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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #630 on: March 08, 2018, 09:11:30 PM »
Well packaged indeed!!!

Don't recall ever seeing pellets being better packed than that!! :o

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #631 on: March 19, 2018, 10:41:55 AM »
I went to the FT Club on Saturday morning; one of my "Prospective Member's" visits.

There were a dozen or so people there doing maintenance jobs and setting a few courses out ready for a competition on Sunday morning.

I was introduced to a couple of guys who will act as my "chaperones" for the first three months until I can get my membership approved. They, like everyone else I've chatted to at the club, seem like good people.

The weather was appalling on Saturday morning and no shooting is allowed anywhere on site while people are out laying out courses so I had a good couple of hours meeting people (can't remember any names!) and chewing the fat.

And that was it. i didn't get my gun out but I was OK with that, it was a pleasant enough couple of hours.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #632 on: March 19, 2018, 02:22:25 PM »
Quite often, club attendance is more about the social side than it is the actual shooting.......I know that tends to be the case at Castleton Air Rifle Club. Sometimes, after tea break, it quite a job to get everyone to stop gossiping and to start shooting again.

I think a fair number of people use the club as an opportunity to get out of the house and away from the missus for an evening.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #633 on: April 20, 2018, 11:29:00 AM »
I went to the FT club for another pre-membership chaperoned visit on Saturday afternoon.

What a lovely day to be out and about, chatting shooting with some nice people and having a plink (I'm not quite ready to get deeply into the FT/HFT/SFT stuff just yet but I can see myself using the practice course a fair bit).

Anyway, while I was there I got chatting to a bloke about his Steyr rifle. What a bit of kit that was. And it was typical of many of the rifles target shooters use in that it could be tailored to fit the shooter through many adjustable gizmos.

And that got me to thinking; "I've done no adjustments to my butt-pad or cheek-piece, could I get a better fit?"

I've started looking into the art of fitting a rifle to myself but I wondered if anyone out there has any of the usual high quality tips for me.

For example, is it a two-man job? Do I need to loosen off the pad and the cheek piece, get them comfortable and then get someone else to fix them in place?

Should I be looking for something other than comfort primarily?

Is there a mathematical/formulaic way to work out comb height?

As ever; all advice is gratefully received.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #634 on: April 21, 2018, 06:19:24 PM »
If you already have an adjustable butt pad on your rifle, it's easy to tweak it personally to your needs/preference, and which is summat I always do if a rifle offers that feature.

On some of my favourite rifles which didn't come with adjustable pads as standard, I've retro fitted them. I've always used Bisley adjustable pads.

As most of my shooting is from the standing position, the way I personally use to adjust the pad to make the rifle fit me, is to raise and shoulder my rifle with my eyes closed, then when it's there, open my eyes and see if I have a perfect sight picture (looking directly down the centre of the scope)........obviously scope eye relief needs to be already correctly set beforehand. If the sight picture is too high, and you are looking through the bottom of the image, then the pad needs to be raised, so the rear of the stock drops lower. Likewise, the pad needs to be lowered if you end up looking through the top of the image.

Play about until you find a pad height which works for YOU......but bear in mind whatever position you decide on it will only be perfect for the shooting stance you used when setting it, as then shooting from prone for example, when it was adjusted for standing, will obviously require a different position.

Lots of FT and HFT shooters leave the pads slightly loose, so they can adjust them 'on the fly' for each peg. Obviously someone who is hunting doesn't have that time luxury, so they usually fix their pad in a position which works best for the stances they most often shoot from, or is a 'one size fits all' compromise.

That's how I do it....others may prefer, and offer, a different technique to set their butt pads. ;)




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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #635 on: April 23, 2018, 01:57:09 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Gambo. I will give it a go.

In other gnus; I went to the FT club on Saturday morning for a couple of hours.

The weather was lovely (swaying palm trees etc.) and there were a few people there getting ready for a competition on the Sunday so the atmosphere was good.

I think I may have found myself my first competitive shooting lark that I will pursue; silhouettes (or "sillies" as it can be called).

For those that don't know what is involved there are four ranks (one at each distance of 20yards, 26yards, 30yards and 45yards) of five knock-down silhouette targets and the shooter takes one STANDING shot at each target so the maximum score you can get is 20 out of 20.

Most (if not all) of my shooting to this point has been performed using a rest of some sort (bench, stick, shooting chair, whatever) so completely free-standing was a real challenge.

But I didn't do too badly on my first attempt.

And that gave me a benchmark to work against. It wasn't long before I wanted another go to see if I could improve.

I didn't.

I only managed to equal my first score but I'll be trying it again and again and making every attempt to raise my score.

One guy there told me how his best score was 16 and he'd been stuck on that for EIGHT YEARS!!!!!

What's that?

You want to know what my score was?

Well ..................... if you REALLY want to know ....................

TWO
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #636 on: April 23, 2018, 04:11:18 PM »
TWO!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Tha nees t' practice thee's standin' shots mur, tha nars!! ;)



How big are the 'slillies' Blerk.....or do they vary in size? ???

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #637 on: April 24, 2018, 08:31:39 AM »
TWO!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Tha nees t' practice thee's standin' shots mur, tha nars!! ;)

Plenty of room for improvement, eh?

To be fair to myself, I was annoyingly close on sooooo many!

But yes, I DO need to practice and there's plenty of room for improvement!

How big are the 'slillies' Blerk.....or do they vary in size? ???

They vary in size.

And shape. From closest to furthest there were Boars, turkeys , chickens and rams (I think they were in that order).

I got the impression that there are recognised standards applied and that it's a setup that a number of clubs use. I'll dig into it a bit more and let you know.

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« Reply #638 on: April 24, 2018, 08:26:47 PM »
Thanks Dood. ;)

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #639 on: May 01, 2018, 09:46:50 AM »
I was at the FT club again on Saturday morning. The visit started by meeting up with a couple of the guys (my chaperones) at Morrisons for breakfast (very civilised) and then off to the club.

I took the opportunity to zero my springer because the nights are getting lighter and I may find myself with the chance to do some "free-styling" with it before switching to NV on my PCP when I'm ratting.

I also had another go at the sillies. Great gnus! I beat my record. I'm now on a high score of FIVE. I'm heading in the right direction.

Regarding the targets; they are (from from to back) boars, chickens, turkeys and rams.

They look like this :



I'm not sure about the actual sizes but I'm still of the mind that they're a "standard" size. used in recognised competitions.

Last week I also forgot to post this pic of the view down one of the zeroing ranges:



It's a lovely setting. If I remember I'll get a pic of the sillies range at the weekend.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.