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The Real World
We toss around shooting stories and
numbers. Do the images in our head and the real world actually
I've been pushing the limits of long
range PCP target shooting for years. Some people are getting used
to seeing my targets @ 100 yards. When you see the target on your
screen, it's a bit different than looking at it from the bench.
Take a real look at 100 yards.
Now, that red arrow is pointing to the
target. Doesn't look too big from here, does it? Now the kicker
... that's just the backer. It's 2 foot by 4 foot!!!
If we jog on over to within 15 yards
of the target, we can see it now. What's that arrow pointing to? Well ...
that's the target! You can't even
see the thing from 15 yards away!! How
are you supposed to shoot something like that? The thing is still
small through a 20X scope. The black center of that target is
ONLY ONE INCH ACROSS!
So, we'll just build a handmade PCP
rifle. Then, we'll shoot handmade slugs through a handmade rifle
barrel atop this handmade PCP rifle we build. Yeah ... right.
Or ... maybe we can. But let me tell
you ... it's no cake walk.
Take a look again at
the top picture of this from the shooting bench. Sort of puts
things in perspective ... doesn't it?
How's that look
for a 75 yard three shot group?
This is what my rifles are capable
of. This is what you pay for. This is why there is a wait.
Still testing various
slugs and various alterations. Had a funny conversation with "Pelletman"
by phone today. I was telling him I was trying to dial in the
groups at the range and adjust a few of my different designs.
We talked about various pellets and which were best. Guess I must
have sounded serious or something. He asked, "How bad were
they?" I qualified that even the poor ones were still all
in a "coffee cup". He sort of chokes and blasts back
... "At 100 yards!?" He'd thought I met they were spraying
all over the range!! Ha ha. Guess I need to back up and look at
the "Real World" too! I get to concentrating on what
I'm doing and I was seeing the third shot of these groups as "Fliers".
You know, you watch those two almost touching and ...... He's
Take a look at a collection of today's
targets where I was trying different things.
Keep in mind the
relative size of that black center. You lay an American Quarter
on it and you can "just" see a black halo around it.
Wow ... how'd that get in there!!!
I also put out a card of black 1/4"
spots for aim point purposes. This was three shots at one. The
bottom hole is an almost perfect double with shots 1 and 2. You
see the remaining "halo" where shot 3 took out the original
1/4" black aim spot
That's approx. .308"c/c
@ 100 yards.
(.500" is 1/2 MOA @ 100 yards)
When the rest of the groups look
like these, I think you can agree that the occasional "Trophy
Group" is not a fluke.