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For lack of a better term, I'll call it dry firing. I hunt whitetails in the Northern Adirondacks brush with a Redfield Widefield 4X mounted on a Remington 7600 30-06 carbine. About a month before each opening day, I'll spend about 5 minutes each evening shouldering the rifle from carry position to locking the scope on a target. I'll look at the target over the scope and swing the scope upward to meet the target. I'll do this both on a stationary target and on an imagined moving target. If you do this each day about a month before deer season, you will be automatically conditioned to do it under stress. When you do see a deer, you will automatically and correctly lock onto target without thinking because you have been conditioned to do it through sheer repetition. I have to believe this exercise has helped me in the deer I've shot.    
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Your technique is part of the practice routine for most 3-gun IPSC shooters in all three events. Long range silhoutte shooters use it also and yes it does work very well. One caution however-- It is easy to loose interest and dwell on the sight picture rather than moving the crosshair to the target and pressing the shot through the target in one motion.I find myself looking at some detail and taking to long on the target sometimes.
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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

Your technique is part of the practice routine for most 3-gun IPSC shooters in all three events. Long range silhoutte shooters use it also and yes it does work very well. One caution however-- It is easy to loose interest and dwell on the sight picture rather than moving the crosshair to the target and pressing the shot through the target in one motion.I find myself looking at some detail and taking to long on the target sometimes.

 

Dale,

 

Thanks for the input. Other than informal target shooting and checking the scope for opening day, all of my shots are at whitetail. I haven't had any problem yet aligning the target and pressing the shot. In brush hunting, you have to make a split second decision when to fire because you don't have much time. On a running or walking deer, you need to take your first good shot. Don't wait.I've lost shots at deer in the past by taking too much time but I've since learned from my mistake. Another phenomena I noticed is that when at the range the scope tends to wobble a lot on the target. But on a live deer I've got so much adrenalin flowing through me the rifle and scope are rock solid steady. After you've bagged a few deer, you tend to be more relaxed because you no longer have the pressure on yourself. 

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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

Your technique is part of the practice routine for most 3-gun IPSC shooters in all three events. Long range silhoutte shooters use it also and yes it does work very well. One caution however-- It is easy to loose interest and dwell on the sight picture rather than moving the crosshair to the target and pressing the shot through the target in one motion.I find myself looking at some detail and taking to long on the target sometimes.

 

Dale

 

I thought about this last night and remembered that part of the pre-season exercise I do is to lock the scope on target, press the butt of the rifle against my shoulder as hard as I can, and hold this position for around 10 seconds or so. This is essentially equivalent to an isometric exercise and here is the purpose for it- Many times a deer may appear in the brush where you either can't identify antlers or you need to slowly track the deer for a better shot. You never know when the deer might whiff you and you may need to get off the shot immediately. I'm not familiar with ISP shooting, but I'm assuming it is some sort of speed event. In the hunting I do, it is not so much as absolute speed that I'm looking for. I'm not being timed. I will never take a snap shot at any deer, whether I identify antlers or not. If I can't get what I consider a decent shot, I won't take it because I don't need a deer bad enough to take a chance on wounding it. Every deer I've taken, except for two, have been broadside shots. And the two front shots have been with the deer motionless at close range. And I will never, repeat never, take a shot at a deer's flag, whether the deer is moving or not.

 

Point being here, a hunter may need a different sort of scope training than an ISP shooter because the scenario's are different.   

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