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Why sighting in your hunting rifle is important . . .

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Preacherman, Jan 14, 2007.

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  1. Preacherman

    Preacherman Member

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    See here for the penalty of not doing so.

    WARNING: Site is NSFW - the video clip itself is fine, but the site contains advertising material that isn't.
     
  2. SUBMOAS

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    Thats Funny!!!

    Ahhhh Duhhhhhh..........

    Nice shooting...
     
  3. Outlander1

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    Next year hes going to get a 300 ultra mag cause he missed this year .

    I see a lot of hunters who just run 5 rounds down range 2 days before season . They think their shooters . This years Pronghorn was dropped at 530 yrds from kneeling . Ya gotta shoot , drag the .22 out and shoot .
     
  4. S&Wfan

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    Yep,

    That could be the old guy who is President of our hunting club. He takes it out, chambers a round . . . and misses several per year. Sadly, we also are called out several times each year to help him look for deer he's "shot."

    We finally got him to attempt to sight in his rifle this year after several incidents. His gun was off a foot or more at 100 yds.! Unfortunately, he only fired three more rounds as he adjusted his scope. When the third shot hit bullseye, he declared the gun was sighted in and refused to shoot any more of his precious ammo up.

    Within the week? He'd shot at three others . . . sure that one was missed and he couldn't find the others.

    At our spring meeting I'm going to propose setting up a metal stand on a tree and place a 6" white paper plate on the 100 yd. board. No one could hunt . . . until he could place three CONSECUTIVE shots onto the white 6" target.

    It is time to quit wounding deer that have to go off an suffer a long, painful death. It is time to quit feeding a growing coyote population. It is time to quit wasting hours of time looking for poorly shot deer and leaving human scent all over the woods doing so. Also, it is time to quit reducing the number of deer that are not harvested.

    T.
     
  5. HuntAndFish

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    Yep. I agree with everything said so far. Plus, it's almost as much fun to "sight it in" as it is to hunt with it.
     
  6. JWarren

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    To S&WFan:

    +1


    The first deer I killed was what I thought was a poorly placed shot. I shot, and he stumbled... so I knew I hit him. However, he ran into the woods. Upon getting help looking for him, ZERO blood was found, no hair, nothing. It had all the signs of a complete miss-- except that I saw him stumble.

    For the next hour, we searched. During this time, I tortured myself with images of the animal wounded and in pain due to my poor shot. I am an animal lover, and don't want to ever see an animal in pain. I kill to eat, and I owe it to the creature to give it clean kill.

    I still do not know how it happened. We found the deer, and I did hit it lower than I had entended. But the 308 Win punctured both lungs and the heart. The deer ran "dead" for 75 yards, and to this day, I can't figure out how there was no blood trail. We even looked the next day with better light. He should have been leaking like a sieve.

    Since that day, I've killed at least one deer a season (except last year-- Thanks Katrina.) I've carefully placed my shots, and have even let some walk because I did not like the shot or angle. I've never had one move more than a step or two from impact since that day.

    Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to illustrate my point. No offense if you are friends with the guy, but if he has no more respect for the animal that will give its life, or the poor souls he will trample through the woods looking for his imaginary kill, he should hang the rifle up and start bringing a video camera for enjoyment.

    I seriously can't stand some people like that. Its HIS responsibility to keep his rifle sighted in and his skills up to par to make a clean kill. If he is so cheap or arrogant that he won't do that, he has no business in the woods, and NO right to call himself a sportsman.

    My 2 cents.


    -- John
     
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  7. Caimlas

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    Some of these people need to go hunt dangerous game in Africa. I tihnk that would fix the problem, one way or another.

    Are they so stupid to think that they can hit a target when their firearm isn't sighted in? If you're aiming for the rim of the toilet bowl, don't expect to hit the water.
     
  8. Caimlas

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    Exact same thing happened to me, except:
    - .30-30 not .308
    - about 40 yards of running, circular to around behind me
    - I took two shots, and both went through a lung and the heart each (from each side - the deer jumped around 180 to stand and look at me, so what the hey...)
    - the only blood was within 10' of the deer, in a large bloody plotch where it hacked out its lungs (almost literally)
     
  9. MrTwigg

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    013.gif Bang ! Huh ? Wazzat ? Bang ! Hey, dat sounds like... like... Lemme think a sec... Bang ! A hunter, O S*it ! bolt.gif
     
  10. Babarsac

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    That will be me once I get my hunting license :rolleyes:
     
  11. longrifleman

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    It's been my experience that a lot of deer shot through the heart/lungs will go about a 100 yds before they decide they are dead. If that is the shot you are going to take, and that is a perfectly acceptable shot, plan on keeping the deer is sight at least that long. That is one reason I almost never take longer shots. I can hit the deer, but can't see it moving so I pass it up.

    Blood trails can be funny things. I think sometimes the skin can be streached when the bullet passes through and then moves back to cover the hole. Or something.
     
  12. Kimber1911_06238

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    The private hunting club i belong to requires you to qualify with whatever you are hunting with (bow, shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader). If you suck, you can't hunt. solves a lot of problems
     
  13. langenc

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    Just like the circus-3 shots for a quarter.
     
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    yeah thats a good video (i bet he blames the gun :p ) did you notice his shot group, it's all over the place,even if the sights are off, his compensation was worse(buck fever maybe) hey jwarren, the first deer i ever killed was simular to yours. i put one right through the boileroom at 20 feet with an SKS and it ran. i waited 30 minutes and went to look only to find nothing. no hair no blood. so i went to the last spot i had seen him and started to circle and about 50 yards from there he started pumping it out in cup fulls at a time on each side, at the bootom of that hollow was the deer. the lungs were both split in half, the heart came out in 4 or 5 pieces, and there was a pencil hole on either side of the deer. the only thing i can think of is that the bullet didn't open up. he was dead, he just didn't know it yet. this deer was a spike and farly skinny, i'd say a bigger bodied deer with more meat and hide would be able to close up a pencil hole like that. jsut my theory:rolleyes:
     
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