Oct
7

The Spot Drill: Revisited

You may remember my post about trying a spot drill.

In that exercise, I shot one round each at twenty 1″ targets, with the object being to hit each target. I hit 18 out of 20 with the Varmint AR in that exercise.

I wanted to try this drill with the Savage Model 10 Tactical, but I feared shooting 1″ spots from a bag on the bench would be too easy. So, to make the challenge a little more realistic (and a lot more challenging!), I decided to shoot at 1/2″ targets from a prone position using only a front bag.

Shooting a prone spot drill with the Savage Model 10

Shooting a prone spot drill with the Savage Model 10 Tactical

As it turns out, this was more challenging than I thought it would be, mainly because I was in the prone position. Lying flat on the ground, every beat of my heart made the crosshairs jump off target.

Needless to say, I did not do as well as I did previously. I ended up hitting only 8 out of the 20 targets, with a few more being very close.

I was only able to hit 8 out of the 10 spots

I was only able to hit 8 of the 20 spots

I tried the same setup with the WOA Varmint AR-15, and scored another 8.

I know it sounds easy – we can shoot 5-shot groups in 1/4″ all day long, how can it be so tough to put a bunch of shots in spots twice as big as our groups?

All I can tell you is, give it a try.

If you’re new to this game, here’s a few pics to help you understand what we’re trying to achieve…

Target is 100 yards away - no magnification

Target is 100 yards away - no magnification

View of the target through the scope at 4x magnification

View of the target through the scope at 4x magnification

View through the Nikon Monarch X at 16x magnification - the maximum

View through the Nikon Monarch X at 16x magnification - the maximum

In that last picture, you’re looking at exactly what I’m seeing when I’m shooting this drill. As you can imagine, the slightest bit of movement, even that from the shooter’s own beating heart, will move the crosshairs off target.

Of course, I can’t blame my low score on the rifle or the ammunition, because it’s a demonstrated shooter. The only thing I can do is keep practicing. We’ll revisit this again soon.

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