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What's your Holy Grail?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by cloverleaf, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    We're all drawn to shooting for different reasons; taking varying approaches and seeking enjoyment from different aspects of the sport. Some love to hunt, others love to compete. Some rarely adjust their gear while others can't stop tweaking or fiddling. To some their rifle is just a tool to be used, while to others it's a thing of beauty to be cosseted..

    These different approaches offer different goals; we may crave the perfect head shot, the perfect score or the perfect example of a rare gun.. the Holy Grail being the most elusive and hard-to-reach of all achievements.

    So, to kick off a slow Monday, what's your Holy Grail? What makes you shudder with anticipation at the mere thought of being lucky / gifted enough to achieve it?

    Mine is complete knowledge and understanding. I'm fascinated by the principals that make our rifles work and determined to understand the defining factors that separate an acceptably-accurate rifle from a proper tack driver; a quality, well-designed rifle from something you'd want to bin in 2yrs time, or a pellet you can trust to hit the mark consistantly at range from one you wouldn't expect to hit a barn door with.

    Only through proper knowledge and understanding can you legitimately seek to optimise and improve the performance of any of the equipment at your disposal; now or in the future.

    While I shoot competitively to an extent and kill stuff when its required, most of "shooting" my time is spent at the benchrest, work bench or PC; chasing the all-encompassing understanding of what makes our rifles tick. One day I hope to have all the answers but for now I'll keep plugging away.. :p

    What's your Holy Grail or ultimate goal?
     
  2. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    My holy grail isn't from an equipment perspective, but from a permission perspective.

    I have been chasing one such permission for about 3 years, acre upon acre of land with an untouched population of rabbits, but alas, the answer is always no. Tree huggers are at play here!!

    one day I will secure this dreamy permission:)
     
  3. Kenbarcon

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    My Holy Grail is very similar to Stevie's, in my area there is lots of farms and 1000's of acres which are syndicate shooting only, i would love to be able to use just a fraction of this land to lose myself in for a day, far enough off the beaten track so you get total tranquility and good shooting and it wouldn't affect the syndicates prey in any way.
     
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    My ultimate goal is the next rifle in my collection I'm happy with my shooting I hit what I aim at (mostly). I plink therefore I aim. But the next Crosman is always out there for me to find.
     
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    As much as I love to have a good setup and I have a couple but for me its when your out there on your permission and your on a long stalk and thats the only thing your thinking about .you havent a care in the world and the feeling of achievement when after the long stalk you put the pellet exactly where you wanted it atb
     
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  6. Pete Jones

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    Just being out there is enough for me, I have an air rifle that is good enough for me and plenty of places to go and use it. In that respect I'm very lucky.

    Being out and about in the peace and quiet and nothing to think about other than where the next rabbit pops up. Its the simple pleasures that makes it all worth it.

    PJ
     
  7. RichieRich

    RichieRich Ping!

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    My goal would be a new permission where i could spend all day there. Take some sandwiches, flask of tea, and set up a hide.

    Just doesn't happen on my Golfing permission :(
     
  8. milek

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    I enjoy introducing newcomers to a HFT course and they come back for more.
     
  9. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    to coach more young'uns in hft, and for me to shoot a 60/60 :rolleyes: also get back to me old form with pistols
     
  10. kermitboy1

    kermitboy1 Banned

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    Mine would have to be, buying that one rifle, without any grief from the one who wears the longest trouser's in the household. What a monumental day that would be. To be able to go out, spend an oodle of cash on a lovely rifle and not have to face any music from the wife. KB1
     
  11. tinmanofkent

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    Old boys tell me about how many rabbits there used to be. I'm told the countryside would literally move with rabbits as one opened a gate and walked into a field. I hear similar things about fish stocks around the coast. Wether it was ever true or not I think my holy grail is abundance.
     
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    an AK47

    :D
     
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    husky Donator

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    If I was truthfule I wuld probably say enough money to let me collect all the guns I want to add to my collection (and thats a list that grows every day). And while we are at it a 10 meater range with several lanes so I culd invite my mates round for a bit of target shooting. Now where is that Euro lotery ticket.
     
