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    Posted: July 19 2020 at 2:13pm
Shot in my first match since COVID19 shutdown, held at the Talladega Marksmanship Park.  

This particular match is shot at 600 yards prone slow fire, three strings of 20 shots each plus two sighters.  

It was hot and humid, 90+ degrees.  Started out at 85 deg, with about 80% humidity, glasses kept fogging over.  The guys with scopes just look over the top of their glasses...

I shot my No. 4 Mk 2 DCRA 7.62 NATO conversion with PH 5c aperture sight.  One guy was shooting a M1, but most of the other rifles were modern Service Rifles built to Hi Power rules (weighted stocks, heavy barrels, scopes, etc.).  It was open to F Class rifles, but I didn’t see any on the firing line. I had no delusions of winning, plus, several were world class shooters.

 It was a humbling experience!  I shot a 538-9x of a possible 600, way behind the match winner who shot a 582-18x.  I came first in my class “any rifle, iron sights”, but I was the only shooter who registered in that class 😊.  

NRA Mid Range (MR) target, 6 inch (1 MOA) X ring, 12 inch (2MOA) 10 ring, 18 inch (3 MOA) 9 ring.  

I need some work at this range, I rarely shoot out past 200 yards as that is the distance for the vintage military matches (including M1, 1903 Springfield and Vintage Military bolt rifle).  The changing winds were just enough to throw some shots off into the 7 and 8 ring (6 and 4 MOA respectively), but otherwise I was holding the 3 MOA 9 ring.  The guys with scopes could see the mirage changing directions with the winds).  I’ve done much better with this rifle before at 600 yards, although this was only my second time shooting it in a match at that distance.  




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An old trick I'll share to minimize fogging spectacle lenses.
Wash with soap & water, DO NOT DRY. After they dry naturally buuf them up. It leaves a microscopic film on the lens so the droplets have no site to "form on"!
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Thanks for that Sham.  I had some anti fog stuff, but didn’t bring it with me, but I will try the soap and water trick.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 20 2020 at 11:59am
Pleased to hear that you got the chance to compete. I think it'll probably be next year that we get to compete.  
I would love to try a 600 yard range just once. But not many in France, at least not locally. 
But to be honest; until I get more time to improve at 200 metres; there's probably not much point.

As a matter of interest, how many clicks of elevation between the 200 and 600 yard range on your PH rear sight?
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Zed, IIRC, the 200 yard Zero is 6 MOA and 600 yard zero is 19 MOA (13 MOA increase) on the PH rear sight MOA scale.   These are not true MOA as you know, more like 1.25 actual MOA per 4 clicks on the PH 5c with the cylindrical adjustment knobs.  

This is shooting my 7.62 X 51 match load of 40.0 gr Varget with 168 gr SMK, trajectory is fairly close to the Mk 7 .303 service cartridge.  
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Thanks for the info. 
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