Long range shooting is a discipline sometimes perceived as for “champions” or anyway for people who want to compete at good levels. Well, let’s dispel this myth: if you appreciate the competition, opportunities will not be lacking but, in the same way, who simply like to goes to the shooting range, he can be equally passionate about this theme and will be able to appreciate the many particularities that it entails.



First of all we will think about the balls to use in order not to leave anything to chance. The profile of the ogive for shooters it is typically tapered. The radius of curvature can be defined as tangent (when it is without “edges”), secant (when it retreats a certain delta the center of the circumference thus obtaining ogives up to 15 gauges) or hybrids that is the main part of the curvature is secant but it is joints to a portion of tangent curvature. If we talk from the point of view of aerodynamics, the secant profile is most advantageous than the tangent one which, however, would have the advantage of engaging the rifling of the barrel more easily. The hybrid solution therefore it is the one which has mostly taken hold to try to combine the pluses of the two types. When considering a bullet, it is necessary to observe the base which can be flat or truncated. If the flat surface of the tail is reduced, the turbulence generated is also reduced, reducing the braking action generated by the depression. To the undecided shooter who does not want to try all possible combinations and draw conclusions, the advice is to stay on flat-bottomed balls if the priority is precision, while if the focus is on long distance then it is better to focus on balls with the highest ballistic coefficients possible.



An anemometer cannot be missing from the shooter’s equipment, that is the instrument that measures the intensity of the wind. The ideal characteristics are the following: dimentions not too bulky and display with few and clear functions, possibly connectable to the smartphone to be able to configure it more precisely. The smartphone can also futher help the shooter thanks  to application that calculate the trajectory of the bullet. Obviously you have to do some tests in the polygon to verify the data of the app to those of your own optics but once you have the patience to set up this preparatory phase, you can avoid ballistic calculations that are not always immediate. Typically these apps require you to enter the diameter, the length and the magnification range of the optics, selected magnification, speed and ballistic coefficient of the optics, distance, angle of inclination. If it is then also completed with the environmental parameters, you will have even more precise data and the purpose of the application will be to have the corrective values to be set on the turretts of the optics or the position of the reticle where to aim. A parameter that often puts the shooter in crisis is how to meisure the height of the riflescope with respect to the barrel. Our advice is to take the measurement of the optics bell with a caliber,  the measurement of the back of the barrel, divide both measures by two and measure the light with the jaws of the gauge between the lower part of the optic bell and the upper part of the barrel. These 3 values are added together to obtain the distance of the optic from the barrel.



The shooter must take care of the firearm and if this is new, never forget the running in. It’s obvious that the weapon will have already passed through a recognized Test Bench, it is therefore advisable to carry out a first thorough cleaning with the appropriate products. Moisten a cloth with a cleaning product and slide it 5-6 times with a stick to which the jag has been screwed up to the muzzle. Remove the jag, screw on the nylon brush that once moistened with the product it will be slid about 20 times and then repeat the passage of the 5-6 cloths. You have to keep running the cloths until they come out clean, after which you can start running the barrel by letting the barrel cool after each shot (or a couple of shots). After 10 shots in which we clean after every single shot, we move on to further 10 shots in which we will clean every 2 shots  and then further 10 shots with cleaning every 5. After running in, a complete cleaning is carried out with a special paste after the second passage with the moistened cloths to eliminate residues on the barrel.



If you are thinking about which riflescope to match your rifle for long range shooting, the offer of Konus is very varied. The flagship is our model #7179 Absolute 5-40×56, with a priceless light transmission thanks to the ED optics. Going down with the magnifications, another successful riflescope is #7173 Diablo 6-24×50 with its extremely wide field of view and an incredible image quality or #7189 Glory  3-24×56 if you are also interested in low magnification to have versatile optics with impeccable mechanical quality.




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