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Old 01-08-2002, 02:22 PM
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I do alot of smallbore shooting in 4 positions, pron,sitting,kneeling,off-hand. My .22 wieghts 12 pounds and i find that it really helps me with my shotgun, rifle...when i first statted realling doing this (3o shots each position) a week it was grouping about 4 inches at 50 yards prone, 6, 8, and off the paper respectivly. two years later im hitting a penny prone, a golf, ball sitting, orange kneeling, and a small apple offhand. (i practice offhand a little more because of hunting)...this has all made me a better trap shooter, wing shooter, and rifle/shotgun deerhunter. my point is that even though i rarely practice w/ my 30-30 and slug gun, the .22 really pays off simply because it is relativly cheap for ammo, the weight is more than that of hunting..so its easier to carry around a rifle, and lack of recoil allows me to shoot as much as i want. when hunting season rolls around all, i need to do is sight in my guns, and take few off hand shotts w. it to make sure everything is ok. .22 may seem like a little kids gun, but for me it is a very valuable training device.
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Old 01-08-2002, 02:27 PM
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sorry, i forgot to prood read it
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Old 01-08-2002, 10:44 PM
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I'm not here to make waves and am not against a little fun at the range. I think I mistook firing at silouettes of game as condoning such practices on game. I am sorry. I looked out my second story window and even living on one end of a football field, I could not find a 700 yard target but that doesn't mean someone else can't in another situation. I've enjoyed these threads you've started and hope I wasn't too loud mouthed that we can't get along in the future. Sincerely, billyb
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Old 01-09-2002, 06:24 AM
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No problem billyb, miscommunication seems to run rampant on these posts. I appologize for my rude post to you as well. Perhaps I should have been more descriptive in my first post, I put it here instead of the deerhunting topic because I know that long range deer hunting is a iffy prospect at best and I dont want to see people banging away at deer they have almost no chance of hitting. I will occasionally shoot at a deer over 300 yds, but only when I am completely convinced that I can make the shot. Conditions have to be perfect and that just almost never happens here where I hunt. My sole intention with this whole practice post was to try to come up with some new rifle games and to share the ones I play. I am a firm believer that most deer hunters have a very low skill level with their rifles, and if some of them would read my post and go out and practice even a little , it would help. I see hunters every year who bring their rifles to me wanting me to zero them! They dont even trust their abilities enough to zero their own rifles! Thats not good. I always try to convince them otherwise but there is a unlimited supply of incompetents out there. It has always aggrevated me that so many people wont shoot even a little. Maybe my view is prejudiced because I love shooting so much, but I think that if a man is going to take up hunting he could at least learn to shoot his rifle. That is one variable you can eliminate from all the things that can make a deer hunt fail. I went on a guided hunt several years ago and saw a guy miss a shot at a 150 class whitetail because he needed a rest from a range of 90 yds! He had to move to get to a tree to prop on and the deer took off. I have always thought how pitiful that was, he could have prevented that by just firing a hundred rounds offhand prior to that hunt. Well, Ive got off the subject some, sorry for the dissertation. Lets go to the range. Larry
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Old 01-09-2002, 08:35 AM
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Larry, you said it. Every year starting about a month and a 1/2 before deer season, I start pushing people to come out to my club to shoot their rifles a few times before the season starts. I have also made it clear that if any of them ever wants to shoot at any time, I'll be happy to take them out because I'm always looking for someone to shoot with. What usually happens is that people get caught up in unfinished projects right before deer season and just can't make it to the range to practice. Every year after the close of the season, I have to listed to stories of how they misssed a deer, ran out of shells, or that their scope was off by 4 feet etc.<img src=icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle> I've even been asked to sight in other's rifles for them- they are afraid of the recoil and can't keep the holes in the paper.
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Old 01-09-2002, 09:18 AM
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I definitely like shooting about equal to hunting and go to the range not near as much as I'd like. To answer your original post, my practice is rather simple. I bring 10-20, 1 gallon milk jugs filled with water with me and place them at various distances between 50 and 100 yards. So after sighting in a new scope or rifle or two, I (we) take some off-hand shots at the jugs and you know when you hit one FOR SURE! After we're done with the rifle tests and run out of jugs, we break out the skeet and try our hand at that. AAMOF I just got a new skeet shooter for Christmas and will have to wait till Spring to try it unless we take a snomobile to the range.
Some times a 22 or 22 mag rifle and maybe a handgun come to the range with us too.
The last time I went a friend of mine had someone with him who was having trouble with his set-up. Well my friend let the other guy shoot in sandbags and would adjust his scope for him and the hits were erratic. So he asked if I would try. Well I took three shots and pulled one and said so at the shot and even with the flyer managed to keep it inside of 1&1/2 inches. There was 2 about a half inch from each other with the other opening up the group.Well this guy must have had a heck of a flinch but I even find the recoil tougher at the bench.
Another thing about experience is, sometime through the years, whether one is mature enough to admit it or not, there's gonna be a missed shot. And as far as I'm concerned personally though, it's never happened and never will again either! LOL (I hit a tree that got in the way this past year but it sure beats a wounded animal.) Oh well it's another excuse to go back to the range and those are always welcome.


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Old 01-11-2002, 08:59 AM
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I do not shoot at any matches or anything, but I shoot about 100 rounds of centerfire ammo per month. I go the range nearly every week and take 3-4 guns (.22s, pistols, rifles, etc.) and shoot for a 1/2 day. I practise off-hand with the pistols and .22 rifles alot, because it is so cheap to do so.
I think practise makes perfect and it is the mechanics of shooting that must be honed. In my humble opinion it doesn't really matter what you practise with just shoot and have fun. You do need to shoot the big guns some, but not all the time.
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Old 01-11-2002, 06:23 PM
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Everyone should practice shooting off-hand......
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