After a rather mundane bit with maths and tables we now get to have some serious fun. This is the day we have been working towards – shooting out to 1000+ yds. For some of you competitive long range veterans that may seem like no big deal. For many (myself included) who have spent years shooting disciplines which require 200yds or less then 1000yds can seem a long way off. I spent many years shooting .22 rimfire for county and country. Longest range we went out to was 100yds. I remember marvelling at the fullbore guys with wonderment and envy as they made consecutive hits at long range. Don’t be worried, as long as you stay calm, methodical and kept accurate data then this will be easy and before you know it you will be cursing anything that isn’t a bull/centre mass hit!
It looks a long way!
We arrive at the range with our rifle (zeroed at 100yds) and all our kit. If you are unsure which kit or how to zero the rifle then go back to previous chapters and follow the steps described. Notice in the picture above I am set up on a ground sheet/poncho. Always keep the weather in mind. If you don’t bring wet weather gear and it rains your time will be miserable and everything will require cleaning afterwards. Bring plastic sheet to cover kit and a full waterproof suit to wear. I just leave all my gear in the car. Always there if required..
If we just set up straight away and shoot out to long distance with no changes to the scopes elevation or windage then the bullet would fall very short. No good at all.
First thing we need to do is establish which distances we are shooting at.
If you are lucky enough to be at a range that offers multiple distances then I would recommend 300, 600 and 1000yds. If you have to select one then make it 1000… That is what we are aiming for right?!
Once you are set up the only thing left to do is dial in elevation and windage. The elevation part should be fairly straight forward. Find your chosen distance on the table you produced in the last chapter. It will tell you how many MOA or Mils to dial in regarding elevation. Make sure you dial the elevation turret the right way or you may find it bottoms out and you lose your zero. That is when a physical “zero stop” feature really helps – you can only dial up!
The next part of the adjustments are not so easy. Arguably the only unpredictable ;