Rangefinding Scopes & 1000 Yard Scopes: Page 3
Calculating distance without a Rangefinder:
With some practice most of us can guess-timate range out to 300-400
yards with enough accuracy to make a decent shot with a flat shooting
rifle. Beyond that a rangefinder is required equipment unless you
decide to utilize one of the ranging reticle systems like the Holland
ART, Shepherd Scope, or the moa or mil reticles. All of these reticles
are based on the formula that Range = height of known object x 100 /
moa. For example knowing a deer's body is 18" high then Range = 1800
/ moa. For Elk its 24" or Range = 2400/moa.
Shepherd Scopes of the Past - Horus Reticle of the Future
Combining Ranging and holdover the unique Shepherd Scope was the standard for long range
shooting long before laser range finders became readily available. Just find the circle that
matches the height of the game and pull the trigger. Scopes can be ordered to
approximately match your rifles ballistics and then fine-tuned. With the availability of laser
rangefinders this scopes popularity is no longer what it used to be though for speed of use out to
600 yards it's a pretty good scope for under $900 - tho I wouldn't recommend any scope without
turrets for extreme long range shooting. You will note on this reticle one of the drawbacks of
ballistic reticles - at 900 yards you are using the very bottom of the glass where aberrations are
most prominent and there is very little room for wind hold-off. Taking the reticle markings to the
extreme is the new Horus Reticle which has marks corresponding to every ¼ moa click of the turret
allowing exact holdover without using the turret. The military is moving towards this reticle as it is
faster and has no moving parts compared to dialing turrets. The primary drawback is it uses moa or
mils while most hunters prefer yards and the fact that in low light the lines can be more difficult to
see. With an Illuminated scope though this drawback can be avoided.
Shepherd Scope - Match Circle and shoot
Horus Reticle - Military's Future
Long Range Shooting Systems:
If you are shopping for both a scope and a rifle you may want to consider a complete package from
a long distance shooting vendor which guarantees an accurate rifle, scope and ammunition
properly matched to each other so you can hit a 1000 yard target right out of the box.
Vendors include well-known Gunwerks, McMillan Firearms, Best of the West ( Huskemaw), Fierce
Firearms, Thompson Long Range Rifles ( 30-378), Hollands Gunsmithing, Long Range Rifles ( Len
Backus) and others. Most of these also offer long range shooting training consisting of a day or two
of shooting and instruction.
Popular Gunwerks LR-1000 Long Range Package:
Gunwerks LR-1000 precision action, Stainless Steel. LH available.
Surface ground recoil lug, pinned to the action
Gunwerks long range hunting stock with aluminum bedding block and molded in color.
Scope rings and bases are pinned to the action, and secured with 8-40 screws.
Heat-stress relieved match grade barrel with 5 land/groove configuration, Stainless Steel.
Match chambers designed for long range secant ogive and standard bullet profiles.
Calibrated for Gunwerks long range ammunition or a custom load.
Jewell target grade trigger built to withstand harsh hunting conditions.
NIC Industries Ti Cerakote metal finish.
All weather double rifle shipping case, airline approved with wheels for transport.
Barrel break-in, and "True Ballistic Profile" data collection
The New G7 5.5-22X50 rifle scope with G7 Ballistic Turret
Scope rings and bases, and Gunwerks scope coat included.
McMillan's EOL Mountain Extreme™ rifle:
McMillan EOL Mountain Extreme rifles are built for the
EOL Mag series of cartridge with very long, high-VLD
bullets that are seated out longer than usual to free up
additional powder capacity inside the case. The result is
higher velocity and less bullet drop at extreme ranges.
McMillan's EOL Mountain Extreme rifles feature long
actions, ejection ports and magazine boxes that can
accommodate .338 Lapua and other similar length
cartridges.ranges where standard rifles and standard
cartridges are at their design limits.
Continue to our Top Four Recommended Long Range Scopes
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