Caffeine versus Accuracy?

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  1. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    Honest to God, I shot Sunday morning trap in high school with a guy who wasn't worth a pinch of $#it if he didn't have a good hangover. 15 to 18 sober, 22-24 when he was tuned up.
     
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  2. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

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    I don't drink caffeine on days I compete. But for hunting, the caffeine is just a rounding error when you've got yourself worked up hiking around. I've got a bit of an advantage as my HR is in the 40-50 range from my serious running days...even with some caffeine on board a bit longer to settle and squeeze.

    Once in college we showed up for a smallbore match and the other team was digging into the coffee and powdered donuts they brought as hosts. They offered us some which we politely declined. I've never shot in such a one-sided competition I almost felt guilty about it...
     
  3. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    LOL! I also only sleep on average 4 hours a day.
     
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  4. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I am up by 0300-0330 every morning, and 0200-0230 during hunting season. I too do not like taking a dump in the woods.
     
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  5. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Story of my life! Road beers get me there!
     
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  6. EllisonJ

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    I hike my --- off to get to them. Last thing on my mind is coffee or beers. I never noticed a difference at the range. Usually a 2 cup a morning kind of guy.
     
  7. Ts3

    Ts3 Well-Known Member

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    If you’re already on a beta blocker, just plan your dose an hour or two before the range trip.
     
  8. Toddm

    Toddm Well-Known Member

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    From various sources/coaches growing up in competitive shooting do what your body is used to. If it's used to 2 cups of coffee do that, if it's used to no coffee do that. You're body acclimates to stimulants, more or less than your body is used to will have negative effects. Try to not drink any caffeine in the morning and you'll be shakey by lunch, drink a couple red bulls when you don't normally you'll have the same problem. That said ideally as a shooting competitor you're better off avoiding stimulants, but you can't do it the day of or day before a match. It has to be all the time.

    There have been a lot of shooting competitors get in trouble for taking depressants/sleeping aids etc. To take the "edge" off shooting, even more for using alcohol for the same reason.
     
  9. JASmith

    JASmith Active Member

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    My experience is that keep to your normal caffeination schedule when doing serious shooting.

    The normal fine tremors from caffeine are nothing compared to the withdrawal tremors one gets when skipping the morning coffee!
     
  10. gollygee

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    Try alcohol if you want to really screw up a day at the range, especially skeet.
     
  11. Dell

    Dell Well-Known Member

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    Man, I love my coffee too but have to abstain on load development days and group shooting. My heart rate increases just enough to move the reticle slightly on the target dot even when benched in solid. I’ve tested my theory. With no coffee, way more solid. I don’t even notice my heart rate. On high power match days, no coffee! I head to the coffee stand on the way home.
     
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  12. jhulsey2

    jhulsey2 Member

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    Me too
     
  13. CO_Guy

    CO_Guy Well-Known Member

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    I'm from CO, and we call coors light, "water!" o_O
     
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  14. goodkid1

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    You are one of the lucky ones. As for me, I can watch my reticle jump 5 inches every heart beat when shooting beyond 1000 yards. I gave up coffee all together.
     
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