For over a hundred years the most common solutions to reaching out and hitting targets successfully depended mostly on achieving flat trajectories with hot loads and compensating for gravity by aiming the gun over the intended impact point...
The big problem with gravity is that it is unrelenting,and regardless of how hot you load your ammo you can't aim directly at intended targets at extended ranges without making adjustments to your sights.
At best....holdover using hot loads just doesn't cut it....to deal with trajectory for a number of reasons.
At Quigley-Ford we believe the best solutions for hitting intended targets at extended ranges where trajectory comes into play is to simplify the entire process so calculations or estimations are reduced to a minimum.
The number one factor in hitting targets at extended ranges is knowing the exact range of the intended target.
This is imperative, regardless of the aiming method used.
We recommend only one method for determining the actual distance to targets and and that is with the use of a good laser rangefinder.
There is no substitute...period.
Rangefinding reticles are worse than useless in our opinion for precision shooting at game in hunting situations .
Well consider that rangefinding reticles aren't instant and they have no guarantee of accuracy.
In real hunting situations game animals are not simply standing at attention all day out in the open for a hunter to make a bunch of calculations.
Bracketing a buck from back to brisket sounds simple, but what if you he's moving ...away from you...in a bit of cover and you'll have a chance at him only if he's going to pass through a small opening?
Without knowing the distance you're dealing with BEFORE he reaches the opening, you can't determine an aiming spot.
Even if it was just standing out there at where you have time to bracket him, how do you know how accurate the bracketing is?
Do you know the difference in size between a northern buck and a southern buck?
Would you believe a scope company that tells you all bucks are 16" from back to brisket?
Consider the difference in results if you actually got a chance to range a buck that the scope indicates is 600 yards away, based on a 16" bracket.
If it's a big northern buck that size can easily be 23 inches ...that's a big difference.
16 divided by 23 = .695 so instead of 600 yards the buck would only be (600 yards x.695 which is) 417 yards.
Even a flat shooting .270 w/130 gr. bullets (with 200 yard zero) would have no chance of connecting on target with this much aiming error.
The drop at 417 yards with a 200 yard zero is approx 27 inches , so if the aiming point is for 600 yards (with a corresponding drop of approx 89") the bullet will be a few feet over the deer's back.
27" instead of 89"...that's a big difference...
Frustrating at best...and just totally unacceptable in our eyes.
OK..so you buy a rangefinder and now what?
With a traditional scope ...even if the deer is at 600 yards and you happen to remember you'll have 89" of drop,with the 270, can you do the math and get the job done?
With numerous guns in your cabinet, how and where would you store the drop information for all yardages and all calibers in the first place, that you could have access to it and make an instant decision while hunting.
The answer is, you probably can't...at least most people can't.
A 30-30 sighted for 100 yards has how much drop at 600 yards?
was that 89 inches?...nope try 254" low...
The answer to the dilemna is to understand that gravity is not only predictable, but that all the data for trajectory of specific cartridges can be calculated and used to prepare aiming reticles within the scope itelf, so that remembering data is not a requirment, and further that holdover is eliminated completely.
Quigley-Ford long range hunting scopes were developed with real hunting conditions in mind.
Once you have committed to a favourite gun and load thatshoots great groups, you don't need to hop it up a notch to get great downrange results.
We build each scope to match a specific caliber, bullet weight, design,and muzzle velocity.
We actually engrave it right on the scope...so there's no mistake what it is intended for.
Simply by using a Quigley-Ford scope, you have only to determine the actual range of your target and then select the calibrated reticle within the scope to match the distance and aim exactly where you want to hit the target.
Squeeze off your shot and get out the gutting tools.
There are some other scope companies that are selling so called long range scopes...but they all seemingly have some issues.
We touched briefly on those with so called built in rangefinders, that aren't worth the ink to talk about, and then there are those that pretend the'll work for all big game calibers.
Now that would be really cool!!!! a scope that knows how to hit targets at 600 yards regardless of true trajectory??? Since when is the difference between 89" of drop and 254" not relevant?
Sorry...it is very relevant.
Turret style adjustments are very popular with some shooters and can be calibrated to do some very accurate trajectory compensation, but we don't make them for a couple of reasons.
For one thing they are simply slower to use than having preset reticles, and that's a fact no one can dispute.
For another thing, I have owned scopes with external turret adjustments, and I've had them move in position after getting ready for a shot, so I never trust whether or not they have shifted their point of impact.
Here's a story relayed to us from Charlie Hall. (one of our customers) Charlie and a buddy were elk hunting. Late one afternoon there guide spotted a nice 6x6 bull at around 700 yards.
As his friend was up to bat he found much to his horror that he could not read the turret yardage adjustments in the dimming light and the opportinity quickly became Charlie's. In a few seconds the 7mm weatherby boomed and Charlie put the big boy down! Any question in your mind which scope was designed forl real hunting condtions?
Quigley-Ford scopes have made a committment to making caliber/load specific optics you can depend on for real hunting situations...no guessing..no remembering....just RANGE...AIM...and SHOOT!