Think your rifle shoots at distance? It doesn’t unless you know minute of angle like a Palma shooter knows minute of angle.
“What you have to have is a rifle/ammo combination that you could consistently shoot into 1/2 minute of angle or less with iron sights at 1,000 yards if there were no wind. An impossibility you say? Not so. Most of the top 30 or so long-range shooters in the country end up as members of the U.S. International Palma team. In the Palma match, these shooters consistently shoot scores above 440 … . Do you think these shooters can judge the wind to within 1/4 MOA? … [W]hen they shoot scores on the order of 447 or better with a high X-ring count in really strong, tricky wind, they would have to be judging the wind that closely to keep 42 out of 45 shots in the 10-ring … . I may be wrong, but I don’t think anybody is that good a judge of the wind, not at 1,000 yards. In my opinion, without a half-minute rifle, that kind of score is just a dream.”–Randolph Constantine, Modern Highpower Competition, From Beginner to Master, from the chapter “Long-Range Competition”
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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