Exbal + Kestrel = Result

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by rifleshooter, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. rifleshooter

    rifleshooter Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday there was a bit of a break in the weather around dinner time (the weather has been realy crap over here )so decided to throw the gear in the 4x and set off arrived at around five after a crack with the farmer of i went ,got in position ,this was the same place where i got the 361 yrd shot.this time i had the kestrel to read the wind speed.first rabbit ranged at 353 yds ,wind speed read 8 mph enterd the info in the exbal dialed in the results got on target and let the 50 gr nosler go on its way result one dead rabbit and one verry very happy shooter,couldnt beleive how using these items put me on the button first shot,after a while and a couple of misses at between 250 - 300 mark i was a little dissapointed got settled with a couple at around the 150 mark then spoted one with the bins at what looked like a long long long way off to me, ranged at 447 yds wind speed now at the 6 mph again enterd info and again dialed in the results ,squezed of the shot ,at first i thought i missed but then the rabbit looked as though it lay'd flat in the grass then roled belly up absolutley over the moon ,i just could not get my head round the fact that i had actualy made a hit at that range ,i still find it amazing that with the right info you can put a bullet on such targets,so god knows how you boys feel when you hit at 500 + , after a couple of more misses due to not considering the change in wind speed i made contact with another at 356 yds very happy with the results,then it was of back to the vehicle to drop of the gear and go settle where i have had a couple of foxs on the lamp and seen a few others to see if i could get one before dark.found a good position and waited,then this fox totaly caught me out as i had only been there about ten mins when this fine looking fox came out of the gorse bushes and promptly fell dead a few steps further,a fine conditioned vixen,soon after it was time for the lamp,nothing spoted for first half hour which was a suprise as normaly you see them right away, got th the field where i droped a couple at the 150 mark ,two sets of eyes shone in the lamp got down and nailed the first one,the other ran round to my right but just couldnt get on it in time ,made it to thick cover but there for another time ,heading back towards the farm another was spoted got down and gave a call to stop it and of it went like a rocket up the field,after a bit of cat and mouse it was heading up a bank towards some thick cover aimed just infront of its snout and let go result one dead fox ,it was still early so i thought i would call it a night as i had a long drive ahead of me very very satisfied with the results
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  2. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Were you shooting a 223? Did a miss that?

    Here is the picture. Good Shooting.

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  3. rifleshooter

    rifleshooter Well-Known Member

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    it was a 223 ackley Eaglet and thanx for posting the pic
     
  4. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Your area just seems to be overrun with foxes - yes? If so, how do you account for such a population?
     
  5. archdlx

    archdlx Well-Known Member

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    rifleshooter....
    is that a can on the end of the pretty stick? That is some awesome shooting!

    I think the reason for so many foxes could be lack of shooters, and too many tree huggers?

    Lookin' forward to your next outting,
    archdlx
     
  6. rifleshooter

    rifleshooter Well-Known Member

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    some areas do carry a good population of fox's,this is due to the nature of the ground most of the areas i hunt have large forestry areas around so when fox;s breed they get no disturbance untill the young leave the areas of cover and now hunting with dogs has been banned the areas where they used to use terriers are no longer botherd,on the downside a lot of lads that used to hunt now own rifles so some areas where there used to be plenty are now devoid of them

    archdlx it sure is a can or moderator over here a Reflex AR and sure makes a difference
     
  7. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    What the heck is an exbal????
     
  8. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    It's a ballistic program that runs on PC's and PDA's. Many of us use them in the field to help figure our drops and the windage.

    AJ
     
  9. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    I have the sierra V6 software. It's awesome, but I never thought about taking it afield. Might help with those long shots.
     
  10. eshell

    eshell Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting Rifleshooter!
    I use Sierra 5 and generate drop tables on 50 yard intervals out to about 1,400 yards for varying density altitude conditions. I condense the useful data (DA/range/drop/drift) and transcribe it to a 3x5 Rite-In-The-Rain notepad that lives in my respective rifle's stock pack. For wind, I calc values at 1 mph at 9 o'clock and multiply as required. Works relatively well and can be quite fast to use.
     
  11. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    Great tip. My ballistic chart have always been slipped under my ammo holder on the stock, but never really figured out what windage I'd need to use.

    Pics of my rifle are under the 22-250 varmint rifle thread near the end.