February Range Report Thread

  • Thank you to all the people that participated in the GunHive Challenge for January 2017 and we look forward to seeing February's challenge.


    1.) Fire at least 1 (one) deliberate round at a target. (living or not)

    2.) A daily code will be posted in the early morning hours (after midnight Central time zone) and this code will be required for your photo (see rule 3)* The daily code will be posted by @mamalukino

    3.) Take a picture of the result, including your firearm, your bullet hole, mark on steel, or dead critter, and a hand written note displaying the daily code. All this must be in a single photo.

    4.) Post that picture in the range report thread. At the beginning of each month, include your time zone; as pictures must be posted by 11:59 p.m. your time zone.

    5.) Do this at least one time per day, for the entire month

    6.) BB guns and such are still allowed as long as the projectile you're firing is metal you're good.

    At the end of the month, each shooter to complete the challenge will be added to the leader board and will be entered to receive the Gunhive.com Shooters Challenge prize!

    Thank you and we all look forward to the results!

    February 1st's code is: SHO
    Have fun and post your pictures.:smile:

  • Holy cow, another month!

  • @orkan said:

    Holy cow, another month!

    March 18th marks 1 year!!

  • More wind today...which makes it harder to shoot.


    I'm starting to get a little pile here.


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  • @mamalukino

    very nice...those are small dots!

  • @dddoo7 The funny thing is that the hi left was my first shot and I was concentrating on perfect everything. The rest were just basically relaxed; load, pump, shoulder acquire target and shoot.

  • @mamalukino The body always performs better when you eliminate the overactive mind. It always amazes how just let the body do it and it works.

  • @tpk936 I get caught up in that for sure. And I should know better.:laughing:

  • @mamalukino we all do at one time or another.

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  • Well out of the gate for FEBRUARY we have the usual suspects!:laughing:

    OTM is the code for the 2nd.

  • Slippery shirts are not conducive to accuracy.:laughing:

  • So I have been frustrated with my Desert Tech over the last 100 rounds or so. It seems that consistency had gone out the door. The rifle was shooting solid MOA...but rarely better. Barrel was clean. Powder charges were measured to the nearest granule. Bullets were even weight sorted to with 0.08 of a grain...and it seemed that nothing I tried would shrink the groups back to the little sub 1/4 moa knots that I have become accustomed to.

    My original 200 pieces of brass were the older brown box and I do not believe they were as consistent as the newer blue box stuff is. Last time I primed the brown box stuff I had several loose primer pockets and I even had about 10 pieces that almost wouldn't fit in the sinclair shell holder on my CPS.

    Today I decided to break open a new box of Lapua brass and start fresh with a work up. I loaded up four different loads of 5 shots each (43.0, 43.5, 44.0, and 44.5). My previous load was 44.5...but I have a sneaky suspicion that it is on the hot side even though I am not seeing pressure signs...so I want to find a lower node to work with somewhere between 43 and 44.5. The virgin, unsized brass yielded the typical sub 1/4 moa groups I am used to aside from 3 fliers which I will attribute to the brass and cull those (or I might separate them and give them a second chance). I believe I am going to go with 43.7 and see where that goes. There is very little to no vertical movement between 43.5 and 44.5...but to keep pressure down and make my brass last longer I want to back off of the 44.5.

    Sadly...I think I have trashed 200 pieces of Lapua brass in just a few firings...but hey...it could be worse...I could have learned this lesson on a barrel that only lasts 800 rounds. I am now back to loving my Desert Tech!

    Any Ideas or suggestions are welcome!


  • @dddoo7 do you think that it may have effected your trial with the 185 juggernauts?

  • For what it's worth, when working with 175SMK's and lapua brass, I have found my most stable nodes around 41.5-42gr of varget.

    @dddoo7 what kind of velocity are you seeing?

  • @rhyno

    Maybe some...but the jugs were solid 1.5 moa. I got Some decent groups when I switched back to smk's...but they have recently spread out quite a bit.

    I'm don't intend to revisit the jugs when the rifle is shooting groups like this with cheaper smk's.

  • @orkan

    I couldn't tell you because I haven't put the v3 on the barrel yet. At 44.5 it was running 2725.

    I will try from 41 to 43 next then. Will 41 be fast enough to stay super sonic at 1000?

  • @dddoo7 said:


    I couldn't tell you because I haven't put the v3 on the barrel yet. At 44.5 it was running 2725.

