Newbie with mismatched ammo
While I thought I knew where my shots hit based on earlier target work, I was quite surprised the other day to find some longer shots hitting substantially below where I was aiming. Was this simply due to normal bullet drop and I had never noticed it before due to short distances to my earlier targets? Or maybe it was due to a different type of ammo than I had used earlier? I'll certainly allow that I may have gotten rusty, but the consistency of the low shots puzzled me.
Due to irregular ammo purchasing I have:
- Most of a box of Federal Hydrashocks;
- Most of a box of a newer Hornady LE JHP;
- Some other Hornady JHP;
- A bag of Speer Gold Dots from the gunshow;
- Some other JHP I can't identify;
- Several boxes of Remington and Winchester economy FMJ;
- A variety of other odd FMJ; and
- A huge quantity of Wolf FMJ promised to me from the guy who sold me the gun, as soon as he finds it.
My carry weapon stays loaded these days with the Hydrashocks, and I have one spare magazine loaded with half Hydrashocks and the remainder Hornadys.
Given the collection of ammo I have, it seems to me that:
- I should shoot the FMJ and all but one of the JHP brands/loads for draw-from-concealment and fairly close target work;
- I shouldn't worry about any ammo differences, because my aim and the short distances involved will far overshadow the ammo effects; and
- I should find one brand of good ammo to carry and work with on longer-range target work, in case I should ever find myself wanting to take a longer shot.