Mountain Range

Prostaff Bill Carlton

Hello, I am

Bill Carlton

Athlon Optics Prostaff

MAIN FOCUS: elr (extreme long distance competitions)

“The spark that ignited my ELR fire, was hitting my first 1000 yard target during Jeff Kyle’s training course in early summer 2012. That was a moment I’ll never forget. When you hear the word “Impact!!!””



I’ve been involved in shooting for the past 39 years. Shooting has always been a passion of mine from a very young age. ELR is a very competitive sport but a somewhat small community and with that you must have the right equipment to build off of. My current configuration for ELR competition is custom built:

Caliber: .375 Chey-Tac

Load:  Peterson Brass, RL-50 powder, 400 grain Badlands @ 3050 FPS, 12 FPS E.S.

Range: 100-3500 yards plus

Stock: McRees Precision Chassis

Barrel: Pac-Nor 34″ 1 in 7 twist

Receiver: Stiller Tac-408

Receiver: Stiller Tac-408

Optic: Athlon Cronus BTR (MOA) with 40 MOA rail

Rear Bag: Edgewood and Protector

Ballistics Solution: Applied Ballistics (Kestrel 5700)

Like many others, I started shooting with my father. At the age of 18, I joined the U.S. Army. My jobs in the military allowed me to shoot many different weapon systems and small arms. Later in the civilian life, I discovered I had a large interest in the shooting sports. Shortly after returning from a tour in Iraq in 2010, I was fully engaged in firearms training, from civilians to law enforcement. During that chapter of my life, I was introduced to Jeff Kyle, brother of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Jeff contacted me and said that he was holding a long range rifle course soon in the local area and asked would I like to attend. Without hesitation, I said yes Immediately! I went to the course with a factory Savage LE grade 308 Winchester and custom hand loads in a mirror image of the M118 sniper round. 

That was the spark that ignited my fire, that became my passion and where I am at today with ELR, Extreme Long Range. My father always told me “A man is only as good as his tools”.


ELR TEAM Facebook page

ELR is a team sport consisting of shooters, spotters and wind coaches. To learn more about ELR and what it takes to make the shot, visit G7 Facebook page. 

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