Old guy bitten by the MVP Bug

Discussion in 'New Member Check In' started by Southerngunner, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Southerngunner New Member

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    Hey all I've been a gun junkie for the last 50 years so it was a given that once I fondled the benchrest 5.56 MVP I knew that it would be mine. I researched and found out as much as I could so I decided to join the forum to have access to everyone's experience . It was election day and it seemed appropriate to express my 2nd amendment right just in case the corrupted one was able to dodge the Trump train. I built me an AR15 a few months ago so it was an easy choice since I was already set up for loading and had extra mags available. I haven't been able to shoot it yet as I am shopping for a scope for it. I believe that I will be ordering a replacement mag well as the stock setup seems
    to be the weak link on the rifle. When I get the scope and bi pod I'll post some pics. Sorry for the long winded intro but I did warn you that I am an old guy. Thanks
  2. Keith Moderator

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    Welcome to the party!
  3. Southerngunner New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, I am looking forward to being involved.
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  4. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Valkommen! What'cha plannin' on doing for an optic? I'm the resident scope snob, selling some nice tactical oriented units right now as I convert to tree style reticles. 40% off list. Have US Optics ST-10, SWFA 16x42, Vortex Razor II 3-18x50 and Weaver T-24 24x44 AO.
  5. wood chucker Moderator

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    Welcome to the boards !

    BTW ageing is mandatory, "old" is optional :D
  6. Southerngunner New Member

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    I agree my wife tells me I will never grow up, Thanks for the welcome
  7. Southerngunner New Member

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    At this time I have a Sightron 3x9 that should be arriving next week I plan on trying .
    I know it isn't in the same class as what you have for sale but hopefully it will be sufficient until funding improves.
  8. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    You'd be surprised about sightron. When I was using them they were the cats meow of the day for varmint applications. I still have a soft spot for them. One thing to note, Sightron along with Leupold uses 1.09 inches per MOA @ 100 yards. This is subtly different than most others that use 1.05 and 1.00 for the IPHY (inch per hundred yards) standard. If you decide you want to shoot something really far away, make sure your ballistics application is properly configured. It'll save you being 4% off with your drop.
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  9. Southerngunner New Member

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    That's great info that will come in handy for sure. For the last 15 years I have pretty much limited my shooting to handguns but the MVP rekindled my interest in rifles. Our local range is set only out to 300 yards and honestly it will probably take me a while to feel confident at that range. The last few years my shooting has just been at the desert foothills close to home.
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  10. Keith Moderator

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    I'm the opposite. I've been more of a rifle guy that slowly warmed up to pistols.


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  11. Southerngunner New Member

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    To me as long as we are shooting that is what's important .
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  12. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Since you describe yourself as out of practice to say the least I'll give you one bit of advice that will cut the number of rounds you have to burn before you get those skills honed: Natural Point of Aim. Doesn't matter what kind of rifle you're shooting or how far the target, if you're not at a natural point of aim you're going to have an inconsistent experience. To be much clearer on the point, don't muscle the gun.

    As a kid I had trouble just making 100yrd groups from a bench. Once I got taught about NPoA the world opened for me.

    Some basic form tips for scoped rifles beyond NPoA:
    Prone: legs apart, heels on the ground, body in line with the rifle and directly behind it, stay as low as you can,
    Bench: feet behind you, lean into the gun (almost like you're trying to prone out behind it), gun low to the table, don't use a bipod... use sandbags, don't press down on the fore-end, offhand under the butt stock anywhere from the pistol grip rearward.
    Barricades & positional: fill in holes with pads/backpacks/etc... if you can, if you haven't been taught to use a sling properly check out some PRS videos and some NRA Service Rifle videos and watch how they do it. The sling helps turn your body into a tripod and dramatically helps stabilize a shot if done correctly.

    There are many many rules, for lack of a better term, and the above is just a few. My coach and I counted one day and for high power metallic silhouette shooting we had to do 27 things simultaneously and perfectly to make consistent called hits. Do em' all right and we'd be able to hit chickens in the head at 200m standing up. Do it wrong and we'd still get hits sometimes but not where we called the shot as going. Good form rewards you forever but takes a bit of time to develop.
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