JULY Range Report



  • Holy cow July already!

    I started off my July by setting a personal best with my 6.5 Creedmoor at 1500 yards. Post up your range reports for the month of July here!



  • Took mom and dad out and shot a bunch of pistol rounds.

    It wasn't prettt fun but hot.



  • Ive been trying to catch one of these little striped gophers for awhile, and after two failed attempts I finally got this one by laying out on my deck for half an hour.

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    That they big looked like a giant in a 20x scope at 30 feet.

    Now I'll have to adjust the parallax on this thing again which is a pain.



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    200 yard target. Top group 6.5 hornady brass. berger 140 vld hunt, took one shot adj scope 5 more shots adj then 2 more. This 6.5 shoots very nice.Top right was 5 with lapua brass and 140 hybrids. 4 honest shots and 1 not so honest. Middle right was 5 with 6br and bottom was 10 with 6br. For some reason Iam letting 1 shot get away.
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    top target 5 shots per dot except bottom row was 6. Some honest shots and some not so honest. then a challenge target.
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    6.5 100 yards and let 1 get away on both 3 shot groups.
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    Greg this is the 22 creedmoor with 80 gr smk's. I am getting closer. I am doing better with the brass. I did have a lot of jump on these. 2.120 is lands. Any suggestions please let me know. This was virgin brass.

    I am working hard to try and make each shot am honest shot. I am setting up like we learned in class but I catch my self wandering off. When I focus and go through the routine including good follow through the bullet goes to the poa. I just need to keep practicing without losing focus.



  • Shot a couple of groups with the 40x today, but didn't take pictures.



  • Went to the range today and sighted in a AR. After zeroing @ 100 I was able to shoot out to 440. Didn't do any turret twisting, hold only so no confusion as this scope dials opposite.
    Shot my 10/22 with both the Eley and Winchester bulk ammo. Eley shot pretty good and I was able to shoot some small rocks and orange clay pigeon pieces out on the 211 yard berm, all guesstimation holds with zero first round hits. Shot everything from the bench. It was good to be able to get out and shoot as I am feeling 1/2 alive again.
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  • 467 day streak came to an end. I'm back at it today though.

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  • 467 days of shooting every day. Hats off to you @dddoo7. You are literally the only other person on the planet that I'm aware of (other than me) that has shot that many days in a row.

    Now that your streak is broken, I'll challenge you further. Rather than just picking up a handgun and plinking a few rounds. Make your rounds each day count. Even ONE purposeful precision rifle shot can carry value. Even if you only do it 5 days a week... it will have value.



  • Heck of a feat indeed @dddoo7 its been pretty remarkable to see how you've improved.



  • Not terrible bad left handed with the pistol.
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    Also ran a dot drill with the rifle.
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    I'd fire five with the rifle, then go up and shoot then fire five with the rifle. So I broke NPA each row.

    Still have a long way to go.

    98* outside today. Hotttt



  • said:

    98* outside today. Hotttt

    Yes, I've not had fun out there shooting. lol



  • @orkan

    I've been thinking more about that. The handgun has been a placeholder on busier days when I have trouble finding time to lay down behind a rifle...but there are times I could at least get behind the 40x which has benefit as well.

    I have gotten much better at shooting the 22 as well...which is good, but not as desireable of a skill set to me as precision shooting.



  • @dddoo7 said:

    @orkan
    I've been thinking more about that. The handgun has been a placeholder on busier days when I have trouble finding time to lay down behind a rifle...

    Who says you have to lay down? There's more to this sport than belly benchrest. ;)



  • I'll shoot the 40x yet tonight before it gets dark and it cools down a bit.

    But man was I sweating, it really made it hard to see the dots as well, which may explain some of the misses.

    It was tough shooting.



  • @orkan

    True. I might have to clean off the kitchen table and open the window again.



  • This is the last 4 I shot tonight. About 65 yards with a flashlight on the target.

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  • Two got away from me today, the first and the last.

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    I think 1/4" dots would help me aim a little more, who knows a lot of wiggle room.



  • Ok. Bench is different than prone.

    My bipod is too tall for my kitchen table. The top group I didn't have a good npa for the rifle because of that. Second group I placed a piece of 1" stiff closed cell foam under the rear bag to give it more height. Group is better...but it is off the dot. I need to shoot prone tomorrow to compare and see if it hits the same place. I think I might be setting up different on the table causing a poi shift.

