While most of the students (myself included) spent Day 1 at the range familiarizing ourselves with the Gunwerks platform, Day 2 was about getting off the bench into some realistic field positions and making good shots on different target at a variety of distances. We had the same sighting targets at 400, 700, and 950 from Day 1, but got to see some additional small targets between 700 and 800 yards, and finally some small-scale elk silhouettes at 880 . . .
We first got into the prone position and experimented with utilizing the bipod. I shot sighters at 400 that were all over the place until I started forward loading my bipod. In tandem with a small rear sandbag, I was able to get a very steady hold that allowed me to engage targets with first shot hits all the way out to 950 yards. Luckily, the wind was calmer than Day 1, which helped quite a bit. In fact, one of my shots at 950 was dead on without any wind hold necessary.
My personal favorite shot of the day is pictured here. That shot right in the middle of the elk on the right was done by yours truly at 880 yards on the first try. I was holding about 1 MOA for wind and absolutely demolished the target. I’m sure it was dumb luck that it worked out this way, but my shot broke the weld on that target knocking both elk targets down. I couldn’t help letting out a little whoop and smiling like an idiot when that happened.
Our last position was the sitting position where we utilized the tripod for the front and then a flexible bipod for the rear. I didn’t have too much difficulty getting the tripod set up, but I had a bitch of time with the rear bipod. Once it is set, it is very stable, but getting to that point is difficult. One of the instructor’s guns has a little snap swivel that seems to be a much more solid platform. If I had Gunwerks building me a gun, I’d make sure to get that swivel installed.
My final delighter of the day was getting to shoot Aaron’s personal rifle chambered in 6 XC. According to his employees, this is the only gun he’s built for himself and it is truly, ridiculously, awesome. The 6 XC has very little recoil but reaches way out there in a very accurate way. I was making ridiculously small groups on the 400-yard target with ease. I hope Aaron’s guys don’t get in trouble for squirreling his gun out to the range. I doubt it since one guy got off the fence and put in an order for one when we got back to the shop! I think they had one more on the hook as well. It is that good.
The conclusion of Day 2 at the range was bittersweet. I was excited to get back home and put the things I learned to use, but I’ll miss feeling like a rockstar shot after shot. All the reading, research, and talk doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t go to the range and put it to practical use. Taking to the range at Long Range University is the perfect complement to the excellent instruction received during the morning sessions. Again, I can’t recommend this class enough for those that want to get serious about shooting at things that are very far away. If you are interested in attending Long Range University, please contact the friendly crew at Gunwerks and tell them TTAG sent you.
Awesome. A couple of questions on some facts I may have missed from your previous posts.
1. How much $ does a course like this cost?
2. What kinds of rifles and calibers were the shooters using generally? Were there .308s and 300 Mags, 6BRs, etc.?
This just looks like so much fun.
I’m going to do a summary post that should wrap things up, but in answer to your question.
1.) The Wyoming LRU is $1500 for the two days.
2.) Students are only using Gunwerks guns, usually the LR-1000 system in 7 mm Mag or 7 mm LRM.
It was so much fun.
Thanks, Tyler, and everyone else.
I think they were shooting 7mm. I am not sure what else they were building there guns out with. I am sure some of them might have been custom.
One of the pictures showed a turret calibrated for a 7mm 168 grain with a ballistic coefficient (probably of G1 spec) of .617 at 3025 FPS. That velocity is achievable through a standard 7mm Remington Magnum for a muzzle energy of 3413 FPE, but its a bit of a stretch. It may also be a 7 SA Ultra Mag or 7mm STW. The .617 ballistic coefficient looks like a Berger VLD round (either a target or a hunting bullet), which are known for accuracy, concentricity, and consistency.
But I’m flippin’ guessing, and I really want to know exactly what rig he was using: scope, reticle type, mounts, MOA cant, action, twist rate, stock, bedding info, etc. I’m also wondering if he was using a scope level (I’ve got one a 20 MOA US Optics mount on my .308).
But Tyler Kee has been nice responding to me in the past, and I hope he’ll share his rig info…
I also live in Austin. Where near here will you be shooting and practicing your new long range skills?