The Storms of Life

Gerald Martin

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Last week I was in the Seattle area doing a Sports Show. Some of Leupold's shooting team was there. We talked about how I could be dead-on in the prone position, yet miss so many times at these steep angles. They walked me through what happens when most folks (me) address their rifle at a steep uphill angle; mostly how eye relief changes and what your scope picture looks like now that you are in a new position from how you've practiced for years.

At least if I miss, I am consistent in how/where I miss. I explained that I am that confident in my rifle and the setup that I repeated the same shot each time. Their comment, "Trust your bullet." In other words, when camera guys tell you the impact is high, don't send all your bullets high just because you are that confident in your setup. The rifle/scope/ammo is your factual indicator, don't disregard what it is telling you; adjust accordingly.

Oh well, live and learn.
Yeah, we know how all you TV guys are. Come up with some drama in the form of missed shots and uncertain outcomes to hook the audience…😂😉

Or, you can narrate it as your personal code of ethics to fire some warning shots to give your quarry the chance to escape.😄
 

GoWyo!

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Last week I was in the Seattle area doing a Sports Show. Some of Leupold's shooting team was there. We talked about how I could be dead-on in the prone position, yet miss so many times at these steep angles. They walked me through what happens when most folks (me) address their rifle at a steep uphill angle; mostly how eye relief changes and what your scope picture looks like now that you are in a new position from how you've practiced for years.

At least if I miss, I am consistent in how/where I miss. I explained that I am that confident in my rifle and the setup that I repeated the same shot each time. Their comment, "Trust your bullet." In other words, when camera guys tell you the impact is high, don't send all your bullets high just because you are that confident in your setup. The rifle/scope/ammo is your factual indicator, don't disregard what it is telling you; adjust accordingly.

Oh well, live and learn.
Randy, I totally empathize. My first shot on my ram went high and right. Missing completely. It was an uphill shot, maybe 30°, I was prone, over a backpack, steady as could be. Right at 400 yds. He bolted, ran uphill about 40 yds, stopped and gave me a broadside. I fought every impulse to hold dead on per my range finder and adjustments, and practice. I adjusted, held low left and still hit high right, taking him in the neck. My next time at the range had my poi very high and right, after 9 days of hunting, I must have knocked it off, not sure how. Certainly a first.
 

Neumie

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Just saw the episodes last night and read the post here afterwards. Great play by play here and appreciate your ability to take us along. Thanks

Glad to hear your mom was cleared and I hope she remains in good health. Cheers
 

devon deer

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Randy, I totally empathize. My first shot on my ram went high and right. Missing completely. It was an uphill shot, maybe 30°, I was prone, over a backpack, steady as could be. Right at 400 yds. He bolted, ran uphill about 40 yds, stopped and gave me a broadside. I fought every impulse to hold dead on per my range finder and adjustments, and practice. I adjusted, held low left and still hit high right, taking him in the neck. My next time at the range had my poi very high and right, after 9 days of hunting, I must have knocked it off, not sure how. Certainly a first.
The good thing about Randy's videos, and it has been said many times before, he leaves in the mistakes, many don't.

Regarding the missed shots, shooting at such an upward steep angle you hold under, I learnt this through my own experience and couldn't believe it.

I discussed the video with one of my New Zealand contacts (he has a lot more experience than I at shooting at steep angles) who watched the video, he came back with this:

1. Not controlling the forend - it is bouncing hard on the branch Randy is resting on.
2. Misjudging the hold under to take into account the steep shot angle.
3. Body position / head / line of sight angle relative to the scope.

Point 3 backs up what Leupold advised
 

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