Indoor Silhouette, Rifle This Time

So tonight I took the 10/22 to Indoor Silhouette night.  We’re shooting at chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams at 25 yards.  I scored 22 and 25.  Standing position has never something I’ve been particularly good at, so I am hoping continuing to do this will improve my skills in this area.   Maybe next time I will do better.  The 10/22 was having issues because I haven’t cleaned it in a while.  I’m thinking maybe a nice bolt action 22 is in order for this type of shooting.

13 thoughts on “Indoor Silhouette, Rifle This Time”

  1. How would a bolt-action help? Or is it just an excuse to buy a new rifle?

  2. maybe you should get a bolt action and a lever action then compare their ability…sounds like a good enough reason to buy both to me.

  3. Bolt actions don’t foul up so easily. A semi-auto only has as much energy as is available in the cartridge to cycle the action, so if friction from powder residue fouling starts to bleed away the energy from the cartridge, you get problems.

    A bolt action will keep cycling until my arm gets tired.

  4. A bolt action will take you way off target between shots. Get a good quality lever gun, stay on target and fire faster than bolts.

  5. That would be a concern if I were shooting mobile targets, but Silhouette isn’t about speed. You have to take careful aim. I shoot too fast as it is right now.

  6. Ah, the silhouette at my range is usually a timed event. They have a mock-up facade that looks like a Bank from the old west. Inside there are 3-4 bad “guys” and 2-3 civilians. The stop watch starts and you breach the balsa wood door with a shotgun, switch to rifle, and take out the badies and avoid the innocent.

  7. That sounds like fun. This is NRA Metallic Silhouette, which involves shooting at metal cutouts of animals. Namely chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams.

  8. But won’t you still lose accuracy due to fouling?

    Maybe you should get a pump-action .22 to exercise the left arm.

  9. You will, but it takes a lot longer for lead/copper residue to be a problem than powder fouling of the parts of semi-auto firearms.

  10. Twenty-five yards! What a weenie!

    I hope those were some tiny damned targets, because the real thing happens at 25 (chickens), 50 (pigs), 75 (turkeys) and 100 yards (rams).

    At 100 yards, wind drift on a .22 can be SIGNIFICANT.

  11. We’re limited to the indoor range this time of year. The animals are smaller as you go down the line, I’m guessing to roughly approximate the distance.

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