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  • One pulled left.

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  • Shot 10 rounds of .308 today; 3 0n paper and 7 to various destinations.
    It was a different load than I usually shoot, consisting of RL15 and Winchester brass. I stopped using this when RL15 disappeared like Varget did in these parts. I also shot a coffee can full of .223 thru an AR at various targets from 25 to 211 yards.
    My .223 bolt gun is resting up for the upcoming weekend.
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  • Dropped one, it wasn't me, it was either ammo or something else, given the high humidity and the condensation going on I bet it was that and not ammo.

    Oh well maybe tomorrow will be better.

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    I hope so work was terrible because of the heat and humidity.



  • THree weeks without picking up the DTA shows. I had three in a cluster and then dropped the next two. Will try again tomorrow.

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    One got loose on me, I didn't fire on my natural respiratory pause.



  • @rhyno said:

    One got loose on me, I didn't fire on my natural respiratory pause.

    I'll challenge you on this.

    If it's just "one getting loose" due to breathing, then why is the group next to it centered almost exactly where the one got away in the group prior?



  • @orkan that was the previous days group.

    The left group was from Tuesday the right yesterday.

    I should have clarified that.

    Though the one that go loose was high... hmm



  • ... and why the POI shift between days?

    Just because you attended the course and have the terminology, doesn't mean you get to use the new things as a new excuse. ;) hehehe

    The shots must be honest. The explanations must fit where the rounds go and why honestly in order for the principles to have any value to you. Otherwise all you gain is a more intelligent sounding way of explaining why you missed. The goal is to not miss. To achieve that goal you must assign blame in the appropriate places. :)



  • @orkan said:

    ... and why the POI shift between days?

    Just because you attended the course and have the terminology, doesn't mean you get to use the new things as a new excuse. ;) hehehe

    The shots must be honest. The explanations must fit where the rounds go and why honestly in order for the principles to have any value to you. Otherwise all you gain is a more intelligent sounding way of explaining why you missed. The goal is to not miss. To achieve that goal you must assign blame in the appropriate places. :)

    I've been trying to figure out the POI shift for awhile, haven't made progress on it yet. I need better record keeping and I'm working on that.

    At this point I can't remember exactly if I was breathing in or out when I broke the shot, the last shot. Better record keeping will help that.



  • Two groups today. Crosshairs move up and sometimes left. The up is a mystery to me I thought I had it solved but it back. The left I'm pretty sure has to do with my head.

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  • @rhyno

    Nice shooting!



  • So...it is typical Tennessee today. 89 deg and 70+% humidity. I was outside all day long and was drenched with sweat after 10 mins.

    I took the rifle outside. Walked to target and back. Rifle was covered with condensation...including the scope making it hard to see.

    This is the first group while rifle was covered with condensation. Every shot was honest this time.

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    I waited about 20 mins for the condensation to dissipate. This is the next group. I called the high shot.

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    DTA, 308, 100 yards.



  • @dddoo7 nice shooting to you as well.



  • I adjusted up one mil and left two mils after shooting yesterday. Should have only gone left one. Backed one off after first group and it hit the dot. I also let the rifle sit in the heat for about 2 hrs before shooting. It makes a difference.

    First five shot group on left. Can't explain the one that went right...it was the last shot of the group. Those first four sure are tight though.

    Second five shot group I was too low on the butt and first shot went high. Horizontal dispersion was my attention failing because of sweat dripping.

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  • Today's group.

    The lowest shot was the last shot, it was after I was messing with my rear bag to try and take my left hand out of the equation to see if that would help the vertical movement after the shot. It helped, but didn't eliminate it, and then the shot went low.

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  • Tried playing around with the rear bag a bit to try and get rid of the vertical movement.

    And left movement seems to be from pressure caused by the way I lay my head on the rifle.

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    Poi keeps moving, but until I get other things sorted out I think I'll be chasing tails. Just going to take things one at a time.



  • Dot drill plus 5 in the "P". The ones that went high were either when I failed to lay my head 100% on the cheekrest...or when I jerked the trigger.

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  • Much better today on the verticals movement, cut it down to about a quarter of what it was, but still got a little ways to go, reticle moves about a 1/4" off target when fired.

