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BenKeith
01-31-2010, 09:53 PM
My 13yr old granddaughter finally got to shoot some 400yd targets today. She was all hyped for a couple of days about getting to try it this weekend. She has been shooting the center out of the targets at 200. She shot two 1.5", five shot groups at 200 to warm up, then I let her step it out to 400. She found that extra 200yds made things a whole lot harder, she got bummed when in 15 shots, she never got a bullseye. Then I hung a 5" square steel plate on the stand for her. She hit it five shots straight so she was a happy camper after seeing what a 6.5mm bullet does to a piece of 1/2" thick steel. Now she thinks she's ready for 500yds next weekend.

Butch Lambert
01-31-2010, 11:06 PM
Sounds great Ben.
Butch

Noth Fork
02-01-2010, 10:28 AM
I have been working with my granddaughter. she will be twelve next year.so she can hunt big game. she will get her first elk next year. you would be surprised at how well these young ladies can shoot. i no i was.

AVanGorder
02-01-2010, 04:05 PM
My 13yr old granddaughter finally got to shoot some 400yd targets today. She was all hyped for a couple of days about getting to try it this weekend. She has been shooting the center out of the targets at 200. She shot two 1.5", five shot groups at 200 to warm up, then I let her step it out to 400. She found that extra 200yds made things a whole lot harder, she got bummed when in 15 shots, she never got a bullseye. Then I hung a 5" square steel plate on the stand for her. She hit it five shots straight so she was a happy camper after seeing what a 6.5mm bullet does to a piece of 1/2" thick steel. Now she thinks she's ready for 500yds next weekend.

I love hearing stories like this. Thanks for sharing with us.

BenKeith
02-01-2010, 05:31 PM
I had mine shooting a 22 for a couple of years but then she went to live with with her dad in Arkansas for two years. At 12, she killed a little six point buck with his 270 but said the rifle knocked her on her butt (litterly) and wouldn't shoot it again. About a year ago she came back to live with us and about June started talking about wanting to deer hunt. I built her a 260, which we didn't get until Nov, and I told her she was not shooting at anything live until I felt she was good enough to make a clean kill. Well, now she's good enough but season is over. She did go once and only saw three does, which were legal to shoot but she only wanted to shoot a buck.

Now she's getting the shooting bug big time. She absolutely loves shooting her 260, usually to the tune of about 50 rounds each time we go and anouther couple of hundred 22's. I also make her load her own bullets and that's about as many as she gets loaded each time. She still has a little work to do with her cheek plant and trigger pull but she can still shoot 1.5" groups all day long at 200yds, 3/4" five shot groups@200 is about all I can do with her rifle (sporter weight barrel) so she ain't doing too bad.

Now she's wants me to get her a 22 target pistol so she can learn to shoot a pistol. I keep telling her to let's just chase one rabbit at the time. Let's get good with one before we jump into another. Also, while I'm a very good shot with all kinds of long guns, targets are usually pretty safe 50ft in from of me with a pistol, unless I have plenty of time to aim.

Fireball Fred
02-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Ben, i agree with you on the point to gain competincies with one firearm before moving to another. the old wives tale is true, show me a man that hunts with only one gun and they will probably shoot it well.
that said i would advise using a crimson trace or some type of laser sight on the pistol to teach her when the time comes. the main reason i say this is because it is really difficult to teach one who is used to optic sights to use metallic sights. the laser sight brings trigger control to an unbelievable level of perfection. better to learn properly as this is the whole enchilada with being able to hit anything with a pistol and that is trigger control. many a shot is pulled while firing improperly.
have fun, Fred

BenKeith
02-06-2010, 05:24 PM
She is actually pretty good with open sights. I made her learn/shoot open sights on the 22 rifle for a couple years. She is also pretty good with no sights, instinct shooting. When she was seven or eight, I started her with a BB gun and no sights and made her learn that first. It was only recently when we started refining her shooting, perfecting her trigger squeeze and breathing to shoot very tight groups, so she could get into long range shooting, that whe have gone to optics. She only started shooting with a scope in Nov when she got her 260. I also put an old 4X on the 22 for her to shot 100yds with because it's a hellava lot cheaper to shoot than her 260 so she can get in a couple of hundred rounds on it, then the 260.

It's just with a pistol, it's a totally different sight picture and the extra time we would have to spend at the range or take time away from what she's working on now to give to the pistol. It's already pretty much all day at the range now, and the wife has things she wants to do, and they don't involve guns. Plus, in another month or so she (and I) will be ready to start chasing those bass, and there are only so many hours in a weekend.