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    M14BR Chaplain Dwight55's Avatar
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    Just a curious question

    I've got a friend who occasionally will come down and use my range . . . he has no place at all to shoot where he lives.

    He inadvertently will go to the 25 yd line . . . set up a table, chair, put up targets . . . get out his bench rest rifle holder . . . and burn thru 50 rounds or more in a couple or 4 rifles.

    Sometimes he'll toss in a few rounds from a new 9mm.

    He never uses the 50 / 75 / 100 or 200 distances . . . always the 25.

    Anybody got a handle on why??? When I've mentioned it . . . he says something like he's getting em ready.

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    Re: Just a curious question

    Maybe he's just getting his firearms zero'd for close range defensive purposes? On some old USGI zeroing targets, you can sight in at 25 with zeroing at a particular setting, to give you a battle sight zero out to 200+ yards. There's a target used for M16's and M14's, with the impact of the rounds below your sight picture for the M16 and one above your sight picture for M14's.
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    Re: Just a curious question

    As long as he is shooting it is a good thing. Setting an example by demonstration can sometimes be a help. The secret is to encourage without discouraging. Sometimes there is a narrow line.
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    Re: Just a curious question

    You are right Art . . . and I have been very careful to try to not cross that line.

    He just seems to bring the same rifles / pistols back every time . . . some with what look like serious scopes . . . and his best even off the sled . . . is usually in the 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch diameter.

    I had not thought of what 4570 said . . . because he obviously is not a hunter . . . and would be looking for one minute of bad guy when he would shoot. So if he's dropping em in even at 2 inches . . . he is still good to go.

    I personally like to start em at 25 . . . go to 100 . . . check the zero there and log it if I need to . . . then go to 200 and hope I can even see the target. And of course mark whatever I need to just in case I have a major POI change at 200. With my centerfire rifles . . . If I can pop a hole in the middle of a pop can at 100 . . . I can set that same can back up . . . and usually hit it again with no change on my scope.

    And I do like it that way . . . or maybe I should say I "did" like it that way . . . haven't been able to use my 200 yd range for almost 2 yrs now . . . gotta get that fixed.

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    Re: Just a curious question

    Perhaps he's conserving his .22 LR ammo + other calibers ammo. -or- perhaps he's adjusting to vision / age changes - physical arm - hands - back - legs ( what ever ) ageing conditions. He is wanting to see if he can still remember how to ' adjust-remember ' to the different models of his arms collection; placement of safeties on the .22's and 9mm handguns. Likely his guns bring to mind past times of enjoyment / comfort in feel - fit - function- shot grouping. Yeaaaah, the excitement of squeezing one off and the follow through. Perhaps he has a small scope / binos that he checks the target ? Does he ask you to stick around the table when he shoots. Maybe he does not want to join a shoot club because of $$ ? Too far for him to travel to a shoot range ? Maybe just being near and Not asking, he MAY start talking - expressing his thoughts ? ? ?

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    Re: Just a curious question

    If he's a friend, why not just ask him "point blank"? He may have a very good reason and one that could be shared w/this forum? I would ask him, even if he wasn't a friend...simply out of curiosity.
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