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To become an accomplished rifleman do you consider firing an open sight rifle a skill worth refining?

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  • To become an accomplished rifleman do you consider firing an open sight rifle a skill worth refining?

    To become an accomplished rifleman do you consider firing an open sight rifle a skill worth refining?

  • #2
    Yes no question about it. And I would also add learn to shoot without a rest. In order to produce a good group with iron sights the fundamentals of marksmanship must be sound. And it will help develop a feel for shooting., for lack of a better way to describe it. And more time behind the trigger is always a good thing. And in the military if you want to be a sniper they don't just give you a sniper rifle and tell you to have it. You had better be able to shoot with a standard service rifle before you apply. Get a good .22 and have at it. It will pay dividends in the long run. You will be amazed at what you learn if you pay attention to what your doing. Heck a good pellet rifle or be gun would be beneficial. Just my .02

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    • #3
      I hunted for years with iron sights before I got my first 4X tip-off scope for a .22 rifle. It included hunting with Remington 721 30-06, Savage 99, Remington 742 Woodmaster, Winchester Model 94, Remington 700. Main thing is after sighted in, practice off hand as much as you can. It's amazing how good you can get with practice.

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      • #4
        Definitely. I am a huge fan of scopes, but scopes can fail. If you have a scope failure on a hunting trip, you'd better have open sights and the ability to use them. Plus, I think shooting with open sights is harder (in most situations) than with a scope, so becoming proficient with them will make you a better shot with a scope as well. As some of the other guys have mentioned, practicing off-hand shooting and other common hunting positions is also very important. Anyone can shoot well off a bench, but bench rests are few and far between in the field.

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        • #5
          Absolutely...the biggest thing that improved my shooting in my life was shooting competitive service rifle (iron sights) out to 600 yards. It forces you to depend on fundamentals like breathing, trigger squeeze, and focus. After getting good at that, using a scope seemed like cheating

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          • #6
            Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
            Definitely. I am a huge fan of scopes, but scopes can fail. If you have a scope failure on a hunting trip, you'd better have open sights and the ability to use them. Plus, I think shooting with open sights is harder (in most situations) than with a scope, so becoming proficient with them will make you a better shot with a scope as well. As some of the other guys have mentioned, practicing off-hand shooting and other common hunting positions is also very important. Anyone can shoot well off a bench, but bench rests are few and far between in the field.
            Not clear on why you rated a negative vote on your post huntishtrap. Someone either read it wrong or hit the wrong button because it sounded good to me. Unless, you have offended someone previously and are paying the price

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            • #7
              You competitive shooters and military trained shooters seem to be on the same page. I wonder if the average sport hunter or more casual shooter is of the same mind? Those individuals may require more convincing.

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              • #8
                I also happen to think that becoming proficient with a pistol helps. Trigger control or lack there of shows up real quick with pistol.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kody View Post
                  You competitive shooters and military trained shooters seem to be on the same page. I wonder if the average sport hunter or more casual shooter is of the same mind? Those individuals may require more convincing.
                  I hope so we all owe to the game we hunt to proficient with whatever weapons we chose to use.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                    I also happen to think that becoming proficient with a pistol helps. Trigger control or lack there of shows up real quick with pistol.
                    Also correct sight picture, well recognizing correct sight picture is a must when shooting a pistol.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                      I also happen to think that becoming proficient with a pistol helps. Trigger control or lack there of shows up real quick with pistol.
                      No question. If you can shoot a handgun well, a rifle is a piece of cake.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                        Definitely. I am a huge fan of scopes, but scopes can fail. If you have a scope failure on a hunting trip, you'd better have open sights and the ability to use them. Plus, I think shooting with open sights is harder (in most situations) than with a scope, so becoming proficient with them will make you a better shot with a scope as well. As some of the other guys have mentioned, practicing off-hand shooting and other common hunting positions is also very important. Anyone can shoot well off a bench, but bench rests are few and far between in the field.
                        I don't know either. Couldn't be someone I offended, because you know me - I never offend anyone!

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                        • #13
                          Open sights are much better than a scope for learning to develop a good shooting foundation. They also help the shooter become more instinctive during a shot under hunting conditions. I hunted with open sights until the last few years when my eyesight begin to lose focus.

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                          • #14
                            This discussion would be well served with comments on the various types of open sights for example the partridge style sight is a very different hold compared to a half or full buckhorn sight and many beginning shooters may not know the advantages of the classic peep sight.

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                            • #15
                              To be an accomplished rifle hunter I'd say no. I did just fine shooting through a scope although it was usually a minimal fixed three power. There are many other more important skills besides rifle shooting that one needs to master to become an accomplished hunter. Of course, not many other skills are needed to sit in a blind/stand over a food plot or other bait and shoot a deer. But I consider that shooting not hunting.

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