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.


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.


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.

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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