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Old 09-08-2018, 05:47 PM
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I got a couple of new rifles and a couple of new scopes. That lead me to playing mix and match with my regular hunting rifles. Which of course means sighting them all back in. After spending some time going through my Hornady ballistics tables and doing some thinking, I decided to sight them all in 3 1/2 high at 100 yards.
Why. Well if they are all sighted the same and most of my quicker shots are usually around 100 yards I don't have to think about which rifle it is. Plus with a that zero they are all good out to except for the 350 Remington mag which would be about 10" low at 300yds, I can handle that and I don't figure to carry it much anyway unless I go black bear hunting. My 2 Remington Mohawks in 6mm (one is for the wife) shooting 100gr spires are close to the same impact at 200yds and only a bit low at 300 yds. My Mohawk in 308 with 165 spires is still a bit high at 200yds and just about 8" low at 300 which I figure is close to its limit. My Ruger 77 300 WM with 180s is 4.3 high at 200 on at 300 and 10" low at 400yds. That works well Once the range is out there aim at top of back. My Ruger 338WM shooting 225s is a bit high at 200 yds just a bit low at 300 and 10"+ at 400. Its an elk country gun and If I use the back of an elk at 400 I am good. More problems getting correct range estimation than ballistic problems. I have a range finder IF I have the right circumstances to use it.

Anyway thats my plan. The 6mms and the 308 are set at that. Next range trip is to feel the joy of bench shooting the 300 and 338. I wear a jacket for those at the bench even when it is warm. Have never noticed the recoil hunting.

My bull barreled 223, 6mm and 25-06 all have 6-18 scopes and are set up different. 223 is a coyote and prairie dog shooter and the 6mm and 25-06 are prairie dog guns. Shooting them I sometimes pick the gun set for the range of the dog I want.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:05 PM
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It's easier to use the turret and a cheat sheet.
I've adapted the turret use to my xbow also.
No hold over, range finder, crank turret, aim dead on, done deal.
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I put scoped rifles on paper at 35 yards, and zero on the bull. Then I take them to the 100 yard range and set to 2" high. The third step is to take them to the 200 yard range and again zero dead on bullseye. I only shoot .308 and 22-250 from scoped rifles. If I change my load I just go to the 200 yard range and zero the new load. A 250 yard shot is about the longest shot that would present itself where I hunt.
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Haven’t ever had to do all my rifles at once but I use a similar strategy as I zero to obtain max range holding on deer sized target. Where I hunt 300 yards would be the max range 99% of the time ,most shots in the 100-200 yard range.
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Handgun caliber carbines ... Dead 0 at 60yds
Woods deer rifles......Dead 0 at 100yds
Slug guns.....Dead on at 100yds
All other rifles sighted in for the use they are intended for
22s dead on 40yds
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When I first put the scopes on the rifles, I remove the bolt and then using my rest and a mark at about 50 yds center the bore on the mark then center the scope on the mark cross checking bore and scope. Then when I get to the range I cover a target stand with wrapping paper and mark the center. Then its easy to find the first hit. Bore sighting it is usually not to bad then zero it there. Then move to 100 yds. Get my 3.5 inches and check it at 200, 300 and some at 400. Sometimes I fire for effect at the 600 yd plate.

I am confident I could kill an elk at 350 yds with the little 308. I one shot killed a muley buck at that range with it. Great situation though. I was sitting on a hill side with an adjustable forked steady stick. Buck followed a bunch of does out and they were crossing in front of me. Buck kept stopping and looking back as my brother was walking the area he came from. When buck was right across from me he stopped and I held a bit over his back and nailed him. I have taken a lot of game with that little 18" barreled Remington 600. Easy to carry around, barrel doesn't snag on brush, if my head clears it clears. Ya I give up about 150fps but I can deal with that. But, once I was out walking a ridge in elk country. Spotted a really nice bull at about 500 yds. There was a bit of wind blowing a little snow. I wasn'tt confident I could make the shot with the 308 and put him down at that range. Backed off the ridge, went down a was and came out on another finger that would have put me closer, but no elk to be seen. Decided to buy a 338WM. Would have taken the 500 yd shot with it. Less wind drift. Less drop. With 3.5" high at 100yds, 30" over the back at 500 would stick one in the boiler room of an elk. From spine to bottom of heart is some leeway on aim and range estimation and those 225 gr bullets are still packing some power. As good as a 308 at 200yds.

My 22 rifles all have 1" tube 4X scopes. I start zeroing them with little rocks on the berm right behind the 50 yd line, then check the elevation all the way down to 10 yds in 10 yd increments.

I had a scope on my 338WM with a turret set up. When hunting I never had the time to take off the turret cover, check the range finder, turn the turret. It could happen in the right circumstance though. With prairie dogs it would be excellent. But, I am pretty good at range estimation, then it is knowing my rifles ballistics and my abilities. I almost always carry an adjustable fork support anymore. I am thinking of making a sturdier one that I can also use for a walking stick.

Need I mention that hunting season is coming up. Big game rifle starts here about the 20th of October and ends the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I have 4 deer tags and 2 elk tags. There are elk shoulder seasons going on now and lasting till end of January.

Taking the step daughters out this year 12 and 13. They can hunt under the apprentice program here and get to start hunting 2 days before regular season. The hay meadow below my brothers place has an old shack on it. Wait there with them a while and a whitetail will wander out for some lunch.

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Old 09-09-2018, 06:24 AM
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Sounds like a pretty cool system.
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My centerfire hunting rifles are in only 2 calibers (.243 & 30.06...using primarily 90gr AccuBond or Ballistic Tips and 180gr AccuBond respectively) which covers all that I'm likely to be hunting with them. I sight both of them in with a 200yd zero.......that gives me a dead-on hold with just minor hold adjustment from the muzzle to 300yds. Most of my shots are under 150yds where I hunt here in the Southeast and I'm usually able to get within 300yds when hunting Colorado......never taken a shot more than 350yds, but would feel OK out to 400yds with a good rest, little wind, and the animal giving me a broadside target.

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Plus with a that zero they are all good out to except for the 350 Remington mag which would be about 10" low at 300yds, I can handle that and I don't figure to carry it much anyway unless I go black bear hunting. My 2 Remington Mohawks in 6mm (one is for the wife) shooting 100gr spires are close to the same impact at 200yds and only a bit low at 300 yds. My Mohawk in 308 with 165 spires is still a bit high at 200yds and just about 8" low at 300 which I figure is close to its limit.
You’ve got great taste in rifles and calibers!!
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Seems like a good plan ...... it really depends on where you are and what you are hunting....... what is GTG in Montana ...... doesn't/may not make sense in the small fields, thick woods and wood lots of Penn's Woods.

Turret adjustments........ who's got time with most shots under 100yds.

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