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Look At This Target

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by BigN, Dec 21, 2012.

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  1. BigN

    BigN Member

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    What's the purpose of the squares above the bullseye?
     

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  2. M-Cameron

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    i believe they are 'sighting' squared......you use them to ensure your aim before shooting the target
     
  3. Big Nugget

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    Someone correct me, but I believe....

    You can use them to be sighted in for a longer range. Depending on the trajectory of the caliber you're shooting you can use the target to be sighted in dead on at say 250 yards and an inch or so high at 100. You would hold (POA) on the round target bull and zero in for the square (POI) to achive the 250 yard zero.

    I'm assuming that these would be good to use at a range that had limited distances and you wanted to be sighted in for much further.
     
  4. Hoser

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    For precision rifle shooting with a scope, it is much easier to hold on the edge of a square than it is to guess where the center of a circle/dot is.
     
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    unless, of course, your reticle is a circle or dot.

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  6. Hoser

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    Nope. Just as easy.
     
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    easy is not accurate, in this case.

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    I am not a benchrest shooter, but my impression is that the BR guys aim at the circle, with the hits in the square, so the bullet holes do not damage their aiming point. All those guys care about is group size.
     
  9. Ankeny

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    Actually, the intent of the target is just the other way around. The square was intended to be the aiming point.

    For a real education you can wander over to one of the benchrest forums and read about shooters arguing back and forth about the best way to utilize the square. FWIW, there are plenty of guys doing very well using the corner with a dot in their reticle.
     
  10. Hoser

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    Shoot Short Range Benchrest for groups for a few years and get back with me.

    Holding a flat crosshair against a square is easy. You just get the two sides of the crosshair flush with the sides of the square and shoot.
     
  11. Walkalong

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    In Benchrest with 36X or higher scopes, sometimes the mirage washes out all the lines on the target. The only thing visible is the black square, due to its thickness. It is now a fuzzy black square, but at least you can see it. I never used it as an aiming point any other time. I adjusted my point of impact to be slightly above the point of aim so I did not shoot out my point of aim.

    I used the small center circle as a point of aim. I would center my fine crosshair 1/8 MOA dot reticule in it. In both targets the wind has the group off center, but if it wasn't it would still be above the small circle and leave my original point of aim intact. Unless you are running a fast group in a great condition, one usually did not use the same point of aim for all five shots.

    There may have been some, but I was not aware of anyone using the black square as an aiming point at any time other than in bad mirage. The square was explained to me that way when I started. As an aid in bad mirage.

    The left group looks like a condition running mostly left while running away a tiny bit as well. The one on the right looks like a condition running away. Judging from my original point of aim.

    I do not remember seeing any groups in the black square on the "wailing board".

    A nice 5 shot group, and then a heart breaking 4 and 1 group.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. d2wing

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    We used targets somewhat like that to sight in at close range in the Army. They were called Canadian Bulls. Not the same target though.
     
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    Nice groups.
     
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    SteveClaire, please refer to the first paragraph of post #11.
     
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