Yesterday I talked about how finding better ways to measure and analyze my groups has been a significant improvement over how I had been approaching these things in the past. There has also been a downside. Sometimes it seems as though I spend more time analyzing things instead of shooting.
Early this year I went a little crazy with the pains I went to get my zero on the Remington as absolutely perfect as I possibly could. I found that even a 10 shot group wouldn’t quite do the trick, and ended up superimposing 6 10-shot groups before I was happy. It was a time consuming process, but sometimes I have to go to great lengths to satisfy my strange curiosities about shooting.
After On Target TDS came along I began uploading a photo and/or scan of every target I shot into the computer and measuring it. Sometimes just playing with a new toy can override the purpose that it was obtained for. I began to devise new ways of measuring and new things to measure.
A little later in the year, the AR seemed to dominate my attention. I think that the scope test I just finished with was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and it was a huge learning experience. It was also a ton of work. I think that the time I spent shooting was almost insignificant in comparison to the time I spent planning, preparing, setting up, recording, analyzing, and writing about the shooting.
During that time, I made the decision to delay evaluating my progress in meeting my last short term goal because the opportunities that came along were too good to pass up. It’s rare that I get $10,000 worth of scopes sent to test out, and I don’t regret it. It does, however, concern me that I’ve delayed my stated goal several months so far.
So my pursuit “practical riflery” has been less practical than I would like, which is a huge irony for me since I have had a range outside my back door for the last 8 months. That is coming to an end, which hopefully will coincide with my rifle practice becoming more practical.