I was invited by a good friend, Larry, to participate in an annual fun rifle shooting contest he puts on for friends and fellow parishioners at his church on July 4th. He got the idea some years back after hearing or reading about Appleseed and the idea of a rifleman being able to shoot to a 4 moa standard.
Larry’s contest format is, I think, in some ways superior to the AQT that Appleseed uses. A total of 20 rounds from four positions, offhand, kneeling, sitting and prone. Five rounds from each position in ten minutes. The target is a 4” circle printed on a piece of 8 ½ x 11” paper. A hit on the circle is a point. Anything off the circle is not a point. Hit or miss is, in many ways, more meaningful than a scoring progression of hit quality, especially if you’re interested in attaining a certain standard of accuracy. The record is 12 points.
Bipods were allowed but I didn’t use one. Most in attendance didn’t.
My goal was a happy face with a boom mic. Pretty good huh? Actually, for those of you interested in honesty, I was actually trying to get hits in the black. I scored 8. I did not win. I believe the winner scored 11.
Note the vertical string to the right of the black. The grid lines are half inch. Now note that 2 clicks of left windage would have likely given me 5 more shots in the black, which would have been a good thing for my fragile ego (you know, ’cause 8 + 5 = WINNING). Also note the location of this group, which I fired about a week later:
What can I infer from this? Accuracy can be more important than precision. Accuracy comes from having a good zero and compensating effectively for conditions that may affect it. Compensating afterwards is not effective. Compensating during would be marginally more helpful. Knowing your system well enough to compensate before would be a very good thing. The winner did a better job of that than I did.
I did adjust my zero 0.75 MOA left.