    I will try from 41 to 43 next then. Will 41 be fast enough to stay super sonic at 1000?

    Depends on the velocity! ;) When launched at anything above 2550fps, it should make it to 1000 supersonic. Not that it matters much, considering that 175smk's pass from supersonic to subsonic extremely predictably. I once had my 18" 308 connecting consistently at 1550yds. They'll make the trip just fine. If you can call the wind, they'll hit.

  • @orkan

    Do you think the 44.5g was hot enough to toast the other brass?

  • BTW-- groundhog didn't have a chance to see his shadow here.


  • @dddoo7 said:


    Do you think the 44.5g was hot enough to toast the other brass?

    Absolutely. 44gr is considered a "warm" charge in winchester brass. Lapua is considerably thicker and requires a 1.5 to 2gr reduction for similar velocities usually.

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  • ORE is the 3rds code.

    Everyone is welcome to post on the Range report thread and everyone is invited to join in the monthly Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the monthly challenge to post your pictures and you are encouraged to jump in at anytime.
    It may not be possible to shoot a firearm daily; however the option is there to shoot pellet or bb rifles or pistols. Set up a short range in your house, garage, apartment or your backyard and commit to shoot daily. Get out to a range or hunt when the opportunity arises.
    Have fun and post your pictures!:smile:

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  • Banned

    Oh man, I haven't gone out after some coons in a long time.

  • We're going to have to go call some coons this weekend.... aren't we?

  • Banned


  • Groups are not quite as pretty as yesterday...but It was colder today.

    42.5 has four in one little hole at the same height as most of them at 42 and 43. I think I am going to try 42.5 and see what happens.


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  • LET is the fourth's koad.:smile:

    Thank Your Mailman Day is celebrated on February 4 every year.

    Make ice cream the breakfast of champions on the first Saturday of February, also known as Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

    February 4 is Stuffed Mushroom Day. Also known as National Stuffed Mushroom Day in the United States.

  • Some lucky fellas get to hunt the real deal and some gotta shoot "fakes"


  • I picked out the brass with the fliers and tried again just to see how it would do. I had 20 rounds...but was getting rained on while shooting rounds 10-15 so I packed it up. Looks promising. A little stringing in the middle group...but that is probably the driver. Scope was adjusted between first and second group.

    I also shot a starling cold bore at 97 yards with the 40x. It dropped like a rock...but was in the fence row so I didn't climb through the undergrowth to get it.


  • My how quickly the weather changes


  • New indoor range opened in Peachtree City.
    Father Daughter night.



  • February Fifth's code is SSE

    On this day in 1985 Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years; and in 1958 a hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.

  • 6br 1-14 twist. It was 30 degrees wind 6-14 mph in to me from the left. The cold definitely bothers my hands.


  • Very nice!

    The cold does make it hard.

  • @rhyno The older I get the more I want to sit by the wood stove in winter.

  • @tpk936 if you live out in the country you can just shoot out of your windows haha.

    I know that, I'm getting ready for a trip to visit family in Minnesota next week, and it's supposed to be cold cold cold.

  • Whatever you do...don't shoot out your windows. You can shoot out of your windows...but if you shoot out your windows it will be cold inside.

    Good shooting @tpk936

    I shot the 40x at 50. I forgot my rear bag.

    Poi is a little high...don't know if that is due to no rear bag, higher temperature, or something else. The poi to the right is due to the breeze.


  • Lack of rear bag can certainly cause high poi. Without something solid for the rear of the rifle to ride, recoil will cause the rear of the rifle to drop. Rear drops, front goes up, such is life.

  • @orkan

    Good to know. Learning more every day! Thanks

  • Crazy wind today..it's like a wind tunnel outside my shooting portal. Had to throw curve balls to get strikes.:laughing:

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  • February 6th's code is: ESO

    February 6 is well known to Civil War aficionados as on this day in 1862, forces under the command of Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew H. Foote give the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.
    February 6th is a sacred day to baseball fans as well, it is the birthday of "The Sultan of Swat" "The Bambino" George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

  • Banging the pan this a.m.; wind advisory in effect gusts to 50mph...

  • @mamalukino said:

    wind advisory in effect gusts to 50mph...

    Sounds like here. lol

  • @mamalukino

    If you shoot up and into the wind you might be able to catch your pellet.

  • I'm worried about the house and vehicles catching coconuts.:laughing: