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#6420324 - 08/22/16 07:03 PM Shooting at the range
Bradgrace Offline
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Registered: 06/11/11
Posts: 265
Loc: Greenville, Tx
What are yalls preferred way of sighting in at the range? Bipod, sand bags, lead sled? I always seem to have issues getting stable.

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#6420328 - 08/22/16 07:07 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Prone, bipod, rear bag.

That's for zeroing, testing loads, and getting DOPE. Off the ground is once all that is done, to practice shooting, and getting steady in hunting positions.
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#6420329 - 08/22/16 07:08 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
ImTheReasonDovesMourn Offline
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Registered: 08/04/12
Posts: 971
Loc: Greenville, TX

^^^ I see JG beat me to it.

I use a bipod and rear bag to zero a rifle. It's very stable from a bench or prone position.


Edited by ImTheReasonDovesMourn (08/22/16 07:09 PM)
Edit Reason: Garvey!
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#6420476 - 08/22/16 08:43 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Big, fat, solid, cement bench, correct height seat with a boat cushion. front mechanical rest and a rear bag. Exact opposite from JG and most run and gun young'uns.

That's what you use when you are a big ole 64.5 year old man with herniated disks up top and degenerative disk down low , two bad knees, and hips


http://s122.photobucket.com/user/buzzsawbucket/media/IMG_05611_zps4068a144.jpg.html?sort=3&o=153

OK maybe a belly bench sometimes
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#6420483 - 08/22/16 08:45 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Yes, okay sometimes a belly bench

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#6420887 - 08/23/16 09:10 AM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Strongbad Offline
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Registered: 02/04/10
Posts: 447
Front/rear bags. Lead sleds are a good way to break a stock.

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#6420931 - 08/23/16 10:03 AM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
Posts: 33
Bipod in the front and a rear bag or sometimes a small carpet covered block of wood on top of the table. When using a sand or poly filled rear rest you sometimes have to smack it down on the table a few times to get it to even out and take some wobble out.


Edited by 7six2 (08/23/16 11:45 AM)

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#6420988 - 08/23/16 10:51 AM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
charlesb Offline
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Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 1408
Loc: West Texas mountains
Cheap Caldwell front and rear bags. - No problem with stability, it works fine.

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#6421009 - 08/23/16 11:11 AM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Jgraider Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 263
Loc: West Texas
Front and rear bags to work up loads and get zero'd. Then practce from field conditions. Been doing it that way since 1971.

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#6421026 - 08/23/16 11:30 AM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6465
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I have the Caldwell bags too, no problems.
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#6421180 - 08/23/16 01:53 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: FiremanJG]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Off the ground is once all that is done, to practice shooting, and getting steady in hunting positions.


Like any other sport, you play the way you practice. It's sheer foolishness to expect anything different.

But it can be fun to watch and listen to the rant of those who might disagree, soon after they just missed the buck of a lifetime.
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#6421408 - 08/23/16 04:58 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Teal28 Offline
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Registered: 12/10/08
Posts: 3349
Loc: Hen House Tx
From the bench or Prone. Bipod and rear bag. Some time bipod with no bag just my off hand.
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#6421416 - 08/23/16 05:09 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
Kevin1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 319
Loc: Allen Tx
You need to zero the same way as you shoot (bipod or bench for example). If not, your POI will slightly be different.

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#6421736 - 08/23/16 09:52 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
BushFamilyNine Offline
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Registered: 05/26/13
Posts: 750
Loc: Iowa
Thanks for starting this thread! I see that I need to build a solid bench.
I was out Sunday sighting in a rifle that was a recent gun shop find, a $500 T3 Hunter package in a 1-8 twist 223. I was using a Lead Sled Solo but have a really poor table (an old utility cable spool). The spool was loose, and a constant source of frustration. One had to keep a lot of forward pressure on the top to keep it from going sideways. Plus the sled would wiggle around to a different location after every shot. I shot a variety of 50gr to 68gr over the counter ammo that I had collected over the past couple years. The first group shot right after checking the scope zero got me excited. Then I was really interesting trying to get a solid group at 100 with the 3x9 scope crosshairs that were tough to align with the pattern featured on the Champion target paper. I had much better results with a red bull target at 100yds, and will try this again with a much better table.








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#6423009 - 08/24/16 06:00 PM Re: Shooting at the range [Re: Bradgrace]
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Registered: 04/09/09
Posts: 4253
Loc: Central Texas
40# bag of lead up front and a sand sock for initial sight-in. Then I go to bi-pod and sand sock.
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