Hello! I have a couple of questions for you. I currently have a Savage Model 10FLP in .308, with a Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14x scope mounted. I'm going to be getting a bell and carleson medalist stock for it, and having it converted to lefty by Savage Gunsmiths. I'll also be upgrading the scope to a Mueller 8.5-25x44 tactical so I can get some more zoom on my optics. This is the basis for my long range project. I'd like to eventually get good enough to go to the supershoot in Akron that I read about in this years Hodgdons Annual Manual. I just got into reloading, and wondered how you come up with your best loads for a match? I've read that alot of people have had great luck with the 175g SMK BTHP with my rifle, so that's the bullet I will be starting with. I'm also going to start with Varget or IMR 4064. Haven't decided yet. My main question would be, how do you get to your best load, ie: OCW method, Ladder method, etc. Secondly, do you set bullet depth to the rifleing, and then work on your load from a start point, or do you work up a great load that shoots tight groups and then play with COAL to fine tune the cartridge? These questions all based on my assumption that you actually do reload since you compete in matches, lol. Also, for actual long range shooting, how do you know how many clicks to adjust your elevation at a given range? For example, I've heard people talk about shooting at a target at 600 yards, but their rifle was zero'd at 200, so they "dialed in" 30 clicks of elevation and hit the center of target. How do they know that 30 clicks would adjust POI to their POA? Currently, I have my rifle zero'd at 100, and know where my holdover is at 300. I don't touch my turrets. 300 is currently as far as I can shoot at my club, but there is talk of a 600 yard range being built, and a friend has invited me to his range that is 650. I don't want to go to the 650 yard range and watch my bullets bounce off the bottom of the berm! I think I read somewhere this is called "doping" your scope? Can you tell I'm new at this? lol Thanks! LC Wanna kill these ads? We can help!