December Range Report Thread



  • Thank you to all the people that participated in the GunHive Challenge for November 2016 and we look forward to seeing December's challenge.

    Rules:

    1.) Fire at least 1 (one) deliberate round at a target. (living or not)

    2.) A daily code will be posted in the early morning hours (after midnight Central time zone) and this code will be required for your photo (see rule 3)* The daily code will be posted by @mamalukino

    3.) Take a picture of the result, including your firearm, your bullet hole, mark on steel, or dead critter, and a hand written note displaying the daily code. All this must be in a single photo.

    4.) Post that picture in the range report thread. At the beginning of each month, include your time zone; as pictures must be posted by 11:59 p.m. your time zone.

    5.) Do this at least one time per day, for the entire month

    6.) BB guns and such are still allowed as long as the projectile you're firing is metal you're good.

    At the end of the month, each shooter to complete the challenge will be added to the leader board and will be entered to receive the Gunhive.com Shooters Challenge prize!

    Thank you and we all look forward to the results!

    December 1st's code is: MEL

    Have fun and post your pictures.:smile:



  • Rainy, windy and cold this a.m( 73*). We have had a few weeks of high wind advisories.
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  • Felt like shooting today. Feel like shooting everyday, just wish it could be propelled by gunpowder rather than air. Air gun down the hall.

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    Now I'm going to dry fire my rifle and watch 'Red Dawn.'
    Wolverines!



  • @ragnarnar said:

    Felt like shooting today. Feel like shooting everyday, just wish it could be propelled by gunpowder rather than air. Air gun down the hall.

    I feel your pain....



  • EKA is Friday the 2nd's code.

    Everyone is welcome to post on the Range report thread and everyone is invited to join in the monthly Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the monthly challenge to post your pictures and you are encouraged to jump in at anytime.
    It may not be possible to shoot a firearm daily; however the option is there to shoot pellet or bb rifles or pistols. Set up a short range in your house, garage, apartment or your backyard and commit to shoot daily. Get out to a range or hunt when the opportunity arises.
    Have fun and post your pictures!:smile:

    Out of the gate we have 5 contenders........
    ragnarnar
    rhyno
    tunnel-ratt
    ddd007
    mamalukino



  • Noticed a mongoose coming around lately; thought I would bait and shoot da bugga. Well the sly SOB waited for the chickens to start eating the bait and slid himself in there for a free meal and back out again without leaving me a shot. I was surprised the chickens didn't attack him as they constantly are nailing the young chicks. Had the Mongoose blind setup. Dang.:laughing:

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  • 20 yards. One got away from me.

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  • Everyone is welcome to post on the Range report thread and everyone is invited to join in the monthly Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the monthly challenge to post your pictures and you are encouraged to jump in at anytime.
    It may not be possible to shoot a firearm daily; however the option is there to shoot pellet or bb rifles or pistols. Set up a short range in your house, garage, apartment or your backyard and commit to shoot daily. Get out to a range or hunt when the opportunity arises.
    Have fun and post your pictures!:smile:

    Code for the 3rd is LIK



  • Worked on a 6.5 Creedmoor OCW today. What a terrible day for load development.
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    Rain/snow/sleet this morning. I kept getting nailed in the eyeball by some sleet, so the top row, a load of 40.0gr to foul the clean bore was tossed down range rather quickly. The ground is wet and muddy, hard to control the rifle without it sliding around. I play around with it a bit when shooting the foulers and find a nice, more solid firing position.

    20x - 40.0gr foulers
    3x:
    40.5gr
    41.0gr
    41.5gr
    42gr

    I used 20 rounds for foul/sight in, as this scope was moved onto this rifle from another.

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    Top row is the foulers.
    Second row is left to right, 40.5, 41.0, 41.5, 42gr charge weights.... H4350 for the wondering.

    I started off with 40.5 and the bipod was sliding around a bit. Got it fix but dropped the first shot. Next two touch, onto 41gr!

    If you look at the second row/second dot... the 41gr charge weight, you'll see 4 shots. The tightest 3 are the 41gr load, the outsider is a 40gr fouler that was used during sight in.

