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My ThomasAir HPX I named SURELY + swaged 42gr slugs

Wednesday, 8 days ago, it was windy and it was hard to hit all the farther animals past 200Y. Also the vertical seemed to be affected by the wind because in light winds it's not hard hitting them, well except the bobcat.

Last week and this week the gun was hitting low by .6 mil at 125Y so I missed the T-Rex the first shot both days. I added .6 mil to my dope for the crow and hit it most of the time both days. The 5" 190Y square was hard to hit last week-(wind) but not hard this week.

Yesterday SLUGSURELY was shooting well and the wind was down. However my friend had his Chronograph out and the velocity had slowed to 745 fps??? I put this velocity into my app and the dope lined up again. I hit the 200Y donkey 3 times and went to the 250Y coyote. I broke my previous record on it by hitting it 15 times in a row. In 40 or so shots I only missed it 5-6 times and that included figiuring out exactly where to aim to stay centered on target.

I can ding the 275Y buffalo halfway decently but because I put a different scope on with less internal travel I'm at the bottom of the FOV to engage the bobcat so I don't shoot at it with SLUGSURELY. Later this year if it works out I'll have the reg taken out which will allow me to get around 1000 fps by tethering which will be a fun experiment.

I also hit the 300Y bobcat 13 times in a row with my Anschutz 22rf.

That was one fun day yesterday!
 
On Sunday I shot SLUGSURELY at a different location and on different steel targets but this time we shot off the bucket and sticks. We had a 5" diamond at 146Y and a 2/3 IPSC man silhouette target at 215Y which is 12" wide by 19" tall.
The wind was manageable though we found up to 1.2 mil of hold off was needed here and there. A guy I know in the FT club hadn't shot my rifle before and was surprised how easy it was to hit the steel so I told him he couldn't quit shooting until he hit the head of the IPSC target, lol, which he had achieved two times within the next couple minutes.
My time came to shoot and so I hit the 5" diamond 4 out of 6 attempts. Then went to the far target and after seeing exactly where I was hitting on the body of the IPSC target I directed fire to the head which is 4"x4". I hit it 3 out of the 4 attempts before firearm shooters wanted to use the gravel pit so we picked up everything and called it a day.
 
We finally had a really low wind afternoon on Wednesday.

I went straight for the 300Y Bobcat for the heck of it even though I'm holding over 11 mils. I was looking for improvement from the last couple times I shot at it. I could hit it 1 out of 3 shots. My guess is at this distance those slugs are petering out pretty bad and also the gun might be slightly out of tune for that far out. The vertical is larger than the animal is from back to belly by a few inches. I think I better put a bigger target up there at 300Y if I want to hit it more often. Probably 12"-13" from belley to back would suffice and 20" wide. Ha I need a big Rhino. Greatly needed is a 40 moa base too.

But??? at 275Y I could hit the buffalo most of the time. Had quite a few hits in a row before I missed. It's bigger from belly to back than the Bobcat and because the wind was low it was no problem staying on the steel in the horizontal. It's a foot wide and 10"-ish from belly to back.

I didn't shoot at the Coyote with the HPX, but put quite a few on the 200Y donkey which was easy to hit. Crazy that a 200 yard shot with an airgun can be considered easy.

For the first time I tried some NSA 34.9 gr slugs in my 25 cal Uragan King. They shot well. I got 8/8 on my 50Y KYL rack, smallest is 1/4", so I started shooting at other steel.
A friend of my friend John's showed up right when I started engaging the 250Y Coyote with the Uragan. A few flyers but otherwise I hit it a lot. It was time to go home being almost 6 in the evening. John made me attempt a do or die offhand shot at the coyote. I shot and we all thought I missed but then came the ding, LOL. I can't believe I hit it. I was holding over 5 mils as well. In offhand its not easy holding over that much on top of using a heavy rifle like the King. A LUCK shot but as they say "no guts no glory"!

Perry brought out his 17hmr. No problem keeping the hits on the coyote but big problem trying to see where in the cinders we missed. It had rained earlier which means there's no dust to see when that little 17grainer lands.

Fun fun!
 
We finally had a really low wind afternoon on Wednesday.

I went straight for the 300Y Bobcat for the heck of it even though I'm holding over 11 mils. I was looking for improvement from the last couple times I shot at it. I could hit it 1 out of 3 shots. My guess is at this distance those slugs are petering out pretty bad and also the gun might be slightly out of tune for that far out. The vertical is larger than the animal is from back to belly by a few inches. I think I better put a bigger target up there at 300Y if I want to hit it more often. Probably 12"-13" from belley to back would suffice and 20" wide. Ha I need a big Rhino. Greatly needed is a 40 moa base too.
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Fun fun!
12"-13" at 300yds is about 4moa. Hitting a 4moa target just happens to be my typical 1st engagement (no sighters) goal for airgun shots at 200yd-300yd. I like to see 1moa goups at 100yd, 200yd, and 300yd under ideal conditions, but that's rare. A cold bore shot that hits a 4moa target at those distances is what I like to see from my setup (71gr .257 slug). I tried 20moa mounts initially on my build, but settled on 50moa. I can click out to 300yds easily but I end up including holdover to get to 400yds.
 
12"-13" at 300yds is about 4moa. Hitting a 4moa target just happens to be my typical 1st engagement (no sighters) goal for airgun shots at 200yd-300yd. I like to see 1moa goups at 100yd, 200yd, and 300yd under ideal conditions, but that's rare. A cold bore shot that hits a 4moa target at those distances is what I like to see from my setup (71gr .257 slug). I tried 20moa mounts initially on my build, but settled on 50moa. I can click out to 300yds easily but I end up including holdover to get to 400yds.

60 moa base is probably what I should do then.

Thanks for the info Scott because it helps me to compare to others shooting that far away with slugs and I know both you and your rifle are at the top of the precision game and have the ability to make hits at these distances often and on the first shot.
 
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