Originally Posted by matt g
Mrm14, do you find that you can see the bullet in flight when shooting a .308?
The easiest way to see bullet trace is to set the spotting scope around 20x and slightly out of focus. In my experience, its easiest to see on shots of 400yds and over.
As far as a spotter goes, they should position themselves as close to the shooter as possible without making contact, and as directly behind the rifle as possible.
When I'm shooting with a spotter, I like to have a system for everything that happens before, during, and after the shot. Usually what happens, is we'll get into postion and settled. The spotter then calls out the target and gives the range, I'll repeat the information so there is no misunderstanding.
Once the target is ranged and the scope has been adjusted accordingly, I'll look to see what the wind is doing. I can usually get a pretty good idea from looking down range with the rifle scope, but I'll always ask for a wind call from the spotter. It's way easier to read wind through a good spotting scope than a rifle scope. Once the wind has been accounted for, I'll settle in and slow my breathing to prepare for the shot. When I'm ready to take the shot, I'll tell the spotter that I'm on target, the spotter will then tell me to either "send it", or to hold if we need to wait for the wind or some other factor. Once I take the shot, I'll make my call as to where I beleive POI was. The spotter will then confirm it a hit or a miss, and what adjustments need to be made. The appropriate adjustments are made, and the the process repeats itself for the next shot.
I hope this helps