    By the time I got to 41.5 I had but little feeling left in my fingers. When shooting the 42gr load, the trigger felt like it was set to about 10lbs. Sometimes I get an idea in my head..."oh it would be fun to shoot in the rain" ... or "let's see what a 50mph wind does when I shoot"

    I don't think I'll go out much more in a 20 degree windchill and get soaking wet again. It's good to know I can do it though!

    Tomorrow looks like a better day, so we will see what happens when I play around with the 41gr charge and various seating depths.



  • I held a buckmark today at BP. The salesman did all he could to try and sell me on the mark 4. He couldn't grasp what I ment when I talked about dirt and blowback from a suppressor. I think he thought I meant a compensator because he immediately asked if I shot competition. He wasn't the most ignorant big box store gun salesman I have met...but also far from knowledgeable.

    For today...I shot 25 yards from my carport because it was raining.
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  • Today was our club's annual Christmas lunch and shoot. I took first in the "Know your limit" 100yd centerfire category, $30.00!! My first rimfire shot was a 4 inch flyer from POA shot at the fattest circle all the rest were good for score. I had ejected that 1st round and then put it back into my magazine...I thought at the time it wasn't a good idea...I was correct.:laughing: DANG

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  • This is 5 shots.

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    Also got a big doe and a fawn tonight with the smoke pole. Think I finally am done hunting myself now. Got a co-worker that hasn't gone hunting in awhile and we're gonna hit some public land tomorrow to try and get him a deer.

    Hornady XTP pistol bullets don't do so well at muzzleloader velocities.



  • Sunday the Fourth's code is IMA

    :smile:



  • Shot my optimal seating depth ladder. What an amazing morning! A brisk 32 degrees, sunny and hardly any breeze! My only complaint is the ground is cold to lay on.
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    Looking like 41.0gr of powder with the 140 seated .050" off the lands is where I need to be.



  • A mat helps a bunch with that cold ground.

    I'm at the range now doing some testing on a new muzzle break.

    Clean cold bore ruined a sub quarter moa 5 round group haha.

    Also a guy showed up to sight in a 22TCM neat round.



  • I really like this Prime ammo.

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  • Yup... this is a good brake. Possibly slightly better as far as recoil then the APA gen 2 hard to tell.

    Return to zero was good when I didn't mess it up.

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  • Shot 100 rounds of .223 yesterday form 100 to 570 yards; today back on the home range...tomorrow Hawaii gun owners will be put on the Federal Rap Back list effectively establishing a Federal Data Base for Gun Owners... I believe that this was done to set a precedent and with the election of Trump and the hopefully Constitutional SCOTUS Judge appointments this strategy from the left has failed.
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  • 40 rounds in total today.

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  • KAA is Monday the 5th's code.....



  • Key holing today; some little critter may have parked in the barrel last night...
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  • I finally got my steel targets back.

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  • MEK is Tuesday the 6th's code.

    Everyone is welcome to post on the Range report thread and everyone is invited to join in the monthly Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the monthly challenge to post your pictures and you are encouraged to jump in at anytime.
    It may not be possible to shoot a firearm daily; however the option is there to shoot pellet or bb rifles or pistols. Set up a short range in your house, garage, apartment or your backyard and commit to shoot daily. Get out to a range or hunt when the opportunity arises.
    Have fun and post your pictures!:smile:



  • Ran a few cleaners thru the barrel; first 2 shots went hither and yonder, next 3 were good to go.
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  • OSD test for today. Not real happy with my shooting...but I think it will work. I feel like it is easier to shoot tiny groups at 300 than it is at 100 yards. Maybe I can just see too much at 100 and I am psyching myself out. I think I am going to go with 0.070" off the lands...or I might re-shoot this one again another day. Suggestions?

    It is upside down and I don't know why. I can't get it to change.

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  • @dddoo7 Why .070 and not .130?



  • @mamalukino

    .130 is a tight knot...but it seems lower than the other two. I am not a big fan of this load development stuff. I have trouble telling whether the groups are my fault or not. The thing is...I have gotten several very tight groups out of 0.010 off the lands on previous days during the OCW test...but it just didn't happen today. I think I might get my bench out there and shoot off of it. Maybe I can be more consistent.

