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Steel plates and distance

11 Feb 2016
@ 03:55 pm (GMT)

Gerry Moriarty

At what distances would you expect consistent hits on steel plates?
Sizes being a 12in circle, 8x8in square and a 6in circle.


11 Feb 2016
@ 08:28 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Steel plates and distance
So many variables with this one Gerry, shooting style, position, calibre, accuracy & conditions just to name a few.

I use a 6" gong for training as it is a nice tight kill zone size for deer and l need to be able to consistently hit that at my calibres max range.

As an example our 308w 6" gongs are no problems out to 600 shooting prone under good field conditions ie over a pack. I have other rifles/calibres that would struggle at that range to consistently hit unless conditions where perfect, then my 300wm will do that with ease during average conditions.

So it is very "combination specific" answer l guess!
11 Feb 2016
@ 11:32 pm (GMT)

Gerry Moriarty

Re: Steel plates and distance
That is exactly what I was looking for. Generalizations and goals to strive for.
12 Feb 2016
@ 03:25 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Steel plates and distance
Ok, sounds fair!
For a hunting application l did the following to start;
1st set your Max range for the calibre & projectile (performance), not much point shooting beyond your calibre/game capacity for a given set up. Nathans cartridge book will help with that part.

2nd Nominate the preferred kill zone to suit your game, say my 6" for deer as an example or 2" to suit varmints. You may allow yourself a larger or smaller area dependent on energy levels, projectile type and animal strength.
So now you have a self-imposed max range and vital zone size.
Step it out say from 250 to build confidence etc. with the aim of consistent 1st shot, cold bore hits with rapid follow up shots for insurance.

And for plinking, just get them out their and have some fun, keep pushing until it becomes a real challenge. As Nathan says you will find the wall or multiple walls to work through. Our 308/168 Amax is out @ 750 cross gully, which is the max for its optic setup and a great challenge in varying mountain conditions!
14 Feb 2016
@ 07:57 pm (GMT)

Randall Thomas

Re: Steel plates and distance
To me it depends on the accuracy of the rifle. If you can shoot to a minute of angle at 100, then theoretically, you should be able to extend the cone out, so at six hundred yards in calm air, you should be able to hit a six-inch circle at 600-yds, and the 12-inch at 1200.

But, the further out you get, the more you have to start accounting for wind drift, air density, humidity, and things get difficult.


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