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Old February 3, 2002, 11:57 AM   #1
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Long distance shooting at short distances...

Searching for added conveinance, had the thought that if I wanted to see how I could shoot at say, 500 yards, without all the walking and searching for flatish ground in which to do so, could I feasibly scale down my targets to appear in size that they're at 500 yards, but in reality are only at 25 or 50 yards?
Or is this too farfetched and not considering all factors of long range shooting?

If it were feasible, how much to scale them down? Any formuli I should use to get the scale right?

Be patient with my dumb question, I've never shot beyond 200 yards.
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Old February 6, 2002, 01:19 AM   #2
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thats a great idea

We did that in the Marines to set are riffles up...hope it works out for you.
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Old February 6, 2002, 09:56 AM   #3
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It's done all the time.
Bullseye targets are printed for the 200, 300, & 600 yard targets of the National Match Course scaled down to 100 or 200 yards; and 50 yard pistol targets are reduced for 25 yards and 50 feet. A friend of mine shoots metallic silhouette 200-500 meters and practices - usually with a .22 conversion in his Sharps - at the rimfire targets which are scaled for 25-100 m.
Gil Hebard has pistol targets for all ranges, I'm sure Champion's Choice has rifle targets.
Or make your own. Scale the diameter of a bullseye down in direct proportion to the range. Whatever you are shooting at 200 yards, make it half the diameter for 100, 1/4 for 50. That is to start with. The silhouette shooter above does better on a 77 yard turkey target or a 100 yd ram than he does on the real thing. Even when the target is scaled down to the shorter distance, you don't have to deal with wind, mirage, lighting, or failure of your ammo to hold exact MOA accuracy.
So when a half size target at half distance gets easy, cut it down to 40% and start over.
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Old February 6, 2002, 05:52 PM   #4
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Appreciate the info. Kinda feel like I had a case of brainlock now about the scaling down of the size.
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