    When everything feels right the gun groups crazy tight (0.130"). If something feels a little off it groups like the rest of the groups. I am still working on getting everything to feel right before shooting.



  • @dddoo7 Maybe load 6 of each and shoot 3 shot groups, then repeat?



  • @mamalukino

    That is a very good idea. Larger sample size should show more reliable results.



  • While the group size at .130 is small, it is indeed significantly lower than the others. Based on what I see, I would be operating at .050" off the lands unless I had cause to do otherwise as a result of other limitations. However, if you are this uncertain of your performance, you must re-shoot the test.

    This uncertainty comes from the inability to make honest shots. This born from the fact that no one has taught you how shot calls work. If you can hold out until our springtime class, you'll leave here with the knowledge and experience required to know whether it is you or not.

    If you shoot it again with similar results, then perhaps you need to seat .040 deeper than .130 and see if there's more to that node.



  • @orkan

    I am really hoping to come to the spring class. The articles have helped exponentially...but I still have trouble sometimes. Some days it seems that everything goes right and I get tiny little groups no matter what...then other days I have trouble grouping at all. I don't know.



  • @dddoo7 said:

    I am really hoping to come to the spring class.

    Hope is for religion. You just get yourself here and I'll send you home with something you can't find anywhere else in the world. You can find it yourself... I'll just take 10-20 years off your curve.

    That squishy stuff between your ears needs work too. That uncertainty you have can be fixed by knowledge and experience, and no doubt we'll work on it in the spring. However, in the mean time I'd like you to practice some meditation and breathing. Find the calmest area of your mind, and get in there tight before laying down behind the rifle. Stay in it while shooting.

    Trust me, it will help. I see you have the capability to shoot impressively. Consistency is the part that takes the longest to master. Once upon a time, I was exactly where you are now. ;)

    The instinctual response is to be frustrated. The correct response is to give over to it.



  • @orkan @dddoo7
    Thank you both for bringing this up.



  • Yup, as much as the article and discussion are nice I believe there are some things that have to be taught.

    I'm going to do everything I can to make it to Gregs class, as I'm right in the boat with you @dddoo7 though I believe some of it may be my equipment as well. But just seeing my recoil impulse (consistently up and left at least) I know I'm doing something wrong. Heck when I took my brake off that was very interesting the results were terrible but I could tell something was very off. Just wasn't sure what, and what to do to fix it.



  • EKA is Wednesday the 7th's code.

    Everyone is welcome to post on the Range report thread and everyone is invited to join in the monthly Challenge. You do not need to be participating in the monthly challenge to post your pictures and you are encouraged to jump in at anytime.
    It may not be possible to shoot a firearm daily; however the option is there to shoot pellet or bb rifles or pistols. Set up a short range in your house, garage, apartment or your backyard and commit to shoot daily. Get out to a range or hunt when the opportunity arises.
    Have fun and post your pictures!:smile:



  • Could of recycled the code word if I hadn't put a line through it.
    Bangin' steel...gotta love the boink :laughing:
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  • HIH is Thursday's code....



  • Raining too much again, backyard is flooded, chickens think they're ducks but the bananas and weeds love it.
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  • AUO is the code for Friday December 9th.



  • Here is Wednesday's. it has been on my phone but I forgot to post it. Oh well.

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    I did discuss this target in depth with Greg on the phone Wednesday.



  • Baiting the mongoose with egg shells.
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  • I did a thorough cleaning of the barrel since Wednesday. Today I started fresh with 20 bergers loaded up. This was the third 5 shot group. I knew when the gun went off that the pulled shot was pulled. I cannot believe how quickly the rifle went from one hole to shotgun when it got dirty. I am sure swapping back and forth between bergers and smk's didn't help either.

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  • Hey... lookie there! Glad you got it sorted ddd. :)



  • 007, shotgun to you is freaking awesome man, to most people.

    This forum really sets the bar high.
    That is a good thing.


 

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