At long range do you dial, BDC turret, graduated reticle, holdover, etc?

At long range do you dial, holdover, etc.

  • Dial using handheld software

    Votes: 283 30.8%
  • Dial using drop chart data

    Votes: 282 30.7%
  • Use a graduated reticle

    Votes: 109 11.9%
  • Use a BDC yardage turret

    Votes: 115 12.5%
  • Holdover

    Votes: 119 12.9%
  • Pass on the shot

    Votes: 11 1.2%

  • Total voters
    919

yobuck

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Back in the day, there were very few choices.
And back in the day means as recent as about the mid 80s.
Back then, most of the now popular scopes didnt even exist.
Or in some cases they were far different scopes, not capable of dialing.
Target knobs on Leupolds didnt happen untill about the mid 80s for example.
And even with a hot cartridge like a 7x300 Weatherby running a 162 gr Hornady at 3400 or more you would find yourself out of clicks at about 1000 or so yards. I mean the dial still turned but nothing was happening with the reticle.
Mind you now, the great scopes mounts of today didnt exist either, so beverage can shims under the rear base were common. And frankly some still exist today.
Another option was to send your standard Leupold to Dick Thomas at Premier reticles and have him install a series of dots programed for your load.
When the dials came into play Dick would sell you a new Leupold scope with dials and install the custom reticle as well.
And yes, you could hold your 1000 yd dot and then dial from that, same as you did from the 100 yard dot if you chose to.
Which of coarse gave you lots more elevation adjustment.
The dots themselves were very accurate, even without dialing.
When i was a mere 70 years old, 3 of us were sitting on a steep hillside looking across a wide valley in the most northern part of Clinton co Pa. where it meets Cameron co.
I found a bear running hard straight up the oppose hillside.
The other 2 guys were never able to find it in their tripod mounted glasses, because it was moving so fast.
Anyway i got off my glasses and my son moved right onto them. His I P D is same as mine, so he was on him right away.
I got onto my gun which was sitting on a portable bench we carried in to the spot.
I found the bear in the 3.5x10 Leupold with the dot setup but no dials.
We keep a book with us with ranges on various objects like big rocks and such of most of the locations we hunt.
My son had the book in his hand, when the bear finally stopped running about 3/4s the way to the top i was on him, and shouted to my son ( how far ).
He said 7 to 750 is about as close as i can tell you.
I held the 700 yd dot on top of his back and sent one over there. The bear dropped instantly, but in a few seconds got back up and tried to go uphill. After a few feet he turned and went across the hill to our left, and i said he is hurt bad or he wouldnt have done that.
He stopped again after just going a few yards and i sent another which just missed him. Then he turned and started downhill, which was another indicator of him being hurt bad.
He stopped again and i dropped him again for good on the third shot. He was done, and didnt even move after that.
So was it luck? Yes it was luck, the biggest part being that i saw it to begin with. Preparation, and knowing your equipment and how to use it isnt luck however.
The gun is a 7x300 Weatherby built by the late Howard Wolfe on a 700 action with a 27” recycled 40x Rem barrel on it and weighing about 10 pounds. The same scope is still on the gun today, 17 years later. But sadly, i can no longer crawl up to many of those old places to use it.
Thank the lord for what we have, especially the old memories.
 

crazymonkey

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With my custom 7-08 and my 45 cal paramount pro muzzleloader each running nightforce glass .The goal is to use the dials this year .Once I get a temp stable load for the 7-08. The 280ai that's in the works will run a tangent scope .The same applies its going to be a dial for yardage gun.
 

yobuck

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Just be prepared to do whatever it takes when long range hunting.
Time for can be a big factor that many never consider before hand.
A hot doe can take a buck off the hillside in a few minits for example.
Sometimes you just have to create your own luck.
And you wont be reading about how to do that.
 

yobuck

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BR4 Rangefinder, click, dial and dead.
Im told that there is an even better one called the (cha click).
Its meant to be used while standing on very steep uneven terrain, allowing for one hand use while hanging onto a tree with the other hand.
When you hear the (cha click) you know youve got everything you need for dialing the one shot kill.
Better hurry, there selling out fast. lol
 

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