Before you read another word... Put your big kid pants on.
THIS IS NOT a conversation about shooting animals at 1000 yards.
I chose a 1000 because I'm guessing that most everyone would agree that 1000 is a "long" shot.
Please do not take this to mean that I intend to hunt animals at 1000 yards.
Please do not take this to mean that I want to argue with you if you shoot animals at 1000 yards.
Thank you and enjoy!!
Rifle - Ruger American Predator: 6.5 Creedmoor
Scope - Vortex: Viper PST GEN II 5-25x50 (EBR-2C Reticle)
BiPod - Spartan Precision: Javelin (Long Version)
Ammo - Hornady: Precision Hunter 143 gr ELD-X
12" gong at 1000 yards.
I wanted to see if a regular, timber hunter who has never prepped for a shot past 300 yards could:
1. Hit a gong at 1000 yard.
2. With a reasonable amount of practice time
3. With a hunting setup
4. For a reasonable price
The Lack of Trust
I didn't trust that the levels were actually level, so I "trued" the two against each other.
I didn't trust the taper of the barrel and I didn't trust the scope caps, so I double-leveled the barrel.
I hung a long level on the wall and aligned the reticle before I cinched down the scope rings.
June 2nd: The first day at the range we zeroed at 200 and shot through the Chrono.
June 11th: The second time shooting. I re-verified at 200.
The first 3 rounds were just under 2" but I kind of fell apart after that.
June 12th was the toughest day of the journey.
I painted the gong and built a frame to hang it. The rest of the day was spent driving in search of a safe place to shoot.
I eventually found a great spot around 6 pm.
I had enough time to verify my 200 yd zero. It was good.
After 200, I stepped back to 400 but ran into more problems.
A data field in my shooting app had gotten wonky and my data was coming in crazy (asking for 24 MOA at 400yds ?!?)
Later that evening, I reset the defaults, re-entered my info and waited for sunrise.
I shot at 400 yds. I hit 2" low and dead center.
I pulled back to 1000. The best rest was at 1008 yards.
I cranked the dial and hit the gong first shot! (30.75 MOA)
How crazy is that?! I couldn't believe it.
It hit low center.
My next 2 shots were low off target. They were all grouped 4" wide and 6" deep.
I ran the app.
I ran some mental math.
Cranked up 2 clicks (from 30.75 to 31.25 MOA)
The next three shots were too high.
The first and second groups were almost evenly split.
I made a second correction.
Cranked down one click and split the difference. (31.00 MOA)
The next 2 shots were back to back hits! So gratifying...
I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to get out again before my 30 days are up.
When June ends, I'll be posting a full gear review.
If someone can help me figure out how to post videos... I can post clips of the successful hits.
Thanks for reading! Please chime in and tell me what you think about the process.
Maybe by the time we have a good visit, I'll have this barrel broke in ;-)