There’s long-range shooting, and there’s extreme long-range shooting. Also known as ELR, extreme long-range shooting is a growing sport and multiple locations are holding shoots with targets at the past two miles distant! This activity started out as shooters were just trying to test their platforms, and now many ranges for ELR are being established.
Extreme long-range shooting can surely help you test your shooting skills. Want to try it? Continue reading to know the basics.
What is Extreme Long Range?
Extreme long-range shooting is a long-distance shooting’s new contender. Although there is not much difference between the two, shooting out to extreme distances demands greater skills and upgraded gear. And extreme long-range shooting is a much better way to test your skills!
Also known as ELR, extreme long-range shooting is all about pushing your limits and seeing how a rifle performs and if it matches with your skills. It’s a great extension for people who have been shooting at normal ranges and want to try something new.
Basically, ELR constitutes shooting past the 1,500-yard mark with groups like Hill Country testing the capabilities of their setups out past 2 miles. At such ranges, so many considerations will have an impact on the success or failure of a single shot, such as the bullet’s transition from supersonic to subsonic velocity, the twist rate of the rifle, consistency in loads, and wind conditions. Twist rate refers to the rate of spin in the rifle barrel, represented in inches per turn.
Want to get started with extreme long-range shooting? Here are some of the basics to keep in mind.
Choosing the Right Rifle
Should you get a customized one or use a factory offer? Take into account a switch-barrel setup like the new Accuracy International AX50. While a premium factory rifle is a great choice, so is being able to choose the caliber and switch!
Another thing to consider is pairing your new hard-charger with a bipod suitable for the platform.
Get a Scope with Long-Range Features and Level it
You want a good glass so you can see small and distant targets with precision, consistency, and a predictable elevation adjustment. Be meticulous about adjustment turrets and erector tube suspension. The elevation turret must have a zero-stop type mechanism so you can go back to zero distance after shooting long.
You are also required to pick one with Parallax adjustment so that you can eradicate crosshair/target distortion. Hash marks on the vertical stadia if you would rather hold over your turret than dial it up.
Level your scope! Make sure your reticle is leveled up to the vertical axis of your rifle since we tend to hold them tilted, making the reticle appear to be crooked. The best way to level your scope is to take it to a professional for them to get it perfect.
Remember that scope rings usually pull a scope out of level when they are being tightened. Exercise great care as you slowly work the ring screws tight.
Take Your Time
Go slowly and remember that it is all about the data, from the assembly of the ammo to recording the details of the system. Usually, you will be shooting in the transonic region which means your bullet will go from supersonic to subsonic, and a lot could happen in that transition.
Whatever happens, just take your time. Don’t keep firing one more time and a few more times to get an inch closer to your goal. Simply concentrate and give yourself at most five rounds in one sitting before sending the next flurry of copper downrange