400 Yard Range Report

Discussion in 'Muzzleloader Hunting' started by Elite Muzzleloader, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. Elite Muzzleloader

    Elite Muzzleloader Well-Known Member

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    Finally was able to take my McRem out today after I had sent it off to Panhandle. Was able to check zero and make a couple adjustments here is what I ended up with.

    McRem 45 Nikon Prostaff 5 3.5-14x40 XR

    12/58 4759/4198
    275 Parker BE
    Win209 Primer
    Wool Wad

    Temp 56 Degrees

    105 Yards


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    400 Yards (398 Lazered)


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    I shot several FTX also today but they were the ones I was trying to index and I didn't like what I saw. I don't believe running them threw the barrel drop and then indexing them will work. If I had a full form die I believe it would be different. Either way this is why I am not posting those results because I think they are flawed.

    I am still learning my scope and adjustments for long range shooting. I have learned so far to make sure you have all the correct information in the Strelok App otherwise you will be off. I didn't get the correct barometer or altitude info in the app. So my adjustment was off. I was 8" to the left and 8" low. I have a lot more practicing to do and figuring the app out. However I am very happy with my group at 400 yards and hope it continues and wasn't luck. Also wasn't able to get velocities because I forgot my tripod for the chronograph another key factor in todays shooting.

    I need to make a check sheet and also bring a notepad to take better notes.

    What are some of the procedures one does when working up a load and taking notes?

    Thanks

    RR
     
  2. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    That's an impressive group, looks like the bullets didn't wobble at all. How fast did they leave the muzzle?
     
  3. Elite Muzzleloader

    Elite Muzzleloader Well-Known Member

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    I forgot my tripod for the chrono so I'm not sure but figuring 2800fps
     
  4. ENCORE

    ENCORE Well-Known Member

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    Great 400 yd group :)
     
  5. Engineering101

    Engineering101 Well-Known Member

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    Elite Muzzleloader

    That is a good shooting rifle you have there. It is worth keeping good notes on that load.

    I didn't used to keep very good records but after I forgot various good loads I started keeping better track. I have a system I like which is to take the notes right on the target and then keep it. I developed my own targets (see pic below) and print them myself. I like this particular target because with the relatively light background you can see the bullet holes at 200 yards plus with the 1 inch squares you can tell when a load sucks right from the bench.

    I mark another copy of the target I have at the bench while shooting including which shot went where, velocity etc. Once I get the target with the bullet holes in it off the board I transfer the info to that target and pitch the markup. I've found this info to be useful to figure out what you were doing back when. I have a pile of targets sitting here that is about 5 inches tall after several years of developing loads for a bunch of different rifles. More than once I've been glad I had this info for all kinds of reasons - scopes gone bad, new powder lots, etc.
     

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  6. Elite Muzzleloader

    Elite Muzzleloader Well-Known Member

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    Wow that is very neat I'll start doing it that way. Thanks! After I was on my way back home I realized I forgot to put the correct pressure, altitude, and temp in. Along with I forgot to adjust the side parallax adjustment for the 400 yard shots. Which has me scratching my head on my group.

    If I use your sheet I wouldn't forget all that stuff. I might make one up that reminds me all the stuff I need to put in for the strelok pro app. Thanks again!