LESSON LEARNED....and best group ever w/pic

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 5Redman8, May 29, 2005.

  1. 5Redman8

    5Redman8 Well-Known Member

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    Shooting my 280AI last week with my handloads, my groups went from consistant .3 to .8-.9. I started going through all the things that could be wrong(never once really thinking it was me!). Thought about cleaning procedures.....brass....bullets.....etc. I suspected heat as it has jumped up to 90-100deg here in TX.

    Decided to drop my load .4gr and would retry today. Get out there today and it was calm, cloudy, and about 83deg. I thought perfect. My first 5 shot group was over an inch!!!!! Then the second group was just under an inch.....so you can see me there scratching my NEWBIE head wondering what was wrong with the gun....then I thought about cheek weild and shot again but the group was about the same.

    Convinced myself it was the load (did I mention I am a newbie to precision shooting?).

    So pissed off and realizing I was not making progress, I grabbed the rifle for one more group but with the frustration and tension, I pulled the gun into my shoulder....snug not hard and fired two rounds that were in the same relative hole.....DING DING DING...the bells went off and I realized I had been very soft on the butt by trying to keep me out of the equation holding soft. Once again I snugged the butt and let her rip.....then repeated for five rounds total and here is the best group of my 100yd targets. It measures .258" center to center.
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    So the lesson is/was SUSPECT myself before any other variable.

    Later,
    Kyle
     
  2. Guest

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    Sounds like my day yesterday as well. Same damn problem too. But by then it was too late. Forgot the ole cleaning rod and was not gonna punish my new toy. OK...I feel better now /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Joe
     
  3. Guest

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    You guys will realize that shooting a precision rifle also means you need to be precise as well.. same exact thing over and over again.... that's precision shooting. It all comes together once enough trigger time has been allocated....

    I have helped many people get into the LR shooting sport.. the hardest thing for them to do is go through ALL aspects of the mental checklist before they squeeze the trigger.. after a whilte it will become second nature I promise....

    I firmly believe that shooting... is 90% mental... all of us with custom sticks know that the stick is capable of itty bitty groups but like anything in life do we have the mental stamina to make it perform up to its potential...
     
  4. skip AI

    skip AI Well-Known Member

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  5. 5Redman8

    5Redman8 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    It is tough for me to remember EVERYTHING!!!

    Skip...nothing wrong with that group!! Looks good.

    Now I have to stretch this things legs. Maybe next week.

    Kyle
     
  6. skip AI

    skip AI Well-Known Member

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    haha good stuff 5Redman8, yours are better, 350m is the farthest shot ive ever done with that rifle, the unlucky critter was a fox /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif.

    Keep it up

    skip /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif