Is there a karma God of rifle shooting?
Last night I visited my father-in-law and we took a trip to his gun club where he had OK'd it for me to zero my 22 rimfire on their indoor range. I had the rifle completely to pieces to re-finish it before I ever fired a shot and I wanted to take the chance to get it zeroed.
I propped it on a bag, squeezed the trigger and as the first shot with any rifle does it took me somewhat by surprise, so I discounted it and took a second shot.
That's more like it! Right on the point of aim with no adjustment. Two more shots confirmed it, with NO adjustment whatsoever the rifle was shooting precisely where I pointed it (and making a tidy group too.) Smugly I went home.
Today was the turn of the 270, and a drive over to Garlands to use their range. The weather made me late for my slot despite having left myself an extra half hour I arrived 20 minutes into my hour slot.
The target was instantly soggy when I put it up, and so was I. Looking through my brand new Vortex scope was like looking out from behind a waterfall, and when I squeezed the trigger I had no hope of seeing where the bullet had struck.
I spent the next 40 minutes resolutely trailing back and forth through the mud to look at the target/stick it back on/put up a new one because the rain had turned it to mush, and at the end of my slot two blokes turned up needing to use the range after me, so I just had to drive home not really much better off than when I started.
So yes, there is karma in shooting and for every perfect session there's an awful one waiting!
I'm off to Calton Moor tomorrow where it's dry!