November 7th, 2012
Forum member Mark Dalzell (aka “MDSlammer”) is an avid long-range shooter and talented movie-maker. Some months ago, he produced a great video about shooting his Savage 110 BA at 1200 yards. That video was a hit with readers, and now Mark has come up with a new video, with the range pushed out to 2300 yards (that’s 1.3 miles!). Mark and his compatriots Dale Jorgensen and Gio Valdez headed out to their “secret spot” in the high desert, near Jean, Nevada, armed with a pair of 7mm RSAUMs and Mark’s .338 Lapua Magnum Savage 110 BA. Given the degree of difficulty, it’s not surprising that Mark’s gang had more misses than hits this time out, but they did produce an entertaining video that shows the challenges of shooting at Extreme Long Range.
Watch HD Video — Extreme Long-Range Shooting at 2300 Yards
Shooting 2300 Yards with the 7mm RSAUM and .338 Lapua Magnum
Target Cam Spotter: Wally Krusee
Film By Mark Dalzell – Sin City Productions / All Rights Reserved, Copyright 2012
Mark was shooting a Savage 110 BA .338 Lapua Magnum, the same gun he used for his previous 1200-yard high desert shooting safari. The elevation required to get on target at 2300 yards was mind-boggling. Elevation for Mark’s .338 LM was 96.5 MOA (on top of a +40MOA rail). Mark’s buddy Dale was running a full 30.5 MILs of elevation with his 7mm RSAUM with milrad optic.
Mark set up a wireless remote camera near the target, so you can see where the shots impacted. A second camera was behind the trigger-pullers, giving a “shooters’-eye view”. The target was a full-sized steel silhouette with an orange square painted in the middle.
Mark reports: “I was out this past Monday with a couple of buddies. We tried our luck shooting at 2300 yards. I had one hit out of 30. Very poor marksmanship. But I did learn a few things about shooting at this distance for the next time. I have nothing but admiration for those shooters who are consistent at this distance. [It was] pretty amazing.”
|Equipment List and Load Specifications
|Savage BA110 .338 Lapua Magnum
Murphy +40MOA Titanium Rail
Nightforce 5.5-22x50mm NXS Speed Turret
Krieger 30″, 1:8.75″ twist Barrel with Ross Brake
McRees Folder Chassis
Bushnell HDMR Scope
Krieger 28″, 1:9″ twist 5R Barrel with Ross Brake
McRees Folder Chassis
Bushnell H2DMR Scope
|Berger 300gr OTM Hybrid
.010″ Off Lands
|Berger 180gr VLD
62.6 grains H-1000
0.020″ Off Lands
|Berger 180gr Hybrid
64.5 grains H-1000
.005″ Off Lands
November 7th, 2012
There are many benefits to shooting with both eyes open especially when shooting shotguns and handguns, but training yourself to do it can be challenging for some. For many, it is a struggle to fight the natural instinct to close one eye. So how do you train yourself to kick that habit?
How to Train to Keep Both Eyes Open
The first step is to determine if you can see the sights with both eyes. If you can’t get a clear sight picture on target with both eyes open, or if you see two front sights or some other strange configuration that is nearly impossible to decipher, then shooting with both eyes open may not work for you. It’s not the end of the world. It’s more important that you acquire a proper sight picture and hit your target.
If you are a competition shooter that struggles with this you can get a little help from some frosted tape. In most cases it; just a matter of determining your eye dominance and placing a piece of tape on your eye protection on the lens in front of your non-dominant eye. The tape blocks this eye from seeing the sights, but still allows you full access to your peripheral vision.
An effective way to prevent yourself from closing an eye is to spend a good amount of time dry firing. (Dry fire means NO AMMO!) Practice acquiring the sights with both eyes open. Start with the firearm at low ready with both eyes on the target. Bring the gun up to your line of sight and acquire the proper sight picture on your target. The repetition of presenting the gun will help train you to keep those eyes open when you transition to live fire. As with any habit, you’ll need to train yourself to stop — this means more than just a few times dry firing.
When you hit the shooting range, you may find that despite all that dry-fire practice, you still close an eye. It might be a matter of sympathetic reaction to recoil. Using .22 caliber, airsoft guns and light loads can help you transition to larger calibers and full power ammunition. Just as you had to concentrate keeping both eyes open in dry fire, it’s likely you will have to do the same during your live fire training as well.
For more shooting tips visit www.JulieGolob.com and also read my book, SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition. It’s available in print and eBook formats from these vendors:
November 7th, 2012
This month, Brownells is running a “30 Days of Thanks” Sweepstakes. Each day during the month of November, one lucky winner will receive a thank-you gift courtesy of Brownells. Prizes include riflescopes, holo-sights, AR15 Accessories, Shooting Glasses, and more. In all, Brownells will give away nearly $4,000 in total prizes throughout the month.
To be eligible for prizes, customers must enter the drawing each day. This can be done by clicking “Like” on the Brownells Facebook page, then filling out the Sweepstakes Form. Customers without a Facebook membership may visit the Sweepstakes Sign-up Page on Brownells’ website, www.Brownells.com.
Daily prizes will be revealed at 9:00 AM (CST) on the Brownells Facebook page and the sweepstakes area of the website. Winners will be announced the following day at 12:00 PM (CST). Friday, Saturday and Sunday winners will be named at 12:– PM (CST) on Mondays. The sweepstakes ends on Saturday, December 1, 2012. CLICK HERE for Sweepstakes Official Rules.