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How to Shoot a Rifle Offhand

Posted: December 31, 2014 by gamegetterII in shooting
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Article by David E. Petzal

Beliefs that my generation held as sacred are now null and void. If Capt. John Paul Jones were asked to surrender today, he would not answer “I have not yet begun to fight” but “Let’s work this out. Violence is never the answer, and all these dead bodies in the ocean are an environmental hazard.”

Also, we can’t seem to shoot offhand anymore. We no longer walk; we sit. And thanks to the current long-range craze, the idea of sneaking to get a closer shot at something is as alien as going afield without four electronic devices that you consult every two and a half minutes.

Stand and Deliver
Shooting from your hind legs like a man (or a woman, or whatever makes your heart happy) is by far the most difficult of all the positions. It requires exponentially more practice than any other simply to be competent, never mind good. And it is still absolutely necessary to master, unless you enjoy papering the walls of your home with unpunched licenses.

Offhand, Easily, Sort Of
The secret to shooting offhand is to accept that no one can hold a rifle steady while perched on his hind legs. No one. So don’t try to eliminate muzzle movement; instead, control it. Develop the finesse to make the end of the barrel move in a circle and to make that circle smaller and smaller as you aim. Then, the instant the crosshairs are on any part of the bull’s-eye, pull the trigger. Crude as this approach may seem, a great many of your shots will land in the center of the bull anyway.

The other thing you must do is shoot fast—because bucks won’t stand around waiting for you. An aimed offhand shot should take you no more than five seconds, and three is better. The longer you wait, the more likely you’ll screw up.

The Range Regimen
Here’s how to practice shooting offhand: Get a .22 rifle, as close a match to your centerfire as possible. Get as much ammo as you can buy, beg, or extort. Get a package of 100 NRA A-17 paper targets, each of which has 11 black bull’s-eyes about the size of a silver dollar.
Set your scope at 4X and start from 20 feet. Shoot strings of five rounds per bull; a hit anywhere in the black counts. Zero hits through two is pathetic; three is so-so; four is not bad at all; and five is outstanding. Your initial efforts are likely to be so bad that you will go into shock and require hospitalization.

As you improve, move back to 25 yards. Once you are shooting mostly fours and fives, switch to your centerfire rifle, and shoot from 100 yards at an NRA 50-yard pistol target with an 8-inch bull. Shoot no more than 20 rounds per session, and try to get all of them in the black. Very few shooters can do this; if you can get 18 or 19 into the 10-ring, you’ve done very well.

Finally, remember two things: First, practicing offhand is logistically easier, cheaper, and more valuable to real hunters than practicing at long range will ever be. So there’s no excuse not to do it. Second, shooting is a sport of muscle memory, repp­titian, and concentration, so shoot lots. And good luck getting the .22 ammo.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/hunting/2014/12/how-to-shoot-a-rifle-offhand?cmpid=enews123114b&spPodID=020&spMailingID=7393611&spUserID=NjI2NzA0MjQyMzcS1&spJobID=583926057&spReportId=NTgzOTI2MDU3S0

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Quotes from members

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Long Range Hunting 1

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“The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is filing a lawsuit against online retailers that allegedly sold ammunition to James Holmes, the suspect accused of the Aurora theater killings.”

“The lawsuit alleges that the websites negligently supplied Holmes with the arsenal he used to kill 12 people and wound at least 58 others by failing to use any screening mechanism to determine his identity or intent for the products,”

Let’s see-what possible intent does anyone have when they buy ammo?
Wow-they are going to shoot said ammo out of a firearm of whatever caliber ammo they purchased.
What kind of idiotic lawyer would even bother to file such nonsense?
The Brady bunch should be fined for filing frivolous lawsuits,have to pay for the attorney fees for the ammo companies,have to pay all court costs,and have to purchase full page ads in every major newspaper admitting that they filed such an idiotic lawsuit,along with 60 second TV and radio ads stating the same thing.
Freakin’ morons. I can see what they are trying to do-they want to make mandatory background checks for ammo purchases.
Even Commiefornia refused to allow such a bill to pass.

