Target practice

One of the big challenges that I have with shooting high powered rifle competition is that I really don’t have a good place to practice. There aren’t any 500 or 600 yard public ranges around here and even the closest 100 yard range is almost an hour away and is prohibitively expensive…which is why I joined the Airfield Shooting club…much more reasonable financially but a little over an hour away.

Adjusting sights to compensate for weather conditions and range is an important aspect of high powered rifle shooting, but I really just don’t have any good way to do that without hours of travel time to a distant rifle range.

There is, however, the indoor, 25 yard range at Camp Allen that is ten minutes from here.

Granted, it isn’t a perfect solution and 25 yards with a rifle ostensibly isn’t very challenging…however, I can get some practice with the fundamentals: positions, sight picture, breath control, trigger control, etc.

The thing is, at such close range, standard sized targets just aren’t a reasonable facsimile of high powered rifle targets. I couldn’t find any standard NRA high powered rifle targets scaled for 25 yards; they may be out there, but I couldn’t find them.

Not much of one to let a problem languish without a solution, I created my own scaled targets.

I fit two of each target on a single 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. I included some space for recording the details of the shoot, placed the target on a minute of angle grid and included a scoring ring size key to help with adjustments.

The key to using this for effectively getting an idea of where your shot would have fallen on a standard target at normal range is to remember that the only thing that isn’t scaled down are the bullet holes. You have to imagine a pinprick on the target at the exact center of the bullet hole to determine where your shot would have really fallen.

If you have a shot on the 600 yard scaled down target that straddles the 9 ring, but the center of the hole is just the tiniest bit to the outside…that was an 8…probably by several inches…on a real target at 600 yards.

But I think they will be useful to me and if you’ve ever read here before you know that I like sharing things that I find useful…so…

You could probably print out the 200 yard target from that above jpeg but I don’t know that it would be sized correctly.

CLICK HERE for a printable, four page pdf file with the full set of 200, 300, 500 and 600 yard High Powered Rifle targets scaled for 25 yards. Please note the copyright. I’m providing these free of charge at the current time but reserve the right to delete the above link and start selling them at any time in the future. This free copy is only for personal use and is not for redistribution in any form. If you want to pass them on to someone else, please direct them to this post to download their own copy.

4 thoughts on “Target practice

  1. Great idea! After all, any practice is worthwhile.

    I have seen some scaled down 25M targets advertised, and IIRC they were part of an Army Qualification Target set.

    Have you ever seen or heard of such a thing?

    Merle

  2. I was going to point out the Appleseed targets myself Earl.

    @ Anonymous – the Army qualification you are talking about is commonly referred to as the "Alt C" qual. It is used in place of a full 300 meter pop up target range and uses scaled targets shot to a time limit. We qualified on this type of target overseas to keep our promotion packets current without having to create a full 300 meter range in the middle of nowhere. The Appleseed targets are a modified version of it.

  3. The appleseed targets are those semi-silhouettes.

    They would work fine for practicing fundamentals, but I really wanted targets that duplicated the High Powered Rifle targets that I'll be using in competition.

    Personal preferences to be sure…as I said before, mainly the 25 yard practice is to practice fundamentals…but I felt that realistic targets were an important part of that.

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