I've been using a 24" x 48" steel plate for some time now. It really works well for giving you feedback as to which shot goes where. I can easily see the splats at 1,000 yards, while prone, through my rifle scope.
I now have three, 5 inch spray-painted squares located on the plate. (Only 2 used for this shooting session) The squares have sides that are about 1/2 inch thick and the squares are hollow (tan background color) in the middle. I leave a can of black and one of tan spray paint down at my target. Also a template that enables me to re-paint the 5 inch squares after I splat them.
Last week I had one of my employees out to do some work at my cabin. He's a nice young man and a hunter. I thought I ought to show off my new "Chris Matthews" rifle to him and show him what a good shot I am. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
So I got down prone and fired at this target at 888 yards. Well, my three shots were pretty good and I was feeling pretty smug! So I got him down into a prone position and explained to him how to hold the sand sock, how to dry-fire a few times for practice, etc.
Then he took two shots and I made him quit before his third shot! He was about to show me up. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] Can't have that! This is Lance with his group on the left. You can see why I made him stop.
And as you can also see, Chris Matthews knows his gunsmithing stuff. More about this new rifle later.
[ 05-02-2004: Message edited by: Len Backus ]