3220 yards

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  1. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Well guys I have done something finally I've been meeting to do and it feels pretty dang good... I broke the 3000 yard barrier!!

    I haven't got to post on here in ages to be honest. I've been on the pro long range tour in the PRS (Precision Rifle Series) shooting for team GAP(GA Precision) and have done nothing but focus on competition shooting mostly. And now I'm the instructor for McMillans long range and extreme long range classes. I've been blessed to where it is paying most of my bills now.

    I have a passion for extreme long range shooting and that has always been why I got into this. Pushing the limits and doing what they say on a certain other website (that consists of hiding :B )you can't. Well to date 2720 yards was my longest shot with my 338 Norma mag. I had some time recently to go out to a field that is over 5000 yards long and stretch my rifles (and more importantly my) capabilities. Seeing how it's hard enough to see or hear steel at 2000 yards in Texas mirage, I opted to shoot at a 36"x60" piece of sheet metal. That was super light weight, easy to set up, and would be plane as day if I hit it or not. So I drove out and set up the sheet and it took me 18 minutes to drive to the shooting location around the field. So after I set up I can still see the sheet with my naked eye pretty easy as the sun was in my favor.

    Now keep in mind this field is flat as a pancake so the winds where I am are pretty well within 1-2 mph where the target is so that was a relief as to not have to hold and account for varying and multiple winds and angles.

    Setting up for the shot. I got out my terrapin range finder and to my surprise it picked up the target on the first shot at 3220 yards. And of course not once at all after that! So I get the iPhone out with the handy dandy distance measure app and zoom way in and drop a pin on where the target was and then on myself. It tells me I am 1.83 miles away. Convert that over and that gives you 3220.8. Hats off to vectronix!!

    Well since ballistic AE only goes to 3000 yards I got shooter out on my kindle fire and loaded up my 338 Norma data.

    And since I'm sure y'all are half interested in the rifle specs here they are:
    Stiller Tac 338 left handed action
    40 moa base
    Bartlein gain twist Chase Stroud custom taper @30" exiting at 9.3
    Fat bastard brake
    Jewel trigger
    McMillan a5
    Bushnell 4.5-30 with trmr2 reticle
    GDI 25 moa rings
    Berger 300's at 2820 fps
    (Note!!!!- I can only zero this rifle at 400 yards due to all the dope in my bases and rings)
    This rifle weighs 26.2 lbs loaded and has a truck axle barrel! Love it

    Anyways I load data from kestrel to my kindle for 3220 yards and it tells me for a 6 mph wind to hold up 56.1 mils (6,485 inches of drop!!)and left 2.7 mils. So I dial up 30.1 mils and hold 26 mils in the trmr 2 reticle. Hold left 2.7 mils. So I have to back my scope down to 8x just to get that hold on the reticle haha! I can see the target just fine so that is all I cared about.

    After watching the kestrel and mirage for a few minutes and deciding that the wind is steady enough I get on rifle to make the shot. I was just excited enough on my first shot to make a mental error! So I shoot and wait for the 7+ second time of flight and have time to recover from recoil, zoom in the scope and count to 3 before I see splash low 1 mil and perfect windage. Duh! Mental mistake I didn't account for my bullet being sub sonic for over 1000 yards and it may have a lower bc by then :) so I hold up an extra mil and send another down. Hit just off the right edge about .2 mils. I run bolt fast and wind is steady and send it.... Shot three I see the tiniest puff of dirt kick up in the plowed field behind the left edge. Too small for what I saw on the first two shots! In a plowed field it is super easy to see impacts. So I decided to drive down and look.

    When I get to the target my heart was racing! And when I saw the bullet hole through the bottom left hand of the metal I roared with excitement!!! 3rd round hit at 300 yards shy of 2 miles! Talk about Pumped!!!

    Well word got around and the host of impossible shots John Scoutten calls me and asks if I want a shot at the world record longest shot. So next spring/summer Mcmillan is building a rifle for me just for this attempt that will be aired. Just know it will be well beyond 2 miles :) can't thank my sponsors enough!

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  2. sbhooper

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    Wow! I want to see 3-inch groups, though! :D Outstanding.
     
  3. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Haha you and me both would like to see that buddy! Thanks! I'll go for two miles soon and video it through the spotting scope on the phoneskope mount.

    You know what was cool though is the Berger hybrid stays stable at that range. Even the bullet mark in the dirt clod right of the target was nose first as well was the dirt mark where the bullet went through the sheet. Also the bullet still had roughly 870 fps. Not far off from a 45 acp at the muzzle
     
  4. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Thats really awesome. Man thats a long shot.
     
  5. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Canadian much appreciated
     
  6. bigngreen

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    It's amazing the strides people are making, remember a few years ago when you talk about shooting a mile accurately cold bore and peoples heads would start spinning on their shoulders. Nice shooting!!
     
  7. BrentM

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    WOW, nice work. I think another reason for not posting too much on this site is all the time spent at the gym. LOL. Let's see shooting industry and working out for a living, living the dream. : )
     
  8. 115vld

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    Yeah Brent I am blessed beyond expression brother! I can't complain pulling a trigger and lifting for a living. Teaching my long range courses here at home though is just as fun and fulfilling as anything I do! I even had my girl connect at a mile on her third shot in stupid winds with her 6.5 creedmoor along with my brother too

    Here is my brother Todd and my girlfriend Allie at 1800 yards in a crash course I have them
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  9. ust421

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    Very nice shooting. We will be waiting for the video of the next one.
     
  10. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    Nice. I never seemed to make the right connections when I shot trap back in the day. Did well enough, won many matches, etc. Then I moved into archery comp and did well enough, but just not making the connections. I ride and race off road motorcycles and made the USA ISDE twice but again, missing the right connections to work in the industry. When I see someone do it, such as yourself, I always smile and think man they did it right. Congrats.
     
  11. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Brent that means a lot. And the prs is in its initial stages really. We have pro guys from 19 all the way to 65. It's never too late to try something new. It really is the best community of people I have come across. Anyone would drive to another state to help someone out
     
  12. MMERSS

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    It is always fun in it's own way shooting bullets to extreme limits. Thanks for taking the time to put this post together!!!

    What was your air density? Altitude, temp, pressure?

    Did you develop your own custom drag profile or use one already established?

    Thanks
     
  13. 115vld

    115vld Well-Known Member

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    There was a 3000 DA and my latitude was 30.33 and a 340° Azimuth

    No I did not have a designated BC for a lower velocity. I SWAG'ed it usually but I forgot to account for it being that I was so excited for this long of a shot. I just held one mil high after I fired the first shot
     
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  14. MMERSS

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    Thanks,
    Hopefully you now have the data to customize your own drag profile for your system. I'm surprised the Berger didn't tumble in an air density equivalent of 3000DA. This equivalent is what I usually shoot in with not much luck past mid 2's without the Berger going on a path of its own demise.

    Good luck with your next shoot!!