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    Question The 200 yard zero

    When I head out on the Koyukuk moose hunt in September, my .338 Win. Mag. as always will be throwing a 250 grain X bullet at about 2700 fps. It will be sighted in dead on at 200 yards. My shots in the last 40 years up here have averaged under 150 yards. What is your dead on zero and bullet going to be for your "critter getter"?

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    I think just about everyone sights their rifle in at 200 yards (atleast I do). Mine is 1 1/2" high at 100,dead on at 200,-6.5" at 300 and -19" at 400.I personally never like to take a shot past 350.

    I think you will do just fine sighted in at 200.

    Tim

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    Perfect way to zero a rifle. I used to be of the school 3 inches high at 100 but in the last five years or so have changed to what you are doing. Even on Kodiak when we deer hunt a long shot is 200 yards.

    If ya need someone to help pay for your gas for this years Koyukuk hunt send me a pm. Looking to make a trip this year before my boat is ready for the fall of 08.
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    I agree the 200 yard zero is one of the more practicle that you can use. I have found myself using the ballistic compensating reticles lately and they normally work well with the 200 yard zero. I have leupold LR duplex on a couple of my rifles and with 200 yard zero the dots are within a few inches at 300 and 400 yards.

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    My .30/06 was sighted in for 200 yards, .300WM at about 150, .223 at 100 w/BDC out to 500. .22-250, may either go with 100 or 200 as it has a new Nikon w/BDC out to 500yards.
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    Nobody uses the MPBR? My 270Wby is 3 high at 100 and the rest 2 high at 100 yds. 2 inches high at 100 seems to be very practical on anything that can shoot as flat as a 30-06 with 165-180 gr. bullets

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    I have always used a 200 yard zero for my high power centerfire hunting rifles, and it has served me well over the years. I also volunteer at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range during "sight in days", and we have used a 200 yard zero with the folks who participate. However, I have a couple of scopes with TDS reticles, and for those I use a 100 yard zero.

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    Looks like everyone thinks alike. I have all my scoped rifles (7x57, .375 W, .300 Ultra, .500 A-Sq), set for 200 yards.

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    Default zero/MPBR

    For everything in Alaska a 200 or 250 zero should be more than adequate 99% of the time. For Asian sheep a bit longer zero is generally recommended.

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    Thumbs up Zero

    I zero Mine at 200 yards also .........aim just at the spine at 300 yards.

    Dead on too 200 yards...........center mass.
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    200 yard zero here too. I have a 300 wsm with 200 gr tsx...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    ... I also volunteer at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range during "sight in days", and we have used a 200 yard zero with the folks who participate. ...
    I'll bite, Doc. How do you use a 200 yard zero at a 100 yard range? Does Rabbit Creek have a secret longer lane somewhere they never told me about?

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    Mauser, I screwed up...I wasn't supposed to talk about the secret underground 200 yard range at Rabbit Creek...now everyone knows.

    Actually, it's easy to have a 200 hundred yard zero at a 100 yard range. You do it by adjusting your point of impact to be higher than your point of aim. For example, I adjust the scope on my .375H&H so that the bullet impacts the target about 1.8 inches above the center of the bull at 100 yards (even though I am aiming directly at the center of the bull), which puts me at the center at 200 yards. Look in the back of a reloading manual, and you'll see "drop tables" which help you determine exactly how high you need to hit at 100 for the caliber, bullet weight, velocity...you can zero for lots of different yardages that way.

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    My 300WBY is zeroed at 200yds because I use a BDC scope which allows me shots out to 600yds. If I don't want to use my BDC on my scope then I have a zero of 320yds. My 257WBY has a 350yds zero using 100gr TSX. My 416WBY has a 260yds zero using a 350gr TSX.
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    I zero three inches high at 100yds with my big game rifles.

    Moose size allow for a kill shot out to 425 yds with the 3006, handloads and the either tje 165,180 or 200 grain spitzer bullet. I shoot the 200 Nosler Partition and H4831. Caribou point blank range is 350, Deer, sheep, goats 325 yds.

    Shoot the 65.X55, 8mm Rem Mag and 375 the same.

    Rifles are dead on at around 50 and 250 then....

    thanks!

    R/Allen

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