Back at the Range

I took the Ruger back to the range for some more sighting-in and some off the bags practice. This time, I was using Remington ammo of the same bullet weight and velocity as the Winchester which I used last time. My hope is that the rifle will not be too fussy as one has to buy whatever one can find when one can find it these days.

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Unfortunately, I did not approach this exercise with enough forethought.  I was using different ammo, out of a clean gun; and I moved the cross-hairs of the scope after two shots. So, looking at the results, I am not sure what to deduce.

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Apart from one flier (I cannot tell a lie; it was I), all the other ten shots landed within an inch and a half circle at 25 yards. Each square on the target is an inch. After two shots, I moved the cross-hairs one click to the left and one down (each click is supposed to be 7 mm at 50 yards). The first group was not bad for elevation, but a bit to the left. I moved the hairs one click to the right which gave me a good line, but I was shooting low.

At this point, I had emptied the magazine and took pause to ponder. I moved the hairs one click up, fired one shot, liked where it landed, and quit.

The lessons of the day: my rifle shoots better than I do; my rifle shoots better dirty; leave the cross-hairs alone.

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About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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