One of the more popular shooting ranges around here has a max. range of 300 yds. However, 99% of the time, thats plenty far for what Im doing. Today me and two of the LMI’s grabbed our bolt guns and some silhouette targets and set ‘em up at 300 yards for ‘best group out of a cold barrel’ informal competition. Target was the classic B27 target. Weather was atrocious with very cold and very strong winds. In short, craptacular shooting weather. As we tromped through the slush to the targets we pounded each other on the shoulders and shouted “Real world conditions!”.
All in all, very good performance. I knew my CZ was pretty much dead on at 200 yards and that at 300 yards I’d drop a few inches so I held on the juncture of shoulders and neck. Bulets landed nicely a few inches below in a somewhat tight vertical string. Amazingly, windage was nil…there was less than a 3/4″ horizontal dispersal in that crappy wind. Vertical, well, coulda been better…about 2.5″. Still, thats less than 1MOA. All shots landed right where the sternum would be.
The LMI did well also. Everyone on paper and in the black with groups running about 1.25 MOA. The wind was a major pain and it was quite cold…we were shaking as we shot trying to keep things steady sitting on cold metal stools at the bench. Still, the revolution aint gonna happen on a sunny summer day so you gotta be ready to play ‘em as theyre dealt.
So….mansize target at 300 yards? Piece of cake. Vitals at 300 yards? A bit trickier, but no problem. Keeping all five rounds on a group the size of a playing card? Quite do-able.
I need to sit down and work my ballistics to come up with adjustments for the scope. I could have dialed it in but I just decided to hold high and see what happened. Overall though, I am pleased. Under better conditions I have no doubt I could have shot better, but Im satisfied that Im on the right track with this gun.