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When it comes to target shooting do you differentiate between the terms precision and accuracy? And how do you term the ability

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  • When it comes to target shooting do you differentiate between the terms precision and accuracy? And how do you term the ability

    When it comes to target shooting do you differentiate between the terms precision and accuracy? And how do you term the ability of broadheads to hit close to field points, or bullets of different weights/types to group together.

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    When it comes to rifle/bullet accuracy, I don't care where the bullets hit on the paper, I can always adjust the sights, I just like to see the groups always stay together. As for as the term precision, I don't think you'll hear that term much except among the benchrest shooters, their rifles and ammo are tuned a bit different than ours.

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    • #3
      accuracy: how close you are to the bull’s-eye
      precision: how tightly your bullets pattern

      you want both.

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      • #4
        S-kfry. I go by the opposite definition. Accuracy is related to group size. Precision is relation to the intended point of impact. Unfortunately, no terms for how different bullets group for a specific firearm, or how different broadheads/fieldpoints group for a bow. Seems we should have one, but the good terms, like variation, mean something else.

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        • #5
          For years I have gone by accuracy being groups and precision as point of impact, but a firearms ballistics book gives the opposite definition. Now I am confounded.

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          • #6
            Agreed with Jim in Mo!

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