Last year I decided I wanted to hunt with a lighter long-range rifle. My first thought was to build one because I’ve had success doing it in the past. I soon realized I was going to spend over $3500 in order to build a rifle that weighed in around 6.5 lbs. and that was still capable of consistently making a 1000 yard shot on game.
Finding a good quality affordable scope for F-Class shooting is pretty tough but the Sightron 10-50×60 is competitive even with the most expensive scopes at around 1/3 the price. For the last year I have been using a Sightron 10-50×60 with a MOA reticle. I shoot F/TR class in which the trend has been going towards higher magnification optics. I resisted going to a higher power scope for a while and had been using a Sightron 8-32×56
A good bipod can extend the effective range of almost any shooter. For lightweight hunting, the SnipePod has no equal that I am aware of and I’ve tried just about every bipod made for hunting. The reason its superior is because of its ability to be rapidly deployed, its weight, lack of bulk, versatility, and its minimal impact on zero.
I recently found some muzzle brakes built in Boise, Idaho that are truly fantastic. I ordered two. The first one went with me hunting on my self-configured Savage 7 WSM. The muzzle brake works so well that I don’t lose sight picture through the scope even when I place my weak hand back under the butt stock of the gun.
In fact while hunting I shot a mule deer at just under 500yards, sitting, right before dark and watched the bullet hit the deer, watched the deer go down, and then worked the bolt for a follow up shot I didn’t need, all without losing sight picture through the scope. While the 7 WSM isn’t famous for being a hard kicking rifle, it kicks hard enough to make it impossible to keep sight picture without using a muzzle brake. I’m shooting 168g Bergers going
It has been a very busy summer for me shooting long-range F-Class. I shoot F-TR (1000 yards with a bipod) with a Savage F-TR rifle in 308 Winchester. My big wins were the Idaho State Match and the NRA Northwest Regional Match in Missoula, MT. Below are a few thoughts regarding lessons learned during this season of shooting.
The season started out pretty rough. The first match I forgot my good bipod and had to use a Harris 9-13 inch non swivel bipod. My wife brought my MC Werks bipod after I had shot the first relay. This experience
A fellow long-range shooter, hunter, and friend of mine got tired of buying cheap foreign accessories for his long-range equipment. He couldn’t find exactly what he wanted and assumed that there were others also looking for good quality long-range gear. True to the American spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship, he decided to have his ideas manufactured. He designed exactly what he would have liked to have been able to buy.