So on this blog I have waxed long and poetic about how High Power matches are making me a better rifleman. It still holds true even though I shot a pretty abysmal 617-1X yesterday. When you think about how that compares to a perfect 800-80X, I missed the X 79 times. When you think in terms of statistics, 617/800 = 77.128%, which means I couldn't even hold the 8 ring.
However, having slept on that bad score overnight, I'm looking at the numbers 8, 9 and 10 a LOT on my 200 rapid and 300 rapid scores. Where I'm looking at 6's, 7's, 5's, and M's is 200 standing slow and 500 prone slow. So this confirms that my choice to focus on dry fire practice was right (what can I say, I know where I'm in need of work), and my wind reading skills at distance need some work (seriously, I was holding the front sight post off to the right of the black and the impact would still be on the left side of the target). Now it isn't that I shot awful, at 500 it was two 10s, four 9s, six 8s, three 7s, one 6, two 5s, and two misses. 12 of 20 shots were 8 or tighter, but those misses killed me (hold for a three o'clock wind call and then it switches to a nine meant I missed the target twice).
So, my next goal? No more M's. If I had turned those M's into 5's it would have been an additional 15 points this match. Goal after that? Keep all shots in the black. Goal after that? Not sure yet.