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center22
02-06-2014, 10:08 AM
I choose not to hijack my own 6X scope thread, which has great suggestions and input (thanks guys), so I'll start a new one.

I've only competed in one sanctioned IR 50 match at Manatee Gun Club last winter (Doug Bell, M.D.) and did not have a Sporter class rifle at the time. But I did converse with a couple of gentlemen who said they did not shoot Sporter, because their eyes were not good enough. At the time, I did not fully comprehend what they were referring too. Yes, there where some great suggestions on how to compensate with less than perfect vision as we age. However, some of the suggestions also involve a considerable amount of extra cash for high end customized scope, corrective specialize lenses in eye wear, up to eye surgery for cataracts ... all great recommendations. I can handle these costs, but many shooters can not.

I believe there is a simple solution to the IR 50/50 target that would make it much more Sporter friendly, without changing the scoring ring dimensions at all. In the printing industry, there is a term called "a reverse". This means that instead of the letters normally printing in black, the background is printed solid black and the letters reverse to white, just like the 3-4-5 ring on the IR 50 target now. The 10 ring could be reversed to a solid black with a white dot for the X. This minor modification to the existing target would be a good reference point "for center using a 6X scope" to which one could hold off for wind.

Like any change, this may fly like a lead balloon, but it's something to consider. John

Bill B
02-06-2014, 05:42 PM
The only downside (and it is a significant one) is that it would require printing and purchasing two targets. Don't let the current target psych you out. It is doable even with bad eyes (I wear progressive glasses for severe near sightedness, astigmatism, and I have many annoying floaters). If I can manage and even do fairly well, lots of you can manage.

center22
02-06-2014, 08:07 PM
The only downside (and it is a significant one) is that it would require printing and purchasing two targets. Don't let the current target psych you out. It is doable even with bad eyes (I wear progressive glasses for severe near sightedness, astigmatism, and I have many annoying floaters). If I can manage and even do fairly well, lots of you can manage.

Bill, the modified target version could be phased in initially for use in Sporter class, but I see no reason why they cannot later be implemented for 10.5, 13.5 and Unlimited as well. The current target will not psych me out, as I plan to shoot them just as they are. My idea is just something for 50/50 Sporter shooters to ponder. Your advice for finding the center of an IR 50/50 target when using a 6X scope should be very helpful. Thanks, John

earlm
02-07-2014, 06:21 AM
Would the bullet hole be harder to see in a dark surface?????

Paul & Brock
02-07-2014, 06:48 AM
Not to mention crosshair against black backround
Bleached white stock will help contrast, some of recycled gray'ish stuff is hard even at high magnifications

Dave Shattuck
02-08-2014, 10:17 AM
Another problem with using a reverse printing is scoring. The scorer gets a much clearer look at whether the shot is a 10 or an X when scoring targets as currently printed, so, even though I'm in my 60's with terrible vision, my vote goes with not changing a thing. Sorry.

Dave Shattuck

tim
02-10-2014, 05:38 PM
As you shoot more targets you will see that often, with the sporter, the crosshair is used to bisect the target and allow for hold off, not possible unless a good contrast in the middle of the target.