Difficulty in calling .22lr shots?

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Difficulty in calling .22lr shots?

Post by beeser on 3/18/2015, 4:15 pm

I recently learned to call my shots using a 1911 but for some reason I can't seem to do it using any of my .22lr pistols.  Is there something going on with the .22lr that makes it more difficult or is the problem strictly between my ears?

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on 3/18/2015, 4:24 pm

Most bullseye problems are between the ears
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Post by DavidR on 3/18/2015, 5:03 pm

just concentrate on where the dot is when the trigger breaks it will come to you
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Post by Jon Eulette on 3/18/2015, 5:06 pm

The reason the .45 is easier is because the heavier trigger pull. You'll make larger error and it's easier to follow/notice. The .22 having a lighter pull will not show the dot movement as much as .45 when breaking the shot.
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Post by john bickar on 3/19/2015, 8:48 am

Follow through.
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Post by dronning on 3/19/2015, 9:02 am

john bickar wrote:Follow through.

+1

Stay on the gun and recover just like if you were shooting a sustained fire target. I've seen guys get on their scope almost before the bullet leaves the barrel. LOL

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 3/20/2015, 11:01 am

I'd love to say it's longer barrel time for the bullet, but the speeds and barrel lengths are not that much different, not enough different IMO, to really be a factor. I've seen it have a dramatic effect with rifles, though.

One mental effect is related to the noise level of the report. That little pop can leave you sort of believing that nothing much happened, but it really did happen.

Work on a Zen-like awareness of everything that is happening as the shot breaks. It will be observation that you put into verbal terms LATER. There are two ways to "feel" like the shot was good:  by having the appropriate awareness, and by NOT having enough awareness. I learned this by marking the call for each shot BEFORE I scoped it.

A good scorebook, which is used faithfully in that way, truly is your friend.

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Post by robert84010 on 3/22/2015, 12:16 pm

dronning wrote:
john bickar wrote:Follow through.

+1

Stay on the gun and recover just like if you were shooting a sustained fire target.  I've seen guys get on their scope almost before the bullet leaves the barrel.  LOL

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yep, and don't forget about the guys that are so worried about where their brass goes that they are looking backwards seemingly before the bullet is out of the pistol. not so much with .22, I know but I've always said there are some guys that love reloading so much they only shoot in order to find brass and reload it.

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Post by Axehandle on 3/22/2015, 12:47 pm

IMHO most of the 22 woes in this area comes from a simple lack of applying the fundamentals.  The 45 whips us like a dog if we stray but the 22 is so easy we try to "MAKE" it shoot when we are ready.

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Post by beeser on 3/23/2015, 7:11 pm

Axehandle wrote:IMHO most of the 22 woes in this area comes from a simple lack of applying the fundamentals.  The 45 whips us like a dog if we stray but the 22 is so easy we try to "MAKE" it shoot when we are ready.
Worked on my trigger control this morning and with the statement above in mind I was able to almost clean a target at 25 yds.  Had 9 in the 10 ring with 5Xs.  The stray ended up in the 6 ring.  And this was on a windy day with 20 mph gusts.  Also, thanks DavidR!  Yes, I'll get there.

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