Working up a range card........

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Musket_0, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. Musket_0

    Musket_0 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2004
    OK, I tried to look through the search. I find cards mentioned, but no details of them.
    Besides click adjustments at specific distances, what more info would a shooter need on a range card? Load data? wind? kinda trying to get my s--- together during the winter so maybe I can try a match come spring. I will be shooting a .308, thought I should start making up some cards wile working up some good loads.(unless there is a beter way to do this.)
    Much of my basic equipment is from basic training back in 1989, so I seem to have a rather large Christmas List for the wife. But a few more ideas are still welcome /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif. Like who makes a good shooting mat? I am still using my old sleeping mat from basic training. Thanks, Jeff
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
    I believe that there are two methods of getting the data for range cards - actual shooting and computer generations from ballistic programs.

    For hunting we keep it simple - usually use the excellent data cards from Ballisticards - they are comprehensive, heavily laminated and easy to use. Believe you can get more info from

    I also like the excellent little Pathfinder ballistic chart that you can attach to your scope tube - works like a little tape-measure spring loaded so ou pull it out and zips back into storage. Enough room on the tape for distances and drops. We covered them here in the past.

    Another neat idea is to get some Avery labels, say 2"x4" and simply make distance and elevation charts, include wind drift info if you have it, and print the label yourself. We attach them to the side of our rifles, put Scotch tape over them to keep them waterproof. Some guys make up mini-sized labels and put them into the inside of the Butler Creek snap-up eyepiece cover.

    What data? Distance and drop info in MOA is probably most important. We also draw a sketch of our mildot reticles and put drop info on it - what distance each dot is good for. I am pretty hopeless for numbers so I also put the basic .308 Winchester wind drift table for the 168 or 175 bullet that is standard - one minute less than the first number of the distance out to 800 etc. for a 10mph full value wind - also put the wind chart detailing field drift indicators for up to 12-15 mph winds.

    All of this is available on the Ballisticard plus lead info for movers and other good stuff.

    Good luck - we probably all do homemade charts differently, best to keep it simple. I have been out with guys who had slick print-outs for distance, wind, temps, barrometric pressure & elevation above sea-level, etc. The computer generated stuff is becoming very popular - get a good program EXBAL and you are in business.
    Good luck, I am sure these guys will give you more solid info.