Here’s the article about said nonsense-read it if you can do so without either puking, tossing your laptop across the room, or throwing the monitor for your desktop computer on the floor…

The Sniper Insurgent

Posted: September 16, 2014 by gamegetterII in firearms, shooting
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Got the link to this one from WRSA…

“The “specially trained sniper” is either someone school trained to be a sniper, or someone who has moved up from “skilled marksman” to sniper (such as Simo Haya, Vasily Zaitsev or Carlos Hathcock). In the case of Simo Haya it was clearly the school of hard knocks, in Zaitsev’s case it was battlefield promotion, and in Hathcock’s case it was part of the USMC standing up a new sniper school. The Iraqi sniper, “Juba” is someone I consider to be a trained sniper, although I do not know where he got his training. My best guess is either Chechen or Iranian instructors, but that is just a guess.”

http://randomthoughtsandguns.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-sniper-insurgent.html

While on the subject of snipers and sniper insurgents,along with America’s 20 million deer hunters…

Do you know where your deer rifle hits the target beyond 300 yards?

At any distance greater than a 50 yard indoor range?

Now would be a good time to find out-and make any adjustments necessary,

Then practice,practice,practice-then practice some more.

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Hunting the Whitetail Rut and Pre-Rut

Posted: September 11, 2014 by gamegetterII in Archery, hunting
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As the days get shorter,and nights start getting colder,deer start getting ready for breeding-otherwise known as the rut.
There are some very effective ways you can hunt during the rut,and the weeks leading up to it.

The NE Ohio whitetail rut usually peaks the first or second  week of November.

The pre-rut activity starts about mid-October. The first week of October,there is something you can do to attract bucks to your hunting area.

Find a field/woods edge,or the edge of different types of cover that has some small trees,with branches that are about 4-6′ off the ground.

Make your own scrape line by raking an area about 3-4′ in diameter clear of all leaves,twigs and debris-you want to have bare ground. Make one of these every 50′ or so. Do not use any doe in estrous urine,doe urine,or dominant buck urine yet-use your own-just piss in the areas you just cleared.

Make these scrape lines near all of your stand/blind locations,but make sure they are near one of the main deer trails.

I start using doe in estrous scents the last week of Oct. put several drops in each of your fake scrapes,I also take some green cotton balls,and put some doe in estrous scent on them,put them in a zip-loc bag,and drop one every 100 yards or so along the deer trails that lead to my fake scrape lines.

As the peak rut approaches,add more doe in estrous urine to the fake scrapes,add some dominant buck urine,and start using some of the scent dispensers that you hang from branches. I use two types,the scent wicks that are dipped in the  bottle of estrous doe urine,and the type that you fill with the estrous urine,and as you get ready to hang on branch,the wick extends from the bottle-then when you leave-the wick retracts,and you re-cap the bottle for another use.

I pick up all of both types,and take them home in zip-locs.

Pay attention to wind direction,so deer can not catch your scent,and place your stand/blind,and doe in estrous scent wicks so the scent wicks send their scent in direction of the buck’s likely approach route.Place you stand/blind up-wind from the buck’s approach route.

In states where any type of scents or attractants are not legal-hunt the fake scrape lines you made-bucks looking for hot does are going to check the scrapes,dominant bucks looking to run younger bucks out of their territory are going to check out your fake scrapes as well-so hunt your scrape lines,go ahead and piss in ’em-as far as I can tell-there’s no laws against taking a whiz in the woods.

Pay attention to where the does are entering the areas your stands/blinds are set up-if you have to-move your stand/blind 10 yards or so away from where the does enter-does will bust a hunter far more often than a lone buck will,and many times,the buck (s) will be a few yards from the does-still in cover as the does enter an area-watch closely,and many times,you will spot a buck either behind the does,or a few yards to either side of where the does entered your area.

Hunt the scrape lines in early mornings,and again late afternoon ’till dark.

Hunt near water sources in mid-morning to early afternoon.

During the peak days of the rut,I will hang a few scent wicks-the kind with the bottle of scent-around a small tree,and hang a strip of white cloth from a branch at the height of a deer. Often,bucks will catch the scent,see the white cloth,and think it’s a hot doe-they just ain’t thinking clearly during the rut-kinda like when us guys think with the wrong head.

I’ve used this technique in the past,and had quite a few bucks walk right up to the tree with the white cloth-when they get to the tree-they still stand there sniffing the scent bottles.

This technique only works when there’s a breeze to cause the cloth to move-like a deer’s tail.

