I get to be new at something again.
As many of you have read I picked up my first centerfire rifle a few days ago. Since then I've been trying to determine its inherent accuracy.
There is a problem. I can't seem to shoot a piece of a target, say, a bullseye. If I'm given a piece of paper, I will shoot within the confines of that paper, but I'm just no good when shooting something smaller, like a bullseye. This is with open sights.
Case in point:
I started shooting this target at 50yds using the green dot as a target. I plunked those three shots into the group that's circled. It measures less than an inch and I knew I threw the last shot.
After those three shots things went downhill. It wasn't the gun; I just couldn't see the green dot any longer. The white piece of 4x4" paper became my focal point. I managed to keep most shots on the 9x12" sheet of cardboard holding the paper.
But then, to make sure it wasn't the gun, I got out another 4x4" sheet of paper and put a playing card on it. I shot 9 rounds at it.
Eight of the nine rounds fired struck someplace on the paper, three striking the card that I was using as an aiming point. Notice how the hits are peripheral to my aiming point. However, all the rounds are in a smaller area than they had been on the previous target.
I don't know what to do about this. I'm sure that my rifle can cloverleaf at 50yds, but I've just always shot like this. I've never been able to wring out much of a rifle's accuracy on the bench unless I had a 'scope. It's not that I can't use iron sights; last year I was able to hit a running squirrel at 50yds with my .22, then when the bullet failed to expand probably due to the range, I shot it in the head at that range. That wasn't a big deal.
The bullseye, however, mocks me.
I have slight astigmatism and 20/30 to 20/40 vision in my shooting eye. They say it's just on the verge of needing corrected, and though I have a pair of glasses, I opt not to wear them as they're optional. I've found shooting with them doesn't much improve things anyway, and I actually go slower on the "action" shots.
I've practiced with open sights since I had my first BB gun, but it's unless anyone here has any tricks, I'm about as good as I'm going to get without a 'scope.