Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday Shooting

Today I did something remarkable: I actually managed to put on pants, leave my house, and get on down to the firing range like I've wanted to do since summer.

 I took my .22 bolt-action Savage 46, aka "The Rev", with me and put about a hundred rounds through him. (Yes, him. Guns are boys. Obviously .) This was the first time in over 15 years that I'd been shooting, and I wanted to get a feel for the rifle and also sight in my scope (BSA Sweet .22).

Several hours and a hundred or so rounds later, I had this. Not bad for the first time in 15 years, eh?
 For those of you who are curious:
  • 40 grain, .22 Long Rifle ammunition
  • 25 yards to target
  • Shots were either unsupported or had an elbow on the firing table. No bipods, blocks, or other cheats.
Despite the fact that my shot group was consistently low (which annoys me greatly), I think this is a credible showing given how long it's been since I last shot. But there's room for improvement and I know I can do better.

I came home feeling like I'd just leveled up. What a great day!


  1. Doesn't look like the 25-yard 5 bull target, but judging from the size of the bulletholes I'm thinking that the orange area is about the same size as a standard 5-bull target?

    Not perfect by any means (ideal is maybe half that spread), but certainly good enough for your intended purpose (small game hunting), given that at 25 yards and that target size (in an unsupported stance) accurately reflects small-game hunting conditions (wabbits, squiwwels and other wodents you'we not too gwossed out to eat. Like gwoundhogs).

    P.S: Have you gotten into the messier part of small game hunting (that is, cleaning the carcass so that you get something edible out of it)? While maybe not something you want to practice "live" (it is messy...and they're so cute!) you certainly want at least theoretical knowledge before being forced to survive in the field.

  2. But but but, Gunny Hartman said to give your rifle a GIRL'S name!

  3. But I'm a girl, so I get a pass, right?

  4. I dunno. He didn't say "unless you're a girl."


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