.338 Lapua zero for 1000 yds

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  • .338 Lapua zero for 1000 yds

    Gday all,

    I was with a good friend of mine who recently bought a Steyr Mannlicher in .338 Lapua Magnum. rifle is the same as pictured below. My mate fitted a Nightforce NXS 8-32x56 on the rifle so it is well equipped to shoot out to 1000 I think....

    He has given me the opportunity to take the beast out and attempt to shoot targets at 1000 yds but with my very limited experience I don't know where to start.

    We will be using factory Ammo for now and shooting off a steady rest...

    My question Is, at what distance should the rifle be zeroed in order to help reach out to 1000yds???? I know its a big task but I have the opportunity to shoot this baby and if I can hit something at 1000 yds ill be happy as a pig in........

    We will eventually reload for the rifle but here and now we are just blasting some factory ammo.

    Cheers....


  • #2
    300-500m that will give the projectile enough time to stabilise....
    I throw sub-moa rocks

    If you heard the shot, you weren't the target

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      Zero at 100m. Why would you do anything else ?
      Set up a known target at 100m, zero that sucker. The NF 32x NSX scope has 65MOA / 17.7MIL adjustment.

      If you are throwing a 300gr Scenar at 2720fps, you are looking at ~28MOA or 8MIL. A 300gr SMK going at 2850fps you are looking about 25MOA / 7MIL. These are not exact values but real close.

      Run with a 20MOA rail and you should be sweet. Get a phone ballistic calculator, theres some really good free ones out there. Plug in your values once you have run your projectile thru a chronograph and you are all set. You need bullet BC (ballistic co-efficient, like .768BC) and velocity. You really want weather conditions such as altitude, barro, humidity, temperature and then you can get real close straight off the mark.

  • #3
    Why zero at 100m if you aren't shooting at 100m (assuming op isn't wasting his time and money shooting a 338lap at 100m)

    Just seems like lots of extra moa to dial in for a long range green horn, they could easily get confused with more then one turret rotation, less rotation the better.... Assuming the scope has moa turrets like 80% of all nightforce scopes.... Not so much of an issue with mils....

    There is also the hi cal/hi bc stabilisation myth that some choose to believe and some don't, I have personally experienced this with 338lap, not huge but noticeable....
    I throw sub-moa rocks

    If you heard the shot, you weren't the target

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      Zero at 100, all my stuff is zeroed at that range 338lm, 308, 303. My 338lm shoots 1/4 " groups at 100. Sometime not all targets are at 1000yards but anywhere inbetween 100 and beyond. Have fun!

  • #4
    Just shoot the thing, see where it hits.....and work it out from there.
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    • S12A
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      +1 for a 100m zero
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