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Ok guys, rifle season is almost here. Are you ready? Is your rifle ready? If you are one of those guys who buy one box of shells a year, and touch off half of it one week before the season, at short range, not too sure of your gun or yourself.... well...good luck. I have stood next to a buddy as I offered a muley to him and after three shots he said to me "you take it, I am not real sure about this gun..." From my shoulder, I dumped the buck at about 150 yards.

Nothing is going to change until you think a bit differently about shooting. This last minute "practice" might work for you, but not for me. I hunt in the cold, in the heat, up close and far out. I want to know exactly how my rifle and I will perform each and every time I take the safety off and go boom. From 100 degree bear hunts to 15 degree coyote hunts, I know my gun will do the job. I know it. I know I can and will do the job. I have practiced this one shot all year. I do not have to worry about the gun, where to hold, or concentrate too much on myself. This has all been worked out over the year.

You should have already been out this summer, sighting your gun in. You should have been taking the rifle out each time you even near the woods. Take a fifteen minute ride and put one or two rounds thru the gun. Do it in the heat, do it in the cold. I am talking about shooting the gun cold. If you cannot put a round where you want, on the first shot out of the case, in any condition, you got something wrong with you, or the gun. You figure out which one.

The reason I practice this is because this is usually the only chance I get. One shot, when I am not ready, no warm up, no bench, no shade, no smooth level surface to lay on or steady against. Usually up hill, or down steep, some fog or rain, or debris in the way, causing me to wait a second until clear. Nothing perfect. Practice making this first shot, "the" shot. After you set out a target, mentally say to yourself, "this is it", "make it count". Take your shot. This could be the only shot you get this season, so make it count. When I shot my bear this summer, I knew I would hit it, exactly where I wanted. I knew it. No doubt. I just layed down, crosshairs on, safety off, and did it. No hesitation. Second nature.

There are about four weekends before the modern rifle deer season. I suggest you get out, and make sure your rifle and you are ready for the hunt. It will all be over very soon. Good luck guys, go get em!

Also, plan on bringing some rubber gloves and trash bags. Pick up the debris the other guy left. He is a jerk, you are not. I always plan to bring back a big bag of trash every single time. Sort of makes me feel good. This is just the way it is. We will never convince people to do the right thing, so we may as well just plan on cleaning up their mess. If not you, then who?

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Good Advice Thumbs up I'll admit I for one don't shoot near enough. I tend to practice my bow more and ignore the gun some. I believe I'll take it out this weekend and practice some Yes

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I practice a lot! Shoot a couple times every time I'm home and every day home. But then I really like shooting too. Using a new 6.5x55 this year for deer and bear. Haven't been bear hunting in years but these guy's keep talking like I'm missing something. Shot a few many years ago. For elk I might use the 6.5x55 too. Then again I've been fooling with a very old 30-06 I might use. I've shot a lot of animals with a lot of different cartridges but never with a 30-06. I have no idea how that's happened.

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Shot 25 shots thru new 308 bull barrell Howa with 150 grain. At the end of sighting in 4 shot group on 50 cent piece at 200 yds I AM READY Yes

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Whoa Daddy! Bull barrel? How much does that weigh? Sounds like a tack driver.....

I just took a guy out from work and got him hitting a 2 inch pattern out to about 170yards. You should have seen the look on his face, he had never really sighted the gun, didn't understand the process real well. But left a happy man!

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Not too bad. It weighs about 9 1/2 lbs with a 6x18 scope on it. Where I sighted in had a charity shoot at 5 shots $5 300 yds freehand at a 7" piece of metal. Hit it 4 out of 5 so have 4 tickets in the barrell for the camo Benelli lol

Gun kind of reminds me of the sniper rifle I carried in Nam Yes

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I had a friend that shoot's very little by the range I use the other day. He wanted to see if his 22 RF was shooting ok. This guy pulled out a paper plate and thumb tacked it to a stick. Then he put a dot in the center with a magic marker. HE CALLED THAT A TARGET!!!!!!! Brick Wall,)

Well we got to talking and he used to do that all the time with hunting rifles. He figured that if he could hit a paper plate, he could hit an animal. He'd set these things up at differrent unknown ranges and practice shooting quickly.

Today I have five stick's, made on a table saw and sanded! On each I fixed a plastic clothes pin, with duct tape! The I stopped at the dollar store and bought a bunch of 5 3/4" paper plates. Heavy duty in a nice yellow! This is great! Thumbs up

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I Just "Hate" the Commercially made targets.

I sit here at the computer desk, grab a piece of paper from the printer, a couple of different colored markers and a ruler. Make them any way you want,any color.
Staple to a thin piece of paneling,affixed to a stick, and something to drive it into the ground. You can put several targets on a page, even add a , if you so desire.

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For targets, I made up a couple of 18" by 18" cardboard squares that I glued together with heavy copper wires sticking out at each corner. These wires are awesome for attaching to an old stump or branches..... I keep taping masking tape over the holes, and a periodical spray paint to uniform the target...put a nice black X mark in the center, and you have an awesome reusable target for free. (Except for the tape and occasional paint job.) Before, I always found that I would knock targets down when affixed with tacks or staples, or the wind would blow them over right before I shot... No more trouble with the built in wires. Used residential grade electrical wiring (copper ) that bends easy again and again.....

As for the shooting quickly, we sometimes put the tarkets up on a hillside, and take quick shots, your buddy calls out the shot..."Middle left", you have to unshoulder your gun, find the target, safety off and bang it in five seconds...

Amazingly, after a few times out, you get pretty good at this... I have had to learn to trust myself as to when to shoot, as I wobble over the general target. Made me feel a bit more comfortable with my off hand shooting. I was hitting in the kill zone on a lot, not all the time....

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I like to take each rifle out to the range at least every other month and shoot 10-20 rounds to check the zero and keep up with how the gun feels. This is good for the big bores so I do not forget the recoil and keep my shoulder pumped up for it. When you thik about it, keeping up with each gun is a lot cheaper than paying for a wounded and lost animal on an African safari.

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