What’s needed to make 1st round hits at 1 mile?

What’s needed to make 1st round hits at 1 mile?

The most frustrating part of ELR shooting is obtaining accurate Trajectory Predictions.

You can have all of the equipment that we at Desert Tech use, but if your ballistic computer has substandard point-mass algorithms that just average the ballistic coefficient value over the bullets flight curve, instead of generating point-by-point actual ballistic co-efficient values then you are not going to generate sufficiently accurate predictions to consistently make first-round hits beyond 900 yards.  This is what makes Trasol’s ballistic predictions 340% more accurate beyond 900 yards than the competition. 

Most ballistic calculators require users to manually enter all of the environmental and target data into numerous screens in their ballistic software which increases the likelihood of input errors and destroys your prediction accuracy.  Trasol uses an intuitive heads-up-display that allows you to use your phones onboard camera to position a camera crosshair on the target then use drag and drop tools to quickly input the range and wind.  Then the calculator automatically retrieves all of the necessary weather and target data from your phones on-board sensors to generate a dead nuts accurate prediction.  It is virtually impossible to make a data input mistake with Trasol.  Trasol’s automation generates predictive solutions 2-3x faster than other applications, so you don’t have to worry about missing your next trophy animal.

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The most obvious piece of shooting extreme-long-range is having a good Precision rifle System.

You must ensure your rifle and ammo are sufficiently accurate with a quality optic and ring setup that allows repeatable adjustment to your desired max distance.

Here are the items that we at Desert Tech use in our Precision Rifle Systems:

1.  1/2 MOA or better rifle, chambered in an ultra-magnum sized cartridge like the .338 LM, .375CT, or larger.  We prefer to use our SRS-A2 rifle in .338LM or .300 NM or our HTI rifle in .375CT. 


2. Quality scope with > 80 MOA or 23 MRAD of repeatable elevation travel and excellent optical clarity is a bonus to resolve targets and impacts downrange.  It helps to have a precise reticle that allows you to measure your impact correction for your misses as well as use precise holds when necessary.  Like the Kahles 6-24x with DT AMR reticle. 


3. Solid scope rings with enough taper in them to utilize the internal adjustment of your scope.  We suggest 40 MOA of taper with optics with > 80 MOA / 23 MRAD.  DT scope rings.


4. Bubble Level: Bubble levels may not be needed under 1000 yards but beyond that any slight cant in the rifle will throw shots right or level and result in a miss. We prefer rail mounted bubble levels (instead of tube mounted) to ensure we are not throwing shots right or left. 

5. Accurate Match ammunition that is temperature stable and consistent shot to shot and lot to lot.  We produce our own line of match ammunition that is guaranteed to shoot ½ MOA in Desert Tech Rifles and we use proprietary load data to ensure temperature stability and consistency shot to shot and lot to lot. 


6.  Muzzle Devices The last thing that effects the projectile when it is fired from your barrel is the muzzle device.  You want to uniformly strip the gases from the projectile immediately upon it exiting the barrel to prevent the bullet from yawing and ruining your accuracy.  DT’s Aftershock muzzle-brakes and DTSS suppressors were designed to strip those gases away and actually improve rifle accuracy.


7.  Quality Spotting Scope; Although not necessary if you have a spotter with a good rifle scope it is easy to observe downrange impacts and trace with a good quality spotting scope.  We prefer Vortex spotting scopes because they have great optical clarity for their price and offer very usable reticle options.

You must be able to precisely measure target and environmental conditions:

Most phones have onboard sensors that can integrate with Trasol to account for everything listed below except the range to the target which means with the right phone you can make 1st round hits with only having a good laser rangefinder.

For those wanting quality measuring instrumentation here is what we recommend: 

Quality Laser Range Finder that can range small targets at 1 mile and beyond. Vectronix Terrapin-X links directly into Trasol making it even faster to use. SEE HERE! Sig and Vortex both offer several best buy LRF’s.  For hard-core ELR guys Newcon Optik has a 2500m LRF that outperforms all of the commercial units we have tested. SEE HERE!

Weather/Wind Meter (to account for air density changes and wind). We prefer the Kestrel wind meters.

Angle/Cosine Indicator (to account for the slope between your rifle and target).  We prefer the Horus

Compass/GPS to account for Coriolis (rotation of the Earth)

Lastly, Develop Accurate ELR Marksmanship Skills

Learn your rifle system:

*Your scopes true elevation and windage adjustment click values

*True G7 BC of your projectiles

*Your ammunitions velocity

*Your rifle/ammo accurate grouping capabilities

Get out and practice:

*Improve your trigger control and stability. 

*Learn to read down-range winds and compensate for them. 

*Learn to read mirage so you can compensate for the target image displacement you’ll experience. 

*Learn to observe bullet impact splash. 

*Find a veteran who can mentor you.

I hope this helps give a brief overview of what it takes to succeed in the ELR world.


Nicholas Young

CEO Desert Tech, LLC

PS. For any questions or help in your ELR ventures give us a call or email.

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