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low cost ammo will outperform the big buck
stuff. So while we may stress match ammo
in this article, anything herein could apply
to some rare but outstanding conventional
ammunition-it happens.
When I was competing I did a huge amount
of dry firing. It wasn't much fun, but it was
cheaper, and delivered better training than
live fire practice. When I practiced with live
ammunition, and I did a lot, I would use the
same or similar ammunition to what I would
use in a match. I figured why practice with
junk-that sure won't help my confidence-
instead of actually firing and evaluating my
shot for a match. You have to hit the targets
in practice right where you want to hit them
in competition, or there is no learning curve.
Back in those days, I used R50 ammunition
in my (at the time) national record-setting
"hunting class" rifle. This little old tight
chambered Remington 541 shot "lights out"
(and still does). A couple years ago, after not
competing for nearly 20 years, I practiced,
worked my rear off, and got a little coaching
from my buddy, the late Lones Wigger, bless
his heart. I had to get reclassified, but I lucked
out and won my class at nationals. The same
little 541 did it for me just like it did in the
1980s, when super good match ammo was a
"whopping" $8 a box! [Editor's note: Read
Jim's previous article on reclassification:
www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/6/28/
reclassifying-is-not-sandbagging]
So what does all this mean?
It means that for competitive rimfire shooters, as with
high power shooters, you
have to step up to the stuff
that works best in your gun.
Most of us can shoot de-

cently from the bench, and that is the place
to test rimfire for accuracy. For most of us
mortals testing rimfire, I suggest that we
seek a gun and ammunition mix that puts
5-shots into a ½ inch circle at 50 meters, if
we do our job in good conditions.
[Read: www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/1/17/afew-techniques-about-sighting-in-your-rifle]
The real test comes at 100 meters, though
for rimfire, you must really know how to
shoot in the particular wind and mirage
conditions to pass it. Despite this, I still like
my 100-meter stuff to shoot ¾-inch or better
in five-shot groups.
When I was into silhouette shooting in
the 1980s into the early 1990s, I would take
my match ammo and further "qualify" it by
running each round through a Neil Jones rim
thickness gauge. For national championships
I would take that best ammo in terms of rim
thickness, and would check each round again
with a purpose-built Peacock dial indicator
(more time consuming, and be careful NOT
to remove the bullet lube with your hands).
This last step is pretty much psychotic to tell
the truth, but I knew the super shooters were
doing it too.

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https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/1/17/a-few-techniques-about-sighting-in-your-rifle https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/1/17/a-few-techniques-about-sighting-in-your-rifle https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/6/28/reclassifying-is-not-sandbagging https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/6/28/reclassifying-is-not-sandbagging http://www.SSUSA.ORG

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