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    a perfect perm with lots of different types of shooting you could go to all day any day and not see a sole when you were there perfic
     
  15. engraver

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    Im living my holy grail right now.

    Its been a long time coming but I now have time on my hands, so I obtained a lot more permission about 2 yrs ago and now Ive got probably more than I can cover, as I had quite a bit before I really started plugging for it, but good permission comes and goes through life inmo so you have to enjoy it to the max while you have it, it only takes a farm to change hands and you have lost it.

    I choose the rifles that I think have the ingredients to be the best accurate hunting pcp airguns made In my era,

    I then test them first on targets, then the real thing and what I call my ultimate days have been to hit 50 rabbits in one session, Ive done it a couple of times, then 50 woodies with just and airgun Ive done that a few times...but 50 seems to be what I call the ultimate number for airguns that's a redletter day.

    I also love being out sat in hedgerows all day just quiet and watch the wildlife traffic, it amazes me how close to nature you can be by just sitting still, sometimes in the year I blank just like fishing sometimes its just about being out in the countryside and not seeing a human all day is great for the soul, the good days of 50 plus are sometimes 2-3 yrs in the coming but after many blanks in winter they are more than welcome when they finally arrive.

    So I don't know what I could possibly imagine with airguns I haven't already done or achieved, pne of the best day Ive ever had was to go with a mate on a permission of his last year, and it was paradise, Ive never seen so many rabbits in all my life, and i've been to a lot of good rabbit spots but his permission was the best Ive ever seen and out of this world beautiful even a waterfall gushing through the valley it was like lord of the rings country and probably where a lot of scenes in movies have been filmed, I can't give too much away about its location but it was steeped in Roman history and I had the impression the Rabbit population up there had been established a long long time before I was ever a glint in my old mans eye, I felt bad on the way home that day as I felt like we had taken from somewhere so beautiful, I can't ever top that apart from my own permission in the form of the woodpigeon hunting.

    But when or if the day ever come where the woodpigeons or the rabbits poplutions decline drastically I will happily put the rifles into retirement and shoot the odd target or two.

    My hunting opportunities couldn't be anymore fruitfull at present the only thing I imagine is that I keep changing the airguns but I can only go backwards now so the holy grail for me is to obtain some of the 1990s guns I used to crave for as a lad and continue to hunt with them, and I have a feeling they will bag me just as much as the airifles I already own or have owned, its just the nostalgia trip Im after.
     
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  16. Big Uli

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    My holy grail would be a over/under break barrel air rifle that's PCP based along the lines of the good old German Boar Guns.
    Twin trigger to fire of 2 shots In quick succession

    Now that would be a rabbit basher and a half but for now not even available to buy as no manufacturer has seen fit to indulge my insanity :D
     
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    Your wrong mate, its been done somewhere I once saw the engineering drawings for it but never seen it finished, it wasn't just cool it was freakin ice cold mate, love the idea.
     
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    I think mine would have to be shooting multiple magpies. very hard to do, very satisfying when you do it. Fieldcraft and marksmanship are what give me the goosebumps when shooting.
     
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    'Sorry to divert but that reminded me of my best airguning Maggie moment, I won a Parker hale phoenix mk2 once in the airgun mags after years of sending in the little slip, anyway after a zero in the garden I took it down to a local farm at my old addres that had a couple of Maggie nest on the edge of a river, so I went down just before dark, and the first night I wound them up into such a frenzie one actually hopped down this hawthorne bush towards me ending up feet from my barrel, anyway I ended up emptying the full mag on them and shot a fair few in nearly as many seconds, don't think I can ever top that experience with maggies as that as the action on that phoenix is so fast it was almost like a semi auto perfect for the job as it was one of the few airguns that you don't need to take your eye off the scope whilst cycling it.:D:up:
     
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  20. trumpetier

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    waliking my permission on a crisp autumn day.....aahh heaven.I have my holy grail :)
     

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