September 18, 2011, 07:14 PM
I went out squirrel hunting yesterday, bagged a few. In the process, the battery on the Millet Red Dot scope I was using on my 22 auto target pistol went dead. No problem, I thought, tomorrow I'll just use my 22 rifle and pick up a battery for the Red Dot when I get around to it. So today, I grabbed the rifle and off to the woods I went. In a matter of several hours, I had missed 3, all within 20 yards. I stopped by the gun club on the way home to take a few shots and see what was up. Initial shots at 50 yds were a foot low and a foot to the right. (This is a gun I had previously shot at the range and the scope was dead on) I adjusted the hairs a bit and the next shots were way to the left, not even on the paper. So, I adjust back and the shots all were a foot high. I was starting to get irritated a bit so I took the scope off and looked through it. I shook it while looking in it and the cross hairs were bouncing around by themselves. So for whatever reason, the scope was shot. The moral of this story is, always carry extra batteries for your Red Dot or always make a range run before taking a hunting rifle into the woods, or, which I chose to do, always just enjoy your time in the beautiful woods on a cold crisp fall morning and fixing a minor problem with a gun can always be done later. The woods is a magnificent place to be, gun or not.