So, You Wanna Shoot Far?

Long-range shooting and precision marksmanship require all of the components of your shooting system—including your rifle, riflescope, ammo and shooter—to be reliable, consistent and repeatable.

During the past 3 years, having taken an interest in long-range precision marksmanship training with Magpul Core, it’s become important for me to setrtch the farthest possible distance with my rifle, cartridge and optic combination. It’s simply something that interests me right now, during this stage of my hunting and shooting “career.”

In the past, Swarovski Optik riflescopes have somewhat limited my training at long range, using my 6.5 Creedmoor with 140-grain Hornady A-Max, to inside 650 yards with the Z6 3-18x50(i) rifle scope, due to limited range of adjustment … until now. Swarovski has a global reputation for superior precision and uncompromising quality, making their riflescopes my only choice in optics—so needless to say I was more than excited to get this news.

The new X5(i) riflescope is specifically designed with long-range shooters and hunters in mind, and the 5-times zoom will afford the opportunity to train at greater distances than ever before. For me, my precision shooting will now reach far beyond the 650-yard limitation I’ve had in the past.

To be clear, I’m not advocating that someone who has never trained at these longer distances start long-range hunting just because the technology exists. I am suggesting that each individual shooter has verified that they’re capable of making the shots at all considered hunting distances—not just one time but repetitively to determine the limitations of their weapon system and their individual shooting ability. Just like any skill in our hunting world, practice is paramount.

When under pressure, we do not rise up to the occasion but instead fall back on our level of training. Some hunts simply do not offer the opportunity to shoot game at “close range.” A good example of this would be sheep hunting or other types of mountain hunts, where a hunter might need to shoot across canyons in order to reach our intended target. This can easily lend itself to shots between 450-700 yards, and your skillset will determine whether you can take the shot or are forced to look for another—closer—opportunity.

Rifle: 6.5 Creedmoor
Ammunition: 140 Grain Hornady A-Max

With my particular rifle caliber, ammunition and scope (Swarovski Optik Z6 3-18x50mm BT 4W-I,64.8 inches range of adjustment at 100 Yards) combination, my Z6 turret would run out of adjustment at about 650 yards, limiting my ability to precisely place my bullet within that limitation.

Using the same rifle caliber, ammunition and the NEW X5 riflescope (Swarovski Optik X5 3.5-18x50mm 4W-I 122.4 inches range of adjustment at 100 yards), I gain an additional 57.6 inches range of adjustment at 100 yards. At this point, until I get to the range with the scope, I can only speculate the distance to which I can precisely place a bullet. However, the significant gain in ROA coupled with Swarovski Optik spectacular glass, this scope is sure to be a long range winner.

Proving Data
An ethical hunter will ensure that they are capable of consistently and precisely impacting the desired shot distance from various shooting positions while proving the data derived from a ballistic chart prior to any hunting scenario. Translation: practice makes perfect … or it builds necessary skills, anyway.

I’m looking forward to getting out and stretching the legs of my new Swarovski X5 Rifle Scope. Stay tuned for a follow up article on exactly how things play out.

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