We were shooting at 50 yards, and I was having trouble hitting a basket ball sized pumpkin at that range, due simply to not enough practice. A medicine ball sized pumpkin would have been in real trouble! I just couldn't dial it in to less than a foot at that distance. I've heard it said that if you go two months without practice, you loose your ability to make consistent hits.
And that my friends used to be my problem till I started cycling my guns and shooting all of them even if it was 50 rounds of 22 one day and 10 each 38 and .357 and 5 rounds of 44 mag a couple of days later. Keeps the cost down on the big thump ammo but keeps the feel of each gun familiar in my hands.
Today its going to be BP revolvers and a little 7MM mag and 300 Wby mag thrown in for variety. Can't do this every day but I know the shooting I do today will mean if I need one of those the guns next week it will still be fresh in my head and muscle memory. Us old codgers get rusty in a hurry if we don't keep the gears oiled and moving.
"When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil."~~- Thomas Jefferson
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