Not a bad group today at 25 yards with the Ruger 22/45. I think I need to nudge the sight just a bit to move the group left, as I’m finally figuring out where my finger needs to sit on the trigger.

The low shot was from a round that was loaded without any powder. Just a quiet pop, then the sound of the bullet hitting the plywood backer. This American Eagle 40 grain ammo… leaves something to be desired in the consistency department.

I know I said that I would shoot 1,000 .22 LR before checking in with the G19, but I couldn’t resist:

Yeah… not good. This was with 147 grain Lawman. Let’s diagnose what happened.

For the six inside the 8-ring: I know that the 147s shoot a couple inches high compared to the 124s that I settled on as my “go-to” weight. I also know that right before switching to the .22, I was figuring out how much trigger finger to keep in the gun to control the windage. These six are “in-spec” according to where I left my skills a few weeks ago.

The remaining four are troubling, and are a direct reaction to the significant increase in recoil and blast. It bucks a lot more than I remembered, especially after shooting exclusively rimfire for several hundred rounds.

This is a focus issue. Reacting to the recoil shows that I’m not focusing correctly on the things that need to be focused on.

What does this mean as far as the Great Rimfire Experiment is concerned? I don’t know yet. I want to try shooting a few more “cold 9mm” groups before deciding whether or not I need to go back to shooting 9mm daily. I really wish I had been able to post a picture of a nice, tight 10 shot group after taking some time off from 9mm.

But the whole idea about posting every day was to show the good, bad, and ugly. So here it is.