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12 Foot Pound Target Shoot

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Mrbeck, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Mrbeck

    Mrbeck Engaging Member

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    Hi there everyone, what’s the best distance to shoot a 12 foot pound pcp for target practice?
     
  2. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Pepe Le Pew

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    I zero mine at 30 yards but happily shoot out to 50 yards. Sadly after that is a massive wall:confused:
     
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    Absolutely I tried 60 yards today it was a total waste of time.
     
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    HFT is out to max 45 yards. FT is out to max 55 yards. Both are sub 12 ft-lb sports so either of those would be a good place to start
     
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    Odd question. The "best" is what ever you want it to be. If your consistently hitting bulls at 30 yards, try it a bit further out. If youre missing the barn door, bring it in a bit.

    Shoot at what youre happy with and ignore the billy big balls that always hit 5ps at 100 yard in the dark with cross wind etc
     
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    It’s not really a odd question coming from a beginner is it? I’m just starting out in shooting and was just trying to get prospective. A place to start so to speak.
     
  7. Kev The Fish

    Kev The Fish Buxted Rifle Club Member

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    Why?
    Can't you hit a 5p at 100m in the dark?
    I've been using my PCP to hit a 5p edge ways on with an old 4x20 scope at 125m for years now
    No honestly totally agree, whatever you are comfortable with then if you are consistent and want a challenge just gradually eek out the ranges so you can see what hold overs you are needing.
    I personally practice at 25 as that's what I shoot benchrest at. I practice mainly on indoor range but try to do the outdoors ranges when I get a chance.
    For me it has helped as that is my "normal" target range.
    Kev

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    Sure, but its a bit like asking a runner what the best distance is. Ussain Bolt will have a different answer to Mo Farah.

    the beauty of shooting is its so personal. You may enjoy hunting for example but some one else will be just as happy plinking cans in the garden - neither are right or wrong.

    The best distance is where you have the most fun.

    The only stipulation i would say is if youre shooting live quarry where it would be silly to try longer ranges and reducing the chamce of a clean kill. As you said youre into targets i would say find a distance that youre consitently good at and then try pushing yourself a bit more as you improve
     
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    Wofty Keyboard Hero

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    The question is where do you shoot?
    My garden range is 20m but that gets too comfortable. When I visit the ranges I like to push it out to 50m on paper targets and up to 95yrds for metal knockdowns etc.
    30 is a solid range for getting nice groups.
    Make the most of what's available unless you have a club or something that you can specialise.
     
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    Ok thank you I understand what you’re saying. I’m sure I’ll find a happy distance to shoot with more practice.
     
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    Blue BSA Posting Addict

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    The modern PCP is what I would term a 50m rifle. That is what I would term the mid-point of performance envelope. Beyond 50m you need increasingly more skill and knowledge the further out you go. 100m is top-ish. They are tremendous tools.

    You can practice your marksmanship fundamentals without firing a shot by dry firing.

    I wouldn't live fire for practice below 6 yards / 6 meters.

    Zero for 25m / 30m. And learn your hold over points.

    I only shoot my R10 at 20m.
     
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    pjgtech Stay Calm and Carry On....

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    If you are new, don't try to shoot too far too soon, I'd zero the gun for 30m and you will be able to happily shoot from about 20m to 40m without too much adjustment. Once you are consistently hitting targets at those ranges then you can either use smaller targets or try longer distances to make it harder / more interesting. Good luck with your shooting buddy. :thumb:
     
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    For 12 fpe guns 50M is a good practical limit, after that the wind really starts to take it's toll due to low velocity at target and poor BC. For FAC pellet guns 100M is good practical limit and with FAC bullet shooters we can hit things at 200M and beyond.
     
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    If you're new to it 60m would be a waste of pellets and you'll get disheartened.

    20m rested and when you're on you're 2nd tin of pellets you'll be looking for smaller targets.
    Then go up in 5 or 10m increments getting familiar at each range and setting out staggered targets from 20m out to your current limit.
    When you're hitting them all 1st time from 20m right out to 50m just keep repeating until you've got your holdovers fixed in your head.
     
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    You mean no open sights
    Shame on u
     
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    I know from experience that I can consistently hit a plastic milk carton full of water at exactly 136 yards with my sub 12 s410... and the 177 pellets go straight through it.

    That’s because the farm pond is 136 yards (laser rangefinder pinged) from the gate outside our cottage and it was too tempting not to try it :D
    REALLY teaches you hold over !

    My target/ zero range is in a 30m cattle barn

    My plinking range is 10m right outside the door using Landrover as a bench rest

    A good target/zero distance is 25 yards.

    Remember consistently putting a tiny pellet through the same hole of the previous one at 25 yards takes serious skill... and you WILL be able to achieve this :thumb:
     
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    In honesty I have never really gone beyond 50-60m on the "plink" range.
    Would love to have the time and space to stretch the distance out on a nice still day just to see if I could hit something like an orange or the egg challenge to see if I could hit it within say a dozen shots. Just for fun.
    I would never take a shot on live targets myself at beyond 40m, although some may successfully I would not be comfortable in my own abilities.
    As I do the majority of my shooting at 25m benchrest I just tend to stick mainly to that to help my scores creep up bit by bit.
    With the occasional visit to the indoor range and outdoor "plink" with the Kozak to try and get used to it as my fun gun & hunter.
    S400 stays untouched and un-fettled and left on 25m zero as don't want to change a thing until accuracy drops off, then just a barrel clean and lube up.
    Kev


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    My garden 'range' is 18 yards (not enough methinks) but as pjgtech said above you can always reduce the target size commensurate with the range.

    A little simplistic I know but it gets tiring hitting normal size targets without any real effort (I use 4mm bullseyes at that range....can be tricky getting it perfect!)
     
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    You can always try standing unsupported. You don't always need distance you know
     
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    Thank you everyone for the great support I’ll take everything on board. Thank you
     

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