If you can shoot rifles that really kick well, everything milder is progressively easier.
I’m far from Carl’s experience level but learning how to get solid in a variety of positions and understanding your ballistics are the two big ones IMO.
Also props for MSU work, my nephew graduates this May with his engineering degree. Bozeman and school there have been a great experience for him.
Amazing amount of attention to detail and $$ invested to build such a highly precise tool.
I‘m pretty sure TomTeriffic would not approve of your barrel labeling system.
Thanks for the information. I'm primarily a hunter but my Dad also taught me how to reload and shoot... and I've always loved all three. I'm shooting my first PRS match in less than 2 weeks. Any advice?
The rifle I'm is shooting is a R700 chambered in .260 Rem, 22" Sendero contour 1:8 with a Trigger tech turned down light. Nightforce NXS, bubble level, PVA Mad Scientist brake, and an Atlas bipod. I've shot it a lot but I can't find my Berger 144 Long Range Hybrids anywhere lately so I think I'm going to shoot 130 Hornady ELD-M factory ammo instead of my reloads. I hate to do it but I don't want to shoot up all my Bergers.
What ballistic calculator is your favorite? I'm using Hornady 4DOF but I've always liked Applied Ballistics - Bryan Litz is a genius. Just wondering if you know if it's worth the money?
One day, Hidden Valley Range in Cardwell, MTHappy to help how I can. Is it a one day match or two day match? Where is it at?
Thank you.Totally understand the bullet situation. If you're in a position to possibly podium, I'd use the Bergers. For your first match these days that's very unlikely and I'd save them if you have the ELD-M option.
5.5-22 Second Focal Plane MOAR ReticleWhat model NXS?
Thank you. Do you own a Kestral? I've thought about buying one for years. I guess I'm too much of a puristI use Geoballistics first, and Hornady 4DOF and JBM on occasion. I think AB provides some very good products, but I like how what I use works and am very comfortable and familiar with it. Just about all of them work well enough to not cost you a point at a PRS match, if you know how to use them.
One day, Hidden Valley Range in Cardwell, MT
5.5-22 Second Focal Plane MOAR Reticle
Thank you. Do you own a Kestral? I've thought about buying one for years. I guess I'm too much of a purist
Awesome. Surprised we'll be shooting the same match, very cool. Small world.. Looking forward to it.Good choice of matches if you want advice from me. I shot the January match there, ran the February match, and will be shooting this one.
I figured as much, thank you.Good dope is crucial. I'd shoot a 10 shot group to confirm zero, then if you can shoot 5-10 at 1000 or 1100 yards and find the average point of impact. True your dope to that. If you have a Labradar, Magnetospeed, or Ohler chrono you can PROBABLY trust that and true your BC, otherwise true your velocity.
I was planning on a similar approach. I'm a bit concerned about it. Wish I'd have waited and bought a FFP version but we'll see. I don't usually struggle to get on target so I may still decide to run it at 22, I haven't decided yet. It may be suicide... Planning on practicing on steel out to 1000 at 100 yard increments before the match.The second focal plane scope with a 22x top end isn't ideal, but you can make it work. If it was me, I'd set it to 11x and leave it there the whole match. I'd make my dope card with wind references such that you know what values to hold in a 10 mph wind, given that the reticle is at half power and therefore each tick mark is 2x what it would be at 22x. You can shoot a match at 22x, but it'd be a handicap for MOST (not all) experienced match shooters, and a bit more for a greener shooter. I'd plan to dial for elevation across the board.
Good, thank you for the help. Looking forward to putting some rounds down range. I'm sure I'll learn a lot and probably eat a few slices of humble pie I wish I could find reloading components right now. Such a bad time to be screwing around with factory ammo or new recipes.I have a Kestrel and use it so rarely I should sell it. Lot's of top shooters swear by them, I find what they offer to not be worth the clunky interface. A LOT of good shooters have been bit by the interface, myself included. I can make the same errors on my app, but it's a lot easier to catch. A printed dope card is a pretty good route too, IMO, I have used them plenty and have no problem using them still.
Yep, spotting impacts is the #1 reason, but finding targets in the scope quickly is a close second factor. I also think it leads to less eye strain and helps reduce some target panic, but those are tertiary for sure.JT88, not to speak for Carl, but I think his reasoning for shooting at 11x, rather than 22x is the ability to spot your misses - or impacts. Really tough at 22x.