I Promise I Did the Shooting Thing

Was out late at a sportsball game with a vendor last night and didn't get a chance to finish the daily post. My bad. Here's a gloriously over processed pic of the range.  

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Sportsball, yay.  

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Ruger American Review Posted on 1-800 Guns and Ammo

Finished the "published" review of the Ruger American, it's now live on blog.1800gunsandammo.com. Read it HERE.

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Still going to be lots posted here about the Ruger Predator, as I continue to shoot it.  

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I just really like this pic of the tang safety. Not bad for a crummy iPhone and mobile editing apps.

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20 Yard Success!

Nothing like the pristine possibilities of a fresh piece of cardboard and fresh B8 center, am I right? 

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Here's what happened, at 20 yards: 

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Ok, this might not look like much, but it's been the most significant day so far. Everything clicked together for the first five shots. It was awesome. Then for the next five, I just flat out knew where the shot went. 

I quit at 10 shots, while I was ahead and elated. 

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I know I'm capable of shooting a perfect 100 for 10 shots, probably even at 25 yards. It just comes down to focusing on the things that need to be focused on, and letting everything else handle itself. 

I can't wait to see what this target looks like in 6 months. I really feel like I'm doing what it takes to get better at this stuff. Little by little. 

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15 Yard B8, Still Not Perfect

Tried again and was slinging shots everywhere. 

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It ain't awesome, especially for 15 yards. Some days I just don't care as much.  

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It's bad that I don't care as much some days. It's really stinkin' hot out this time of year, it's work to make myself get out there. Everything is all sweaty and it just ain't fun shooting in 100+ degree weather with no shade. 

Ok, I mean, it's kinda fun. Pressing on. 

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3 Yard Dot Drill, 15/25 Yard NRA B-8

Started the day with 20 shots from the 22/45 at three yards. I really like how the dot lets me focus completely on the trigger press. If I miss, it's definitely because I jacked up something with the trigger. 

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After that, I figured I'd try shooting the B-8 target at 15 yards. Just to see if I could keep them in the black at that distance. Since I have so many issues at 25...

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Not bad, depending on who is doing the scoring. I just put the sights in the black, accepted the inevitable wiggle and forced myself to pull the trigger through it. It could be tighter, but I think that's going to come with a better hold.

Launched one really high, that was definitely a trigger slap when everything looked perfect.

With that, I moved it on back to the 25 and finished with 10 more: 

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Not bad, not bad. Keepin' on, keepin' on. 

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Still fighting grip release issues. As long as I do everything right, it works out though.  

  • Maintain grip through trigger press. 
  • Accept sight wobble. 
  • Press through the wobble. 
  • Etc. 

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Ruger American Cold Bore #9

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video will be worth a lot more. Obviously a lot to work on. 

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This shot was just as high as yesterday's. And I figured out why.  

When I installed the brake and rezeroed after removing/installing the barreled action, I didn't reset the turrets.  

Then, I shot at 200. And forgot to come back down.  

The next day, I dialed back "up" to 200. Which put me at 8 total minutes of elevation, without realizing it. 

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All of this could have been avoided if I hadn't been lazy, and had reset the turrets right away.  

I assumed I would remember to come down and up the correct number of clicks. I assumed wrong.  

I suppose the good news is that if I hadn't made such a rookie mistake, #8 and #9 would have been right in with the rest.  

This is exactly the type of reason I wanted to do a 20 shot average group on 20 different days. 

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Ruger American Cold Bore #8

Shot kneeling, rifle on a sandbagged post. Decided to run it on a timer to see how long it currently takes me to get into position, find the target, and take a shot. 

The sun had just poked over the trees, and made things really, really hard to see in the shadows where the target was.  

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It ended up taking me 35.37 seconds to locate and shoot the target, while finding the most stable position. 

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And the shot went way high.  

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Not quite sure what happened. Everything felt really good when the shot finally broke, but it's way, way high.  

12 more cold bore shots to go.  

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