I made a couple changes in the way I did shot the course. I used a separate target for each position, so I could see what my status of my skill level in that position was. I made one shot in each position before transitioning to the next position and repeated the sequence 5 times. The normal way is to shoot 5 rounds in each position at a time. I wanted to get more practice getting in position and firing one meaningful shot. The last change I made was to rice paddy prone (squatting) for the kneeling position. Col. Cooper would have backed me up there, I’m sure (that’s an appeal to authority, instead of saying why the position is better, I just quote a shooting legend).
I took the opportunity to sneak away to the range and shoot a few rounds. I hadn’t been up off the bipod a while and thought I should give it a try. The idea was to shoot just a few rounds while keeping up the frequency of the range trips.
The day’s weather hadn’t been too bad. Somehow when I got to the range there was sleet falling, but still not too bad. By the time I made it to the target area it was starting to pick up. I decided to do a cold bore shot, a separate 4 round group, and to shoot the 20 round Redneck Challenge. This is the course of fire I first shot last 4th of July at my friend Larry’s place.
The course of fire consists of 5 rounds from 4 positions, standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone (with sling, no bipods allowed [actually he does allow them, but doesn’t encourage them]). The target is a 4 MOA circle, approximatey 4.2” at 100 yards. Larry’s target was actually 4″, but I’m a stickler for that extra 0.047″ per hundred yards. A hit on the circle is 1 point. A miss is 0. The time limit is 10 minutes.
It was cold and windy, so much so that my assistant decided to wuss out and wait in the truck. 6 year olds… By the time I made it to the firing line the wind was moving me. It was 13-15 with gusts at 18-20 from about 5 o’clock. A five o’clock wind isn’t going to do much to the bullet’s flight at 100 yards, but it sure can do a lot to a position, especially standing. Rice paddy prone was also affected significantly.
The target array.
I began with bipod shooting. Cold bore:
It will probably take posting this on the internet for me to fix my zero.
Four shot group:
I basically know what happened with the high right shot. The one to the left looks like a trigger issue. The other two make a nice group.
In offhand the rifle was being blown so that my point of aim was drifting left completely off the target board. The sleet was coming in sideways at this point. I was lucky to get the one hit that I did:
Rice paddy prone was likewise quite unstable, but I should have gotten more hits than I did:
Sitting was fine. I should not have missed that high shot. The higher one was a stray from standing.
Prone was also fine. It could have been tighter, but my focus was on the big circle instead of the little one for the first couple shots.
My final score was 12. I believe I tied the record (at least as it was conveyed to me in July; it might have been broken since then). Not bad for the conditions. My score from July with the Sako 75 in perfect weather (closer to 90° Fahrenheit rather than 90° sleet) was 8.
I’d like to try offhand again when the weather is better. My original goal for offhand from the time I started the blog was “to reliably (90% ???) shoot 4 moa from offhand”. I actually think I’m more than halfway to meeting my goal in comparison to where I started.