Thursday, October 24, 2013

Range Report – Leftovers Edition

Another day shooting, another bunch of pictures.  Many of these will look familiar.

Black Hills Seconds 55gr.:

That was a little better than last time, I think.

Dallas Reloading Service (DRS) FMJ1F (a.k.a “Lake City”) 55gr.:

That was not as good as last time, not even close.

PMC Bronze 55gr.

Suspiciously good.  My bet is that this is actually the DRS, plus the missing round from this one:

Precision Cartridge “Range Pack” reloads 55gr.

A good shooting instructor would be able to diagnose a technique problem when the rounds are lined up like that.  Hale?

PMC X-Tac 55gr.

Same kind of top-to-bottom pattern.  I had a few leftover from back when it was really cheap.

Sellier & Bellot (Czech) no 2914, 55gr.

I finally shot the last of that.  It was never a consistent performer.

The Brass Kings reloads 55gr.

This is a new one, picked up at the gun show for $.31 per round.  At that price, it’s hard to complain.  Good plinking ammo.

The Brass Kings “Metal Piercing” reloads 62gr.

Their 62gr ammo is tighter, but at $.51 per, not really worth the extra cost.

WPA (Russia) “Military Classic” HP 62gr.

Wolf’s Russian steel case continues to come in strong.  This variant was only $.38 per, not a bad price for 62gr. hollow-point.

MFS Rem SP (Russia) 62gr.

Assuming the wild shot in the upper right is my fault, the grouping here isn’t bad.  But I paid a premium for this stuff, so I don’t really think it’s worth it.

PMC Precision 75gr.

Slightly worse than usual; maybe I was getting tired at the end of the day.  It’s still my favorite ammo, although the lowest online price I can find is $1 per.  I could get this for $.75 per a year ago.  I suppose I should be grateful I can get it at all.

I think I’m ready to try 100m again.  Note to self:  crank the sights four clicks to the right.

5 comments:

newrebeluniv said...

A vertical alignment of spread generally indicates breathing control. The weapon rises and falls naturally with your breathing.

But I tend to disagree with the conventional wisdom. If the weapons is properly aligned when you pull the trigger, the bullet should impact in the predictable pattern regardless of your breath control.

But you could do some dry firing to work on this, concentrating on pulling the trigger at that momentary pause between exhaling and inhaling.

newrebeluniv said...

But you will get your best coaching by someone actually watching you. You may be viciously jerking the trigger and your coach would see that by watching you. Same for flinching.

--Hale

Oh. And you have enough information to adjust your sights a bit. Are you using iron sights or optics?

newrebeluniv said...

In any case, when adjusting your sights, adjust it using the ammo you intend to use and that you intend to stock in your "just in case" bag. then adjust by eye when you use off-brand cheap ammo for occasional shooting.

Dr. Φ said...

Sightmark holographic sights with a Sightmark 5x magnifier.

I've really been working that natural respiratory pause, and I'd be pretty embarrassed to still be flinching after all this time.

newrebeluniv said...

The problem with flinching is that you don't know you are doing it until someone else points it out to you.

But now that you see how big a difference there is between one anmmo and another, it becomes obvious that you should zero your optics to the ammo you expect to use and keep that ammo on the shelf for emergencies.

--Hale