I am on my way back from a Vortex Edge Long Range rifle class in Michigan (yes, Michigan, not Wisconsin). The class was excellent. I got hits out to 600-700 yards (beyond which I could not see the targets with my 16x scope). I learned a lot about dialing in a real 100 yard zero and proper use of my scope. I started with little to no experience with precision rifle.
The instructors graciously accommodated my old man body and limited mobility. The class size is limited to 8 shooters with 4 instructors, so lots of hands on help. Other shooters had more advanced gear than I did, but I still learned a lot.
I recommend it to others looking for something other than an indoor pistol range experience.
Congrats on hitting that far. Great job!!!
How far were they taking the bigger equipment? What caliber were you using?
I need some instruction past that 3 to 400 yard mark. Sounds like you thought it a good program. Thanks for sharing a bit of your experience. My understanding is limited to using ballistic charts and picking my zero off a table somewhere and trying to hold correctly.
Rifles with higher magnification went out to 1,000 yards. Mostly 308s and 6.5 Creedmores with heavy barrels. I used a 308 in a rifle that is designed to be a hunting rifle with an “everyday/affordable” optic (4x16 Vortex Diamondback MilRad), not a 20+ pound assembly. I have no doubt that my rifle could reach out that far at reliably hit a silhouette sized steel target, but at 16x and my old man body, that did not happen. I was more than pleased with my results.
The 2nd class in the 3 class series deals with how to read wind. The third class deals with a variety of shooting positions and longer range shots.
I like the classes your taking!! Seems very informative and sounds like your learning alot of pertinent and useable information!!!