Thursday, April 14, 2011
Unbelievable Shot, Hitting at 1,000 Yards
I've wanted to try my hand at making a 1,000 yard shot since I bought my rifle. Truly, hitting at 1,000 yards was what originally motivated me to buy the rifle I bought. I read forum after forum taking in every bit of information I could about what would be a good, accurate, affordable platform to start building a budget long range rig. I settled on a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in .308. It has a 26" heavy barrel and the trusted Remington 700 action that has been utilized by the armed services on their sniper platform for decades.
At close ranges, it's easy to see a target without optics. Even a half-size man target at 100 yards is still viewable without a telescopic sight. In fact, you can still see a man size target at over 600 yards. However, at 1,000 yards you can't see the target unless you use optics. I learned this on Monday as I had an opportunity to join some incredible marksmen at an un-named range. A local prankster had placed a target at 1,000 yards and only a handful of people even know it exists. We had searched for it on previous outings and never located it. This particular trip, one of the guys I was with had brought along a particularly high-end spotting scope and managed to locate the 1,000 yard target in a few minutes. A couple minutes later, lead was flying down range and we were all absorbed in attempting to get a shot on steel.
All of the guys I was shooting with were shooting rifles chambered for .308 or 7.62 NATO rounds. We all put shots on target at 1,000 yards. We also shot some closer ranges between 200 and 650 yards. After going for 1,000, 200 yards is hardly even a challenge. To compare what we were doing with the top shot challenge from last week, a .50 caliber BMG at 1,000 yards will drop comparably, but is less effected by wind. In no uncertain terms, we were shooting at a smaller target, with a smaller bullet which suffers more from wind effect. Eat your heart out Top Shot. The pictures on this post were taken through my scope. The small orange target is the target sight picture at 1,000 yards. The small white target is at 650 yards.