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I can see the shot string when guys are shooting, is this common? i know its not the wad. i can tell long before whether or not their gonna hit the target. i was out with a buddy and he was shooting an hk 40 and i could see the bullets flyin. anyone else see this stuff?
 

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Yes, I have super keen eyes for the strings too.

In fact, I once spotted a tampon string about 20 yards up the beach.

-Gary
 

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Gary--That was wrong i think. Uhhhhhhhhh u mean.....nevermind
 

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If you are standing behind the shooter ... it is a little gray cloud traveling out to meet the bird.
 

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It also means that you have trained you eye to see it. Most beginning shooters can't see it but most experienced shooters can after shooting a BUNCH of rounds.

You Have Seen The Light, Grass Hopper!

It is also called "Looking at where the target WILL be" and not where it is. Just so happens to be where the shot string is too.
 

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My focus is on the the "W" on the bird. If I can make it out, I know the bird is not spinning enough and the arm needs to be sanded.

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Ted Williams claimed he could see the strings on a 90 mph fastball. Maybe he could, considering how he hit. I can see the Grey cloud of shot under the right conditions.
 

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After we updated the lights to a much brighter system it was easy. when I used to shoot 22 rimfire with plated bullets, you could see the yellow streak if there was a dark background alongside.


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In my former life as a black powder competition shooter I would set up my 20X spotting scope from behind the shooter's shoulder, focused on the target, and could often see the bullet rise above the line of sight out of the field of view and drop down again into the target. These, of course, were relatively slow moving balls of relatively large diameter. The rifled muskets were the easiest to watch. 22s are easy to see also at 100 yards watching through a medium (10X) scope.

When the sun is north of us at our club, we shoot south, you can often see the shot string...best in the afternoon.

Personally, I watch for the odd sized shot and see which ones in particular get to the bird first.
 

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I can see the shot string as it MISSES the target. I cannot see it if it hits the target. OCCASIONALLY I can see my own shot string. Not often.
 

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I have seen it once at the junior olympics..the back ground there was just right on one of the fields.. I have also seen some .22's and 45's..
 

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How about something going/coming the other way ?

It's quite unnerving to see a 45 slug coming back at you. Had that happen once. The round came straight back at me. Seemed like slow motion. I ducked my head to the left and it hit my trigger finger which was still in the trigger guard. Energy must have been pretty well spent as I just got a bruise on that finger. Some lucky.

Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
 

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With my opto-metriculous sine wave enhanced vision, i can determine the size of shot, where it is on the hardness scale and if i don't blink, tell how many pellets there are. : )

I shot in the rain for the first time a few weeks ago and that was interesting to see the shot breaking through the rain.
 

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If you shoot any of the loads that have "diamond" shot, which is highly polished, you can see the shot string on sunny days. It looks like little spec's of glass flying in the air.
 

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Since I make my own shot. When I shoot I watch which ones are out of round and which way the fly out of the pattern and mark the fall with my pornograph memory. Then after the shoot I go and pick them up and remelt them. Saves on wheel weights that way.
 

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Under the right conditions, sure it's possible to see a shot cloud or bullet fly. To see either one all time, I'm calling bullshit.
 

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Standing behind a pistol shooter with the sun at your back, you can see the bullets going down range without too much trouble especially if they are shooting a gas checked or a copper jacketed bullet. Done it many times.

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I personally cant say that I have seen it but after a shoulder surgery I started loading lite loads because I was recoil sensitive. I was at my local gun club (Pocono Slate) AND a regular came up to me and told me he could see my shot after shooting and of course I asked him if he was drinking...lol
After he gathered a few other shooters and they stood behind me they convinced me. I jacked up the load abit more. Still didnt make me hit any
 
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