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M700
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Posted: November 16 2018 at 3:22pm | IP Logged Quote M700

12 years consecutive "Expert" with the M-16 in the Marines. 200, 300 & 500 yards, iron sights.

12 years as the county SWAT team sniper team leader.

Washington state SWAT sniper instructor for a few years.

NRA "High Master" in long-range rifle competition.

Placed well in a number of competitions, including a few wins, both formal NRA High Power competition as well as less formal "tactical" type competitions.

NRA rifle instructor.

17 years as police firearms instructor including patrol rifle instructor.

Life long hunter, with a pretty good history of first shot kills from short range out to 400+ yards with standard hunting rifles.

Handloading at about 5 years of age, now I'm 62... How did that happen?

Really nice hunting and target rifles with proven accuracy.

Excellent handloads with great attention to detail...

And yet.... I can miss!

Cracks me up sometimes. Just about the time I'm feeling real comfortable with being able to count on making hits, quick hits, good hits... Sigh... A target just stares at me with no new holes in it... Or an antelope bounds away, apparently with a magic ability to deflect bullets!

Gah!

It's all part of the challenge. And humbling.



Hi I'm Guy, and I miss.

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 5:19pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

LMAO!!!!
Whats new?
I have made shots with a revolver that some think
I was BSing.
Then miss a critter at close range with the same
revolver!

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Posted: November 16 2018 at 10:52pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Two days ago I missed a deer TWICE!!! with
my best slug gun with my best handloads a
proven combination that is "point and
click" out to 100-yards and can be
stretched to 200 under ideal conditions.

First shot was at about 75-yards when both
me and the deer saw each other when I
mountain biked around a corner. I made a
gentle stop being careful not to squeak my
brakes and played "statue" until they
lowered their flags from alert. Then I
slipped the gun up and slung up tight,
their flags went back up to alert. I
picked out the biggest bodied one and
lined up a quartering towards shot to blow
out the shoulder ball with my hard cast
solid slug and blow the lungs out (I like
to anchor them so I don't run very far if
at all). I excitedly blasted off my shot
only to see my hit blast chunks of a tree
out just beyond and slightly above and to
the right of my intended shot placement.
The whole herd jumped away from the tree
that had been hit and looked at it like it
was going to bite them. I muttered
something not so polite under my breath as
I unslung so I could pop the break action
and rapid reload and slung back up at
which point the herd was trotting off in
single file to one side. Swung and
tracked in on a decent sized one that I
had a clear shot on as she trotted in line
now at about 80-yards. Second guessed my
swing and made a split second decision to
add a little lead to the swing as well and
blasted my second shot down range. No
visible effect, no signs of a hit since
she just continued trotting along in line
like nothing at all happened until the
whole herd disappeared over the next rise.
No visible indication of a miss either
though so I spent about 4 hours in the
dark doing a GPS aidded grid search of a
large area behind that rise to be
absolutely sure she wasn't hit and down
over there somewhere. Combination of
swing and lead must have been too much and
it must have sliced through the air right
in front of her.

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I always sort of figured if they didn't expect you to miss once in a while they
wouldn't sell cartridges in boxes of 20, they'll only sell you enough to fill all
your licenses with one shot.

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Posted: November 17 2018 at 7:28am | IP Logged Quote M700

Turbo - good story. Thanks! Ya, I remember the misses I've made. Dang...

Ranch13 - that cracked me up. Thanks!
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I'm an official member of the "Big Deer Miss Club." Ten years ago I missed a huge 8 point in the big woods of north Central PA at 120 yards shooting from the sitting position. It still haunts me.

It wouldn't have been so bad if I could claim I just handled a rifle once a year during deer season. But I spend about two days a week at the range. I know my rifles, their potential and limitations. I also reload so all my rifles are fine tuned with tailored reloads. I also hunt predators and varmints all year around. In other words - I have no excuses.

After that miss I redeemed myself - I began using a shooting cross stick as a field shooting aid for big game hunting. I've used this system for years hunting varmints and predators so I decided to try it for big game hunting also. It was a game changer for me. I haven't missed a deer since and shot the two largest deer of my hunting career, a nine and eight point, at 155 and 185 yards respectively. Take a few others also at these distances

So you are not alone although you're shooting credentials are much more impressive than mine and the ranges you shoot are more challenging that mine. But that's why they call it hunting and not target shooting and that's why hunting is the true test of practical marksmanship.



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Posted: November 17 2018 at 9:24pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

I have a little bit of an excuse for
missing the second shot. Shots on moving
targets at any kind of range with a slug
gun have their difficulty much increased
by the slow muzzle velocity and thus
comparatively long flight time to the
target. According to the ballistic
calculator my load has a flight time of
approx 0.2 seconds for an 80-yard shot and
that feels about right in my experience
for the noticeable lag time between the
shot and the hit when I see the hit happen
in my scope. That doesn't sound like much
until you realize that a person or animal
at a fast walk or "trot" takes at least
five full steps in a full "one, one
thousand" second count. So you have to be
good at setting up your swing or lead so
the slug hits where the target is going to
be by the time the slug reaches the
target. Apparently I ain't as good as I
thought I was.

Hunting can be such a humbling experience!

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