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Old January 31st, 2014, 03:25 AM   #31
 
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More than 25 years ago, I was teaching my then 12-year-old son some basic marksmanship with the old bolt action, single shot Winchester .22 rifle. We were aiming at a hand-drawn bullseye on an 8x10 sheet of paper thumbtacked to a tree trunk at the edge of the field. After shooting several groups offhand and comparing results, we were about to call it good for the day when sudden a inspiration struck. "Watch this, son," I said. "I'm going to hit the tack that's holding up the target." I had immediate second thoughts for having made such an idle boast, but there was no turning back at that point. I raised the rifle to my shoulder and followed every instruction I had been trying to impart on my son. It seemed to take forever, but I finally squeezed off a round. To my amazement, the target fluttered to the ground. When we got to the tree, the tack had disappeared. To this day, my son, who is now a certified firearms instructor and range officer for local and state police thinks his old man is a crack shot.



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Old January 31st, 2014, 06:58 AM   #32
 
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As having a reputation for being good at my trade and loving my job, I was invited to do a demonstration shoot for some officer candidates with the Ma Deuce. The only instruction I was given was, "just don't shoot at that 200 yard tank"..."shoot at targets at least 300 meters out for safety." So what did I do? Well I lit up that tank with one continuous burst of fire, throwing a shower of sparks and a plume of smoke all over the target. Everyone had a good time. Leave a young Lance Corporal in charge of his gun and he's gonna have some fun.

The most amazing thing I fired was a SMAW. It was very anticlimactic as my round bounced off the ground and did not explode

I did hit a black bird in the head from 40 yards with a cheap Crosman airgun in my youth using "iron" sights (in this case they were plastic). That is the only gun I ever flat wore out. It was almost comical. Big thump, then it swung on the wire it was perched on upside-down for a few seconds, and dropped.
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It was about 8:30am on a cold opening morning of the 2011 eastern Washington modern rifle elk season. I was sitting in my ground blind in some thick timber. I had just hammered out a dozen push-ups to get my blood flowing when I saw a lone spike elk walking slowly about 30 yards to my left.

I centered the crosshairs of my vari-x 2 on his shoulder and pulled the trigger of my S&W Model 1500 in .300 Win Mag, sending a 180gr Hornaday Superformance bullet at his right shoulder. I saw the hit in my scope and the spike wheeled around and ran back about 25 yards. I repositioned in my blind, basically laying at an angle against some fallen logs, and saw him through a small 1-ft square shooting lane. I took a second shot, centering right on his neck, and dropped him like a bad habit. That was my first elk.
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Another shot I'm kind of proud of was a 400yd shot on a pumpkin I made a couple of years ago. Me and my brother were behind the house in a harvested field and had prepared for a 500yd shot. Once we had set up we realized the 500yd mark wasn't going to work for us due to no good backstop. We swung to our right where a creek bank and a hillside created an excellent backstop and ranged it at 408yds. With the pumpkins set up I settled in behind the Win. M70 7mmRemMag, zeroed for 200yds, and adjusted my hold-over. Problem was I forgot to account for changing the distance from 500 to 400yds so my first shot went high. I immediately realized my mistake and adjusted the hold-over for 400yds and sent another 175gr power-point down range and splashed the water-filled pumpkin on the second shot. That was the first time I'd ever shot at anything that far out. If only I'd of been thinking on the first shot, it would've been perfect.
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In our youth we used to be tasked with walking soybean fields and cutting "button weeds" (Velvet leaf) by hand with corn sickles. Normally we toted some kind of firearm with us in the truck just in case we were presented with an opportune shot at some critter.

We were way back by the woods one day and had been weeding for a while and decided to call it an evening and head back to the house. Dad probably gauged that by how tired the youngest one (me) was getting and I was about 9 and dragging quite a bit.

Back I. The truck to go up to the house. Dad drove, my brother sat up front and I sat in back with Dad's .22 caliber Remington 550-I rifle, ready for a pot shot at a woodchuck etc if we saw one.

Around the corner of the creek we saw a few weeds in the beans near the trail we were driving on. Dad got out with his corn knife and directed my brother "you get them three or four over there and I'll get these", (on one side of the lane) then pointed to the other side of the lane and told me, "you get that one".

Too tired to walk out there and cut it by hand, I popped the safety off the rifle and took careful aim at the 1/4" thick stem of the offending weed. It was maybe 10 yards out, if that. Probably in the third row of beans from where I sat. The first shot wiggled it, the second shot clipped it clean off.

Dad and my older brother knew right away what the shots were for when they heard them, and laughed heartily.
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It was about 8:30am on a cold opening morning of the 2011 eastern Washington modern rifle elk season. I was sitting in my ground blind in some thick timber. I had just hammered out a dozen push-ups to get my blood flowing when I saw a lone spike elk walking slowly about 30 yards to my left.

