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#7076639 - 02/13/18 08:44 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
I think it's time to put together a .22 off hand shooting tournament. Any volunteers for a place to shoot?

rifle


I don't have a range on my ranch in mountain home, but I have plenty of space.


I will send you a PM about it Rusty, very gracious of you to offer.
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#7077131 - 02/13/18 02:21 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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#7077551 - 02/13/18 07:10 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Never been very good at it and never practiced enough to be I guess. I shoot off hand at varmints or hogs but rarely at deer anymore. Last buck time I shot offhand at a buck was a Mule Deer in West Texas om 2010. Before that it was at a WT I had rattled in and he was 70 yards away back in 2004 or 2005. I rattle in an Axis buck on Kerr WMA during a Dec WT hunt and shot him in the neck at 80 yards in 98. I missed a really good WT buck at 140 yards or so offhanded back in 1999. It would have to be a follow up shot anymore for me I think or when rattling for a close range shot. If I practiced it daily then I would probably be more confident in taking the shot.


A good reason to build you a custom 10/22 to practice with. They are a lot of fun. up

I bought a bolt action .22mag in 2003 and have shot it daily if not weekly since then. More close range off hand shots though.
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#7077562 - 02/13/18 07:16 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Originally Posted By: snake oil
I don't think I could hit a garbage can at 100 yds. off hand......LOL


You never know till you try. I shot a huge gobbler out of the air with a browning buckmark .22 pistol. I have two witnesses. And I videoed myself shooting a running javelina in the head with a 357 pistol. Was it luck? He77 yes. But it I wouldn't have had that awesome experience without trying.

I offhand shot the biggest mule deer I've ever seen (admittedly at 75 yards broadside). Would I have rather had a rest? Yes. But I had hunted 5 hard days, it was my last evening, and those deer can disappear extremely quick, and if they're running, it's an up and down nightmare.

I have no problem taking chances with turkey's and varmints. I don't recommend it for big game. But sometimes you gotta go with what's available.

I had someone tell me ask me after I made what I consider a lucky shot on a coyote running down a sendero away from me at about 275 yards. Shot was off of a shooting rest on a Ranger. I immediately said out loud "that was a lucky shot". One of the guys with me asked me "if I had tried to kill that coyote"? I said "yes". He said "then it was not really lucky then was it?" I guess it would be luck if it was your first shot ever.
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#7077802 - 02/13/18 10:28 PM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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Honestly I canít ever remember shooting at something with a .22 that wasnít offhand
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#7078151 - 02/14/18 09:49 AM Re: Offhand Shooting - Still Important? [Re: jeffbird]
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no telling how many thousands of deer, hogs, raccoons, ringtails, fox, skunk, possum, squirrel, rabbit, etc. I have killed with offhand shots ... so yes, it's still important, at least to me.
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