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Old January 13, 2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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Appleseed: I'm finally gonna do it!

I've been meaning to go to an Appleseed shoot for years. Somehow never got around to it. Until today. I just signed up for an Appleseed event at the end of April. Until then, I guess I'll scour the old threads for tidbits of information.

Wish me luck!
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Old January 13, 2018, 01:18 PM   #2
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Good for you! I (at least say I) want to do one too.
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Old January 13, 2018, 01:20 PM   #3
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I've been meaning to go to an Appleseed shoot for years. Somehow never got around to it. Until today. I just signed up for an Appleseed event at the end of April. Until then, I guess I'll scour the old threads for tidbits of information.

Wish me luck!
Let me be the first to do that! May your weapon be reliable, your learning sharp and your skills earn you a Rifleman badge you'll be proud of for a long time to come.

Let us know how it goes -- I'm eager to do it when my time comes. All the best!

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Old January 14, 2018, 02:27 PM   #4
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Appleseed strikes me as an excellent idea. Even for experienced shooters. Pity our idiot government would frown on it.
Don't think luck is involved. More like, "Have fun.".
I believe their site has all the info you'd need. How much ammo, etc is on there. I think.
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Old January 14, 2018, 10:23 PM   #5
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Same here, I signed up for a 2 day event in the beginning of March and I just sighted in the new 10/22 this afternoon. The only item left to receive is the sling and I may upgrade the bolt release. The "how to prepare" is here:
https://appleseedinfo.org/how-to-prepare/

I set rolling 12 month goals, and doing a few Appleseeds including a known distance event, and earning the "Rifleman" badge seems like a fun way to add to the skill set.
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Old January 14, 2018, 10:43 PM   #6
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You will enjoy it.

FWIW: I have been to Appleseeds in five different states. Obviously I enjoy them and keep going back because I can't think of much that is more fun than spending a weekend shooting.

Another FWIW: there is now a Canadian version called Project Mapleseed. I had the honor of shooting with some of the founders of that organization at an Appleseed in Michigan.
https://mapleseedrifleman.com
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Old January 15, 2018, 05:52 AM   #7
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Thank you all. I'm very excited about this. I am having a bit of a dilemma over which rifle to take, though. I have a 10/22, but it doesn't have the doohickeys to easily mount a sling, and it does have a scope (which I'm not sure I want to use).
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Old January 15, 2018, 10:31 AM   #8
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hi spats,,you are gona love the appleseed program,,,i really like the history lesson that went along with the shooting

i will tell you that you would be better off with a rifle that has a detachable magazine,,,there is a couple of reload 5 shot lessons there

i used a 10-22 and i took 4 magazines with me,,,and 500 rounds for the weekend,,,didnt use it all,,,maybe 300,, but you never know,,,,my rifle has a scope ,,,no biggy for them,,,there were a few people that had the peep sight set up,,,i dont think i could have done very well at my age point with open sights,,,the peeps would probably work for me,,,never was a scope guy but the older i get the better they seem to work,,,lol

get some sling studs put on your 10-22 and go have a great time,,,,you will definitely need a sling

i qualified 6 times for the weekend but i only got 1 patch,,,,,,,my best score was 238,,, it was great fun,,,i really want a winter seed patch,,,lol

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Old January 15, 2018, 11:08 AM   #9
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I am having a bit of a dilemma over which rifle to take, though. I have a 10/22, but it doesn't have the doohickeys to easily mount a sling, and it does have a scope (which I'm not sure I want to use).
A 10/22 is an ideal Appleseed rifle - in theory. But there are certainly other viable options if you're comfortable shooting those.

I have a 10/22 ideally set up for Appleseed (i.e., sling, peep sights) but I used my CZ452 UltraLux bolt rifle instead. In the end, your shots need not be perfect, but "good enough". The thing is, the margins between scoring rings get pretty small and the timer's running, so as long as I work the bolt and don't putz around between shots, I felt my accurate bolt rifle would be the better option over my so-so accurate semi-auto. I made Rifleman on my 2nd attempt, so I don't think I made bad call .

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I guess I'll scour the old threads for tidbits of information.
Couple o' pointers:

• As mentioned, you don't need to make the perfect shot. Just don't make a bad one. IOW, don't sit there guzzling time trying for a perfect shot. You won't get through the string, and you don't need a perfect score anyway. Instead, see a shot that's "good enough", take it cleanly, and quickly move to the next & repeat. Conversely, don't let the timer pressure you into making bad pot shots, either. Again, you don't need perfect shots, but bad ones are really costly.

• If you're using a bolt rifle, immediately work the bolt after a shot and while you're transitioning to the next target, rather than after. And don't lift your head (i.e. break your cheek weld) while working the bolt.

• Hurry up and wait. In between strings, you're given the chance to go back to your gear to reload mags. Do that, and only that, then get back to the firing line and wait for the next command. Don't spend the time gabbing or fussing with your gear. If you do, you'll be hurried and not have your head in the right place when "fire" is called.

• When I went, the staff were familiar with, used and demo'd USGI slings. I had a 1907 sling, which, fortunately, I knew how to use (because they had no idea). If you're going to use something other than a GI sling, be sure you know how to use and adjust it ahead of time.