Bucks are more concerned with breeding during the rut-so don’t focus on food sources-focus on the scrapes you made-or scrapes you’ve found that a buck has made-and as I said water sources in mid-morning to early afternoon.

More on hunting the rut soon,using grunt tubes,and doe bleats and on hunting the secondary rut.

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In a new study, Mark Gius, of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics, has found that between 1980 and 2009, “states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher” than those of other states. Gius also concluded that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal [‘assault weapon’ and ‘large’ magazine] ban was in effect.”

http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/study-%E2%80%9Cassault-weapon%E2%80%9D-and-ccw-restrictions-associated-higher-murder-rates

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.”

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/the-gun-nuts/the-elusive-quarter-inch-group?cmpid=enews090514b&spPodID=020&spMailingID=7047348&spUserID=NjI2NzA0MjQyMzcS1&spJobID=520530022&spReportId=NTIwNTMwMDIyS0

 

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 !

 

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A Sheriff Who Gets It !

Posted: September 3, 2014 by gamegetterII in firearms, gun laws
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“Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis of Maryland didn’t mince words when describing his support of the Second Amendment and what gun rights mean to him.

Here are some of the sheriff’s comments,

“I made a vow and a commitment,” Lewis said. “As long as I am sheriff of this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of the right to bear arms.”

“[W]e do not need to strip law abiding citizens of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. That I get upset over. I really do.”

“As sheriff, I WILL NOT allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of the right to bear arms.”

 

“I can tell you this,” Lewis said, “if they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war. No question about it.”

Well, I think Sheriff Lewis’ stance is pretty clear on the issue.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of elected sheriffs across the country have come out in support of private gun rights over the last 2 years. Elected sheriffs seem to be much more amiable to gun rights than appointed police chiefs.

 

[Video] Maryland Sheriff Says If Feds Tried to Take Citizens Guns It Would be All Out Civil War

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/better-laws-are-the-key-to-keeping-guns-away-from-dangerous-people/2014/09/02/29ebaa36-2f9f-11e4-be9e-60cc44c01e7f_story.html

 

You would think that after being called out by multiple groups,orgs and citizens,these idiots would stop with the lies…

Dan Gross,the Brady bunch prez,repeats the same old bullshit as he’s been repeating for years.

Maybe it’s an attempt to brainwash the libtards who read WaPo’s slanted heavily left drivel daily?

Lie #1-

“The Brady Law has blocked about 2.1 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers, including more than 1 million to convicted felons, 291,000 to domestic abusers and 118,000 to fugitives, according to the Brady Campaign’s calcalutions. That amounts to hundreds of purchases blocked every day over 16 years.”

 

Mr. Gross knowns damn well that the majority of NICS denails/delays are simply not due to convicted felons,thugs,dope dealers,and other assorted riff-raff attempting to purchase a firearm legally.

The delay/denial is most often due to the purchaser having the same last name or a similar name as a criminal,even the same first and last name,or that the purchaser’s SSN is 1 number off from that of a criminal.

Then there’s the .gov employees who enter the data in the first place,and the .gov employees who enter the purchasers name and SSN-they make a plethora of errors-daily.

As far as I can tell,there’s never been a year in which more than 100 cases were prosecuted as a result of a NICS denial-maybe that’s due to the fact that most denials are in fact false positive hits? That the person is really not a prohibited person,and the sale is allowed to proceed a few days later?

Mr. Gross does not present all the data-or any of the facts-he’s trying to push an agenda,not pen a factual op-ed piece.

 

Lie #2

“Federal law requires only federally licensed gun stores to conduct background checks on purchasers, leaving a loophole the size of Texas”

 

An outright lie,as the same FFL who has a brick and mortar gun shop,when selling guns at a gun show-must,by law-that’s current law by the way-conduct the exact same NICS background check before any sale is allowed to proceed.

 

Lie number 3 (really an addition/continuation of lie #2)-

“Federal law requires only federally licensed gun stores to conduct background checks on purchasers, leaving a loophole the size of Texas that allows virtually anyone in most states to buy a gun, no questions asked, by going online or to a gun show.”

 

Under current federal gun laws,any gun purchased online must be shipped to a FFL.

