Using Ballistic Calculators for Long-Range Shooting with Super Hogster LRF and Super Yoter LRF
With the advent of high-quality thermal scopes like Super Yoter LRF and Super Hogster LRF, equipped with laser rangefinders, night hunting at longer distances (beyond the limits of Kentucky Windage bullet drop compensation) has become more feasible. To maximize long-range night hunting shot potential, using regular ballistic calculators is crucial.
One of the essential inputs for any ballistic calculator is the elevation of the scope's optical axis above the rifle barrel's central axis.
This distance is calculated as a sum of two distances: the height from the barrel axis to the Picatinny rail (specific to each rifle and measured with a caliper), and the height from the Picatinny mount to the scope's optical axis. For the Super Yoter LRF and Super Hogster LRF thermal scopes, this second addend measures 1.636 inches for the scopes equipped with the LaRue Tactical QD Mount, and 1.713 inches for the scopes equipped with the Bering Optics Tactical QD Mount.
Furthermore, hunters can use their regular ballistic calculator to determine the bullet drop for their specific rifle and ammo at various distances. These calculated marks can then be set on Reticle #9 through the HOGINATOR app, enhancing faster aiming for precise long-range shots. It becomes unfairly easy when you have a range to the target from the scope's laser rangefinder and a mark on your reticle for that range.
However, it's important to note that all these advancements are beneficial only if you are proficient in long-range shooting during the daytime and if your rifle/ammo are precise enough for such shots. Never attempt to make a longer-range night shot with a thermal scope than your comfortable limits for a daytime shot with the daytime optics.