Location: Charlotte, NC
I wanted to share my 8/30-31 trip to BangSteel Long Range Training in Wytheville, VA. Two guys accompanied me, we will call them "B" & "D". In summary…it was awesome!
8:00am - Start in the Dan Newberry classroom where we talk about our rifles, loads, optics, reticles, etc. We then begin talking about ballistics, supersonic vs. subsonic, and doing lots of math. The biggest thing for me during this time was the customized wind formula that each one of us got based on our bullet, and scope reticle (MIL vs. MOA). This formula proved itself out to 1,040 with my .308. Want to know this wind formula? Come to BangSteel. http://bangsteel.com/
11:00am - We are driving to the range (which is right off 77, and visible from the road) which is a giant Angus Cattle farm. (You shoot one...write a check for $1,800 and take it home with you.) We spent a lot of time doing our 100-yard zero because "B" had a Sheppard scope (my 1st time ever hearing about them, and Dan's 1st time ever working with them), and had issues getting the 4 dials (not 2) for windage/elevation calibrated. What took me 3 shots, took "B" about an hour. But Dan was very patient and we got it done (looking online for instructions). Shortly after that "D" got his rifle zeroed. What were we all shooting? All .308s. :)
· Gary - Rem 700 - SPS Varmint - .308 - 155gr. Nosler Custom - 2820fps, Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44
· "B" - Savage 110FP Tactical - .308 - 175 Sierra MatchKing - 2700fps, Sheppard Scope
· "D" - Savage 110FP - .308 - 175 Sierra MatchKing - 2700fps, Millett Scope
2:00pm - We were "behind" and probably looking to stay longer than needed to catch up. But once everyone was zeroed, we starting plinking steel and reading wind at the following distances:
200, 300, 400, 525, 600, 740 and then finally wrapping up the day at 900. You wouldn't think there is a big difference between a 600 and 740 target in terms of difficulty. But that 740 was a dirty ferret that really made everyone do things almost perfect.
AH #1: WIND
During Day 1, you really learned the importance of reading wind. If you do EVERYTHING right...but blow the wind call by a couple MPH...you miss the shot. I've read countless articles on reading the wind, but until you experience it...you won't understand how critica
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