posted on Oct, 1 2007 @ 12:06 AM
Cant vouch for sniping, but myself and my grandfather were pro Roo, Fox shooters for a number of years, shooting for skins and meat the aim of the
game was head shooting, anything else caused to much bruising to the carcass and therefore devalued the meat.
Weapons of choice were a .243 and a .17.
We spent much time improving the overall accuracy of these weapons, from memory when we first purchased the .17 we spent nearly a month playing with
loads until we were happy with its performance.
As was stated earlier by someone else each weapon must be treated as an individual and no two weapons are ever the same.
For the accuracy of our weapons we custom loaded our own rounds, this required the projectile to be within tight weight limits, the grainage was
always exact and also the the "necking" of the shell and positioning of the round within the shell (jump distance,shell to rifling), this last point
was considered sancrosanct and every barrell we had varied considerably in this respect.
Two other areas were quite simple the stock was to have the same specific clearance from the barrell at all times (from memory 3 sheets of A4 paper
were used for this purpose).
The last area we noticed having a significant affect on accuracy was how many rounds we could fire before cleaning was required, the .17 was a
shocker, any more than 3 rounds and it went to sh@!#t, the .243 could manage 5 before being significantly affected.
Using fox shooting as an example all hunting was done at night and they were picked out at long range by the colour of there eyes compared to native
wildlife, all you could see were two beady eyes glowing in the darkness and the objective was to put the bullet between them as they were the only
real reference point you had, with this in mind the target size you were aiming for was slightly larger than a box of matches.
The .17 we used for anything up to 300 yards, within this range if you missed it was your fault, but being a light albeit high velocity round beyond
300 yards its accuracy diminished rapidly and so for longer range shooting we utilized the .243 out to 500 yards for matchbox accuracy.
While never having had the .17 on an actual range so to speak we have had the .243 at a local range and I have hit an 8x8 inch target at 800 yards
hitting 6 out of 7. An 8x8 inch target isnt much larger than an adult head either.
All this is done without taking any account of windage and only educated guessing on bullet drop at extreme ranges (eg..243 at 800)
Considering the calibre weapons those boys use and there level of training in ballistics it wouldnt surprise me in the slightest for them to be
hitting targets at 2000 metres.