Worst day at the range!
Have you ever had one of those days you wish you could forget? Here is my story. Some of you know that I will be coyote hunting in New Mexico with Tony Tebbe the first week in November. I have been working on my T3 Varmint in 22-250. It seems like I never have enough time to do the things that I want to do and finally I got a chance to go to the range to finish preparing my rifle for the upcoming hunt.
I was prepared. Showed up at the range when they opened…was first on the 200 yard range and set up my Pact Chronograph. I was going to clock the superformance 50 gr 22-250's and some different handloads in preparation for my hunt. I am using a Zeiss 6-20 50mm Conquest with the varmint reticle. The reticle works at the further ranges once the rifle is zeroed at 200. Zeiss's computer program tells you what magnification to use based on your bullet and the muzzel velocity.
Three weeks ago I had gone to the 100 yard range to finish some barrel break in. I was shooting .375 goups at 100 yards. Well at least two shots with all of the banging going on either side of me. I hate that range unless I am the only one there. Anyway, the rifle was zeroed in at 100 yards, shooting fine and I could not wait to go to the 200.
Back to the 200. I had the power turned down to 6.5 on the scope and it looked like I would be ok to shoot through the chrono. The Superformance 50gr clocked at 3770. Quite a bit less than the advertised 4000 fps. The test barrel is 24 inch and the Tikka is 23.7 inches. I was suprise with that much drop. I really did not look at the target as I was focused on the chrono. Shot number two was even less. I took a second to look at the target of which I can usually see .22 holes at 200 yards. I could not find a bullet hole in the target. There was nothing there. There should have been 2 holes in the target. What the @@%*?
I load another one, shoot, thinking surely I missed something. Once again bad chrono reading. Now I am slightly irritated. Chrono is not working and I have no holes in my paper target.
I solved the chrono problem….I SHOT IT. The sensors do not function well with holes through them. New sensors were ordered Monday for $40. I should receive them by Friday for more testing.
The real problem obviously lies with the scope being off. I baby my guns and can not figure out how the scope for so far off. Hopefully this Saturday I can go back to the 50 and 100 yard ranges and see what happened. I had torqued all of the screws and rings to EGW specs.
One good thing at the 200 yard range. I pulled out my Rock River Predator in .223 and grouped 1.5″ using Superformance 53gr. at 200. That rifle is ready to go hunting.
Thought I would share and blow off some steam. Back to the range this weekend. Shoot straight and hopefully your scope will be on.
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