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Basic advice needed

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by James811, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. James811

    James811 Active Member

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    Hey all new guy here. I have a stoeger x20 suppressor and am looking for some advice.

    For or a springer what is the best thing to lean on while shooting, bear in mind I'm shooting in my back garden at targets etc, I'm thinking of laying down and resting the barrel on a small sand bag to absorb some recoil?

    Any advice would be great.

    regards,
    James
     
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    Sandbags are great,anything that offers support without restrain, clamps and anything that restricts movements are a no go.

    I used a sandbag for ages.
     
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    si7777777 Newbie

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    Hi,
    Rest your rifle in your hand and your hand on the sandbag. Springers dont really like being rested on anything but hands.
    Also make sure your backstop is up to the job.
    Si
     
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    Thanks guys. Wasn't going to use a backstop just rest it against my shoulder and rest the barrel on the sand bag, would this be acceptable?
     
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    That's what I do,aslong as the gun has movement,it should be fine.
     
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    A backstop is what goes behind the target to stop the pellet if it misses or passes through.
     
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    Thanks. I have a pellet catcher in the post to me at the moment. Sorry for the silly statement haha.

    Is is there a way to make your own shooting bag rather than forking out £20 for one?
     
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    A sandbag bag and seeds/cat litter.
     
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    by backstop he means a strong piece of thick ply or similar behind the target.hang some old bits of carpet over it to keep the noise down as well.it is your responsibility to make the pellet never leaves your garden or you could be in the Censored cops will take your gun.the people around can also complain about the noise thats what the carpet is for
     
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    A bag of rice, left in its plastic bag and wrapped in a pillowcase is the cheapest rest I have used, well other than my hand of course:D
     
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    You can use virtually anything as a rest, I use a cushion on a breadcrate on the dining room table. Springers need to recoil without too much restraint so a light hold is important. Always try and support the forend in the same place no matter what the position because the front to rear balance will affect the point of impact. Have fun though, when you can shoot a springer, you can shoot just about anything!
     
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    :up: what Timmytree said - just search on here for 'artillery hold'.
     
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    I'm going to fill a pillow case with rice. Do I just need that and rest the end part of the stock on it or do I rest the barrel on there?

    James
     
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    Stock forend ideally on top of your hand
     
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    Slow down James!
    A pillowcase of rice is going to weigh 30lbs! :eek:
    A springer needs to recoil freely, nothing touching the stock at the butt end, nothing touching the barrel.
    The butt will be supported by a LIGHT hold of your shoulder and hand, your forward hand will CRADLE the stock with your hand between the stock and any bag or cushion. Don't rush anything, you'll only get disappointed. Have you got a local club where you can go and get a few pointers from more experienced shooters? That can save you many hours of frustration,
    Regards
    Tim
     
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    I haven't no, I only mess about in my garden with my mate. Generally shooting toy cars from the pound shop haha. Rather than a pillow case what could I use then?
     
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    cheap 'value' washbag from Tesco?
     
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    Great idea mate that I shall do :)
     
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    Hi James, anyone you know got an old bean bag they don't want anymore ? hth, Rich .
     

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