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    C-14 to a mile...

    I thought I'd document my journey to a mile with my new C-14 Timberwolf. First off, a big thank you to Steve from EM Precision for really encouraging me 5 years ago to get seriously into long range precision shooting. If it wasn't for him and his skills as a builder and teacher, I'm not sure I would have been able to do this.

    First....the rifle. This is my second rifle from Ross at PGWdti. (My other is a Coyote in .308win.)

    It is a C-14 Timberwolf in .338LM. The scope is a NF NXS 8-32x56 over a Spuhr +20moa mount. The bipod is by LRA, their F-class. (Although the lower picture shows a light tactical model to accomadate an LRF by SilencerCo.) And that brake is an EM Precision ShockWave installed by Steve.





    So load development went well with me finding a sweet spot with 93.6 grains of Retumbo. The brass is Lapua, the primers Federal 215's, and the bullets are 300 grain SMK's. Then came the seating depth tests with three depths (.005", .010", .015"), with the .010" jump being the best. Easy. (BTW, all load/seating tests were done at 201 yards.)

    So, onward and outward to a mile. Well there were a few problems along the way. When I decided to try the mile, I had just been out to a friend's place plinking to 1050 yards. The rifle (and me) were more than capable with me getting bored quickly and not wasting much ammo. This made me want to try the mile the very next day.

    The first problem was with iSnipe. Out beyond 1000m, it appeared to be "off". It got worse the further out I went. Frustrated, I asked for help from a couple who enthusiastically helped me with spotting. (Thank you Rob and Barb!) I was on steel at 1500m in four shots. Again, the math did not jive with iSnipe. At that distance, I was over 4moa high. Oh well, now on to the mile.

    After three shots to make adjustments, with help from Barb, I managed my first hit at a mile! I gave Mr Smiley Face a new nose...



    Not a bad shot. I followed this up with two more hits at the mile and eight at 1500m. I was pumped. But the damn math was puzzling. Thinking about it on the way home, I decided to try Applied Ballistics since I had that app on my iPad. After entering all of the data, I proceeded to roll up some fresh ammo for the following week.

    BTW, here's me posing with my first hit. (Gratuitous, I know!)



    A week later, I had Applied Ballistics working very close to what I had experienced a week earlier. I managed to walk the rifle out from 800m to 1500m. I then zeroed my scope at 1500m. (I know, a long way out to do that, but I had dead centre hits once I got it set.)

    I tried a 5 shot string at the mile. The first three were nice hits. Then I guess I got excited and missed the fourth shot. Then the fifth, while still hitting the steel, went high left.



    Oh, and I did paint over my previous week's hits before i started (you can just see the "make-up" that covered my original hit). Again, I gave Mr. Smiley Face another nose. And the two other shots were just over 4 inches. I know it's only a three shot group, but hey....I'm pretty new at this distance. The fifth shot can be seen high left on the gong.

    The totals today were my best ever at this ELD. With 12 hits at 1500m and 8 hits at the mile. (I then rechecked my zero at 1000m and it was dead on.)

    So I learned a great deal. Yes, I need much more practice. But it sure was a fun process. And I just may have a chance to extend things out beyond two miles in the fall....we'll see.

    Technical info:

    Powder: Retumbo 93.6 grains
    Primer: Federal 215 magnum
    Brass: Lapua
    Bullet: Sierra Match King 300 grain
    Headspace: 2.319"
    Ogive length: 2.966" (.010" jump)
    Trim length: 2.714"
    Velocity: 2805fps S.D.= 8 (10 shot string)
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    Wow, that's some amazing shooting, well done!
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    Nicely done. Much respect earned.

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    Very impressive...you make it sound like a mile is so easy..i may have to reconsider my next caliber decision..

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    No, the mile is a hard shot. Especially with the harder recoil rifle. Lots of fundementals come into play. Proper trigger movement, the break, recoil management, follow through....it is a hard shot. I was pleased that I was able to make multiple hits in a row. And as I get better, I hope to not make as many misses.

    Oh, and btw, there's environmentals that are always there. Yesterday it was almost calm all the way down range. The humidity was around 55%, and the temperature in the mid to late morning wasn't too hot (22c). The ammo was kept cool in the shade of the enclosure too.

    All of this and more matter. The further out you go, the more important the little details get. If one or more is off, you'll most likely miss. So no, it's not an easy shot. I am looking forward to lots more practice.

    What calibre are you considering?

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    I've been tossing around something in the 7mm range but not sure yet..Rottweilerboy and Blacksmith Den are both shooting 300 WM and both have been to the Mile marker...closest I got last trip to Edson was the 1500m plate and managed a few solid hits on it once dialed in..Im currently shooting 6.5 Creedmore so pushing it those final 100+ yards is gonna be a bit tricky as I'm going subsonic well before then...then was thinking that once you're at a mile...whats next..obviously 2 miles is a whole nother tax bracket so...either step up and go balls deep or settle for the Mile and get really comfortable at it..

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    Yeah, that's one of the main reasons why I chose .338LM. Mine stays supersonic well beyond a mile. In fact, the 300 grain heavies stay supersonic to 1900m. And my quest was first to the mile, and then....who knows. I hope to find out in the fall. My next step might be the bmg. I tried one in Edson and kind of was intrigued.

    But I must agree....the budget kind of gets blown up the further out you go. Interesting, but expensive.

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    Good shooting. Now you have to get Mr. Steve to build you a Snipetac!
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    No, right now he's building me a 6.5x47. It will be my third from him....I'm his best customer!

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