Gunwerks Long Range University: Range Day 1

There are few things more satisfying than putting three rounds on steel at 700 yards. Save for possibly putting three more rounds on steel at 950 yards. Thanks to Gunwerks, I’ve now done both. And I did it with relative ease. Make the jump to hear how . . .

After cramming our heads with all manner of long range knowledge – and our bellies with the provided lunch – we caravaned out to the Gunwerks private range. As you can see, this is a very nice setup that allows solid bench rest shooting without too much fuss or muss. Our goals for the afternoon range session were simple. Get comfortable with the BDC turret, understand and experience parallax error, learn to use solid bench rest fundamentals and gain awareness of the wind. We also got a primer on proper cleaning and how to be an effective spotter.

Since there were ten shooters and five stations, we shot in two heats. If you weren’t shooting, you were manning a spotting scope and calling shots. That is unless you are a fancy gun blogger…then you just run around taking pictures and staying the hell out of the way.

The course of fire was pretty straightforward. There were targets at 400, 700, and 950 yards. There were at least three instructors working with the five shooters which resulted in nearly one on one attention. Once they felt comfortable with your body position and scope settings, you were cleared to let loose the ballistic dogs of war.

Using the BDC turret is maybe the easiest thing in the world. Screw it all the way in until it stops and then back it out to the range specified by the G7 BR2 rangefinder. The BR2 also gives you wind holds based on known ballistic data. So once you read the wind, or your experienced instructor does it for you, make the hold and squeeze the trigger.

I established my zero at 400 with ease, stepped out to 700 and finessed out some issues. Like when I had my scope set at somewhere less than the maximum 22X magnification and let one rip about six feet to the left of my target. Then I stepped out to 950 and cleared up a few more issues. Like when I forgot to adjust my parallax at 950 and made a less than 1 MOA grouping. Just small things that can make a huge difference downrange.

The wind was a fairly steady five to seven mph but would suddenly die or pick back up. As such, I had some serious horizontal spread. Day two is supposed to iron out a bunch of those issues. Either way, I sat down behind a gun I’d never fired and put three on steel at a bit over half a mile. That’s enough to make your brain hurt.