I centered the crosshairs of my vari-x 2 on his shoulder and pulled the trigger of my S&W Model 1500 in .300 Win Mag, sending a 180gr Hornaday Superformance bullet at his right shoulder. I saw the hit in my scope and the spike wheeled around and ran back about 25 yards. I repositioned in my blind, basically laying at an angle against some fallen logs, and saw him through a small 1-ft square shooting lane. I took a second shot, centering right on his neck, and dropped him like a bad habit. That was my first elk.
That was a VERY well written post. You have the gift of gripping prose my friend !
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Was 12 yrs old at a turkey shoot and a friend handed me his dad's 3 screw Blackhawk in 45 Colt to try during a lightning round. I was given the target of a turkey silhouette at 50 yds., I took aim offhand and squeezed the shot off and dang if I didn't land the shot right in the gizzard making the plate twirl as it went down. Took home a gift certificate for a 20lb. turkey and a life long affection for single action 45 Colts.

Another time around the age of 16 was quail hunting with my dad when I flushed two birds about 20 ft. apart, I was carrying an Ithica 20 ga. Super Single so I was tracking the bird on my left when something told me to delay the shot and sure enough the birds started crossing paths and I was able to knock them both down with one shot. I'm standing there amazed at my luck and then my dad comes up from behind and congratulates me and hands me his Ithica mod. 37 pump in 20 ga. and tells me to take good care of it.
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I just wanted to say that when I posted this question, all I expected was to hear good stories about awesome shots. I haven't been disappointed. Without getting too sappy, what I think is the best part of the majority of these stories is that most are not only about good or lucky shots. Most, if not all, are memories of time spent with families. We grew up shooting and hunting together and they are some of the best memories I have. From what I've read here, the same seems to hold true for most of you, too. Forget all the political B.S. and everything else you hear in the media - this is the legacy of firearms in America. I know I'm preaching to the choir but stand up for the 2nd Amendment, for the Constitution, so we can continue this time honored tradition with our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for the stories and please keep them coming.
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Surely you've seen seagulls flying way the heck up there, migrating, flying in a straight line in groups of 5 or more. Based on the size of the bird and how big they looked in the sky I'd put this flock at least 100 yards high.

I aimed a couple bird-lengths ahead of one and fired one shot - almost straight up - with my Ruger 10-22. I heard a pop and one of the birds started falling. It fell for what seemed an eternity. The cool part was that it landed 10 feet from me, right between me and my buddy who was with me. It was a clean-thru body shot of a fairly large white & gray gull.

Best shot my dad ever made - Hole #2 at the country club - it was a par four, he hit a line drive just as a seagull flew across the fairway about 75 yards out. The ball rose and connected with the gull at mid fairway. Both the ball and gull dropped, the gull was dead at the scene with the ball about 4 feet from it.. He played the ball where it laid and finished with a six. In my mind, dad still got a "birdie" on that hole.
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I made a 100 yard head shot on a Jack rabbit, with a 22 short. Must have used at least 3 feet of hold over. I was only 11 at the time. It took like what seemed forever for the critter to fall after the rifle went off.
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Down on the farm many years ago...my cousin & I walking through the barn area outside...barn swallow flew by at about a 45 deg angle from us...cuz quickly raised his BB gun and squeezed one off...got that bird just behind the left eye...I figured lucky shot, "do it again" I said...he did, with the same result. Fast forward a few years and he joins the Marines...couldn't qualify on the range first time around...Go Figure...!!
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Alaska 1962. Out with a friend, had a Colt Fronteer Scout .22WMR holstered.
We were above a small stream, probably twenty feet or so. A flock of duck flying just above the water came by and I drew, lead and fired one round at the trailing duck from around fifty yards distance. Perfect headshot
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More than 25 years ago, I was teaching my then 12-year-old son some basic marksmanship with the old bolt action, single shot Winchester .22 rifle. We were aiming at a hand-drawn bullseye on an 8x10 sheet of paper thumbtacked to a tree trunk at the edge of the field. After shooting several groups offhand and comparing results, we were about to call it good for the day when sudden a inspiration struck. "Watch this, son," I said. "I'm going to hit the tack that's holding up the target." I had immediate second thoughts for having made such an idle boast, but there was no turning back at that point. I raised the rifle to my shoulder and followed every instruction I had been trying to impart on my son. It seemed to take forever, but I finally squeezed off a round. To my amazement, the target fluttered to the ground. When we got to the tree, the tack had disappeared. To this day, my son, who is now a certified firearms instructor and range officer for local and state police thinks his old man is a crack shot.
So was it you or your son who coined the phrase "tack driver"?
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I would love to boast of some fancy shooting, but it would all be blarney.

Coolest in the sense of hardest? Toss up between hitting a golf ball at 50 yds with a .22 pistol (Mosquito) and hitting a pupkin with a Marlin 30-30 at 350 yds with iron sights (it was with leverolution ammo, but still on the edge of that range). I won't say how many shots it took me, only that I didn't have to reload.


Funnest thing is handgun bowling. Get bowling pins, set up a certain number (I do 6 for .357 magnum), and compete to see who can get them all down with fewest shots in the quickest time. At 25-50 yards, depending on whom I am shooting with. I like to show off sometimes before we have a cold line and can set them back up, by taking one and shooting it over and over, just keeping it spinnng in the dirt until it gets pushed either to the berm or out of my effective range. Farthest I shot it without missing was 80 yds, from about 40 yds starting, just kept it spinning. Unforunately makes it hard to set up when you have torn up the base with .357 loads.
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My first......from a Montgomery Wards 20 gauge bolt action shotgun. Definitely more kick than my Daisy BB gun!
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