Guys, this one has been driving me crazy.
So here is the situation. Some of you may have seen my long range shooting videos. If not here you go http://www.youtube.com/user/Stainles...d?feature=mhum So I would like to think that it is not the shooter, or in this case shooters. My Uncle saw the videos and wanted to learn how to shoot at those distances, and get his gun up to speed. So we have been shooting all summer, and fall practicing and getting good dope. I am shooting a Gap 7wsm pushing the Berger 180 vld's. He is shooting a factory Savage 7mm Rem Mag shooting the Berger 168 vld's. Both have the Nightforce 5.5-22x50 NP-2dd
Well we bought two cow elk tags to try and kill from 800-1000 yards. Nether of our new guns had blood on them yet so this would be a good test to see what they would do. We go out shooting every few weeks at our 1000+ yard spot shooting the steel. Then we would move to small rocks anywhere from 400 yards out to 1400 yards. We would range small rocks, dial in our dope and send it. Moving around to different yardages pretending they where elk and deer. Everything inside of 1000 yards where first round hits. We where feeling very confident. I have the Swarovski range finders, and he has the Lecia 1200. I have the Kestrel 3500 for the weather. I set my altitude to zero, then use the station pressure for the baro setting on my Itouch. It has been spot on every time we go out. Here is a picture the day before the hunt of my Uncles 3 shot group from 1009 yards. He was so excited we had to drive down and take this picture. Which is sweet, knowing that he spent $650 on that factory Savage. The temp was 40 degrees calm wind. 30% humidity. We are shooting at an elevation of 6500 feet.
So the next day is the hunt. The conditions of the hunt are this.
8500 Feet off of Station Pressure
Wind dead clam.
So five mins into the hunt we have some elk spotted. There is a nice big cow 795 yards standing broad side. Not paying any attention that we are all there. So I set up in the middle of the road. We are shooting from bipods and sand bags. Just like practice. I range the elk. Put the info into the BulletFlight on the Itouch. Dial my scope. Camera is ready. Fire! Shoot a foot over her back. What the heck! So I hold on her front knee and put it threw her lungs. It takes five more shoots to put her down. One tough elk. All of my shots are high. My uncle later that day gets a 1000 yard shot and shoots two feet over her back. He did not end up getting one that day. We went back the next day. Same conditions as before. We find him one 989 yards. He shoots over her back the first shot. Hits her the next one after dialing down a few clicks. Shot two more shots over her back. Dialed down again. Hit her high, broke her back and she dropped.
So my question is this....
Why would we both be shooting high? I know that BulletFlight compensates for the higher elevation. It is driving me crazy trying to figure out why our dope was so off the next day. After I shot mine the first day. I thought maybe I got a bad range. So when my Uncle shot his. I made sure to double range it with both range finders. I got the same reading. So I am stumped why all of our shoots where high. I am going to take my steel target up there and see if I can figure out what went wrong. Its got me.