I recently finished a series of 20 shots fired on 20 different days at 200 yards, from a cold bore, on a single IDPA-style target. This was to see what my average capabilities are, starting cold without any sighters. I chose 200 yards because it's a reasonable distance for hunting in my area.
The rifle and ammo details:
- Ruger American Predator in 308 Winchester
- SWFA Super Sniper 10x with rear parallax adjustment, MIL/MOA
- Burris Xtreme Tactical Rings
- Surefire Procomp muzzle brake
- ZQI M80 ball ammunition
- Harris 6-9" notched leg bipod for some shots
This is not a blog about gear, it's a blog about shooting. With that being said, a brief word about equipment selection is in order. Nothing about this rifle can be considered "high-end". The total cost of the rig was under $900, not including ammo. Yes, it still needs a sling. But this is a budget setup, with budget ammo. That's the brief word on gear.
I also know that 200 yards is not a far distance, especially for this rifle and scope combination. It was a good start with the ammunition used. I may do another, similar run at 400 or even 500 yards when I get a good load worked up. For now, the ZQI was convenient and definitely good enough for a 200 yard deer vital shot.