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Updated: 11/30/2017 08:30:04AM

Long-range ballistics

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By Billy Carl

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Hey, shooters! I see lots of guys and girls with new ARs and bolt guns who are interested in long-range shooting. Of course, unless you take the trek up to the Manatee Gun Club Range in Wauchula or have a big piece of land out in the country you are limited to a couple hundred yards. It’s easy to get frustrated and blame the gun or the scope when you go to the range and the results at anything past 200 yards are somewhat disappointing.

ARs were never intended to be real long-range guns. If you’re shooting 5.56 NATO or .223, don’t expect extreme accuracy when you pass 250 to 300 yards. The cartridge wasn’t designed for that. To reach way out there, consider some of the larger calibers. The extremely popular .308 and old reliable .30-06 are fine choices, and there’s the new exotic stuff designed to step on out from 600 to 1,000 yards or even beyond. With a .300 Win Mag, you should be able to ring the 1,000-yard gong at Manatee without too much trouble.

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