Tack Driver - literally

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Jun 16, 2007
Behind the Daley Curtain (IL)
A couple weeks ago we were at the range and someone had left a yellow plastic push pin in the target stand, so we got the idea to put it in the bullseye and see if anyone can hit it at 50 yards. We had my Yugo AK, and two Mini-14s. After several dozen rounds, the tack was still there. It was getting late so we decided to take it with us and bring it back next trip and try again next trip.

Well, that next trip was today. On the fifth shot, the tack fell to my Marlin 925 .22LR with a 7x Tasco scope. It's strangely pleasing to be able to hit a target the same diameter as your bullet at 50 yards.

Anyone else have interesting precision shots/challenges?
Today, I shot 4 bowling pins with 5 shots from my AR (16") standing with no magnification, just an Eotech 512. I know, I know, hardly precision for most but this was my first trip out with the new upper and optic and the first time I've ever been able to shoot further than 100 yards!

I'm in love with my new range and my new upper! The 5 shots were taken in less than 15 seconds if I had to guess too! Hardly a tac but I'll brag for a while about it. :)
It reminds me of a time when I went shooting with my BIL on his friends property. There was a small, but substantial stream that had a metal bridge across it. They'd shoot from the bridge into the water, creating water geysers, etc.

They used their AR's, but I'd brought my Mini-14.

One of them would toss some sticks into the rushing water from upstream. When they came out from beneath the bridge, they'd shoot at them, breaking them.

This trip, I noticed there were some hedge apples. My BIL wasn't too excited about shooting them because, "they don't do anything." Still, he said, "if you hit under them right, they can go really high."

First one came out, I shot it. It came up in a geyser of water, then back down in 4-5 pieces. My BIL looked at the pieces floating away........."oh. I guess it helps if you actually HIT them!"
I have a Remington 788 .222 that I bought in the 70's I believe.
As I recall the gun only cost about $78 but is extremely accurate.

The gun is a "tack driver" as that's what I use for 100 yard targets. Colored thumb tacks.
The rifle has a 4 round magazine. Once in a long while it may take all four rounds to hit the tack but mostly the tack disappears in the first shot or two.:)
I hit nickels and dimes pennies whatever with my 30/06 great practice and you know if your shooting sub MOA when you hit them
10 Rounds at 50 yards, Wolf Target Match .22LR ammo. I pulled the first shot early and shot before I was ready... :cuss:


10/22 with Adams and Bennett bull match grade barrel, Fajen stock, KIDD 2 stage target trigger set for 18oz/8oz, standard 10/22 factory receiver and bolt. BSA Sweet 22 6-18X40 scope (picture taken before scope was replaced with the BSA Sweet 22, but the target was shot with the BSA scope).

I once hit a humingbird at an estimated distance of 80+ yards, with a Smith
& Wesson 4" barrel model 18 in .22 LR. He made the mistake of landing on my
target stand; making for an excellent target~!

Seriously? It might be in your best interest to stow the guns until you reach an appropriate level of maturity.
I have a coworker who was interested in shooting a gun (for the second time in his life), so I took him out to my parents farm. I brought out all I had so that he could get a well rounded idea of how each tool has a different purpose.

For fun, I brought out my new (bought used) Marlin 336c 30-30. It came with a scope already mounted and I have not had time to even shoot this rifle yet (my Father in Law shot it to see how it did before the purchase).

So, we hung a 2lb weight from the target stand, I got into a prone supported position, and shot the weight in half. For fun, my buddy asked me to aim for the wire we hung it with. Now, I am not a good shot by far, but The Good Lord was in for a laugh that day. My next shot cut the wire in two pieces.

Now, he thinks I am a great shot...I told him that was the best shot I will ever make in my life time...the target was 100yards away.
25 years ago, when we both had good eyesight, my cousin-bff-shooting buddy would put a 12ga shotgun shell on a log at 20 yrds and shoot the primer with a Ruger .22 auto. Saw a guy at the range with a Savage(can't remember the model#) in .17HMR. He was shooting the heads off plastic army men at 100 yrds.:what
Last week a guy at the range with a Savage 12BVSS in .22-250 was shooting foam ear plugs at 100 yrds.
I used to try to shoot the legs off of an old metal kitchen chair. Granted it was only 15ish yards but still neat to see countless holes on the leg of that chair. Gun was a Marlin model60 22lr. I also once shot a starling at 50 yards sitting on top of a telephone pole My marlin 60 had one of those scopes that come on them from walmart. But I hit him in the top beak. Knocked the whole head off. Only the bottom beak left. What made that one cool was that I called my shot to my wife. She said ya right that I wouldnt even hit it. :neener:
When I was younger (much younger) my dad would take the family out to my Grandpa's farm. My dad would measure off 25 yds from the old swingset in the back yard.
He took out his Colt .45 Match grade 1911 and would shoot the links off the swingset one link at a time from the bottom up. I never saw him miss a single shot.
We'd usually have to wait a couple minutes between shots for the chain to stop swinging enough so he could get the next shot in. He was one of the most amazing shooters I've ever watched. He'd get out his guns sometimes, and we'd just watch him shoot for hours. I always loved going out to the farm with my dad when I was little because of that.
I hit a .22LR casing with my Savage Arms MkII and a BSA 3-9x32 scope at about 50 yards once. Probably coolest thing I've done, haha.
My Uncle's friend was telling me about how he used to go out and shoot red-tailed hawks off the high-power wires when they were a few hundred yards off with his .243. He is a hunter and still hunts to this day. But he got choked up as he finished up with the story. Apparantly, he was ashamed about "needlessly killing God's creatures."

Hearing him tell that story and affirm his feelings on the matter without specifically speaking/condemning the action has always stayed with me.

And let me say this...I'm a hunter too, although I haven't been out lately. The reason I stated that is because there is a difference between proving your marksmanship skills with a humane kill vs. killing for no other apparant reason. I'm no one to judge. Please don't consider this post as such. However, it is considered bad taste/sportsmanship to kill needlessly. It is usually considered even worse to brag about it.

Just thinking out loud.

One of the coolest marksmanship stories I know of was about my best friend's Grandfather. He used to shoot a heck of a lot of clays. And was known for shooting many perfect rounds. However, that wasn't terribly remarkable. Being able to shoot clays with a .22 mag consistantly defintely was. It always impressed me!
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Once, at my old make-shift range I had set the stands up, stapled the targets to the the cardboard. I walked back to the firing position and put a magazine in the camp gun. When I looked down range I notice 2 small pine tree saplings right in the way of the target about 30 yards away. The trunks were about as big around as my thumb. I could have scooted over and not worried about them but I thought othere wise. I aimed at one, shot and it fell over. My friend said, "bet you can't do that again" in his most smart ass voice. Aimed at the 2nd one and fired, it fell over. I just smiled.

Another time me and another friend were out shooting our SKS's. We saw a squirrel and decided to shoot it. We followed it around a while trying to get a shot. Finally thought we had him and he scampered to the back side of the tree. I was getting fustrated and thought to myself, maybe if I shot the trunk close to where I last saw him he might climb over to the side of the tree that was facing us and I could hit him. I guessed about where I thought would be the best spot, aimed and squezzed the trigger. The next thing I know I see him and some tree bark fall to the ground. He had a nice sized hole right through his chest. I looked at my friend, who had this look of disbelief on his face and made some smart comment about being a good shot, not having to see what I was aiming at and using the Force.

Ps. Before people start crying about shooting animals for sport I like to add: We shot 4 other squirrls that day. Chopped up some taters, onions, carrots, celery put it all in a pot with a can of beef broth. We used a filet knife to trim the meat off the bones and let it all simmer for about 2 hours. It was pretty good. They taste better fried to me though.
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Glad I read to the end here. Several Gentlemen stated what needed to be said here about killing for the fun (I don't consider it sport) of it. Nuff said
Yeah, sport was a bad choice of words. I like all of gods creatures. I love the ones that taste good and only shoot them for that purpose.

There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures. Usually right next to the mashed potatoes!
Just a couple of weeks ago I had a fly land on my target at 100yds and I took him out with my Remington 700 SPS.
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