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#6154429 - 01/25/16 05:58 PM Still struggling to hold steady
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I know the #1 answer is more practice.

So I went to sight in the new shorty rifle this afternoon at the farm. At 35 yards I had no issue. Boresighted and had it dead center in 3 shots (mil/mil made that easier than its ever been. I've seen the light!) And no problem at that range holding steady (12x fixed power SWFA scope).

Head on down to 100, and the unsteadiness starts to really show. I tried multiple positions, rests, and holds, and couldn't get rock solid. It's something I have struggled with for a while. If I have a front and rear bag, I can get really steady, but using anything else, including my Caldwell dead shot pod thing, I'm just shaky.

I was able to get my rifle properly sighted in, but it took me around 12 rounds. With 7 or 8 of those shots being shots I instantly knew I pulled, or wasn't on target.

Anybody have any tips?


Edited by Tff caribou (01/25/16 05:58 PM)
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#6154459 - 01/25/16 06:09 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Watch a few u-tube videos to study proper shooting positions, and trigger control. Then practice dry-firing every day for a while, and I believe you will see some improvement.

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#6154471 - 01/25/16 06:11 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Too elaborate, it not so bad that I get off target, its just that I'm shooting a 3-4" group from improvised rests, when I am able to shoot better, if I have bags, and a bench. I built this rifle with the idea that I would like to be able to shoot 1-2 moa eventually out to 500 or so.

So I'm looking for tips on how y'all hold steady using any available rest. Specifically what yalls shooting form usually is.


Edited by Tff caribou (01/25/16 06:12 PM)
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#6154473 - 01/25/16 06:12 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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That's a good idea hermano. I'll do that.
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#6154476 - 01/25/16 06:13 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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#6154513 - 01/25/16 06:23 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Ouch
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#6154522 - 01/25/16 06:24 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Some would argue, but you can steady a rifle easier by turning the magnification down rather than up. The principle is much like that of steering a vehicle where you can stay between the lines more easily if you focus farther down the road rather than right in front of the vehicle. When you aim from a wider field of view, the muscles are not continually trying to compensate for visible movement.

I can shoot groups that just as tight with a 0X, red dot sight at 100 yards, than I can can with a 9X scope at the same distance.
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#6154534 - 01/25/16 06:27 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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I get that, and I've done that before. Thats why I listed its a 12x fixed power scope.
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#6154548 - 01/25/16 06:33 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Ahhh hemm....
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#6154556 - 01/25/16 06:35 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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I know, I know... I just can't spend the money on the class. Unless you want to trade a class for food, or a wedding cake lol.
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#6154563 - 01/25/16 06:39 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Well, when the time comes let me know.

If it were steel or a big load of gravel I'd be all over trading.
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#6154576 - 01/25/16 06:46 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I know, I know... I just can't spend the money on the class. Unless you want to trade a class for food, or a wedding cake lol.


You obviously recognize what many hunters don't, that the value in magnification is not to give close up views, but to recognize the target at much greater distances. Many a German fell during WWII to bullets fired by G.I. snipers using fixed, 4X and 2X scopes.

I can only estimate that the "sweet spot" range of a 12X scope would be somewhere beyond several hundred yards.

On the lighter side, should you ever need to see the craters on the moon..

cheers
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#6154584 - 01/25/16 06:49 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Drink a lot of caffeine?
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#6154664 - 01/25/16 07:38 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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Don't shoot a 12x scope is the answer

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#6154683 - 01/25/16 07:49 PM Re: Still struggling to hold steady [Re: Tff caribou]
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When I first started reloading and was working up different loads I also had an issue holding on a "bulls eye" or dot consistantly. I started printing a target off of the computer with one horizontal and one vertical line around .125 thick with a 1 inch circle on the apex. It was easier for me to hold on the "cross hairs" on my scope to match the X on the paper. It is just something that worked for me.
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