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dstewart
03-01-2012, 8:41 AM
A couple of weeks ago I picked up a 1/2" 3'x3' steel plate (all 190lbs of it) and made a stand for it with $25 at Lowes. Went out to the 395 north of Boron to some BLM land. The wind was crazy, 25 mph steady with 35 mph gusts but I was able to put the wind mostly behind me. Since the wind was so bad I first picked a spot 944 yards out (ranged with my Bushnell Fusion 1600 LRF Bino's). Entered the data in to my balistcs app Shooter and set the dope to 6.8mils up and 1.2mils right. First shot I missed, second shot hit low and left, added .1 mil up and .1 mil right to the scope and made hits near the center on the next 4 shots. After 5 hits in a row we decided to move back to another clearing that put us out to 1220 yards. First shot was a miss , I forgot to adjust the scope, Doh! Shooter called for 10.6mil up and .8 mil right. After setting the dope I made a hit near the center, next shot was center right. It was 47 deg, blowing like crazy and it was going to be dark soon so we called it a day.

I was amazed at how much energy the 300gr Scenar hit the plate with. I didn't expect the damage to the top of the frame above the steel from the shrapnel. Nor did I expect the trench under the steel! Very impressive.

Savage 110FCP 338 Lapua loads,
300gr Scenar
89gr N570
Fed 215M
3.698OAL (puts me at .015 off the lands)
2700fps

Link to youtube video,
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Photo taken at max zoom of the camera, I think 3x.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2244.jpg


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2249.jpg


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2247.jpg


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Looking back to the shooting position.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2254.jpg

dstewart
03-01-2012, 8:42 AM
If you look close you can see the 945 yard hits leave a silver center (lead?) and the two 1220 yard hits are more black in the center. You can clearly see the trench cut by the shrapnel.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2250.jpg

Amazing to think about the impact exploding in a 360deg tangent with that kind of force.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff146/wsmc551/Firearms/1220%20Yard%20shoot/IMG_2252.jpg

Curley Red
03-01-2012, 8:43 AM
Nice shooting, boy do I miss the desert.

dstewart
03-01-2012, 8:52 AM
Thanks, next time out if the wind is a bit more calm I would like to start at 1300 yards and work my way out to 1760.

skkeeter
03-01-2012, 9:33 AM
Looks like a blast. I love how the .338LM doesn't drift nearly as much as other calibers in the wind.
Happy shooting.

t0kie
03-01-2012, 10:45 AM
Very nice shooting, I wish there's place like that in the Bay Area.(the closest may be is Panoche).

dstewart
03-01-2012, 8:29 PM
You know, that was the first time taking it out past 600 yards. I was amazed how they just kept landing on the steel. It was a blast but the wind wore me down so after only a few shots we packed it up and went home.