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taking recoil differently, operating the trigger
differently, head-to-stock position is different
and pull pressure into the shoulder is different.
All of these things will affect final bullet impact.
And in the real world there is the dreaded
"buck fever" that turns a competent shooter
into a jelly-legged, adrenaline-packed targetmissing machine with the propensity to jerk the
trigger so hard it's lucky not to break off!
For competition and snipers the best
shooters that are winners generally check their
guns and ammunition for accuracy and a basic
zero off the bench. Once that is completed they
sight them in from their competition or fighting
positions. I found that my offhand high power
silhouette rifle bullet impact needed to be ¾
of a minute higher than off the bench due to
how I took recoil and my follow through or lack
thereof. At 500 meters (547 yards) that small
change amounted to about 3½ inches at a
relatively small target-it mattered.
What really is necessary accuracy? We read
in the many gun magazines and the Internet
about high dollar, exotic ½ and sometimes ¼
MOA grouping rifles. However, without training
and practice few can take advantage of that
kind of accuracy-especially at longer ranges.
It's like the guy who can afford a Ferrari or
some other super car. Will he ever drive the
car to its capability? Not likely unless he likes
near-death experiences. But, simply having that
car or that gun is personal satisfaction. I got
one and you don't bragging rights apply here.
I guarantee you a 2 MOA rifle for big game
hunting under 300 yards is plenty for most of
us-if we do our aiming and firing job correctly.
And, when hunting in areas where 200 yards
is a long shot a 3 MOA gun will do fine-
assuming the shooter does his part in centering
the shot into a vital area in the body of the

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JANUARY 2018 | SSUSA.ORG

PHOTOS BY JOHN PARKER

FEATURE | SIGHTING

When zeroing, take your best group, note the distance
from your target's aiming point, and make sight
adjustments to move it where you want shots to hit.

animal-and for some of us the bigger bullet
spread may help when we jerk the rifle into the
target-it even happens in competitions-been
there done that!
Here is where the fun comes in. When I
helped with gun club-required membership
weekend hunting sight-ins, I would see
folks shooting 100-yard one-inch groups-
sometimes the rare tighter groups. If they
looked like good sports, I would ask them to
play a game with me. After their sighting-in
I would have them stand ready with a round
chambered and safety on and when I said
"start" they had 10 seconds (actually lots of
time) to shoulder up and fire one shot offhand
at their 100-yard target. I have done this about
a hundred times. Only six times has anyone hit
an 18x18-inch target with the first shot!


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