I recently finished a series of 20 shots fired on 20 different days at 200 yards, from a cold bore, on a single IDPA-style target. This was to see what my average capabilities are, starting cold without any sighters. I chose 200 yards because it’s a reasonable distance for hunting in my area.

The rifle and ammo details:

  • Ruger American Predator in 308 Winchester
  • SWFA Super Sniper 10x with rear parallax adjustment, MIL/MOA
  • Burris Xtreme Tactical Rings
  • Surefire Procomp muzzle brake
  • ZQI M80 ball ammunition
  • Harris 6-9″ notched leg bipod for some shots

This is not a blog about gear, it’s a blog about shooting. With that being said, a brief word about equipment selection is in order. Nothing about this rifle can be considered “high-end”. The total cost of the rig was under $900, not including ammo. Yes, it still needs a sling. But this is a budget setup, with budget ammo. That’s the brief word on gear.

I also know that 200 yards is not a far distance, especially for this rifle and scope combination. It was a good start with the ammunition used. I may do another, similar run at 400 or even 500 yards when I get a good load worked up. For now, the ZQI was convenient and definitely good enough for a 200 yard deer vital shot.

ruger american predator cold bore

Here are links and a summary to each shot fired:

  • SHOT 1: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
  • SHOT 2: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
  • SHOT 3: Seated in pickup bed, tailgate support.
  • SHOT 4: Standing in bed of Kawasaki Mule, using roof for bipod support. No rear bag.
  • SHOT 5: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
  • SHOT 6: Seated in pickup bed, using tailgate for support.
  • SHOT 7: Bipod prone, no rear support.
  • SHOT 8: High because of idiot dialing error. Kneeling with sandbagged support.
  • SHOT 9: High because of idiot dialing error. Kneeling with sandbagged support.
  • SHOT 10: Supported standing, using Kawasaki Mule roof pillar.
  • SHOT 11: Miss after running 400 yards, kneeling with sandbagged support.
  • SHOT 12: Seated in Kawasaki Mule, braced against the roof support.
  • SHOT 13: Kneeling with sandbagged support, into the rising sun.
  • SHOT 14: Seated in Kawasaki Mule, braced against the roof support.
  • SHOT 15: Kneeling with support elbow on left knee.
  • SHOT 16: Standing, no support.
  • SHOT 17: Kneeling with tripod support.
  • SHOT 18: Tripod support from the standing position.
  • SHOT 19: Standing, no support.
  • SHOT 20: Sitting, with elbows on knees. No other support.

Naturally, this information is quite useful going into hunting season.

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So, what are the takeaways?

  • I need to work on my unsupported positional shooting.
  • If I can brace against something, anything, it works much better.
  • Keeping track of things like where your turrets are really matters. It’s best to have a habitual system and protocol for adjustments, so that you don’t forget what’s what.
  • There are very few times that I used the bipod in a traditional prone position, due to terrain features. Getting higher is a needed skill.

This was a very education experiment, and I hope you enjoy reading through the links.

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