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Old 03-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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Default Why is it I can drive nails with a handgun but could'nt hit a barn with a rifle?

I don't do A LOT of shooting but some here and there. I am pretty consistent with a pistol at distances around 20 yards, getting roughly 3" groups I can't do any better than maybe 5 inch groups at the same distance with my rifles. I am cross eye dominate so I think that that may have something to do with it.

Anybody have any ideas?

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I don't do A LOT of shooting but some here and there. I am pretty consistent with a pistol at distances around 20 yards, getting roughly 3" groups I can't do any better than maybe 5 inch groups at the same distance with my rifles. I am cross eye dominate so I think that that may have something to do with it.

Anybody have any ideas?
I am right hand but left eye dominate I just learned to shoot left hand.
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Police say 21 feet is the immediate danger zone. Anything inside that distance should be a dead ringer...

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Police say 21 feet is the immediate danger zone. Anything inside that distance should be a dead ringer...
What does that have to do with the OP's question?
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Probably nothing...But since this is an open discussion forum I decided to reach out and touch someone.

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Police say 21 feet is the immediate danger zone. Anything inside that distance should be a dead ringer...
I think you are safe with a five inch group at 21 feet in the case of self defense...lol. That being said, I think you are focusing on the target. When you are looking through sights, you are seeing two objects you are trying to focus on, the front sight post, in the case of iron sights or crosshairs in the case of a scope, and the target. Since your eye can only focus on one distance at a time, you focus on the target, which causes you to not notice small variations of the front sight post/crosshairs. It's characterized by a circular pattern around whatever you are aiming at.

The way to fix this is to focus in the front sight post. Clear sight picture/fuzzy target. Line up your clear front sight post center mass on your fuzzy target and you'll miss smaller. This causes you to notice and adjust to the movements of the sights caused by breathing, muscle fatigue, etc.
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I am right hand but left eye dominate I just learned to shoot left hand.
After 30 some years of shooting rifles right handed; I switched a short time ago shooting them left handed, as to be able to use my dominant eye.

I instinctively use my dominant eye when shooting a pistol since I keep both eyes open.
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sputnik1988 I am right handed and left eyed and found I can see fine with a rear mounted peep/reciever sight . Red dots and scopes theres no issues with right hand shooting right eye. I also have an astigmatism. Pistols are shot right hand left eye.

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I am left handed and right eye dominant and have always shot left handed regardless of the eye issue, I also shoot both eyes open and it works fine, I don't think the eye dominance is the issue with your grouping, what caliber is your rifle? My suggestion would be to practice with something low recoil like a rimfire and focus on the fundamentals, aiming, breathing, squeezing the trigger, this should help a lot. Also are you shooting off hand or do you use a bench or some other sort of rest? It could be that you are just one of those guys that can't hold still without a rest, I know I have days where I can't hit anything without a rest and other days I am solid as can be.

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Try standing INSIDE the barn!

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