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400+ yards smacking steel
« on: June 15, 2019, 02:36:25 PM »
Kevin and I met at his family farm this morning for a few hours of smacking steel. We had fog in the morning which kept it pleasant and cool. Sun came out but it was still nice and cool. Fields are green and rich with grass and thistle.

Kevin had his Texan .308, and I had my .257 Texan, .257 Citrus, and my DAQ .458.

I set up a separate 100yard target to check my sighting for the Texan. I hit steel first shot, then I fine tuned until I was smacking the steel at the center of the plate. Later I sighted in the Citrus at 100 yards. DAQ would just not behave today and after a while I put it away. I need to focus on that rifle for a day to better understand its idiosyncrasies.

The Citrus kind of behaved but I don’t think I got it to be happy beyond 200 yards. Part of the deal with the Citru and the DAQ is they both are huge airhogs. I tethered and used an external Huma regulator to help with consistency. The Texan performed well and I know I could shoot all day on one tank as it sips air compared to the two other beasts I had with me.

Today I more than doubled the longest distance I’ve successfully shot a. With the wind blowing it was a bit challenging to hit the mark, but I did it over and over again and had a super fun day.

Awesome day!

« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 03:56:43 PM by steveoh »


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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 04:07:44 PM »
Best shooting morning I've had for a while. Knowing the Texan's potential for long range I had never had the confidence, ability, or range distance to get past 300 yards. The last time I shot at 300 yards (last year) I was using my Hawke 4 mildot scope and shooting factory bullets. I was able to hit a big piece of steel at 300 yards but only about 3 out of 4 shots.

Today both Steve and I were able to be on a piece of (approx.) 30" x30" piece of steel on every shot. Due to the distance we were not able to see where the impacts were hitting, only the 'bong' of steel. Once that became routine we both started aiming at empty spray paint and soda cans. Steve managed to make THREE HITS on the cans while I scored zero. Granted I was consistently dancing all around them, but for Steveoh never having shot past 200 yards it was an impressive feat. This is also the first day that I never took one shot at less than 300 yards.

Both of us made some great observations about different bullets and their trajectories/accuracy. For myself, I found that while the NOE BBT (Bob's boattail) .309 134 gr. performs really well, the Arnenal .309 flat nose gas check 115 gr. is today's winner for long range accuracy. I still can't believe this little pill (they drop at 110 grains for me) stays true as good as it does.

I appreciate all forms of airgun shooting, but stretching the legs to distances I hadn't considered possible (for my abilities and equipment) with a center fire just a short time ago is just amazing. 
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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 04:16:40 PM »
Huzzah!

By the way, I checked multiple times and the Sig Range Finder I got for my birthday told me the target was 427 yards. Going from 200 to 400+ was a hoot.

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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 04:35:59 PM »
That .308 Texan makes a more substantial snack that the .257 Texan.

Best shooting morning I've had for a while. Knowing the Texan's potential for long range I had never had the confidence, ability, or range distance to get past 300 yards. The last time I shot at 300 yards (last year) I was using my Hawke 4 mildot scope and shooting factory bullets. I was able to hit a big piece of steel at 300 yards but only about 3 out of 4 shots.

Today both Steve and I were able to be on a piece of (approx.) 30" x30" piece of steel on every shot. Due to the distance we were not able to see where the impacts were hitting, only the 'bong' of steel. Once that became routine we both started aiming at empty spray paint and soda cans. Steve managed to make THREE HITS on the cans while I scored zero. Granted I was consistently dancing all around them, but for Steveoh never having shot past 200 yards it was an impressive feat. This is also the first day that I never took one shot at less than 300 yards.

Both of us made some great observations about different bullets and their trajectories/accuracy. For myself, I found that while the NOE BBT (Bob's boattail) .309 134 gr. performs really well, the Arnenal .309 flat nose gas check 115 gr. is today's winner for long range accuracy. I still can't believe this little pill (they drop at 110 grains for me) stays true as good as it does.

I appreciate all forms of airgun shooting, but stretching the legs to distances I hadn't considered possible (for my abilities and equipment) with a center fire just a short time ago is just amazing.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 04:39:14 PM by steveoh »
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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 08:13:31 AM »
I have a simple question.

If I shoot once, out of my .25 caliber Cobra, at a pigeon, 134 yards away, and manage to blow a hole out his backside the size of a quarter, do you all consider that "Long Distance"??
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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2019, 08:19:42 AM »
I have a simple question.

If I shoot once, out of my .25 caliber Cobra, at a pigeon, 134 yards away, and manage to blow a hole out his backside the size of a quarter, do you all consider that "Long Distance"??

Personally I think a 100 yards is long distance for an Airgun. Killing pigeons at 134 yards is some mighty fine shooting!
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Re: 400+ yards smacking steel
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2019, 09:02:47 PM »
Absolutely Alan. Everything in this hobby is a matter of perspective, power, and conditions. I'm more proud of the turkey shots I've made at 175 yards with the big bore than I am of bench shooting 400. Off of the bench you have optimal conditions, time, a still target, and the ability to take practice shots to find the correct holdovers. Hunting is spur of the moment in unpredictable conditions.

We just happen to have long range guns and seeing what is capable with air is fun and revealing. It helps to raise the bar for more practical field applications and build confidence. All of which translate into making long shots at game with pellet shooters and bullet shooters alike.
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