what do you guys do?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by chrishatley, May 28, 2014.

  1. chrishatley

    chrishatley Well-Known Member

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    To pass time in between shots? I shoot almost every day after work, trying to improve loads. I get really bored waiting on my barrel temp to come down lol. Matter of fact, I'm waiting now...
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I take 4 or 5 rifles at a time...And make my rounds. That way when I finish shooting #5, number 1 is cooled down. :D
     
  3. chrishatley

    chrishatley Well-Known Member

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    Haha, good answer man!
     
  4. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Shoot the breeze with the other guys waiting for their barrels to cool down.
     
  5. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    My shooting bench and the 100,200,330,460 and 800 yard targets are right out my back door. When I did not have the set up I do now it was hard and very boring. Now I always have something going on to pass the time.

    I feel your pain man "lol"!
     
  6. chrishatley

    chrishatley Well-Known Member

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    My problem is: none of my friends like to shoot all the time? I dang love it. It's like instant stress relief.
     
  7. chrishatley

    chrishatley Well-Known Member

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    Jim, your setup sounds awesome. My range is in my backyard too, but I only have 100, and 160. There is a farm in the family 3 miles down the road where we can shoot 1000. It's just so much more convenient to walk out the door in the afternoon though. Hopefully one day, I'll have a setup like yours.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like my friends... They claim the love guns and shooting, yet, they always have something to do on range day...

    I love it. Burning powder and slinging lead is almost instant stress relief for me.
     
  9. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Back when I had a range out my back door, I did what MudRunner does. I usually had 3 - 4 rifles that I was developing loads for or had some "stock" I could burn. You could also throw a handgun or two in in between your shots. Just looking for dadgum brass from a semi-auto could burn a lot of time! LOL!
    At home, I've gone so far as to set the rifle back in the house by the back door/laundry room and let the AC cool it down and in the truck with the AC blowing on max. Never mind thermal expansion!
    I read somewhere, a while back, on another forum, about the benchrest guys using a CO2 system to cool down their barrels. Not sure where they went with the idea.

    Soon I will have the back yard setup again. Waiting on the underwriter and VA to work out the details so I can close on and start building my new house. JohnnyK.
     
  10. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    +1. When I get stressed from working, family and life in general, I tell my wife I need some "group therapy". She knows how much I love shooting. JohnnyK.
     
  11. steeltraps

    steeltraps Well-Known Member

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    Me too! Its the best stress relief in the world. I have several different places i shoot. I have my shooting bench on my back porch buy the pool. I have targets for my 22 and ar-15s for 50 to 200 yards. I have to drive to my hunting club 90 miles away to shoot from 500-2500 yards. When i go to the club i dont llike to wait, so i always bring 3 or 4 rifles!gun)
     
  12. Barrelnut

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    To stop the boredom, I also bring 2 or 3 rifles that I am working/tweaking a load for etc. Plus a 17 HMR or 22 LR for a little trigger practice while the others are cooling.
     
  13. hawk45

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    Like the others, I usually have a few rifles in rotation along with a .22 and a handgun or two. Gotta keep the practice up with my CCW piece.
     
  14. RMulhern

    RMulhern Well-Known Member

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    Well...you can bet that I don't have time for shooting 4-5 rifles! That would be what the USMC calls a CF from the word go. If you're only shooting 100 yards my advice probably won't be applicable but if you're shooting 800 or more yards you can pay attention to what the mirage is doing! Wind runs in cycles; lets off and then picks back up and if the right conditions exist aka sun and humidity you will be able to see mirage through a spotting scope! If you have wind flags you can pay attention to those as well from shot to shot. During your 'lulls' of letting the barrel cool down it would pay you to just sit there with your eye to the spotting scope and pay attention to the mirage and or wind flags. Most times the mirage will be an indicator of either a pickup or let-off before the flags because the flags are located higher than your line of sight through the scope and the flags being higher will be subjected to the wind more than the mirage level! I know this from experience from spending much time in mountain country and from putting in over 24,000 hrs. of aviation time and from over 50 years of competitive shooting. The brain has excellent 'memory recall' on matters involving vision and over time one can learn the difference betwixt a mirage worth 2 MOA windage vs 6 or more MOA but it can't be learned by not paying attention to what's going on around you! What you see and the results you have during a shooting session should be entered in a 'data book'; the environmental conditions especially because whatever results you have will depend upon what you enter for your next range session!!

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    My 1000 yd line which is 500 yards from my homesite.
     
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