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Whats Everyone Using For Field Target

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by ThirtyAughtSix, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. ThirtyAughtSix

    ThirtyAughtSix Engaging Member

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    Having had a taster of FT shooting, I'm wondering what everyone is using as I might look to get something for dedicated for FT.

    So what's out there that is really up to the task? And where do I find this stuff on the fine internet?

    I have seen an Air Arms FTP900 up close as I was partnered with someone shooting one on Sunday. Looks great, he did well with it. I'd just like to see options while I'm in the early stages of research.
     
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    This would have been an easy answer in the mid to late 80’s. All anyone used then was the HW77.
     
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    S400 would make a good starter rifle, resale value will be fairly good too should you decide to upgrade or pack it in... :thumb:
     
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    I did see some underlevers on the course. I want something new that's ready to go when a suitable scope is mounted on it. Those underlevers had custom stocks which aren't standard by the looks of it to me. And they all had "hamsters"? is the term I believe.
     
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    I have a Daystate Huntsman already, I'd prefer a dedicated FT set up :thumb:
     
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    Ahh, rite... :thumb:
     
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    I use a FTP 900 and a LGU for springer class, both leftie stocks. EV2 are still very popular, Steyr even more so.
    Best bet is to find something that fits you, hence all the custom stocks. Just ask to try some rifles at your next FT visit.
     
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    What's an EV2? I'm pretty much uneducated when it comes to brands and equipment or what they look like!
     
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    A EV2 in various updates was the AA's model before the FTP 900.
     
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    don't forget you'll need a scope with at least a 30x mag and 50x preferably.
     
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    S200 and a matching scope. Will keep up with the ftp’s. . Good starter kit
     
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    That is the 'black art' of FT, you measure the distance with the scope paralax wheel. Takes some setting up, but a facinating aspect of the sport.
    Yes, I am a FT convert, :) my FAC and other Bulgarian specials hardly get used now.
     
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    Good advice, I started with a S200, but my scope was pants, I sold the s200 for a lot more than I paid for it, some guy was impressed, just at the moment I had a unexpected hospital bill.
     
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    Steyr LG100, LG110, Challenge.
    Anschutz 9015
    FTP900 (though lots of problems it seems)

    These all seem popular.
     
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    Interesting to have the gut suspicions confirmed that the field's dominated by Steyr, followed by Air Arms then Anschutz, Walther and FWB rounding out the top five :)
     
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    Not any more, but it was a DS Tsar and Big Nikko. Reminds me I had them up for sale here, no idea if its gone or not- I really need a memory transplant..
     
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    In FT the scope is as important as the rifle, some would say even more so. Most decent rifles can deliver accuracy enough to knock over a 40mm kill at 55 yards, which is the limit, but you need to know it's 55 yards and not 50 yards. The pellet drop and the extra wind drift over those final five yards are crucial.

    Then you need a stock that can be adjusted to suit you. You won't get very far if you have to contort your position to fit the stock. The action itself is in my view less important. That's my experience. I started out in FT about 20 years ago and I had a NJR100 which was beautifully made, I then had a mark 1 EV2 for several years, a mark 3 Pro-Target for a while. Today I don't do so much FT but my rig is a long action S400 in a very personalised stock that started out as a right hander and I took a saw to and made it into a left hander. It's not pretty, indeed it's pretty ugly, but it works and what FT I do shoot today I do just as well as I would have done with any of the rifles I've owned.
     
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    What he said. :up:
     
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    Protarget mk3 in an EV2 mk4 stock with a 10-50x60 big nikko sat on top
     

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