Last Friday I noticed that when another rifle was fired as I was concentrating on my own sighting, my sighting dot and reticules seemed to jump. Is this normal? If not how do I correct this? My equipment consists of a heavy 3 point front rest with a leather saddle for the forearm, and an ear type rear rest leather sandbag.
Other rifles noise affecting my sight picture
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I used a pair of custom fitted ear plugs along with my usual earmuffs and noticed quite a difference. I also used a sandbag to support my shooting wrist and noticed an improvement in my groups and scores at the CBA match last Saturday. I also determined that air cooled Lyman # 2 & Saeco 100's shot better than heat trated outta my .250 Savage mdl 16. Thanks for all the suggestions!
I think it is the noise of the other firers that makes you move,if you have a particularly loud blast nearby that is getting at your concentration you may need to time your shots to shoot before or after the other shooter.It is easy to say but a lot harder to do,good hearing protection and concentrate on your task to the point of blotting out everything around you while you are shooting.
I wear foam ear plugs (highest db reduction ones) and ear muffs when shooting to protect what hearing I have left. When shooting at the local range from the bench it isn't necessarily the noise that makes me flinch. It is the muzzle blast concussion from rifles with short barrels and those with muzzle brakes or, sometimes, flash suppressors that are also muzzle brakes. This is especially the case with large capacity magnum cartridges. If I'm on the other end of the firing line (range has 12 benches) it doesn't bother me much. However if they are next to me ar a bench or two away I time my shots between theirs so i don't flinch one off.
Concealment is not cover.........
It is a type of flinch. Mike has a good answer, better hearing protection. I use plugs and muffs at a match. Went thru half a dozen muffs to find one that fix my head shooting off a bench.
Finally found the header bar and answered the Pm! Thanks for the patience with this computer challenged old shooter
At a recent CBA match, I had a decent 10-round group going. Then for the last round, after watching the wind flags, getting the crosshairs in the desired hold-off location and deciding to shoot, just as I was engaging the trigger, the guy next to me shot. The NOISE, not concussion, startled me (probably concentrating too much) and I shot before I wanted to. That really opened-up the group!
So for the next group, I was constantly monitoring that guy next to me, trying to fire between his shots. The problem with that is your “opening to shoot” might not be when your wind flags are where you’d like them to be.
Another chance to screw-up tomorrow at our next match….
I use fitted ear plugs and electric noise cancelling ear muffs that fit me.
‘Still enough noise gets through to make my ears hurt near lots of big boomers.
It’s probably only 35 db suppression thou.
I tend not to shoot where I can feel the concussion and vibrations through the concrete tables.
They have a muzzle break area to shoot at but people tend to try and technically circumnavigate that rule.
Aughh never mind, said the blind man reading to his deaf son.
You need to concentrate more. When I was doing the thousand yard matches I never heard a shot. Never knew the others were done until he hollered over the loud speaker. You can do this. I don't compete any more there only at f class matches. My son finally got so he is able to block it out now. Just conceertrate on your own game. Be alone..like I said you got this. Ever watch TV and never hear somebody talking to you. It's the same game.. good luck.
Just because you can think your way into ignoring the blast doesn't mean that it isn't doing damage. Wear GOOD plugs ALWAYS around shooting. Them hearing aids are expensive...and you still end up not hearing things that you want or need to hear.
Mike, It is impossible to time my shots since there may be 8 to 10 other folks shooting the CBA match during the 10 or 15 minute time period. I will try doubling up on my hearing protection like I used to. Duane M sent me a PM and I don't have the expertise on this site to answer him. Will someone please explain how to use the PM feature? I went to the FAQ'S and it indicated to go to his profile etc, but I don't know how to do that!
I may have not explained myself well enough,timing the shot is a last desperate effort when there could be a single loud shooter alongside and you have lost concentration.Ric has the answer,remember the other shooters have the same conditions as well.
Shuz, in upper right corner of page, click on my tools. then on next page click on private message. On following page click on name of individual sending message. After reading if you care to reply, type in msg in the box and click "Send".
Click on "My Tools" at upper right of header bar, then click "Private Messages" and again on Duane's PM. It will open a window with his message and a text box for you to type your reply, when finished click the green SEND box.
You got that right Larry. Hazard of being shooters is hearing lost unfortunately. Most at our age didn't have or know of hearing protection when we were young. Being in combat in the military didn't help any either. You're right about those dang muzzle breaks too Larry. Also when I shoot high velocity pistol cartridges such as 7.62x25 Tokarev, 30 Luger, and 30 Carbine to name just a few I wear plugs and muffs too. I also wear muffs when using my lawn tractor. I'm tired of saying "huh?" how about you Larry?
BTW did you ever get back to fooling with powder coat? You never asked anymore question in our pm's and there was much more to tell you. I have a 6.5 Creedmoor AR10 shooting pc pretty decent.
Shuz, what kind of hold are you using on your rig?
One end of the spectrum is free recoil where the only thing touching the rifle is your trigger finger and that is barely brushing the trigger. This is common on light trigger pull rigs not a military piece.
The other end of that spectrum would be a “death grip” with a solid cheek weld, forearm gripped and the stock butt pulled back into your shoulder.
Any idea what the trigger pull is on your rifle? Bill C.
No, I haven't tested or simply shot any PC'd bullets since our last PMs. Have some 38 WC that are PC'd ready to test over 3.5 gr Bullseye. Have some others of 30 cal, just too many other things going on and haven't got around to testing yet.
Concealment is not cover.........
Bill, I use a real tight hold on the pistol grip of my mdl 16 Savage. i position my left hand next to the owl ear sand bag and use it to adjust for minor elevation and windage. The trigger is the Savage Accu-trigger and it is set at about 4 lbs. I had it set lower, but with my peripheral neuropathy now affecting my fingers, I found that the trigger safety would engage most of the time and of course the rifle would not fire. I have a very hard time not putting side pressure on the trigger.
As mentioned previously, I will try double plugging and see if that helps.
Shuz, have you ever tried less of a right hand grip by using light shoulder pressure and propping up your trigger finger hand on multiple sand bags so that the stress on your hand is reduced?
If the rifle rides the bags real good it might give your right hand a better chance managing the trigger pull. Peripheral neuropathy is a tough condition and my hats off to you for still outshooting folks.
Greg King shot a pending 200 yard world record in jacketed br about a month or two ago. Don’t remember exactly how small but I believe it was in the low teens (if I remember right). He’s a great guy and is a world of fun to shoot next to at a match.
The equipment he used is no where near apples to apples with your Savage but when he’s wired up and working a group that trigger finger is doing some incredible exercise movement. At times I’ve seen him use the thumb on the trigger hand on the back of the trigger guard to help steady his hand. Don’t sweat it, you’ll figure this out. Bill Cook.
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