1 mile + 20 yards

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by dk17hmr, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. dk17hmr

    dk17hmr Well-Known Member

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    Since moving to Wyoming my long range goals keeping getting further and further and further. Today I knocked my current goal out of the park by 20 yards. 20 yards come on Doug thats nothing you say. Well 20 yards today made my shot 1780 yards, the goal was one mile or 1760 yards. I started out the day by checking zero on my rifles since I had just shimmed my scopes up so I could get more out of them, two rounds from both of my rifles and I had my zeros confirmed. Along for the ride were to of my favorite rifles, my 300 WSM and my 243SRC. Both firing handloads that brought out the true protentional of the rounds....well maybe not true potentional of the rounds but what my rifles and I can do.
    The 300WSM is built on a Times Percision right bolt left port action which is pillar and skim bedded in a HS Percisions stock, and fitted with a 24" Krieger barrel. My scope is a Weaver T36 setting in Weaver steel rings on a Warne base. In this rifle I am shooting a 200gr SMK powered by CCI 200 primers and H4831SC powder, which exits the muzzle at just under 2850fps, I use Winchester cases that I have worked over by anealing, trimming, deburing the flash hole, fireforming, and neck sizing.
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    The 243 Super Rock Chucker is an interesting rifle to say the least. The action is a Interarms Mark X, bedded in a Fajen stock, fitted with a 30" Hart barrel. I have a Leupold VXIII 6-18x40 mounted in Weaver steel rings on an EGW scope base. It is a wildcat round formed from 25-06 cases by necking down and leaving a false shoulder to headspace off for fireforming. The end result is a necked down and improved 25-06. I use a 105gr Hornady A-Max powered by CCI 200 primers and H4831SC powder, this combo exits the muzzle at 3375fps. I am using Winchester Brass in this rifle also that I prep by anealing, trimming, deburing the flash hole, fireforming, and neck sizing and neck turning.
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    I wasnt sure it was going to happen this weekend based on the weather/wind. After the gun show this morning I loaded up my gear and went out to my range because the wind wasnt blowing in town. At the range it was going about 5-7mph but not to bad.
    I started out checking zero at 100 yards, since I shimmed my scopes to get more MOA out of them. Two shots for each rifle and I was zeroed again. I than went to 1150 yards and tried a couple shots on my 14x14" steel plate.
    The second shot from my 300wsm hit just above center so I put it back in the truck and grabbed my 243 SRC and put a cluster of shots on the left side of the plate.
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    I backed up to 1500 and shot my big 30x30 plate with the WSM and SRC just to see if I would have enough MOA left to get to 1760. Again the second shot hit just about dead center on my 30x30" plate so I grabbed the SRC and shot some which was starting to get speratic and landed 5 out of 7 on my plate and printed about 10"
    So it was time to move back again while the winds werent blowing. I backed up to 1780 yards and went for broke. My 300WSM's scope was topped out and the way my ballistic program read I would be just about 1MOA low but since I was up on top of the hill I had a slight ballistic advantage. I lost sight of my target durning recoil on shot 1 and 2, on shot 3 I saw an impact about 4 feet left and 2 feet high. I got settled in behind my rifle after adjusting my scope and sent another round and saw the impact just off the left edge of my 14x14" steel plate. I adjusted again and sent another round HIT!!!, Im glad no one was around to see me doing the happy dance on top of that hill. I shot again and lost the target in recoil. I had one more round left and sent it with the same dope on my scope and I lost it.
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    Knowing I had one hit I went down to get my target since I wasnt going to shoot the 243 at that range just yet since I wasnt happy with it at 1500 yards. As it turns out I landed two 200gr SMK's on target at 20 yards passed 1 mile.
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    I am addicted now, I havent gone passed 1500 before until today and landing 2 shots that close at a mile has given me more insentive to go further.
    I have 2 apps on my phone that really helped out. "Range Card" is a program that uses the GPS in your phone to set points and will give you a straight line yardage reading accurate down to .5 yards. The other is "Shooter" a ballistics program that allows you to set almost all varibles and will give you dope for you scope.
     
