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Magic At 25 Yards

We'll give you the facts, you make the choice.  Here we will provide the trajectory of 5 popular rifle rounds and show the trajectory with the scope sighted in at 25, 100, 200, and 300 yards.  Each case is assuming 68 degrees F and the scope mounted 1 1/2 inches above the barrel center.  The number above each table is the distance the scope was sighted in.  Target shooters - yea - sight in on your target range.  Hunters ? - your targets may come at many ranges so look at the numbers and decide what you like best.  Regardless of what caliber you shoot there is MAGIC at 25 Yards. 

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.223 Rem - a Full metal jacket - 62 grain 

25 Yards 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.2
100 2.8
150 3.3
200 2.5
250 0.3
300 -3.6
350 -9.4
400 -17.3
450 -27.7
500 -40.9
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 -0.2
100 0
150 -0.9
200 -3.1
250 -6.7
300 -12
350 -19.2
400 -28.5
450 -40.3
500 -54.9
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 0.5
100 1.6
150 1.4
200 0
250 -2.8
300 -7.3
350 -13.7
400 -22.2
450 -33.3
500 -47.1
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.8
100 4
150 5.2
200 5
250 3.4
300 0
350 -5.1
400 -12.4
450 -22.1
500 -34.8

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270Win - Power Point Tip - 150 grain

25 Yards 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.1
100 2.6
150 2.7
200 1.4
250 -1.5
300 -6.2
350 -12.9
400 -21.8
450 -33.1
500 -47.2
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 -0.2
100 0
150 -1.1
200 -3.7
250 -7.9
300 -13.8
350 -21.8
400 -31.9
450 -44.5
500 -59.9
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 0.8
100 1.9
150 1.7
200 0
250 -3.2
300 -8.2
350 -15.2
400 -24.4
450 -36.1
500 -50.5
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 2.2
100 4.6
150 5.8
200 5.6
250 3.7
300 0
350 -5.5
400 -13.3
450 -23.6
500 -36.7

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300 WinMag - Ballistic Silver Tip - 180 Grain

25 Yards 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.1
100 2.7
150 3.1
200 2.4
250 0.3
300 -3.2
350 -8.2
400 -14.7
450 -23
500 -33.2
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 -0.2
100 0
150 -0.9
200 -3
250 -6.5
300 -11.3
350 -17.6
400 -25.5
450 -35.2
500 -46.7
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 0.6
100 1.6
150 1.4
200 0
250 -2.6
300 -6.7
350 -12.2
400 -19.4
450 -28.2
500 -39
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.7
100 3.8
150 4.8
200 4.5
250 3
300 0
350 -4.4
400 -10.4
450 -18.1
500 -27.7

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30-06 - Ballistic Silver Tip - 168 grain

25 Yards 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.1
100 2.5
150 2.6
200 1.4
250 -1.4
300 -5.7
350 -11.8
400 -19.8
450 -29.8
500 -42
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 -0.2
100 0
150 -1.1
200 -3.6
250 -7.6
300 -13.3
350 -20.6
400 -29.8
450 -41.1
500 -54.5
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 0.8
100 1.8
150 1.6
200 0
250 -3
300 -7.7
350 -14.2
400 -22.5
450 -32.8
500 -45.3
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 2.1
100 4.5
150 5.6
200 5.3
250 3.5
300 0
350 -5
400 -12
450 -21.1
500 -32.3

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.308 Win - Ballistic Silver Tip - 150 grain

25 Yards 100 Yards 200 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE  DROP
0 -1.5
50 1.1
100 2.5
150 2.7
200 1.4
250 -1.4
300 -5.8
350 -12
400 -20.1
450 -30.3
500 -42.9
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 -0.2
100 0
150 -1.1
200 -3.6
250 -7.7
300 -13.3
350 -20.8
400 -30.2
450 -41.7
500 -55.5
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 0.8
100 1.8
150 1.6
200 0
250 -3.1
300 -7.8
350 -14.3
400 -22.8
450 -33.4
500 -46.3
DISTANCE DROP
0 -1.5
50 2.1
100 4.5
150 5.6
200 5.3
250 3.5
300 0
350 -5.1
400 -12.3
450 -21.6
500 -33.2

Now that you’ve had a chance to look at the trajectory of 5 popular calibers, at what range are you going to sight in your scope?  As for me and my hunting rifle, I’m at 25 yards.  My “go to” hunting rifle is a .308.  As you can see from the charts, with my crosshairs right on target the most “off target” I will be up to 250 yards is 2.7 inches.  With a kill zone, depending on what I’m hunting, from 4 square inches up to 12 square inches – 2.7 inches is close enough for me -- usually better than I can shoot anyway. 

Another little touch of MAGIC at 25 YARDS is this:  You are dead on ZERO at 25 yards and dead on ZERO at some other range around the 250 yard mark depending on the caliber and ammo -- and never too far off anywhere between. 

trajectory and line of sight with a scope sighted in at 25 yards

Now just for kicks for you varmint hunters, I'll throw in a 22-250 with a real light breeze of 3mph coming from  left to right.  We'll show the drop along with the drift.  Notice sighted in at 25 yards, your "back on ZERO" distance is just short of 350 yards.  The flater shooting a round is the farther it stretches this distance.  22-250 is a prettly flat shooter -- but check that drift with only 3 mph of wind. 

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22-250 Rem - Ballistic Silvertip - 50 grain

25 Yards 150 Yards 300 Yards
DISTANCE  DROP

WIND DRIFT
Right
 

0 -1.5 0
50 1.2
0.06
100 3.3
0.26
150 4.6
0.6
200 4.9
1.09
250 4.3
1.76
300 2.4
2.61
350 -0.7
3.67
400 -5.5
4.96
450 -12.1
6.51
500 -20.8
8.35
DISTANCE  DROP WIND DRIFT
RIGHT
0 -1.5 0
50 -0.3
0.06
100 0.3
0.26
150 0
0.6
200 -1.1
1.09
250 -3.3
1.76
300 -6.6
2.61
350 -11.3
3.67
400 -17.6
4.96
450 -25.7
6.51
500 -35.9
8.35
DISTANCE DROP WIND DRIFT
RIGHT
0 -1.5 0
50 0.8
0.06
100 2.5
0.26
150 3.4
0.6
200 3.3
1.09
250 2.3
1.76
300 0
2.61
350 -3.5
3.67
400 -8.7
4.96
450 -15.7
6.51
500 -24.8
8.35

 I made my choice – you make yours

Below is a quick video demonstrating how to sight in your scope for 25 yards using a laser bore sighter

   

We hope this has been infomative, if so pass it on to a friend.  And we always appriciate a good word and thumbs up on the social networks.

 

Want to sight in your scope?  Read our blog on "Sghting in your Scope" --- and sight it in -- in ONE SHOT .   Read Sighting In Your Scope    CAUTION:  For you AR15 owners who have the carry handle please read this before deciding to sight in your carry handle scope at 25 Yards -- AR 15 Carry Handle Mount

 

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