So this is part two of my getting into long range shooting series. Would it surprise you to learn I just about canned my first article based on my experiences? Well it was a very close thing, but I decided to let my story be a lesson for anyone else …
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We talk a lot about the Kestrel weather meters that are produced by Nielsen-Kellerman. There’s a reason. They’re excellent weather instruments that give the precision shooter all the environmental conditions needed for an accurate firing solution, all in the palm of your hand. There are other meters out there, some at lower prices, but none that I’ve seen match the precision of the Kestrel. If you so desire, you can even purchase models with ballistics engines included on the device. This gives you the added benefit of being able to compute firing solutions from the very device that’s measuring the conditions. However, the ballistics features do come with a price increase!
We’ve talked in the past about how to zero a rifle. Now it’s time to talk a little about why everyone uses a 100 yard zero, and not a different distance. We have touched on this a little in the prior article but I’m going to explain it in greater detail with this article. I’m speaking primarily of precision rifles here. You may hear your buddies that shoot with an AR15 using a 50 yard or “battle zero” with their rifles. I’ll talk a bit about that as well since AR15s are a popular rifle and this is a rifle website. For a precision rifle, though, with an optic capable of external adjustments, the 100 yard zero is king!
Ok. So it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been busy as all get out. That’s what happens when you’re a college student working your way through college. I’m not going to apologize for it. It’s time to broach a subject that I’ve been putting off writing about for a few months now. Months ago I talked with Rich here about writing a piece on getting into long range shooting without breaking the bank.
Everyone’s heard of a canted reticle, but why is it important? How do you check your scope for this problem? We’re going to tackle this subject in today’s article! The issue here is that a canted reticle is annoying to look at. We tend to incorporate right angles and symmetry into our lives everywhere we look. Surfaces are almost always vertical or horizontal. So when something is out of whack, it’s noticeable. It jumps out. Many people might mount their scope up and notice the reticle is off a few degrees. Many more will address it, improperly, and further compound the problem. We’re going to talk about all of it and how to address it if it’s a problem your optic has!