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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #290 on: December 23, 2016, 05:45:02 PM »
You're right, they're a disgrace. :)
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #291 on: January 01, 2017, 12:30:46 PM »

  Nicola Sturgeon , would you ?

Not with yours!!!
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #292 on: January 02, 2017, 10:36:07 AM »
This may seem like pure stupidity but I'm going to try to go back "on topic". I know, I've as much chance of success as King Canute trying to keep his feet dry but here goes.

I managed to sneak in a trip to the range on Friday.

I tipped up at the usual time of 5:45pm and the place was packed! Literally none of the SIXTEEN lanes were free and there were four or five people waiting before I got there. Now, if I had not just driven 20 miles (including 15 minutes in a jam on the M18 because of a three/four car crash) to get there I may have turned around and gone home. But I had done the drive and there's always someone to chat to or something to watch and learn from while you're not shooting so I waited.

It's probably a Christmas thing but there was a lot of new, shiny kit on show and that might have contributed to the high numbers.

I had a word with Brian (the "founding father" of the range) for a bit of advice about setting up my new scope. "Starting at 10 yards zero it in, move to 20 yards, zero again, move to 30 yards and zero again," he said.

So, once I had a lane that's exactly what I did.

Now, there was a LOT of trial and error going on and I spent a LONG time shooting yellow-painted, metal targets before I felt I was there or thereabouts. But I have to say that the new scope appears to be doing exactly what I wanted it to do; I can get decent focus on the target even with my crappy eyesight.

I only really put one target up that and here it is:



The centre target was as I was beginning to zero the scope for 30 yards.
Top-left and bottom-right were after a little fine-tuning.
Bottom-left after a little more and, finally, top-right after I felt I was about there.

There was also a significant level of carnage:





@Gambo; previously you said:

I would suggest asking an experienced spring powered airgun shooter at the club to have a go with your rifle

Brian asked how I was getting on and if I liked my rifle. I said that I liked it but couldn't compare it to anything because I've not got the experience but I asked if he'd like to put some pellets down it. He accepted and, after a dozen or so shots, declared that it was "a nice gun" and "is pretty accurate" and my eyesight is clearly as bad as his because my scope was focused quite closely to his own requirements.

I'm pretty pleased with this assessment because (a) Brian knows more about air rifles than I think i will ever know and (b) it means I haven't bought a piece of crap so I only have myself to blame.

Highlight of the evening:
Do you recall I mentioned that there's a metal plate at 38 yards with an 8mm hole in it and a bell behind?
Someone hit it.
"Was that you with that springer?" shouts Brian.
"No," says I.
"Oh, you're not as good a shot as I thought then," he says.
I took the bait hook, line and sinker.
My first shot hit the plate.
I adjusted my aim to compensate.
My second shot hit the bell!
"But THAT was me," I told him.
And with that I quit while I was ahead, packed up my gear, wished everyone a "Happy New Year" and headed home.

And with that sentiment in mind; Happy New Year to all the Planeteers! I hope 2017 is a year that you'll look back on and think "That went well".
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #293 on: January 02, 2017, 10:49:11 AM »
Ding ding, seconds out round two.....or maybe you were saved by the bell!! :D

Great to hear it went well with the new scope Blerk, and that Brian was happy with the accuracy of your kit.

The top-right zero target is pretty decent, maybe a click or two high, but a tight group at the aimpoint, also the L-R looks spot-on. ;)

So, if you and Brian are happy with the set-up, the only thing left to do now is practice practice practice, then practice some more, even if it's at shorter range in the garden if you can manage it, or even just practicing a consistent hold and trigger release (without actually shooting) when indoors. Don't forget, consistent repetition is the key to accurate springer shooting. ;)

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #294 on: January 02, 2017, 10:50:31 AM »

     Epic post Blerkyboy,good stuff.

 It looks like your heading in the right direction :).
 Having someone like Brian shoot your rifle and confirming it's ok  I bet has removed any doubts you may have had about it. I wonder if he could have a shoot with some of mine ;D.

  Your shootings come along way since you first started. Glad your getting to grips with it all.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #295 on: January 02, 2017, 11:03:47 AM »
practicing a consistent hold

I think that changing my scope has actually helped in this regard as the "eye relief" (is that the correct phrase for the distance from my eye to the scope?) has changed so I needed to find the right position again. It was a little like going back to basics at first but I felt that I knew what I was looking for.

And I am very happy to keep practicing, it's certainly not a chore.

Epic post Blerkyboy,good stuff.

It looks like your heading in the right direction :).

Having someone like Brian shoot your rifle and confirming it's ok  I bet has removed any doubts you may have had about it. I wonder if he could have a shoot with some of mine ;D.

Your shootings come along way since you first started. Glad your getting to grips with it all.

Eye thang yew.

Yes, I realise now that it's all down to me and practice. I'm a workman that cannot blame my tool (off topic risk there?).

Wakefield isn't a million miles away from Doncaster and I'd recommend visiting the range to everyone. I'm sure that if Brian's on site he'll use some of your pellets up for you.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #296 on: January 02, 2017, 11:40:00 AM »
This covers eye relief comprehensively ,try and watch it from start to finish. You'll know more about it than most do then.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGoEjh7LXRM
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #297 on: January 02, 2017, 01:44:33 PM »

Wakefield isn't a million miles away from Doncaster and I'd recommend visiting the range to everyone. I'm sure that if Brian's on site he'll use some of your pellets up for you.
Next time your going to the Doncaster club give me a yell, I will bring a few of my air rifles and pistols for you to ave a go with.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #298 on: January 02, 2017, 04:42:24 PM »
"eye relief" ........is that the correct phrase for the distance from my eye to the scope?

Yes it is. ;)

The way I check it is to shoulder the rifle and take aim at something imaginary with my eyes closed, then being conscious not to move the rifle or my head position, open my eyes and see if I've got a full and clear sight picture........a crisp image all the way to the edges of the circle (which itself should be sharp) without any dark or blurry patches. If you need to adjust your head fore or aft to achieve a clear crisp image, then the eye relief is personally incorrect for you....but if all is well, happy days. :)

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #299 on: January 02, 2017, 04:45:37 PM »
And do the above on the magnification you use the most,otherwise that will alter the distance as well.
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