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Beginners Guide To Bench Rest Shooting

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by jesim1, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. Diawl Bach

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    Hi @jesim1 ,

    Great thread, many thanks. I've asked you previously about barrel cleaning which, I believe, you responded by say you don't. Do you remember if your barrels go through a 'inaccurate' phase before giving you the excellent accuracy that you typically demonstrate with your BR cards? I.e. should I just keep shooting in the hope that things will tighten up - I'm at the point where I'd normally do a barrel clean right now.

    Regards, James
     
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    Hi James

    I don't clean barrels unless I feel there is a need to, but not all guns are the same, and if you start seeing your gun "going off", or just want to see if it makes a difference, then a clean costs nothing and you can see if it has any effect. Some people have a schedule, but if I were doing that I'd have to have a reason for it after doing some testing.

    I have bought guns and seen a marked improvement after cleaning them, but sometimes you don't know how long they have sat, when the last clean was, and how many different types of pellets have been down it, so a clean is a sensible move when buying a new gun to start with, or even getting a brand new one out the box as they sometimes have some form of protective oil in the barrel.
     
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    Excellent article for a beginner like me. Thanks :thumb:
     
  4. StellaArtois Sr

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    When the range eventually opens again I am going to try this.
    I am bored with PCP's so I am going to use these targets certainly from 25 Yards to start with
    then gradually move up 10 yards at a time to 45. I need a different challenge for the PCP's
    and this will be it. I think 50 and 60 yards will be interesting, but I won't be going there until
    the summer at least.

    I have one of those magnified hole readers and will use that. Had it for years and never used it.

    I have heard using these targets, that even if the line say of the 9 is just broken you class it as a
    9 not where the main body of the pellet went, is that correct.
    I suppose it's not that important as I will be doing it just for me, but I want consistency so I may
    as well get it right from the start.

    Good write up, it's given me the desire to try it out.

    Ade :thumb:
     
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    It depends on the comp, but many (including the AGFBR comp) score inwards like this:

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    Check your using the correct gauge for the comp your doing, don't assume they are all the same, some are different, and the AGFUK on here does not use gauges as not everyone has access to them, so they use honesty and uploaded photos instead :thumb:
     
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    I'm so glad I stumbled on this! I have a 25 yard "range" in my garden and this will give me something to work at target than random plinking. I'll be happy to score 1 at first...... :p
     
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    Thank you enjoyed the article, I will try and put it into use when I get to a range.
     
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  10. Lordy 74

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    Superb explanation of benchrest James thankyou , those targets will do great . I enjoy shooting off the bench more than any other shooting and would like to enter a comp or two in the near future . Im booked in at Leigh on this thursday noon , ive got a variety of pellets to test the new rifle ive only shot once at distance since getting it in november . I honestly cannot wait :) . Cheers James :thumb:
     
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    Have a good one, I've fallen behind with so many guns to test I'm going to struggle to get through it, but time is on my side, and there is no desperate rush, so I'll just chip away at it and probably go to the outdoor ranges first now they are opening.

    When it gets a bit easier we can get together and you can show me what you've got, I do hope I don't embarrass myself :facepalm:
     
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    James, ooohhh James , it will be me who is embarrassing themselves by a country mile with .
    Leigh indoor re opens tomorrow 14th/4/21 , whether you prefer indoor or not I dont know and yes meet up sometime we will , I shall look forward to it , in the meantime I will practice a lot and then some more . I am so exited to shoot again !
     
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    Great write up very informative and helpful
    Cheers

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    Quick bump as I've had a few enquires about BR shooting lately and most of the info is on here :thumb:
     
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    @jesim1 ,This is very interesting but just a quick question on suitable scopes, is there any advantage to FFP or SFP scopes or does it just come down to personal preference?

    Thanks for your time and effort on this.
     
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    I only use SFP for BR, the advantages of a FFP scope are for hunting/targets with lower mag scopes, in practice they lose this at the higher mags we use for BR, as your not using them the way they were intended to be used, so for this purpose there is no advantage in a FFP scope. In saying that, if it's what you have, then turn it up and go for it, as it's only a FFP scope if you use the various magnifications for estimating holdover, at a fixed distance, and high mag, it behaves like a SSF scope ;)
     
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    I have nothing bigger than x12 mag even on centrefire but I do have a birthday next month:D
     
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    Hi James

    What are those bag jacks? Was thinking of getting some. TIA.
     
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    6” lab jacks, about £24 from either Amazon or the bay, the bags are Protektor one from Optics Warehouse filled with kiln dried sand and topped up after a couple of weeks as the leather stretches :thumb:
     
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    What’s that triangular red plastic setup the R10 is on? I’ve seen it lots of times, but no idea what it is. Quite like the idea of this way of doing it. Where do you get it?
     

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