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F-f-f-f-freezing at Swarland range...

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by 177, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. 177

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    Several adjectives came up to describe weather conditions up at Swarland range today but, regardless of the sometimes colourful vocabulary used, all agreed it was cold.

    Very...

    I spent some time shooting a few guns to shake some cobwebs loose.

    Not including the PCPs (which don't count when discussing good groups since accuracy is so much easier with them) my best groups of the day were:

    HW77k (twenty odd years old and tuned by my own fair ?! hand) 10 shots using .22 JSB Exact Jumbo with a Nikko Diamond 4x42 scope on top @ 25 metres:

    [​IMG]

    Stuart couldn't believe how smooth the HW77 was :)

    He hit a series of spinners with it and the smile factor this gun generates kicked in automatically ;)

    HW95, formerly Venom tuned and now with one of the excellent Vortek kits installed, 12 shots using .20 Crossman Premier pellets with a Bushnell Legend 1.75-5x32 scope @ 30 metres:

    [​IMG]

    You can see the pin hole on both images where I had a map pin stuck in the paper as an aim point ;)

    In fairness I cheated outrageously and shot both groups benchrested, sitting down, with the guns on a sandbag, but it still caused a bit of a stir with a couple of shooters :rolleyes:

    I finished the day by ringing the 50 metre bell 9 out of 10 attempts with the HW95, shooting standing :D

    So aside from burning about a million calories trying to stay warm, and laughing at Stuart's permanent nose drip that threatened to freeze solid, a grand day out was had by all...

    ... apart from when I stupidly agreed to drop the power on Stuart's Fenman which was running a bit on the enthusiastic side. I did the usual with the same pin punch I'd just used on my Sirocco and the valve stuck open and dumped the entire charge in one go...

    This, after I'd said to Stuart "All you do is..." and he'd replied "I'd rather someone who knew what they were doing did it" :rolleyes:

    ho hum

    Not my finest moment...

    I was also introduced to a Crossman Ratcatcher by a vey nice chap (apologies if you read this for not introducing myself properly and getting your name) who very kindly talked me through the gun, the incredibly effective stubby silencer he had on it, and he even allowed me to shoot it. Many thanks for your time sir, and for planting the seed of a Crossman Ratcatcher very firmly in my mind. I fully expect that seed to germinate in the very near future...

    ;)

    Hope you lot all managed something decent from the day, especially if it happened to be shooting related :D
     
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  2. RichieRich

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    Hoping to pop up tomorrow, got all the winter woollies and gloves ready :)

    Good Shooting!
     
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    Good luck !

    Tomorrow is supposed to be colder than today by quite some margin...
     
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    I don't care, as long as it aint windy, i'll grace the cold :)

    Havn't been shooting for nearly a month now :(
     
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    Good shooting there very impressive, could never shoot my HW77 standing, I found it a little heavy, great springers though, atb Paul.
     

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