Hey thanks for the info. We are taking horses but will probably mostly use them for packing(if they don't freak out). Like I said my girlfriend's friends invited us on this trip and I've no idea what they are like to hunt with, I've only met them a couple of times. No matter what happens I'm planning on doing some hunting.
I'm shooting a Savage LRH 6.5-284 it will be topped with a Vortex Viper PST
4-16x50 when it gets here the end of the week or early next. I've done all my load workup with a new Redfield. I have to say this is a nice scope for the money, just not a long range scope
, mostly because it doesn't have a zero stop or adjustable parallax.
I've done quite a bit of testing and this rifle really shoots. My girlfriend had never done any long range shooting so we went out last Sunday afternoon. I started her out on the .223 and then moved her up to the 6.5. We shot at 375, 562, and 868. She dead centered the gong at 868 the first shot. I then decided we really needed to stretch this thing out, so we took the four wheeler down the power line and I found a rock to set up. Probably about 12''x16'' or so. Ranged our way back on power poles with my little rangefinder and came up with 1222yds.
I took the first shot at the rock and was a little high, so I took 1 moa off the scope and shot again. This time was right of the rock. Third shot held off the rock to the left and bang dead rock. Girlfriend says she wants to try. I told her to hold off the rock to the left just a little. She shoots and hits the rock first shot. I would prefer to keep shots 600yds or less, but if the wind is not blowing too hard I think I might try a bit further.
Anyway sorry for the whole story. Thanks for the info. Good luck on your hunt. If I run into a guy out there with a custom rifle
and a surefire can it'll probably be you. I'm not even sure what part of the area they hunt as I haven't had a chance to talk to him.