it hit me this morning, when you do your ranging set up, should you range at the targets that you plan on shooting at in competition?
what targets do you use to set up you ranging??
How would you know what the targets are going to look like(except the person that sets them up off course). Some of the targets I saw at the SA Hunters shoot was REALLY life like, works of art I tell you. It almost hurt to see them being shot stukkend !
Dunno if it is the right or wrong thing to do, but lately I just lay the tape out and move around up and down ranging the scope on any object, then confirm the distance on the tape..
Long ago I used one black and one white FT target (shape didn't matter) and this worked very well for me. I recently did my range finding on printed paper and found it to be differant (same light conditions) on a ft target at home. The 17m target was out by 0.3m, tested this twice with the same results.
I made myself a stand with a FT target on, a piece of tree bark, a pellet trap with paper target in it with a handle and then i move it around a measured 10 - 50m range. First with the sun slightly from the front and then with the sun from the back. Then i verify, and check it again. All of this happen in the same hours that a shoot is taken place. Say from 12H00 to 16H00. It works for me.
My recommendation is purely theoretical, since we all know I am a "armchair" specialist ... !lol
Seriously though, it works very good and it's advice that Dale gave me a long time ago, and since then it's the only way I rangefind .... except when the target is in the shade, then you look for the closest object to it (if possible) that's not in the shade and range on that.