Saturday's match, the good and bad

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Saturday's match, the good and bad

Post by joy2shoot on 14/5/2018, 3:03 pm

I shot in the Charlotte 2700 this past Saturday.  Probably the worst performance I delivered in years.  I thought I would muse online about the good and bad.
 
As usual, I enjoy the Charlotte facility, the staff running the match and the company of my fellow shooters.
 
During the .22 match, I put five rounds into someone else's target.  At Charlotte, the lanes are not numbered, they are color coded.  While I did put those five rounds in the correct color stand, it was just not my stand.  So, I picked out a unique aspect of the berm behind my target and used that, as well as the color, to stay in my lane for the rest of the tournament.  I figure I lost at least 45 points.
 
This season I have 'retired' my Pardini's and I shoot my .45 for center fire.  I use an Aimpoint H1 on my .45.  A few days before the match I swapped out the Aimpoint standard base with a Kodiak base.  In getting ready for the match, I made sure the Kodiak screw was nice and tight.  But in the CF Rapid Fire match and in the SF .45 match, my shots were not even close to where I was calling them.  If you are a machinist, you probably have already figured out the issue by now.  Since the base was newly installed, as it started being used, things started to work themselves loose.  I figure I lost at least 25 points before I discovered I had a loose scope mount.  I have put an Allen hex wrench on the magnetic bar in my gun box for easy access.
 
When I got home, I did remove the scope from the gun and checked to see if the four small screws that hold the mount to the scope were loose.  They were all tight.
 
I also tried swagged lead bullets in this tournament for the short line instead of my usual hard cast.  My thinking was swagged would be more consistent in weight.  But near the end of the match, my shots were off a little more than what I called them but I blamed it on the heat (93) and the buildup of frustration.  But when I got home and checked the guns over, there was significantly more leading in the barrel of my .45 than I have seen in the past.  I am not going to say I lost points due to leading, but I am going to go back to hard cast until I have time to figure out the leading issue.....which will probably be something this winter.
 
To end on good news, I checked my 10 shot string scores after I fixed whatever issue I had, and they were within normal parameters.  So even though I was pissed and frustrated, I was able to minimize the impact to the shot process ... at least, that is what I am telling myself.

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Re: Saturday's match, the good and bad

Post by Toz35m on 14/5/2018, 5:34 pm

it seems like this rule is being ignored. 

6.6 Target Numbers - Target frames will be numbered on alternating background of contrasting color. The numbers will be large enough to be identified under ordinary light conditions. Numbers must correspond with the firing point numbers. Target numbers will be fixed in position so as to remain visible when the targets are exposed and when concealed. 

You need to keep swagged bullets under 800fps or you will get leading.
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Re: Saturday's match, the good and bad

Post by jglenn21 on 14/5/2018, 5:48 pm

On your swaged bullets simply coat them with 45-45-10.. problem solved.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 14/5/2018, 6:30 pm

I’m either too lazy to coat the swaged  bullets or don’t have enough time. But in my experience most swaged bullets lead the bore slightly just in front of the chamber on the bottom of the barrel. I have seen no loss of accuracy from it. Bothers the hell out of me though .
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Re: Saturday's match, the good and bad

Post by Chris Miceli on 14/5/2018, 7:36 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:I’m either too lazy to coat the swaged  bullets or don’t have enough time. But in my experience most swaged bullets lead the bore slightly just in front of the chamber on the bottom of the barrel. I have seen no loss of accuracy from it. Bothers the hell out of me though .
Jon
maybe your barrels have the correct throat?
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Re: Saturday's match, the good and bad

Post by jglenn21 on 14/5/2018, 7:45 pm

Could be Chris
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Post by jglenn21 on 14/5/2018, 7:49 pm

And I won't comment on the lazy or busy...lol!
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