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Old 02-07-2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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distance shooting: scope settings

ok, so 100 yards isn't all that much for some, and I know my rifles are good out way past 100 yards...but I put ~175 rounds down range at 100 yards yesterday, mostly .22lr, all at just paper.

I shot most of it at my lowest scope setting, and was trying to get good groupings. Then, just before we were done, I zoomed in and found it was easier to get much tighter groupings.

One thing I noticed is that the bullseye was hidden by my scope reticle when I was zoomed out, and zooming in allowed me to see the bullseye.

What I like about shooting zoomed out is being able to see things happening better, which for hunting means I can follow critters if they are moving, or see the movement of surrounding critters.

Zoomed in, however, I can place bullets more accurately.




When shooting at longer distances, do you zoom in or out?

Thoughts? Discussion? Tips on shooting like this?
 
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:03 AM   #2
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zoom out to aquire the target (if its a long shot in a brushy area (like forest slash) and zoom in for the shot
 
Old 02-07-2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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why do you think a zoom is on there? 100yds for a rifle isnt far at all, thats where I zero my lower power rifles, 200yd zero for bigger ones.

Shooting a coyote on the run at 100yds with full zoom may be hard, but a target at full zoom is easy, so it depends on the situation.

When hunting, I have the scope on low setting, when I see my target I crank it up to what I feel I need.
 
Old 02-07-2010, 10:36 AM   #4
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what size of scope are you using?
 
Old 02-07-2010, 05:50 PM   #5
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what size of scope are you using?
the zoom is 3x-9x
 
Old 02-07-2010, 08:36 PM   #6
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so, I played around again today, on a supposed 200 yard range...not sure about 200, but it had more drop than I've ever dealt with, and I actually was having to compensate for it.

again, zoomed in was producing better results, but I was getting some pointers from a much better shooter than me.


between yesterday and today, I think my shooting improved quite a bit with my rifles...whoo hoo!
 
Old 02-08-2010, 06:15 AM   #7
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so, I played around again today, on a supposed 200 yard range...not sure about 200, but it had more drop than I've ever dealt with, and I actually was having to compensate for it.
Shooting the .22 I'm assuming? Yeah, the amount of drop at that distance is crazy.

Check out these charts:

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:05 AM   #8
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Shooting the .22 I'm assuming? Yeah, the amount of drop at that distance is crazy.

Check out these charts:

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yeah, mostly on my .22. I've got a reticle that goes from fat to skinny, it's designed to let you field judge a deer's size, lol, what a joke...anyway....at one point I was aiming the distance from center to where it went from fat to skinny...then we walked back....that distance again and I heard a nice satisfying "DING". 4 of 5 on an 18" square, off-hand, ~200-225 yards...honestly, best shooting of my life (GTK gave me some pointers)
 
Old 02-08-2010, 06:53 PM   #9
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When target shooting zoom in as target aquistion isnt as critical. But if you ever shoot when it counts I suggest you step to a mildot reticle and learn to shoot with a single lower power once you get the first shot off as aftet that everyone wants to greet you and say hello.

Typicall if Im doing 400yds or less ill keep mine on 4.5 and passed 700 yds I will bump to 12 to 14 if Im goin out to 1000 to 1200 yeards Ill bump to 32, thats for paper punching.

If I were to be making them count first id never be so close as 400yds thats suicide. but if say 700 to 1200 yds id put if on 12 power. Something you need to consider the perfect shot is great for bragging rights later but calculating drop on a person isnt as essential with higher caliber rounds since if you aim for the upper chest and your low you still blow their guts out if your high you take the neck or head, so its more important to engage multple targets quickly or your ass is gonna get drug through the streets after your body is burned, and dude your moms soooo not gonna like that.
 
Old 02-08-2010, 07:16 PM   #10
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I'm not practicing to shoot at man shaped targets, just critters and paper...I feel bullet drop knowledge is good knowledge to have at 3-400 yards, since my .30-06 is going to drop between the legs of a deer or coyote if I were aiming at the vitals, but I do appreciate the insights from other shooting philosophies, thanks.

I have, however, been thinking about upgrading scopes, and thinking about one with a mil-dot reticle
 
Old 02-08-2010, 08:00 PM   #11
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I have, however, been thinking about upgrading scopes, and thinking about one with a mil-dot reticle
Let's go play with my 10/22.

I think you'll like the 6.5-20x50 I have on there...
 
Old 02-08-2010, 08:59 PM   #12
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Let's go play with my 10/22.

I think you'll like the 6.5-20x50 I have on there...
I still like the 3x for up close while hunting though...
 
Old 01-03-2011, 04:01 AM   #13
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Question Scope? Wadda ya got?

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Let's go play with my 10/22.

I think you'll like the 6.5-20x50 I have on there...
What Brand and Model are ya using?

I've been considering one of these, "Mueller 8.5-25x50".
Linky>>http://www.amazon.com/Mueller-8-5-25.../dp/B000SULCRW
I'm gonna use it for Bench and Range/22LR

Last edited by James; 01-03-2011 at 04:06 AM.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 11:35 AM   #14
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To me it all depends on light conditions, heavy or light brush and what im shooting at. I keep it zoomed out in low light or heavy brush or if im just rat shooting. I usually hunt more in eastern oregon where the brush is lighter and distance shots are most common. I had my scope, a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 BDC, zoomed to 14 when i dropped my elk at 500 yds this past season. I was using my 300 win. mag. that i had bought just 2 months before, so i didnt have too much confidence in it yet but it did the job.
 
Old 01-12-2011, 02:14 PM   #15
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FWIW, my paper-punching AR has a 6.5-20x Simmons scope. For shooting groups at 100 yards, I use 10-12x zoom max. Less zoom and I also find the bullseye can be somewhat obscured or hard to see. Any more zoom, and it just seems harder to keep it steady & on target, with no benefit in accuracy (for the shooter that is, the rifle could care less).

If I were to be shooting man-sized silhouettes, zombies, etc at those ranges, I would def back it clear off to 6.5x for wider field of view & quicker target acquisition.
 
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