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Old 09-03-2007, 09:39 AM
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MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Sight Picture

#1 What is the optimum number of seconds for your final focus prior to releasing the shot.

#2 Do you focus your crosshairs by releasing the lock ring on the eyepiece and turning the eyepiece as necessary? What is your actual procedure for doing this?
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Ian, what are you addressing?

The bear on the sand bar or the piece of paper on the back stop?
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#1 What is the optimum number of seconds for your final focus prior to releasing the shot.

Depends on what kind of physical shape you are in. I would guess less than five seconds is normal. To me final focus is when the crosshairs are still on the target and the target is believed to be still and correctly positioned for the shot and every thing is ready.

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#2 Do you focus your crosshairs by releasing the lock ring on the eyepiece and turning the eyepiece as necessary? What is your actual procedure for doing this?
I normally only do this when I get a scope but I am growing more concerned with it and seem to be adjusting a lot more than I used too. I fiddle with the parallax each time I change distance or if things donít seem right.
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How long to hold.

Depends if from bench or less stable position. From the bench it should not matter greatly, but you can only focus for 3-5 seconds and your breathing must be controlled. full breath, half out, slow steady pull of the trigger.

Less stable, pretty much the same only you must remember, you will rarely be solid and unmoving in the middle of the target. You will normally have an arc of wobble and same breathing tech and slow pull of the trigger. All shooters have an arc of wobble, just smaller in the Olympic shooters.

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Old 11-26-2007, 12:02 AM
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#1 What is the optimum number of seconds for your final focus prior to releasing the shot.
That depends on whether I am on a stable or unstable rest. I just let the shot happen when its ready. I dont time it and each shot is a little different. On a decent rest, I would say it averages around the 3-5 second mark that others here have mentioned.

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#2 Do you focus your crosshairs by releasing the lock ring on the eyepiece and turning the eyepiece as necessary? What is your actual procedure for doing this?
Well, I usually work on the eyepiece only when I first mount a scope. I take it out on a star lit night. I turn the side focus to infinity and then I open both eyes and look at a distant star. One eye through the scope. One eye not. Since the star will appear to be a single point of light to both eyes I focus the eye peice until I can see clearly with both eyes. Then I lock it down and I dont mess with it again. From there on I just use the side focus and my crosshairs are always in the same focal plane as what ever I adjust the side focus to. Now, I mess with the side focus every time I change distances, but not the eyepiece. Thats what works for me. My two cents, your mileage may vary...

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All of you fellows, sincere thanks. Appreciate your input, more info I have to work with the better.
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Sight Picture

this is just me and what ive learned in 1 year it started out 1 year ago when I seen deer out 300Y or more didnt have range finder THEN and my scope was a VX1 3-7x32 (i think 32) after that realized I set up this rifle wrong ! So new scope was looking at a zisse conquest 3.5-10x40 lepuold VX3 3.5x40 I had the 650.00 in my pocket I ended up getting a burris full field 2 3-9x40 saved me a lot of $ I put the rest into the rifle triger job and so on I beeded it my self after it was shooting all over the place it now shooting 1 3/4 at a 100Y useing a vary bad rest log in the woods perty shure it is better than that I now feel confendent on shooting farther
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