I used to be very proud of my shooting ability, and was regarded as a crack-shot for many years... however I recently had a rather disturbing series of events...
Firstly, I've been fluffing a lot of shots (comparitively speaking) when I've been out bunnying. Secondly, I naturally have been increasing the number of visits to the range to reassure myself that there's nothing wrong with my kit and I'm getting enough practice with it.
After a few trips to the range I was regularly shooting what a considered to be OK groups with my .17hmr and .22lr - mainly 0.75" groups with the odd bad one at 1-1.5" (@75yds prone off a bipod)... I'd just shot a succession of half decent groups 0.75"(ish) and decided the reason I couldn't do the usual 0.5" to 0.75" groups was due to wind etc.
A mate a few years younger than me that I hadn't seen in a while then showed up and proceeded to shoot consistent 0.5" groups with both the .22 and .17 - my groups were nearly twice the size and I felt like a bit of a tw*t considering I shoot a lot more than he does.
I thought a lot about what I was doing wrong and could only think of the the following possibilities that have let to a deterioration in my rimfire shooting:
1. I shoot more centrefire these days, so is this comparable to when you've been shooting shotgun and try and pick up a rifle?
2. I'm getting prett unfit and fat from all this sitting around waiting for the f*cking rain to stop - how important is fitness?
3. My eyesight is defo deteriorating with each day I sit in the office staring at a screen - will this make a difference with a decent scope?
4. It's quite a tiring stressful time of the year at work - is neck/back muscle tenseness going to play a noticeable factor with small calibres?
5. All of the above!?
My centrefire shooting seems good (though will be checking as I'm paranoid now), but really gutted that after years of good shooting I've recently become a bit average with my rimfires!