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Most important apect of field target

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Bemused, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Bemused

    Bemused Engaging Member

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    As the title, wondering what is most important.

    The rifle, lets assume its a reasonable pcp.

    The scope, lets assume its reasonable but far from perfect.

    Range markings, click and setup.

    Pellets, lets roll them in with the rifle and say it groups OK.

    Knowing your kit, its strengths and weaknesses.

    Clothing?

    Or is it rifle / stock fittment, is it off the shelf or custom fitted.

    As an absolute beginner I would appreciate your comments.
    I am leaning towards stock fitment.

    Regards
    Tony
     
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    I would say practice above all but that's obvious. However, stock is very important to me and here's why. I shoot a Ripley for HFT which has a GC fully adjustable FT stock. I score well on occasion with it. It's accurate. I have an R-10 that is easily the most accurate air rifle I have ever used. If I could have the same adjust-ability on the R-10 it would be my rifle of choice.
     
  3. thumbhole

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    Milek, get GC, to make you a stock for the R10. I had two rapid 17s in Gary Cane FT stocks had adjustable cheek piece adjust butt and adjustable palm rest, etc was by far my most comfortable rifle and always shot it well alas, I no longer have it. We had a big vet bill and it went to pay that. :eek: As for whats best for FT a good fitting gun thats accurate with a decent scope Big Nikko minimum if you want to be in with a chance of the silverware. :)
     
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    Hi Tony, before you go too far down the track of choosing kit, what is it about Field Target shooting that is floating your boat.
    Have you joined a club or literally just starting out and never shot FT before?
    Have you tried Hunter Field Target.
    Just trying to get a handle on where you are coming from in order to offer any limited advice I might be able to offer.
    Dave
     
  5. Bemused

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    Dave, been shooting for just over 5 months, benchresting at 25 yards to start with, then 35, then 35 yards and 6mm blanks. Eventuallly 6mm blanks at 45 yards. All this in a still wind.

    Suddenly it was all boring, most shots would hit the 6mm blank target and go BANG.

    Three weeks ago I made my first visit to a field target club, I had a walk round with a couple of guys, and quite fancied a go at the next meet two weeks later.

    So two weeks worth of practice, I started off being unable to hit the plate even at 15 yards. Never shot unsupported before.

    Last week I returned to the club with a rifle this time and shot 41 ex 60, nailed both standers and kneelers. So its a crappy score but I was most pleased with my improvement over just weeks scoring far over what I expected. Still get pain from sitting but now only slight. A couple of hours after my first 15 minute practice
    sitting session I couldn't get out of the arm chair! I am not a young man anymore.

    So whot do I like about FT?
    The variables, range, angle and wind.
    Unsuported shooting is so challenging.
    Only eats up a Sunday morning, for me this is important as I do lots of other stuff.

    Never tried HFT, don't like the idea of prone and mud :)


    I have a rifle, scope and bean bag and a huge enjoyment of improving.

    Tony
     
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    I think the most important factor is head position consistency. Getting your head in the same position for every shot is massively important.
     
  7. Bemused

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    Yes practice, practice, practice.
    But rather than getting carried away with gadgets, new rifles, scopes etc I did a little stock bodging and it seems most effective.
     
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    Thanks, still a big variable for me, three weeks ago I took my first sitting shot and fell over!
    Now I've padded out the butt and comb a little and it made a big difference.
     
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    that must of been a big course. The largest FT I have shot was a 50 target competition. i would not be able to sit down again after 60:D
     
  10. Bemused

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    Perhaps my mistake not understanding terminoligy.
    15 lanes, two targets a lane, each target shot twice.
    0 - miss, 1 - plate, 2 - kill.

    I shot each target once to reduce pain, so a max possible score for me of 60, the others shot twice with a max score of 120.
     
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    Thats HFT scoring mate:). Unfortunately in FT only one point for a knockdown, nothing for a plate:(. Sounds like you shot a bit of a mash up (good fun though) as it sounds like you shot from the FT seated position but scored HFT style. What was the max range you shot to? 45yds is max for HFT but 55yds for FT.
     
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    Thanks for explaining.
    One lane standing, one kneeling, thirteen sitting. Out to 55 yards although at the time I thought I
    it was 50 and had no range or clicks marked above 50.

    Was just a club day, some youngsters resting on fence posts, perhaps a dozen shooters seemed very serious but most seemed quite leisurely but they all mostly shot in order and did not cheat! Some had score cards, some did not bother.

    I saw no one prone.

    The shoot was at Byley.
     
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    So FT score was 13 ex 30 ?
    I had 13 knock downs out of 30 possibles.
     
  14. Bemused

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    Maybe I picked up a HFT score card by mistake... LOL
     
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    Takes a bit of getting used to but yes 13ex30 sounds right. Sounds like you enjoyed it and thats whats most important.
     
  16. Akita177

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    Alot of FT clubs use 2 points for a kill which is the old/original FT scoring long before HFT existed, though for proper competions its 1point for a kill.
    Consistency is the most important thing but that will envolve every aspect, though enjoying yourself or relaxing is importent to me but then again i dont see me being world champion any time soon.
     

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