I’ve been fascinated with long rang shooting since I found this site. So I bought a Schmidt & Bender scope (5 – 25 x 56mm) for my Remington 700 chambered in 300 Winchester Mag.
The power-line on our club’s lease has a rise of about 40 feet, at the bottom 600 yards away I’ve setup my target, it rolls slightly but it’s fairly level for the next 1800 yards, with a large rise on the other side of our property line.
I’ve hung a steel plate with two 2 foot chains from a swing set like contraption that I built, the plate is 24 inches in diameter, 5/8 inch thick, and weighs 120 lbs.
I’ve been shooting Barnes 165 grain Triple-shock bullets, my last five shot group was high and right, but the group was less than 8 inches.
I’ve watched too many movies, as I was expecting dents in the plate, with the plate swing around the cross beam several times, and my gong rattling teeth and toe nails for miles around.
Reality is the bullets leave a small copper dust circle that will wash off in the rain not leaving a mark in the paint; there’s no thundering gong, just a slight ping that can be heard only if the electronic earmuffs are turned all the way up.
Hopefully everyone’s had a laugh, but my problem is the plate doesn’t pendulum and redirect the bullet in to the ground past the plate as I planned; the bullet isn’t going to come back up the hill, but if I keep going out at some point it’s going to get dangerous. Other than not shooting how do I maintain safety?
I’ve seen the YouTube video where the 50 cal bullet returns and takes off the shooters headphones.