The scope is actually spelled REAP IR, but Reaper sounds more “skeery”. So after stuffing myself with Sable meat last night I decided to go out to see what was moving ar0und. Stumbled on this guy here at 320 yards. The rest is history.
P.S. For all you guys that know me personally, No, I don’t eat coyotes.
Recipe for coyote disaster:
Stiller Action, Proof Research carbon barrel, IR Defense REAP IR Thermal Scope (set at 2x magnification), SilencerCo Omega suppressor, MagPul stock, Timney Calvin Elite trigger, 143gr Hornady ELD-X factory ammo.
Just installed the new Radius rangefinder from SilencerCo on my 6.5 Creedmoor. Co-witnessed with the IR Defense MK3-60 for shooting critters in the dark. As anyone can tell you one of the hardest parts of hunting at night is difficulty ranging. This setup may be just what I needed.
Stand by for updates.
I will be the first to say that I do NOT like super/ultra magnum cartridges. I find them to be more temperamental, and not as consistent as regular say 7mm or 300 winmags. However, when something works it works. And from everything I’m seeing the Nosler works. From now on I will just refer to the 28 Nosler as either “the Nosler” or “Nosler” because I believe it will eventually become one of those ubiquitous terms, like “Cher”.
I originally tested it with the 195 Bergers and it was impressive. Now because I will need to do more common loads for the 9 twist barrel that most are being made with I decided to test some of the new 175 grain ELD-Xs from Hornady. I got some of the bullet, looked at some manuals for a safe load, and made a hypothesis on what it should shoot relatively accurately (took a wild ass guess).
Below are some pictures of my initial test with the new bullets. It is limited, but because the rifle has behaved much the same way with the 195s I see no reason to think I will suddenly decide ” I don’t like these bullets any longer” and start spitting them hither and yon.
Cold fouled bore at 500 yards. About 5mph right to left wind.
Took one shot at 700 yards.
I only loaded five rounds initially to see what it would do.
Last one was at 1000 yards.
I went and loaded some more rounds just to see if it would repeat….. Yep.
This was a pic a friend sent me of a boar He shot. He hit it in the shoulder with one of the 195s and this is where it found it’s way out. He said that gash is about 10″ long and 6″ wide.
Wait for it…..
Looks cool but it was actually pretty boring because there was nearly no wind, and big old bullet is so fast.
This is a typical way people in my circles take time with the family.
I consider myself lucky.
Now make some hamburgers. I’m already hungry.
I know I didn’t have shooting glasses. Calculated risk. What I want to show is a good visual follow through. I got this program called coaches eye. You can set the camera up next to you and analyze yourself frame by frame for a flinch or other bad habits.
Lots of times I don’t have anyone to make sure I’m not screwing up so I think this will be a good self analysis as well as teaching tool.
Would have been nice if I had hit the target.