Mr Gross’ assertion that anyone can just order a gun online through e-bay,etc,and have it shipped directly to their home,with no NICS check is a bald faced lie…

He uses said lie to promote an agenda-and all the anti-gun sheeple bleat in unison -guns are baaaad,guns are baaaad.

Lie #4-or the final piece of propaganda in his op-ed piece-

 

“It’s simple; we need both to both get more records into NICS and expand background checks to all gun sales to ensure that prohibited people, including those who are a danger to themselves or others, don’t have easy access to guns.”

 

No,Mr Gross-we do not need either one of those things,as neither one would do a damn thing to prevent criminals or the mentally ill from gaining access to a firearm.

The only thing your proposals would do is create a federal database of gun owners,so that if,and it’s a huge if-you and the rest of your anti-gun,anti-civil rights cabal succeeds in getting private ownership of guns banned-.gov agencies will already have the names and addresses of many gun owners.

There is very,very little support for more gun control laws-despite the braying and bleating of people like you,and Bloomberg and his minions Moms demand whatever it is they are demanding-their message keeps changing-all we know for sure is that the group’s actual name should be Moms  against civil rights-it’s a much more fitting name.

The Brady bunch should change their name to “we want to ban all civilian ownership of guns in America” as that is their goal,as evidenced by the minutes from a meeting long ago,in which they stated that a ban on “assault weapons” was just the first step.

Then there’s Mr Gross’ long history of holding high positions in anti-gun orgs-

President of The Brady Center for Gun Safety 
Formerly Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence 
Formerly Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 
Formerly Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence 
Formerly Center to Prevent Handgun Violence 
Formerly Handgun Control, Inc. 
Formerly National Council to Ban Handguns 

 

Seems that how he earns his salary-by braying and bleating about how we must enact more gun control-well Mr. Gross-way back when-you and your ilk claimed all you wanted was background checks-you got the NICS system-why don’t you just sit down and shut up now?

 

 

 

 

Those who live in states where the use of bait is permitted should start putting out corn now.

Use some shell corn,and some cob corn,spread the shell corn around,do not just dump it in a pile-as this can lead to the spread of disease from deer to deer.

I go to my local feed store and buy a block of what I call sweet feed-it’s a mix of grains,with molasses added for sweetness.

Since it’s compressed into a block,it keeps the deer at your feeding location longer,as does the cob corn.

The blocks are kinda heavy,but so what,it’s good exercise.

I also place some extra mineral blocks along the trails leading to and from the place I put the corn out,this also keeps deer in the area longer. Mix up the “flavors” of the blocks,around here,I use apple,acorn,stockman’s mineral blocks,and plain salt blocks. I buy a big salt block,then cut it up with a sawzall,using a pruning blade,I cut a 50# block into 6 pieces,which makes the salt blocks much more manageable to carry.

As soon as acorns start dropping,I’ll rake up piles of them from my yard,and scatter them among the corn and salt/mineral blocks.

Those who live where baiting deer is not legal just have to keep scouting your hunting areas,find out what the main food source is,main water source is,the bedding areas,and the trails the deer use to get from one place to the other. (you already did that back in early August,right?) Watch for acorns to start dropping,as deer will eat acorns over any other food source once they start dropping in significant numbers.

You should place your stand/blind along the deer’s route to the stand of oaks that are dropping the most acorns,just at the edge of the stand of oaks,as deer will hang back in the cover at the edges of the stand of oaks before entering them,as there’s more open space among stands of mature oaks than there is at the edges of the stand,where there is a mix of trees,and most likely some brush.

In either scenario,look for faint trails that do not show signs of heavy use if you are hunting for a mature buck. The main,heavily traveled trails are made by does and fawns,the older  bucks will walk their own trail,parallel to the main trail,usually no more than 10-15 yards back from it.

Pick your spot for your stand/blind,and hang a trail camera along the trail,then you will know what bucks are using the trail. If trail cameras are not legal in your state,take a small garden claw type tool with you,and clear all leaves,branches, sticks and other debris from several areas along the trail,if the ground is hard,pour some water into the cleared area to soften up the ground. Check the spots you cleared for tracks,keep adding water as needed,so the deer leave good tracks. Using this method,you can judge the size of the deer,and how often he travels the trail.

Yes,all this takes time,and effort,that’s why it’s called hunting-besides-the exercise is good for you!

 

I’ll post some rut hunting tips/techniques soon.

 

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