Quarter Inch Groups

Posted: September 6, 2014 by gamegetterII in firearms, shooting
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Petzal sums the subject up nicely:


“If you’re looking for a quarter-minute rifle, you run into the fact that you yourself have to be a quarter-minute shooter, and there are not a lot of people who can turn in .250 groups. It takes a particular kind of ability of a very high order. And if that weren’t enough, you have virtually no margin for error, anywhere. Your ammo has to be perfect. Your judgment of the wind has to be perfect. If anything is even minutely wrong, you can kiss .250 good-bye. 

Thus it is that we have broken the 1.00 barrier, and the .500 barrier will probably fall eventually, but I have my doubts about .250. Eventually we may have rifles that are capable of that kind of accuracy, but the shooters who can milk them for all they’re worth will still be in very short supply.”



I’ve been a hunter all of my adult life,and quite a few years prior to being legally an adult.

I have shot exactly zero 1/4″ groups,but I came close as possible with what I was shooting-that was at 100yds,with a Savage model 11 in .308,with a mid-priced Bushnell scope,using Federal Power-Shok hunting ammo.

That particular rifle generally shoots 1″ to 1 1/2″ groups at 100 yds,depending on ammo,weather,humidity,shooting position,temperature,and geographic location.

Point of impact in Ohio is way different than point of impact in the northern Rockies in Montana,and it’s slightly different in the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests in W.Va.


Petzal’s point-and my point is no matter what the capabilities of the rifle you are shooting-it’s only as good as the shooter.

The more you shoot-the better you get.

If your shooting is not improving-go take a class-learn what you are doing wrong-and stop doing it !





Do More PT !

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