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  • Edward J. Palumbo
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    I try to maintain a level of proficiency by popping at cans and balloons with my rifles. That said, it's been a three years since I've fired at small game in the unsupported, standing offhand position. That was a productive day, since we were up to our waist in sagebrush, but it's not my first choice and the position continues to challenge me, but it's fun to practice!

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    I mostly manage minute of deer.

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  • jhjimbo
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    MAT,
    The picture of my Remington 700 30-06 is two quick shots off hand at 100yds,180gr bullets. The second Remington 700 picture is 5 shots, 165gr, from the bench with three in 1 hole and 2 in the other.

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  • scratchgolf72
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    i have killed deer offhand at 100 yards...not sure how comfortable id b past 125-150ish.

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  • Clay Cooper
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    First of all, you don't have to have a rock steady hold to a Master or even a High Master Competition shooter. Proper stance, breath control, good physical condition, what you ate and drank that day including what medications, meteorological conditions, but most of all having your timing down to a science knowing exactly when you get that right sight picture just milliseconds before the sights lineup on the target to initiate the brake of the trigger.

    Happy Myles brought up "Most folks find the results of off hand shooting unflattering at the range so do not practice, and it takes a lot of practice. Clay Cooper calls it training."

    During a NRA Junior Shooting program I was in at age 8-11, I caught pure hell from one of the adults running the range one night when I made the fatal mistake of saying, "I'm going to practice that". O' MY' GOD! I thought the world just ended! It was pure "HELL FIRE" the first contact with your Marine Training Instructor in Boot Camp!

    He said,

    You never practice, NEVER!
    You always will be in training!
    If your practicing and you are shooting poorly, you're practicing to shoot poorly, practicing to loose!
    You only practice that what you have mastered!

    Later I found out this Fella was an Olympic Coach and ya'know, he was right!

    There is two shooting positions I recommend every hunter to train in, kneeling and sitting. Standing is great when your in brush or high grass. Prone position puts you to low, the trajectory of the bullet is sure to come into contact with grass, rock etc and the recoil will be unmanageable causing injury, most of all flinching. recoil from Magnums can be easily tolerated in kneeling and sitting and this is where it pays off with a rock steady hold if done right and this is where I've made all my Big Game long range shots from.

    But above all the mistakes shooters do, I would say when shooting, follow through is the most important and this is where the cause of all misses occur!

    Don't have time to proof read, the message is clear and not intended for the shallow thinker!

    Disclaimer: This opinion does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Wear sunscreen, protective eyewear, and hearing protection. Buckle your seatbelt. Call your mother.
    --The Armchair Outfitter

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  • Happy Myles
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    Most folks find the results of off hand shooting unflattering at the range so do not practice, and it takes a lot of practice. Clay Cooper calls it training. Each week, at the range, focusing on form and trigger pull, I fire, off hand, several rounds through each rifle I take, plus 50 rounds through my bolt action Kimber 22 LR. During the week at home I dry fire off hand in my back yard. Hunting,I automatically look for a rest for my hand under the rifle forearm and support for my off elbow. Support is not always there and often no time for position shooting. Most observers, seem to feel I am OK at off hand, so this training seems to work for me. Only use this position when necessary, but it may make the difference in success or failure of the hunt of a lifetime, or indeed the safety of life and limb.

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  • SCBuilder66
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    I dint have a problem with it because I practice it with my .22, and as an archery instructor I practice off handed archery. What helps me is that my vision is co-dominant. I am originally right handed and left eye dominant but I learned to shoot right handed. After I started getting older I have gotten to where I can somewhat control it when I shoot a and it is fun for me to practice all methods. It does make rifle hunting from a stand much easier for me as well. I'm sure anyone can do it with enough practice.

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  • SD_Whitetail_Hntr
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    It's probably a fairly sad admission but I don't routinely put rounds down range off-hand standing. I do a crap load of shooting my 10/22 standing and have always been plenty satisfied with the results. Never even dreamed of putting a scope on my 10/22 though.

    I also don't shoot any method other than what I'd be using in the field. prone on a bipod, sitting, or one knee. So my practice is what I use in the game. Prone and a bipod with my Rem 700 varmint in .243 and I very rarely miss a 3" at 200 yds.

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    I would say minute of pie plate would be a good day for me off hand standing at 100 yds. Minute of five gallon bucket might be better suited. Off the bench, I should be nearer minute of softball when off handed. When shooting normally off the bench, if I'm not MOA at 100 I blame the gun and not myself. I'm no great shot, but not too bad for having my eyes closed either!!

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  • WA Mtnhunter
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    Minute of milk jug out to 150 yards or so. Sometimes shoot 3-4" max from point of aim, not groups, @ 100 yards sitting. Not as good as I once was either. I don't consider myself a great shot FWIW.

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  • buckhunter
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    Not a very good shot at any position.

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  • DakotaMan
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    I have always stunk at offhand accuracy. I do fine when I have to shoot quickly but I use a rest whenever I can. I think I could hit a pie plate pretty well at 100 yards but that is about it.

    I've always admired those who shoot so well offhand. My best man was one of the best offhand shooters around and he led our rifle team to great results because of it. One day, while three guys next to us were trying to hit four inch gongs off the bench at 100 hundred yards, he stood up with my bench rifle and clipped the wires on three consecutive disks from offhand just as he called them. They packed up their rifles and went home without ever hitting one.

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  • Carl Huber
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    Not as good as I used to, but better than I will. Time and gravity are cruel.

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  • Treestand
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    I can still hit the 8" Gong at 100Yd 5 out of 5 with my Rem 742/06...and 3 out of 5 with my 5.3/4# Rem 7/7mm-08 TOO short TOO light.

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  • Safado
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    MOPP-Moment of Pie Plate.

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