot reticle on my Burris, and it matches up very nicely with my .204 Ruger shooting 39gr Blitzkings. I sight in at 100, and then have hash marks out to 750 yards. I really like this setup for big dog towns where they are popping up all over the place.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by mikenc View Post
Range it, Dial the clicks, squeeze the trigger, watch the dog fall, reset dial to ) and pick up your quarry.

I prefer the clicks to hold over.
FNG-- I have Leupold scopes with target turrets

Mike Alford


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