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Yep, I r dumb.(range woe)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Matt-J2, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Well-Known Member

    So, any day at the range is a good day, but sometimes, you almost wish you had waited.
    I'm out on the private land I shoot on, trying to sight in this .30 carbine Blackhawk. Set the target out to 25yds, blacken the front sight with a match, follow the advice I had been given about resting my wrists/hands on the bag rather than the barrel, etc. Ammo is a single box of the Federal Power Shok 110gr soft point. First 3 shots are high. Next 3, also high. Adjust the sights. Next 3, still high, one on paper. Same with the next set. So I keep going, adjusting the sights each time, and I can't even hit paper. Shots appear to be high each time. Try aiming lower as well, shots still high. Rounds expended, I get a bit depressed that I can't seem to shoot this revolver well. I had actually done better with the cheapo Aguila ammo at 75yds. Switch to .22lr pistol and rifle to perk myself up, everything goes fine. I just can't figure this revolver out.
    So after a few hours I get to talking with my fiancee's father, and I check out his .357 Blackhawk on the mantle. He gets to telling me he's been shooting low lately, we compare pistols a bit, I notice his sights are adjusted pretty far down. That's when it hits me.

    I had adjusted my sights the wrong direction the entire time I was trying to sight in that morning. I proceeded to kick my own rear end, then got on with my day. Oh well, at least I got to make a lot of noise, and I still have the brass. :)
    Anyone else have a tale of range 'duh' they'd like to share?
  2. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    we all make mistakes

    I remember sitting at the 200 yard bench at Eagle Peak and wondering why I couldn't get on the paper. My spotting scope was aimed at the target on the next lane.

    I felt pretty stupid. When I got it lined up I was pretty happy with my Remington 700 (.308)

    It is a better shot than I am

    Once a buddy told me about competition that nobody ever remembers how well or poorly you shoot, only how unsafe you are.
  3. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    Nuts to that. I have used the same target for the last 15 years. When you shoot through the same hole everytime, it just doesn't make sense to buy a new one.


  4. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Wow Timbo,

    one of two possibilities exist

    either A
    Carlos Hathcock couldn't carry your jock.

    or B
    you have only shot at one target in the last 15 years

    I wonder which one it is?

    Always Faithful
  5. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    At least you didn't have the same problem the guy I ran across one day was having with shooting high.

    He was trying to sight in his scoped rifle using the top of his car as a rest. The other side of the roof had a nice groove cut in where the rounds had been skipping off and hitting high ! :what:
  6. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    One shoot-n-see target, one hole, hundreds of thousands of rounds of top-secret government sniper ammunition. With iron sights. In the wind. At night. While snowing and cold. At ranges exceeding a mile. With a Mosin-Nagant.

    What can I say? I am really awesome at shooting stuff.

  7. JohnBlaze

    JohnBlaze Well-Known Member


    seriously that post cracked me up big time.
  8. smee781

    smee781 member

    I needed a good laugh to start a Monday!:)
  9. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that post made my day. :)
  10. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I took some targets back and tried to exchange them once. They were defective somehow and the bullet holes kept patching themselves. :confused:

    Very odd.

    And it was uphill. Both ways.
  11. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Did near the same thing adjusting the front sight on my AR for a while. Spent a lot of ammo until I figured that one out, and I felt pretty dumb.

    But it makes it fairly simple to correct later.
  12. 308win

    308win Well-Known Member

    Wait until you install the scope with the windage adjustment turret on the side instead of the top and the elevation turret is now the windage adjustment. Up is now left or is it right? Not wanting to completely waste a shooting opportunity I sighted it in that way although for the life of me I am unsure why. Now I get to undo all of that and do it again.:eek:
  13. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Man, I never thought anybody else ever had their spotting scope set on the wrong lane. Glad to know I'm not the only one after all.
  14. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    Eagle Peak is very anal about shooting in your lane. At 200, rather than wander down there I cheat and put targets on two lanes and "shoot across" when there is no body else there.

    As dumb as I felt my group was pretty good after I was looking at the right target.
  15. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    Mounted a new scope and happily set out to the range to sight it in.

    Now usually I'm a 3-5 shot MAX and it's sighted kinda guy but this one kept wandering on me and I was getting pretty puzzled and frustrated.

    Then I noticed I hadn't ever put the top half of the front ring on <um, DUH!>.
  16. Anna's Dad

    Anna's Dad Well-Known Member

    I think it's more likely you only got one on the paper in the last 15 years! :eek::D

    There was a comedy where the bad guy throws up a coin and shoots a hole in the center of it. The other fellow throws up the same coin and claims to have fired through the hole. Blazing Saddles maybe?
  17. The Wiry Irishman

    The Wiry Irishman Well-Known Member

    I did the spotting scope on the wrong target thing. It was right at the beginning of the free pistol portion of a pistol match against Ohio State. I hadn't shot the free pistol in a good long while, since I was working on my NRA qualifications that required a semi-auto. During the sighting period, I was looking at my friend's target next to mine and adjusting for his error. Shot my first scored target, brought it in, and I had a beautiful little group right on the upper left right edge of the rings. I shot the rest of the match with Kentucky windage.
  18. give

    give Well-Known Member

    lol.thts funny,glad to hear it turned out to be a easy fix
  19. Big B

    Big B Well-Known Member

    I spent all day at the range recently, trying to sight in a 22 my father in law gave me. After 5 targets at 50 and 100 yds (adjusting the scope after each rally) I still couldn't place my groups in the middle of the target.
    Later at home, I went to remove the scope to clean the gun and I realized that the front mounting ring had worked itself completly off the barrel. Every time I adjusted the scope at the range, I just pushed the crosshairs in a different direction.
    I now know to check the mounts regularly as the rifle and scope are Sears Roebuck & co. and over thirty years old.
  20. greener

    greener Well-Known Member

    Standing on one leg, in a hammock.:D

    Bought a Mossberg L44 at a Boy Scout camp auction years ago. Took my son out to shoot my new $30 deal and couldn't hit squat past 10 yards. Put it in the closet for several years and gave it to my son. A while back he sent me a target with 5 rounds just slightly larger than a dime. Note on the target said "shoots pretty good, if the front sight isn't so loose it almost falls off."

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