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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #190 on: November 18, 2016, 06:26:11 PM »
Landymick started it.

Anyway, back on topic; no visit to the range for me this evening.  I'm going to make an early morning dash on Sunday instead.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #191 on: November 18, 2016, 06:34:43 PM »
Landymick started it.

Did he? OK, if it's his fault I might have to increase his smite tally a bit! :-\


No visit to the range tonight huh? Well if the weather is as bad where you are as it is here, staying indoors is the best option!!

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #192 on: November 18, 2016, 07:02:13 PM »
staying indoors is the best option!!

It's far worse than that.  Christmas shopping!!!!!!!!
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #193 on: November 18, 2016, 07:37:45 PM »
Christmas shopping!!!!!!!

Bloody hell......ain'tcha ever heard of ebay?

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #194 on: November 18, 2016, 08:00:54 PM »
Yeah, but the wife hasn't!
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #195 on: November 19, 2016, 10:50:27 AM »
Yeah, but the wife hasn't!
keep it that way mate mines just figured amazon and ebay. Jesus im skint
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #196 on: November 19, 2016, 11:07:31 AM »
Well get on there sharpish and change her passwords!!! ;) ;D

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #197 on: November 22, 2016, 03:48:31 PM »
Halloo! Halloo!!

I got to the range on Sunday morning.

I noticed three things straight away:
  • The traffic is a lot better at 9:30am on Sunday morning compared to 5:20pm on Friday
  • It's a lot busier at the range on Sunday mornings
  • My eyes work better on Sunday morning; probably due to not having spent eight sodding hours staring at a laptop screen

I've just noticed something else:
  • I like making lists when I'm posting on the planet

I was shooting a mixture of JSB Match Exact and RWS Hobby (those what have the flat head (like my Uncle Mike)).

I did a mixture of the usual plinking at spinners and whatnot and targets at 30 yards.

Before I get to the targets I'd like to mention a special moment that I had after 10 minutes of plinking, before I'd put my first targets out. There's a 20cm x 20cm metal plate at the end of the range (35 yards away) and it has a little (approx. 5mm) hole drilled in the centre (@ Barry in IN - note the CORRECT spelling of "centre" there) and behind that hole is a bell. "What the Hell," I thought, "Have a go." First shot; low and right. Second shot; slightly high. Third shot; ON THE BLOODY NOSE!!!!!!! I nearly jumped up and did a dance but settled for doing a small, one-man Mexican wave with myself instead.

Now you may be thinking "Lucky git" and you may be right, but my zero is at 30yards and I prefer to think that I considered the correction I needed to apply for each shot to hit the target and that my process proved to be fruitful. Lucky or not, I stopped trying after that; quit while you're ahead, Blerk.

So, onto the targets.

First one : 10 JSBs in the black but generally high and left.



High and left has been a bit of a pattern so I thought I'd tweak my scope dials.

Second target : 9 1/2 out of 10 in the black. Just a little to the left. Just another small tweak needed........




Third target : 9 out of 10 JSBs in the black (God knows what happened to that little bugger down at the 6 o'clock) but too low. I've lost height!!!!!!!



It was time to stop tweaking with the hardware and simply try to think about how I was shooting.............

Fourth target : Change of tactic here; 5 pellets at each of the outer targets. But notice the two bullseyes!



Fifth target : I'd had this little beauty up all through my session and had been going back to it  throughout. Notice the group low and left of the top, right red target? That's the Hobbys. Notice the clean kill on the bunny? That's a JSB, shot fairly on in the session.



So, what did I learn from the targets?
  • Tweaking too often doesn't work
  • The Hobbys tend to go low and left BUT if I change pellets too often I lose consistency anyway!
  • You can print your own targets reasonably cheaply
  • I have the ability to hit a tiny bullseye at 30 yards, I just need to practice
  • I'm pretty happy with the zero of my scope and the focus on the targets at 30 yards
  • I don't need an AO scope, I just need to get better with what I've got

There are so many variables when shooting a springer that consistency of setup, settings, pellets and technique seems to be a key issue because they are the things you can control.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #198 on: November 22, 2016, 07:34:30 PM »
I can't comment on your shooting as such cause it seems you're up and running,all I feel I can say is 'the more you shoot,the better you get'.

 In reference to your comments about AO scopes- about parallax, or to put it crudely-focus. We don't know what your scope is focused at-so for you to work this out it's quite simple, set your rifle on something stable so it can't move around ,then without touching the rifle look at what's in the crosshair and move your head about, you'll see all the image shift about. Do this at various ranges until you find where the crosshair doesn't move and this is the 'focus range' or where it's said to be parallax free. It can change at different magnifications.

 Your px can be reset manually but it can be fiddley or a downright pain if you're not used to such things.But that's another story.. 
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #199 on: November 22, 2016, 07:50:52 PM »
Thats not too shabby mate. Like nic said keep up with the practice and you'll get there. Or get a pcp hit pellet on pellet end up bored senseless then put the rifle in the cupboard for a few years  ::) i stopped going to my local club down to these facts. I need to give my head a wobble and get down there more often with a springer and only take the pcp's to check its performance. Keep at it mate.
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