My brother let me borrow back the .30-06 Winchester from daddy, so I purchased a sling for it and a little notebook to see how much I could remember from that Appleseed a while back.
Not too terrible - I only did prone today, and not much of that to be honest. But I'm already finding half a box of ammunition paying attention and taking notes is a heck of a lot more brain-buirning and tiring than an hour or two spent plinking with a .22.
It's kinda like the fiddle that way I guess. Just playing is the fun part and will keep you from rusting up too much - but it's the monotonous "perfect as you can" scales that make you better.
< whine > self-improvement is hard < /whine > :)
skill problems (the "known unknowns")
- My inexperience at getting/keeping a good position where the rifle actually jumps and moves and makes loud noises, and I need to keep moving to work the bolt, reload it, so forth and so on. With a lower recoil semi-auto a "zen" state came pretty easy last month. This was work the whole time.
- I get tired easy. Some of that may be recoil, but I think the greater part is just plain frustration because of my position problems.
- Biggest was eye protection. It fogged up so much, so fast that I was having real problems seeing the target. Pulling them down my nose a touch for more airflow helped a touch - I could at least get one or two shots off before I couldn't see any more. The weird thing is that I can wear eye protection in a workshop for hours and not notice it - but put me behind a rifle and I'm staring through a cloud bank inside a couple seconds. Solution - no idea.
- I think my sling loop wasn't tight enough at fist - under recoil and my movement it started creeping down my arm until it was useless. Solution - just hork the keeper down more, maybe move things around so the second keeper can lock it somehow? Dunno.
- Even the rubber pad on the stock was slipping around some, making keeping a consistent position hard. Solution - maybe some kind of friction tape on the butt? Or maybe I'm just not pulling it in tight enough?
Results? I started at around 3MOA, and as I got tired and frustrated opened up to 6MOA. Not horrid, but not good. Paul was patient enough to let me stop for a little bit the .22 side, which helped at least end the day on a happy one-raggedy-hole note.
The best part though was prolly coffee at a swank "globally conscious" coffee place Paul knew of not far away (Travis, we are SO going next time you're in town!) It was especially fun pulling out the notebook of range notes, throwing a bunch of targets of the table, along with the "what are you doing wrong" diagnosis notesheets from Appleseed, and reviewing everything over coffee.
Fun day - thanks Paul!
Anyhow... someday. :)