I had a chance to look over one of the new Bushnell DMR2 scopes when I visited Mile High Shooting this week. I don’t own one and certainly can’t speak to things like it’s durability or tracking but I did get to have a look at it and see what kind of impressions I could form. If you make a few assumptions about the scope you can start to see a somewhat clear picture of what to expect. For example, the Bushnell DMR2 had several predecessors. The Bushnell DMR, ERS, and XRS scopes. Those three scopes are wildly popular in the precision shooting world. They can be had for around $1500 down from the $2000 or so retail prices they command. They all track well, have decent glass, and have spent a lot of time in Military, Law Enforcement, and Competition scenarios. The durability of those scopes is established, consistent, and backed by Bushnell’s “No Questions Asked, Lifetime Warranty.” The question becomes whether the new DMR2 will live up to what came before it. Read on to see what I thought after some brief hands on time!
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So with the first installment of this series we talked about the three different levels of competition and where to begin. In this installment I’m going to talk a little bit about the gear. Specifically, what items and equipment you need to get into each level of competition and have a good time. Excelling in different levels can have much different requirements. The idea behind this series of articles is to encourage new blood to get into long range shooting on a competitive level. So with that in mind I’m going to try and strike a balance between what you really need and what’s nice to have that makes your life a bit easier. Let’s get started!
You’ve probably seen or heard a lot about Suppressors if you’ve been reading about precision rifle shooting! They’re a pretty popular item. I talked to Don the other day after he fired one and his thoughts mirrored my own after I had tried one the first time; “I never want to shoot unsuppressed again!” I’m sure you’ve seen a suppressor in the movies but how they behave and work in reality is another discussion. The discussion I intend to have with you today! We’re going to talk about how a suppressor works to suppress the noise of a projectile as it moves down the barrel and off toward the target.
Today’s topic of discussion is going to be the differences between supersonic, transonic, and subsonic speeds when discussing how projectiles move through the air. Why the photo of the 338LM for the featured shot? If you aren’t shooting out into Extreme Long Range (ELR) distances you’re likely only dealing with the supersonic portion of a bullet’s flight. You will hear people say things like “how far is the bullet supersonic?” but you may not hear the reason behind the question. What happens in the Transonic flight portion of flight? Does subsonic matter? We’re going to discuss what each speed is and, briefly, how they relate to shooting at extended ranges! So let’s get started!
So the focus of today’s article is going to be competition shooting. Specifically, how to get started and what some of the benefits can be! A lot of guys are interested in shooting in a match and getting started with competition shooting. Unfortunately, a lot of folks are also not sure what to expect at a match. They aren’t sure it’s going to be worth their time and there are some good reasons for wondering. The idea here is to talk about the different levels of competition and what goes on at the matches. This way anybody who’s interested in competing has a good sense of what to expect and what’s required to show up and get their feet wet!