First confession: I very rarely ever shoot from an actual bench. Literally 99% of my rifle shooting is done prone or positional. Just about the only exception would be when doing initial testing and initial zeroing like here.
What is, “initial zeroing”? It is also known as “getting on paper”. The 338LM is anywhere from $3 to $5.00 a shot. So instead of risking burning through even just a handful of extra rounds to dial corrections; we decided to shoot off a bench that has a loose-dirt mound behind the target. This makes seeing splash in the reticle super easy. Literally, I had an effective zero dialed in TWO SHOTS!
Second confession: I rarely shoot 338LM and I have little time behind the round. For my uses, I rarely shoot beyond 1000 yards, so I get what I need done with everything from 300WM down to 6mm. 338LM was always just tossing money and powder away.
However, as we alluded to in a podcast this past winter, we are setting up a long range facility on the East Coast. With zero infrastructure build out, the expectation is to easily engage steel targets at 1 mile. With some work, probably more. For our Common Core math users, 1 mile is 1760 yards. Good stuff!
So over the course of the next 2 years, I will need to have a 338LM ready to rock with 4 hours notice to test these ranges.
My life sucks doesn’t it? 🙂
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