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    The one not in the knot was the first round, not really sure what happened.

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  • Felt better today. I didn't have to fight my mind as much while setting up the shots. It shows on paper. Still not perfect...but much better. Lots of dead dots.

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  • I wasn't focused at all today, long hot day, and I'm exhausted, and to top it all off I get home and the A/C isn't working, so I'm not going to sleep well tonight. I need to move to Alaska.

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    There's 4 shots in there. The 5th one I accidentally dropped in the dirt and threw it away.



  • Not so well today...but I can explain the shots.

    First two went high right. Same as the recoil. I thought it was the rear bag so I adjusted it and tried again...recoil was still high. I raised my shoulder on the butt and the last two settled into place.

    The next four were rounds that were either difficult to seat or too easy. Recoil was good on them...but only two went where they should have.

    I intend to start shooting 20 shot dot drills. I think it will tell me more than just a few shots.

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  • Back with a plaque after 2 days of shooting a mid range match at the USMC RTF on O'ahu.
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  • What was the competition like Mamalukino?
    Civilian shooters, LEO, and Military all in the same class?

    All I did over the weekend was a clip of 30-06 out of the Garand at 50 offhand , cleaned up the parting lines and sanded smooth some 14 round plastic magazines for the Kimber 22 and tried 4 different types of ammo, 20 rounds of the reloads that the girls did offhand at 50 from the HBAR.

    So far only CCI Mini Mags reliably cycle the Kimber Rimfire Target.
    Automatch, Aguila SV, CCI Quiets, Winchester 555 PowerPoint were all either intermittent or were FTE. Quiets wouldn't unlock the slide.
    Tried cleaning it and various lubes as well.
    That pistol is tight. Frame to slide felt like it was galling with a dry aluminum to aluminum fit. Barrel bushing would grab the barrel when dry cycled and not return to battery.
    I took my fingernails and could feel very tiny machining marks on the outside of the barrel and it makes a zipper sound when I run my nail or a credit card up and down the length. Taking it to a local Smith to see if he can polish all but the last half inch of the barrel to help the bushing. I want the tight lockup at the end. Maybe try a lighter main spring and flat spring for the disconnector. Hopefully it can get to working with Standard Velocity ammo. I really think it needs another couple of bricks run through it. The Frame to slide fit is so tight that it obviously was seldom shot by the previous owner.

    When I repaint the steel I will take a picture.



  • @mamalukino

    That is really cool! Congrats.



  • @mamalukino congratulations! 3rd place is awesome.



  • Congrats!



  • @hypo "What was the competition like Mamalukino?
    Civilian shooters, LEO, and Military all in the same class?"

    Yes, all of the above in same class. Puuloa has a caliber restriction due to its location. Only 5.56 and 7.62 (to 30-06) are allowed to be shot there. Behind the rear berm is the beach and ocean. The match was divided into 7.62 and 5.56 class. The wind was brutal both days but on Sunday was worse; running from 2-3 to 20+ with sudden pick ups and drop offs.
    The same target from 3 to 600...X ring is about 2x3"
    I missed 2nd by a point and had the highest score in class on the 600. Saturday I cleaned the 300, but Sunday I dropped 10 points shooting 10 nines and 5 xezz. Albuteral is not your buddy.
    The 7.62 definitely had advantage this past weekend.



  • Ok. First two rows were ok. I got lazy on form by the 5th shot of each.

    Third row was horrible. I had reset the rifle and the bag had a forward cant which didn't allow the rifle to recoil properly. I knew it was off from the snapshot...just took me most of the row to figure out why. Middle three of the last row were me losing focus. I put everything I had focus wise into the last shot. If I can just learn to do that every time I will have something.

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  • Okay, so today I got pretty much everything I needed to start a data book.
    So I'll post a picture of the page and what I wrote.

    The Target:
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    The databook page:
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    Kestrel was dead so I didn't get all the data, Range was 50 yards.



  • Got shut down early due to wind. 200 yard target frame blown down. Just shot 8 rounds of .308 after a few warm up AR mags of .223; the bolt gun didn't leave her bag.
    Tracking the cold bore on the .308, 3rd shot was either from me or the wind induced frame sway.
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    Measuring the reticle on an AR's scope with 2 different loads.
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