  2. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    that is sweet! excellent shooting man gun)
     
  3. .30 CAL

    .30 CAL Well-Known Member

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    I'm jealous now. I've been trying for a mile or close to it (1732) and have yet to connect. Are you shooting from the bed of the truck or do you put your bench on the ground? Are you using the bipod to shoot from on the bench or do you shoot from a bag?
     
  4. dk17hmr

    dk17hmr Well-Known Member

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    I normally shoot from the bed of my truck, it allows me to get above the sage brush. Someone decieded they liked that cheap wooden bench better than I did (since I leave it out on the range I have set up on BLM) and I havent took the time to build another one. I have been laying prone in the bed of my truck shooting off of a front rest and a rear bag. For the mile shot I was on top of the hill laying prone on the ground with my front rest and rear bag trying to make sure the sage brush wasnt in my way . One of these days I will get the welder out and build a bench that will go in the reciever hitch of my pick up.

    Keep trying when you make that first hit you will be smiling ear to ear.
     
  5. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Great pictures and write up.I just found a place to shoot 1000 yds in Western WA.

    How did your shooting bench work out before it got repossessed?
     
  6. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Nice!!! I like it when a shooter keeps raising the bar. Makes tose close shots at 800 a piece of cake. :)

    Nice shooting and nice write up! Thanks and if you are ever up this way lets burn some long range powder.

    Jeff
     
  7. jpeaston

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    Tell me more about "range card" can't find it in app store.
     
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    Inspireing write up.
    Thanks for sharing, it adds fuel to the fire for some of us who haven't achieved that goal yet.
     
  9. curtis

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    Very nice shooting and write up!! Keep up the good work.
     
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    I have a Casio Commando driod I dont know if that matters or not, its my first smart phone and dont pay attention to whats new on the market until I need a new phone.

    It was a $4.99 app in the market. Its a pretty neat app, but than again I thought the cribbage game I downloaded when I got my phone was the greatest thing ever :D Anyways it uses google earth and the GPS on your phone to allow you to set points as "targets" which you can reference for straight line distance from your current location.

    https://market.android.com/details?id=card.range&hl=en

    The way I marked out my shooting distance was setting my steel plate as a "target" and reference back to it based on my location on the hill until I got to the yardage for my shooting position.
     
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    dk17hmr Well-Known Member

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    It was great, I had an eye bolt on the bottom of the table top that I ran a ratchet strap through and would sinch it down to the tie downs in the bed of my truck. Once you got settled in on your rifle you were soild. Of course a 20 mph wind would rock the truck but I generally dont shoot when its like that.
     
  12. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

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    Great feat. I'll attempt to catch up with ya this summer!

    Be cautious of GPS info from aerial images and hand held gps units.

    Aerial/Satellite images are at best 1 meter resoultion (1 meter per pixel)

    Hand held gps units are accurate in portions of football field. That is, without differential correction, maybe 30 yards on a good day.

    With WAAS differential correction it may get down to ~7yds but WAAS isn't consistently available due to trees, terrain, etc.

    We use year to year consistent/repeatable centimeter accurate units which are several fully custom rifles expensive and unless you can get your JD 8400 to the shooting spot and target you're pretty much out of luck.:)

    The appropriate for intended use LRF is still king.
     
  13. MT4XFore

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    dk17hmr: A quick question slightly off subject. I will be getting my first Android phone soon. My last three phones have all been Casios. How does the Commando work and are you happy with it? Thanks.
    Jim
     
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    dk17hmr Well-Known Member

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    I love the dang thing. I had the Casio Boulder before this and my wife talked me into getting a droid. So I bought the "bullet proof" one like my Boulder. Im pretty rough on my phones dropping them all the time on the ground, in shallow wells, out of my truck. I work for WYdot in the construction department so I am out in the field around heavy equipment, dirt, and dust all day...the Commando is taking our daily work like a champ.

    I couldnt talk our survey crew in coming out and marking out my range though. But I did check Range Card compared to my Bushnell 1500 range finder at 500 yards the day I downloaded it and it was dang close.