• IIRC, reloads are involved, so when setting up your gear at the firing line, specifically and consistently set your mags such that you can just reach down for a new one without searching for it.

• Bring a big thick pad for your support elbow. You'll spend a lot of time prone, and something under your support elbow would be very nice to have .

Good luck and let us know how it went!
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Old January 15, 2018, 11:45 AM   #10
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My piece of advice is to not spend a lot of time obsessing over your equipment. I realize this is an internet gun forum and as such, we enjoy discussing guns and related equipment.
However, over the years I have read posts like: "I am going to attend an Appleseed after I get done building a rifle for it.........." and things like that. Don't do that. Just go, no matter what you take.

My advice is to bring whatever you have. You say you have a 10/22, great. That is a good thing because that is what most people will be using. You absolutely need to be able to use a sling. So figure that out: mount sling attachment points on your stock or buy an aftermarket stock that has sling attachment points. Personally, I use Hogue over-molded stocks; they have sling attachment points on them, the 10/22 barreled action drops right into them, and they are not very expensive.

Sling: my advice is to use the standard USGI sling. Again, this is what almost everyone, if not everyone will be using. You can get one here: http://store.rwvaappleseed.com/page13.html

Use whatever sights are on the gun: don't worry about it. One thing though is that if you decide to use your scope get down in prone and make sure you have the correct eye relief to have a clear/full sight picture. Most people never shoot their rifle in prone: they shoot from a bench; and the scope needs to be at the correct distance from your eye for shooting from prone. In prone your eye will be closer to the scope. Fiddle around a little bit with getting into prone, sitting, standing to make sure your scope is at the right distance from your eye; at home, before you get to the Appleseed event.

You are going to need at least two magazines. Having a few more may be nice. You don't need any aftermarket magazines, the standard 10 round Ruger magazine is what you want. Having an extended magazine release is a very nice thing to have. You are going to be making magazine changes on the clock. The easier it is for you to change magazines, the better. Which brings us to another point about magazines. I have a whole bunch of factory Ruger 10/22 magazines. With some of them, I actuate the mag release and the magazines fall free. Other ones don't. Obviously the ones that fall free are the ones I use at Appleseed. I honestly can't tell you why some of them fall free: it might be slight dimensional differences from the manufacturing process, it might be wear on the magazine body............... I don't know. But, you might want to play around with your magazines to try to find ones that drop free.

Lastly, ammo. Obviously the first thing you want is ammo that functions reliably in your rifle. Malfunctions tend to rattle the shooter and result in poor performance.
Accuracy: in Appleseed, you are trying to achieve a minimum of 4 MOA accuracy. Most people think this is a joke. They will tell you about how their rifle will shoot half MOA............... And this might be true, however they are not shooting half MOA from positions. They are shooting half MOA from a benchrest. The philosophy of the 4 MOA thing is that Appleseed believes that you should be able to shoot a Rifleman score using a rack grade rifle and standard ball ammunition. Early on when I was first shooting Appleseed, I used Walmart bulk ammo. I practiced diligently and as I got better, and was shooting much tighter groups I realized that I was getting fliers. I knew I had executed all the steps of firing the shot and follow through and that shot should not have went where it did. I ended up trying different ammo and realized that by using the cheapest possible ammo, that I was leaving points on the table from fliers when it should have been a good shot. Don't get all hung up on ammo. Don't go overboard. But, I found that CCI Standard Velocity made a difference. Maybe a 10 point difference on an AQT over bulk ammo.
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Old January 16, 2018, 05:17 AM   #11
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Thank you all for the advice. I really appreciate the time and effort you've taken to help me out here.

Believe it or not, I'm not really obsessing over which rifle to take. I only have a handful of rifles, and I'm not going to buy a new one just for this Appleseed. I'll just mount some sling hardware on my 10/22, pick up a sling, and she'll be fine. I've got about five 10-round magazines, so I'm good there.

I'm also not obsessed with winning, or a perfect shot. It'd be neat to earn the Rifleman badge, won't lie about that. However, I'm much more interested in just improving with a rifle. Of all the shooting I've ever done, only a relatively tiny fraction has been done with a rifle. Historically, I've been much more of a shotgun or pistol dude.

Ammo: In spite of having had my 10/22 for decades, I've never really tried to figure out which ammo she likes best. She's always been a plinker, and she's eaten every kind of crap ammo I shoved in the magazine, so I never really worried about whether she'd do better than Minute of Soup Can. I'll enjoy fixing that.
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Old January 16, 2018, 09:24 AM   #12
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Sounds good.

You probably know this, but there is no "winning" in the traditional sense of the word. This isn't a competition. You don't shoot against each other. They present the material and you try to do what they said. You will see yourself steadily improve.

Despite having been an avid shooter my whole life, I did not shoot a Rifleman score until the third time I attended. However, now I can shoot a Rifleman score virtually every time. Although I have never shot NRA Highpower, my understanding is that this is very similar in concept. And like that sport, the more you do it, the more you have epiphanies where all of the sudden you understand what they were trying to tell you and why it is so important.
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