Shoulda been a Sniper!

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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby cornfedkiller » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:34 am

I am a really good shot with my bow, when I actually stay on top of my practicing, otherwise I get a little rusty. I can hold it together pretty well when shooting at game as well, although I havent had the opportunity to try out my skills on a beast buck yet, so we'll see how that goes when the time comes!

As far as with a gun, I am much more calm (because it doesnt excite me near as much), but Ive never been that great of a shot with a gun. I guess I dont really practice all that much. The most practicing I do is shooting striped gophers with the .22 in the summer..


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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby BackWoodsHunter » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:10 am

tim wrote:the older i get the more proficient i seem to be with bow. and actually have practiced less. but for some reason the only time im super calm is when the truly big bucks show up, i hope it stays that way. im shooting right handed and i am left handed/left eye dominant so i think that has been my struggle over the years. my brother says switch, i cant its just not natural to me. same with the gun. my eyes are also failing. i got glasses this year. so i got contacts for hunting but cant barely get them in and when i do they are scratchy probably from my allergies, so i hunt without them or glasses :?


glasses have been a huge set back for me in hunting. Like you allergies, and overall being plain uncomfortable, has kept me from wearing contacts. That lasik surgery seems like a good option. I get excited and my glasses fog up. I've had to let down at full draw because of that twice. Its embarassing and disappointing.
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby PredatorTC » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:52 am

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What a cool forum handle that would be... "Flincher"

Hmmm... I hear PredatorTC is looking for a new handle. :lol:


Sounds good!! If only i could figure out how to change it! :D
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby wappkid » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:10 am

I have shot a couple of deer at ranges over 60yds. But most of them are in the 15-40yd range. I actually dont like taking a shot over 30yds. But I practice at a hundred yds. I can normally shoot a 6in group at a hundred yds. Once and a while I will have a flyer. The only reason I practice at a hundred yds is to make those 30 and 40 yd groups deadly. I do however get buckfever really bad. So I really have to calm myself down before the shot.If it happens really fast the buckfever is not as bad. Do you guys have a routine to keep the buckfever at a minimum.I need some ideas.
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:56 am

wappkid wrote:I have shot a couple of deer at ranges over 60yds. But most of them are in the 15-40yd range. I actually dont like taking a shot over 30yds. But I practice at a hundred yds. I can normally shoot a 6in group at a hundred yds. Once and a while I will have a flyer. The only reason I practice at a hundred yds is to make those 30 and 40 yd groups deadly. I do however get buckfever really bad. So I really have to calm myself down before the shot.If it happens really fast the buckfever is not as bad. Do you guys have a routine to keep the buckfever at a minimum.I need some ideas.

Once I am sure it is a buck I want to kill I zoom in and just focus on the kill zone and shut everything else out. If it is a big buck and you keep looking at the rack you will experience buck fever and I have heard of people actually shooting the rack :shock: but that is a little extreme! :lol: Keep repeating in your mind to PICK A SPOT and burn a hole in that spot with your eyes until you can take a shot.
I am fortunate because I don't fall apart until after the shot and have to sit down for awhile because my whole body shakes! That feeling is what keeps me coming back for more!
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby adrenalin » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:30 pm

wappkid wrote:I have shot a couple of deer at ranges over 60yds. But most of them are in the 15-40yd range. I actually dont like taking a shot over 30yds. But I practice at a hundred yds. I can normally shoot a 6in group at a hundred yds. Once and a while I will have a flyer. The only reason I practice at a hundred yds is to make those 30 and 40 yd groups deadly. I do however get buckfever really bad. So I really have to calm myself down before the shot.If it happens really fast the buckfever is not as bad. Do you guys have a routine to keep the buckfever at a minimum.I need some ideas.

:shock: A hundred yards Dude, my sight pin would cover up a my truck at a hundred yards! That would be cool to see!
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Cool topic bridge, loved reading the responses.

I would love to take some sniper training, like Col Jeff Cooper. That would be neat to spend some time in a place like that getting ballisticly correct.

Rifles, I have a 7mm and shoot it a little above average, my next rifle will also be a tack driver, thinking along the lines of a 257 Wby Mag or possibly in the Lazzeroni line. My slug guns and muzzleloaders are also dialed in to hit where they should.

With my bow I would grade myself a 20 yd shot in a hunting situation. I am going in the wrong direction getting worse not better, I may do an equipment upgrade. Went to a xbow the last couple seasons and shoot it decent.

Overall, I usually stay calm and focused and I think that helps us average shooters convert our shots to meat.
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:51 pm

Good post, Uncle Lou- I hope you are able to add that 257 Wby Mag to the collection / post some success with it on the Beast. 8-)
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby G3s » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:31 am

I feel very comfortable with my guns, I have been fortunate to have a family member that is a world class shooter to help me out. My Uncle Al was ranked #6 in the world for 1500meter silhouette at one point. I feel confident in any shot I choose to take with my gun.

I am getting better with my archery gear, I will not shoot over 40 yards at a deer. I practice a lot and feel confident to 60 yards. i can keep groups in the 4 inch range at that distance.
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Carol » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:57 am

I'm dead on with a fly swatter!! :lol:
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:23 am

CarolsCritterCare wrote:I'm dead on with a fly swatter!! :lol:


:lol: We all count coup differently, I say whatever works!
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:26 am

g3'S wrote: I have been fortunate to have a family member that is a world class shooter to help me out. My Uncle Al was ranked #6 in the world for 1500meter silhouette at one point.


I could have used a shooting mentor like that my first year gun hunting as a kid- blew a bunch of belly hair off of a cedar swamp beast. :x
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Schultzy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:43 am

I'm a traditional bow hunter. When target practicing I don't like missing by more then an Inch. If I can't consistently get with In an Inch of where I'm aiming I ain't shooting at that given yardage In the bow stand. Maybe that's why my max yardage Is usually under 20 yards. ;) I've wounded one deer and one bear In 25 years of bow hunting so I must be doing something right while under pressure. I know allot of bow hunters who can hit quarters at 30 and 40 yards but can't make a clean shot on a big game animal to save their .
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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Beason » Sat May 14, 2011 7:41 am

Dewey wrote:I don't fall apart until after the shot and have to sit down for awhile because my whole body shakes! That feeling is what keeps me coming back for more!


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Re: Shoulda been a Sniper!

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Mon May 16, 2011 11:46 am

Schultzy wrote:I know allot of bow hunters who can hit quarters at 30 and 40 yards but can't make a clean shot on a big game animal to save their .


:lol: aint it the truth, sometimes bowhunters fall apart when the pressure jacks up.


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