I have now had two opportunities to shoot my new rifle at 600 yards. My own club, Minneapolis Rifle Club, has a maximum range of 300 meters. However there is another club called Gopher Rifle and Revolver Club which has a 1000 yard range, and they hold practice sessions regularly during the summer months.
One of my fellow members at MRC, Philip, is a member at Gopher and offered to take me along.
The first time I went I was using ammunition loaded with 77gr bullets seated to a depth that allows loading from a magazine. The second time I went Philip brought me some ammunition loaded with 80gr bullets seated to a depth that should have put them about 15 thou off the lands (as best as could be judged without having the chance to actually measure my chamber). The 80gr bullets have a significant advantage over the 77s as they are much longer despite the small weight difference, and as a result perform better in the wind at longer range.
I also think this scorecard may not have been the correct one for the target I was shooting at.
The second time (below), I had some slight trouble finding the windage, which I have put down to a slightly bad windage zero. After that I was doing pretty well mostly in the ten ring, until towards the end when the sun came out and shone on the target, and I started throwing shots up to 11:30 & 1 o’clock ( I don’t know if the two are connected). Still, an improvement on my first time out.
This was one of those days when despite my left hand going numb from the sling tension, and being covered in sweat from the hot sun, I experienced that pure pleasure in shooting that reminded me why I do this.