Entry Level Long Range

Shooting at long range is becoming more popular. When I was young, long range was anything on the other side of 200 yards; a distance that required hold over. Now days, long range starts at around 500 yards. Its true that the quality of the rifles and optics have improved – probably more than shooter skill – but along with these advancements we’ve also seen an increase in price.

If you’re looking to get into long range shooting you’ll soon see that it can be as expensive as having a mistress or owning a Harley, though, I must admit it is safer than either. The thing is, who wants to spend three grand to just explore a new sport they might not like or have the skill to enjoy?

Mossberg’s new Night Train 100 ATR Short Action Scoped Combo is an affordable option. With a suggested retail price of an amazing $ 625.00, this rifle comes with both a high magnification scope, a bi-pod and other accessories!

I know what you are thinking, will this rifle shoot? I got behind one at Gunsite last week and from what me and the other writers who pulled the trigger could tell, yes it will. Even with affordable ammunition.

If you’re on a budget – who isn’t in this economy – consider giving one a try. At least with the Night Train you’ll have some cash left over for ammo. You can make your own empty cases, reload and shoot more. Empty cases are, after all, what it is all about.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Entry Level Long Range

  1. Rev. Roger A. Shervington says:

    Now in my mid-60s, I consider long range anything beyond an arm’s length. I haven’t tried a shot over 100 meters in decades.

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