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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Well ! Off to the rifle range ?

YEP ! Have to go do some shooting .
Went to the woods with my boys and seen some deer.
I never got a shot off. WHY ?
Well i could not find them in my scope ! How come you say ?
Here is why . I didn't go shoot as much as i use to and use to be able to just pick the rifle up and see right where i was looking. I could not find them darn deer in the trees as they wondered thru about 100 or less yards away. So i am off to the range to do some pick the gun up and shoot at some targets quickly ? I hope i can get the knack back like i had it again ?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 07:38 AM
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Not to discourage you from going to the range at all, but you can practice at home. Just pick a point across the room, keep your eyes focused on it and pull the rifle up to your eye. Don't 'look' for the object or point through the scope. Try keeping both eyes open when acquiring that object as well.
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If the leaves were as thick where you were hunting as where I was hunting it is understandable that you could nit find deer in the scope at near hundred yards distance. I saw a lot of deer at that range on Thursday that I wouldn't have even thought about shooting at because all could see were pieces of them moving through the trees, When I had one at 30 yards, I shot it
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 08:18 AM
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Did you take your scope covers off?

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-25-2017, 05:43 PM
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maybe you need an upgraded scope

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2017, 05:24 PM
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that's why I have see-thru scope mounts. Look over the open sights first, easy to find the deer....then just move eye up so I'm looking through the scope!
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This is why I have multiple rifles that I can use. If in thick woods where shots will be close, I will choose one of my open sighted rifles. When the leaves are gone and I can see a ways, then I'll grab the scoped unit. But mostly I just hunt with my flintlock so I guess its a moot point.
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To piggy back on the in-home practicing, I'll often put on the Outdoor Channel and when they show animal scenes, they don't linger on a shot very long. So I use this to practice getting my reticle on the animal where I want it before the camera view is cut away to a different one. It's good practice. You don't know how long you'll have...sometimes they stay on one camera view longer than others.


To be clear, do this with an UNLOADED firearm! I usually either pull the bolt out completely or I'll take out the striker. Either way, be smart and safe.
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