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Somehow lately, I've gotten it in me to take up shooting long range.

There's a range here in town that's supposed to be opening a 1000 (meter or yard can't remember) range sometime in the future, they currently have a 600 m or yd range that they hold monthly competitions on.

Does anyone compete in long range shoots?

Any good "Idiots guide to getting started" out there?

Savage Law Enforcement models a good starter gun? (I only ask because I shoot left handed and they're probably the cheapest lefty gun available.
 

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kartoffel said:
Read this book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Sniper.

For practice try shooting .22LR at 150 to 200 meters. It's not the same as launching a heavy bullet 1000+ meters, but you have to take into consideration a lot of the same factors. Plus, it's easier on the shoulder and way cheaper.
Will do.


Got any 1000+ Meter ranges up there in H'ville? Might have to come out there once I get alright at it.
 

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Where you located, Bham? I'm actually an Alabama n00b.

The Army has a ~5000 meter range down by the river, but it's only for big toys. There are a few small public ranges on park land are near here, plus a couple private gun clubs. Nothin' longer than 200-300 yards as far as I know, though :(
 

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kartoffel said:
Where you located, Bham? I'm actually an Alabama n00b.

The Army has a ~5000 meter range down by the river, but it's only for big toys. There are a few small public ranges on park land are near here, plus a couple private gun clubs. Nothin' longer than 200-300 yards as far as I know, though :(
Bham= Birmingham, bout an hour and a half south.

I'm actually hoping to go purchase a Savage 11FLP sometime in the very near future.

Just need to pick some good optics for it.
 

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If you are trying to get to 1000meters you will need handloads for .308.

When you get at that distance, even 600 meters, you really need to be able read the wind and hav a round that stays supersonic to the target
 

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If you are trying to get to 1000meters you will need handloads for .308.

When you get at that distance, even 600 meters, you really need to be able read the wind and hav a round that stays supersonic to the target
This is the reason I opted for the .300 win mag.
 

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Ducman said:
If you are trying to get to 1000meters you will need handloads for .308.

When you get at that distance, even 600 meters, you really need to be able read the wind and hav a round that stays supersonic to the target
I'm already sourcing presses and dies for .308.

There's a gun shop in my town that sells the powder (Hopefully the right kind) and probably can order some bullets to press in.

I think it'll be fun.

Only problem is, the only gun range in town that's 600m is an invitation only, rather high membership fee range.
 

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I just get used to how my gun shoots. not to brag but, I can hit a 1 square meter target 75 meters away with no scope. it just depends on how well you "know" your gun.
 

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mikafor said:
I just get used to how my gun shoots. not to brag but, I can hit a 1 square meter target 75 meters away with no scope. it just depends on how well you "know" your gun.
I can hit a 12 inch steel plate at 100 yard with Iron sites and an SKS.


It has nothing to do with hitting a target at 600 or 1000m.


I just have personal reason for the preference of .308, most of which would get me called a quack.
 

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May I suggest reading this... Take note, this is part one in a 3 parts series, links to the other two are on there.

http://demigodllc.com/articles/practical-long-range-rifle-shooting-equipment/



Disclaimer: I have no first hand experience with long range shooting. I don't know how much of this may or may not be good advice. However in my travels accross the internet, I've seen this referenced more than a few times, and enough people seem to think its a good intorductory lesson. It all seems to be good advice, but what do I know. I feel that its only shortcomings in regards to my personal needs is that it feels geared towards competition, which I have no intention of commiting to (just wait till you get to his cost estimations for competing regularly! $$$). So for more casual long-range plinking (is that an oxymoron?) I think some of the equipment suggestions are a bit more than you really need.

Unrelated note, go back to the main index, and there appears to be a fair amount of good general information on a variety of shooting related topics - I don't really use most it, but I've got it bookmarked just for kicks/general reference.
 

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Good read

So far its validated all of my desired purchases.
Savage 10FLP
Leupold Mark 4
Yada yada yada.

Nice to know I'm not fucked up in the head.
 

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Leupold Mark 4

that is some nice glass right there

It comes in at a really strong "Meh" in my book. It'll get the job done, however I can't quite justify 2300 on a Schmidt & Bender just yet, especially since I doubt I can hit shit at 1000 meters.
 
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