I've blogged about my goal of a 1K kill. Today I took a significant step towards making the gaol a reality. The first picture is what a target (32 inches wide by 20 inches tall) looks like to the naked eye at 1039 yards (distance measured with a Swarovski range finder), its inside the little circle at the bottom of the arrow.
Here's the same target using the 12x power on the camera. Props to Bill (and others) for suggesting I buy a Canon PowerShot).
Todays shooting irons were all specialty handguns built on Remington XP actions. I shot a 7mm Dakota, a 6mm-284 and a 6.5mm-284. Optics were mostly by Leupold in various Mark IV configurations and one Schmidt and Bender (I nearly had an orgasm typing that) with a ART reticle. If your wondering about a appropriate belated birthday gift for your host, the PM II with ART would be a good choice. Its this scope (5x25, last scope on the page) with this reticle. The best group of the day was a 13 inch group, using the 7mm Dakota off a bipod on a portable bench. Wind conditions while I shot the group were less than 10 mph and 1/4 quartering value. If it wasn't for that far left shot I would have had a 9in group.
There were lots of dogs out today. I chose not to take a shot at one. There are three reasons for that, the first is I was training for a 1000 yard handgun comp coming up this spring, second I want to take my 1K dog with my gun, and third a spring snow storm blew in while I was shooting, the temp dropped at least 20 degrees and the winds were gusting over 20mph. The dogs went underground, so even if I was tempted there was no opportunity.