What zero range do you use for a 28 nosler?

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  1. kai

    kai Well-Known Member

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    What zero range do you use for your scopes for long range hunting with cartridges like the 28 Nosler?
     
  2. Doc88

    Doc88 Well-Known Member

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    I use a 100 yard zero and verify my drops from there. I do this with all my guns except my kids' guns where I uses a 200 yard zero. They'll not shoot much pass 250 here in SC and by having a 200 yard zero they don't have to worry about dialing the scope. On my 100yd zeroed scopes if I'm likely hunting where I know the shot will be 150-250yds I'll just pre dial to 200yds when I get in the stand.

    I like to long range shoot/practice with theses guns as well so using the ballistic apps with a 100 yard zero is more practical and less room for error. There seems to be more environmental factors that come into pay with a further zero than 100 yds.
     
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  3. sable tireur

    sable tireur Well-Known Member

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    Generally, I set my hunting scopes up with a 300 yard zero if the potential shots can get out to 800 - 900 yards. I'm using higher power scopes in the 24x - 30x range. But the disclaimer to go along with this is that the cartridge/bullet/powder combination has the capability to produce the necessary energy at those ranges with some extra just in case.;) I'm not a minimalist hunter, I want plenty of energy on target and I work for the best shot placement for the specie.

    Any zero range will work though, just make sure you check all your drop and drift against real world shooting. An accurate BC is you best buddy. :D

    Regards.
     
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  4. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    If it is a dedicated long range gun, specifically built for that task, I would do 250-300 yard zero. If it is a do-all rifle, 200 yards would be my preference.

    My dedicated long range elk rifle in .300RUM pushing a 230 Berher @ 3068fps has a 300 yard zero. We have shot game with it from 160ish to 1365 yards.

    My dedicated long range deer/antelope rifle in 6.5SS pushing a 150 SMK @ 3117fps has a 300 yard zero. Only has a couple coyotes and an antelope under it's belt so far, and furthest shot was just under 500 yards. But wow.

    Everything else has a 200 yard zero.
     
  5. Dean2

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    I am a big believer in having all of my hunting rifles zeroed exactly the same. 3.5" high at 100 yards, then shoot it out to 600 yards to develop your drop tables. Majority of hunting shots are under 300 yards with the odd one out to 500. This means most of my guns all shoot pretty much the same to 350 yards.

    Shooting targets at long range is fun but on game, I will stalk to within no more than 400 yards if at all possible. This makes a 300 yard zero with my 7 RUM, or in your case 28 Nosler, basically point and shoot to 400. Don't have to start twisting or using holdovers till you get further out. If you regularly hunt at over 400 yards with very few closer shots and have to twist knobs anyhow the zero distance isn't as important, but again I would have all my guns set to the same 100 yard POI.
     
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    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    Not knowing your build, bullet choice/velocity or shooting conditions, you probably are about 5.5" high at 200, and have a 360 yard zero. Is that about right?
     
  7. CUTTER1

    CUTTER1 Well-Known Member

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    Zero at 200 for most long range hunting then range verify at 400, 600, 800 and 1000
    The 28 with 195 Berger at 3070 and it works perfect
     
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  8. Dean2

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    Close, max height is 4.9 at 200, zero is 340 yards, using 162 grain Horn at 3300 FPS. I can get them up around 3400 FPS using Retumbo but 7828SSC is way easier to find and very accurate.
     
  9. WildBillG

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    With a higher velocity rifle like the 28 I to would sight in for 250 or 300yd zero. It would depend on max height reached on the zero. I do not like to be over 4 inch max height on zero for game rifles. The reason being the supposed 8 inch vital zone of a deer. I just feel better thinking I will not shoot high inside the zero range. This is just my thought though but it works to help my confidence.
     
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  10. 257Tony

    257Tony Well-Known Member

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    200, just like all my other hunting rifles. K.I.S.S.
     
  11. werth338

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    Do you hunt where you live or travel a long distance with a lot of elevation change and temp difference? I was in the 300 yard zero camp previously and like that zero range.

    With that said, I moved back to 100 due to atmospherics and differences of weather and elevation. I made the move based on some advice from others on the forum and moving to a 2400ABS range finder.

    I am not sure that is the most effective but coming out of South Texas to the places I want to hunt there is the potential for a difference in atmospherics. I might be over thinking it but that is where I am most comfortable currently.
     
  12. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Anymore I set the zero on the turret for 100yds, easiest to double check then spin it to mpbr when I go hunting
     
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  13. Doc88

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    I think all good advise depending where you hunt. If all over the country a 100 yd zero is most consistant. If staying local then whatever is comfortable. werth338 and Canhunter35 both made very good arguments .
     
  14. WildRose

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    350yds like everything else. I can eyeball it then out to 400 and then dial from there.