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Relearning old lessons.
« on: May 08, 2016, 09:56:50 AM »
I've been out yesterday morning, and this morning before the wind picked up. This morning, for the first half hour, I couldn't hit anything past 35 yards, and even missed a few shorter ones. Then it dawned on me.... I was shooting over a bipod, and I was using a bead bag yesterday! Took off the bipod, got out the bead bag, and bang! Dead on again! I should know better!


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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 10:59:18 AM »
Interesting I've only used bipods and haven't had any issues with hitting my targets. Are bags really better?
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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 11:12:17 AM »
I don't think so, but you have to sight in with whatever you're going to use in the field. I may get out to the range just to see what the difference really is.

One of the issues I have is cant, as I shoot over the roof of my pickup, and the playing field isn't always level. I sit on a stool in the bed. It is convenient, as it gives me a bit wider field of vision than laying on the ground. And where I hunt, there are all sorts of crawling critters.
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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 01:22:57 PM »
What sort of power plant were you shooting with?

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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 01:51:15 PM »
It is a WAR modified, 25 caliber Benjamin Marauder. It has a regulator, and an SSG. It is amazingly quiet.
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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 05:33:31 AM »
I've been out yesterday morning, and this morning before the wind picked up. This morning, for the first half hour, I couldn't hit anything past 35 yards, and even missed a few shorter ones. Then it dawned on me.... I was shooting over a bipod, and I was using a bead bag yesterday! Took off the bipod, got out the bead bag, and bang! Dead on again! I should know better!
Just like anything else, it probably depends on the gun.  My dedicated 100 yard gun likes the plastic clamp-on bipod, but hates bags.  My HW97 is just the other way around.  I know what  you mean about re-learning old lessons.  Every summer I have to re-learn all the 100 yard variables.  I do keep a shooting log where I write everything down, but it takes a few sessions before it becomes automatic again.  The wind on my range is variable enough that sometimes I have to re-learn lessons from yesterday's session.

One of the issues I have is cant
I really like bubble levels.  I haven't seen any benefit inside of 25 yards, but outside of that range they help.  At first glance it would seem to be just another fiddly procedure to get in the way of smacking the target.  Once you get used to them it's a quick glance, an adjustment, and you're all set.  I have exactly one store bought level; the rest I made.  I wait for Walmart to have scope rings on closeout and I take the vials out of their cheapest plastic torpedo level.
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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2016, 11:28:42 AM »
Personally, I have used rice bags, bean bags, and bundled up jackets. Also used actual rests and vises as well as bipods. NEVER had an issue with POI change unless I pulled the shot myself. Springers, different ball game.

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Re: Relearning old lessons.
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 10:07:34 AM »
Interesting thread.  Logically, it would seem as long as the barrel was not involved, it would not matter how the stock was supported.  I use bean bags as well as a Caldwell Leadsled and have not really noticed any difference that was not due to me.
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