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Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Andy Wales, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. Andy Wales

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    Have to pop out for an hour so will post now in hope of a few answers to read later :).

    I am going to mark out on a long piece of string shooting distances so when out on the perm I can set paper targets to shoot at various ranges where one would expect to see quarry etc. I can't justify the expense of a dedicated rangefinder to be used "now and then" so this seems to be a nice cheap way to be certain that I'm shooting (and reporting here in the forum) accurate distances ;). Now I intend to tie a small knot and make a note somehow of each distance on the string itself (Haven't thought how exactly yet).

    Now, what would you guys recommend? The old fashioned way and mark in Yards, or the modern way and mark all in Metres? Or what about Feet maybe?

    Uncertain what to use so asking what you guys do?

    If Yards, I intend to mark at 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45 and stop at 50.
    More or less the same if Metres is the chosen measure of distance.


    Suggestions and Advice about any of these ideas are wanted and most welcome. Thank You.

    Regards,

    Andy :)
     
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    I have a length of para cord with loops every 5 yards for practice at the farm. I did find a rangefinder worth its weight in gold though, just walking the dogs I'd estimate distances and then check with the LRF. It's getting better, and generally I underestimate distance. Twenty yards is just soooooo close!
     
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    if your scope has an adjustable objective, it will be marked in yards, so it makes sense to set your markings in yards. also, work out how far you can constantly shoot a 25mm group, and limit yourself to hunting at this distance. personally, i would think that 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 yards is about the limit for a guaranteed kill, first time ( for me anyway ). if you're keeping to these distances, and depending on your scope, i would initially zero at 25 yards, then shoot at the full range of targets and note your holdover/holdunder for the full range (and make a note of all aim points 0n the scopes retical). then zero at 20, then 30 yards and compare the 'aim point chart' to see whats best - then stick to the best zero distance for your needs (you may find that a certain zero figure gives you a differing number of aim points throughout your hunting range, and it makes sense to choose the one with the least number of aim points).
    put simply, if you're in a hide, and all the rats are at a fence that is 15 yards away (and they only move a yard or so either way of this distance), it makes sense to zero at 15 yards and aim for the cross hairs everytime.
    hope this makes sense mate
     
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    What a brilliant idea! Thank you for that :). I didn't think a tape that long would be made and very cheap too! I will be ordering one and just convert into Yards etc as needed.

    Andy :)
     
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    Great advice and very helpful. I will be printing this off and taking it with me on my next hunting trip......Tomorrow morning ;):D. Thanks!!

    Andy :)
     
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    I think its mtrs one side and ft/yds on the other
     
  10. Andy Wales

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    Just thought of something else that *may* work! There are tons of "rangefinder" apps available for my Android powered phone that work with the camera/googlemaps/GPS combined.....Most are free too :D. I know they won't be perfect and compared to a dedicated rangefinder they are probably rubbish lol, but if it could give quite resonable accuracy out to a maximum of say 35 - 40 yards as suggested by some of you, it might be ok? I can always try it out and then take an accurate measurement with a tape just to see how good they are. In fact, that's what I'm going to do right now! Lets download some of the highest rated one's and see what results I get inside my house for now :D. Will report back with my results later. Some reviewers say they are quite good, so we'll see ;).

    Andy :)
     
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    let us know how you got on, what you did, and your final zero distance won't you
     
  12. Andy Wales

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    Please have a read of New Thread titled "FED UP NOW" to know how I got on and to hopefully help with some answers if you like :). Thanks!

    Andy :)
     

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