shooting long range

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  1. KnotRight

    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    How do you compensate or adjust for long range shooting when you are at the top level on your buckhorn sights at 100 yards? I am at the next to top level and trying to hit steel at 300 yards.
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    What cartridge?

    Are you shooting low power loads? If so you might need to speed it up and flatten the arc out a bit.
     
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    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    I am shooting a Marlin 45-70. The Ruger hads a scope and can work out the hold over with it. But with the Marlin I can not see the target when I elevate the barrel.

    Was shooting a RN 300 grn. bullet around 1450 feet sec.
     
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    Bailey Boat Senior Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Same way I do when shooting a 2" barrel at 100 yds. Don't elevate the whole barrel, just the front sight. In other words, don't raise the front sight, lower the rear sight....
     
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    rdinatal Better late then never...

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    Buckhorn sights are usually limited in range (0-200, 250ish yards). At ~1500fps it should get you out to 300yds, but you will have some arc.

    If you are on the top notch with what you have suggest you look for a tang sight. That will have the adjustment beyond 300yds.
     
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    ronn47 Where's the Scotch? Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Does the front sight have serrations?
    If so add color to one of them in the middle of the sight.
    Shoot this make as the top of your sight and see where on the paper it lands with the rear up at it's max.
     
  7. Bryan Austin

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    Always keep the front site on the target to where you can see the target. Elevate the aft end to find a site picture somewhere on the barrel. These photos are an exaggeration. I can hit 200 yards just below the front sight. I will get a better photo.....but this is a 44-40 @ 1,300fps, not the 45-70.
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    This is 200 yard sight picture for the 44-40, 200gr lead @ 1,300fps
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    Welcome aboard!

    Helpful info, thanks.
     
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    I know I am skipping ahead here but if you decide to add a sight, next would be a ladder sight or a peed sight. For a 45-70, probably a ladder sight. Here is my Marlin 1894CB with a ladder sight. As you can see I am blind as a bat so I finally added a scope on both rifles. I still have the original Marlin with the buckhorn sight.

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    265 yards, 44-40
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