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    What Do the Few Do That the Rest of Us Do Not?

    I'm puzzled over why the same few shooters seem to always be near the top of the results lists, and what they do that the rest of us don't do.

    Over the last four Super Shoots, five guys have been in the top 20 every year, and an additional four have been in the top 20 three of the four shoots. So, nine guys have been in the top 20 in three of the last four SS. In addition to those nine guys, there are probably a few others who would be in that group except that they don't go the SS regularly. I'll call them the consistent top finishers ("CTF").

    What are the CTF doing that the rest of us are not doing? Surely, out of the rest of the shooters many of them: (a) have just as good of equipment as the CTF, (b) buy just as many barrels as some of the CTF, and (c) practice just as much as some of the CTF. So, what do the CTF do that the rest of us don't?
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    They know how to read the wind

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    Shoot every weekend.....new barrels after 500-700 rnds. Make their own bullets....
    Rumor has it a well known guy bought 30 barrels. And only found 3 he would take to the Nationals....
    Another guy bought and sold 75 rifles. Till he got what he wanted. He shot almost everyday.....
    Look up some of the pistol guys.
    Jerry Miculek shoots 100-200 rnds everyday. Married a Famous Gunsmith's daughter. Kay.
    Kim Rhodes Shoots 300-500 skeet a day....https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Rhode
    Kimberly Susan "Kim" Rhode is an American double trap and skeet shooter. A California native, she is a six-time Olympic medal winner, including three gold medals, and six-time national champion in double trap. Wikipedia
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    I don't know any of the top shooters personally, but I do know what they do. As Tim said above in two words, they "shoot more". There is no substitute for practice in match conditions. that's how you learn to read the wind and all the other stuff.

    Rick

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    They know how to tune their gun great and
    they know why the bullet went were it did !! most important part is why

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    Good barrels, good bullets, and knowing how to keep the gun shooting. Sounds easy huh?
    Joe Hynes

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    Focused, single-minded purpose!

    Being very good is important to them and they do what it takes to be good. I'm not saying that winning is the important thing, just being the best they can be.

    Benchrest is one of the most technical sports. People who excel at it can marshal a bunch of factors into a coherent, winning program. That is a rare talent. It's no wonder so many benchrest guys have also been car builders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabe ledesma View Post
    They know how to read the wind
    That, and Shooters who are consistantly at the top at every Match they attend, (not just the Super Shoot), know how to put together a winning combination. This game still starts with finding a combination that works.

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    What Do the Few Do That the Rest of Us Do Not?

    They are all mentally strong!
    It is the same in Oz - 20% of the shooters do most of the winning

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter View Post
    I'm puzzled over why the same few shooters seem to always be near the top of the results lists, and what they do that the rest of us don't do.


    What are the CTF doing that the rest of us are not doing? Surely, out of the rest of the shooters many of them: (a) have just as good of equipment as the CTF, (b) buy just as many barrels as some of the CTF, and (c) practice just as much as some of the CTF. So, what do the CTF do that the rest of us don't?
    Bill, the same on golf or any endevor requiring refined skills. Practice, practice and practice every day. Benchrest requires, like everything else great barrels, great bullets, and did I mention, practice.

    TB has more HOF points than the next 3 combined. Go to a big shoot and get up and out at first light. Tony is already out watching this pattern on the field of flags.

    Practice, devotion to winning, eqyuipment capable of winning, and practice.

    Something I found interesting from the 2017 equipment list only one in four of the top 20 listed a tuner. I went to the last two days of the fimfire Triple Crown, and, all were shooting tuners!

    All those winners practice intensely. The Triple Crown winner, Joe beseech, who lives in Missouri even travels to Wilderness Road in Virginia to shoot 1-day local shoots...practice!
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    You have to have a rifle that shoots well to discover any other factors. That's the bottom line on this question. Those that do not have such a rifle can't learn anything except the best way to attend.

    And NO...every rifle can't be fixed such that it's a winner.

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    What do they Do?

    Knowing when to pull the trigger on that most accurate Rifle,is an acquired skill that improves with practice, practice,practice.

    Like any Sport,if you put enough money in equipment, chances are, you will eventually find a working combination.

    In this Sport,success comes in a package. Knowing how to use a lathe, is a part of that package.

    Glenn

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    one thing to think about

    there is a difference between "practice" and "testing"

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    there is a difference between "practice" and "testing"

    Richard
    Yes, there is a difference.

    Testing is when you go to the Range and find out the ultimate capability of your Rifle, with as little of you as possible factored into the equation. You concentrate on the flags, your bench technique, your loading procedures, taking away as many variables as possible.

    When you practice, (assuming you have the Rifle right), you put the clock on the bench, and do it just like in a match. You shoot into what the Range gives you. In short, you find out how well you, and the Rifle can do when you have to make decisions in a split second as to when, and what you are going to shoot into.

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    answer:

    dedication and talent!

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