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Thread: Field Target / Silhouette shooting techniques.............

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    hi all,

    it's only yesterday that i found out the reason behind "mega" magnification scopes used in FT/Silhouette shooting. i was told...all?/most shooters basically adjust the scope so that the hitzone covers the whole field of view. instead of trying to hold dead steady, shooters get into a consistent movement (figure of 8, circle, up-down) relative to the hitzone and with good timing, fire when/before the cross-hair/dot is on target.

    i suppose i was doing the same thing (up and down), just bar field of view = hitzone (only got a 3-12)......
    perhaps this will improve my shooting? maybe/maybe not.....just have to wait and see. i guess i'm off to try the "new" technique.

    just to show.........you learn something new every day.
    any other tips/techniques??? let's have 'em.

    thanks

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    In field target we actually use the big mag for range finding. The higher the mag the more accurate you are. This is done with the adjustable objective/sidewheel.

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    funny thing......i just read that now in agw or was it airgunner?
    never-the-less, the previous tip was suggest by the dude at the gun shop, though he seemed pretty knowledgeable (spelling?) anything gun/airgun related, it's always better to hear from "real" field target shooters.

    when you actually take the shot, do you turn the mag down?
    and, do you try to hold it steady (at a lower mag i assume)? or the consistent motion technique?

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    My current scope only goes to 32 mag and I range and shoot at 28 mag. When shooting birds(hunting) I shoot at 20 mag. Some people with 50 mag scopes shoot at 50. When targets are close (>20) you have to go down on the mag to focus.
    Gunshop owners/helpers are not allways to be trusted in our country. Yes the guy had a meteor 30 years ago, replaced the spring and now he's an EXPERT!!!!!!!!!!!! you have been warned

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    The higher the mag, the better and more accurate the rangefinding.
    On the Tasco CustomShop I rangefind at 40x, but normally drop mag to shoot (it depends on the distance). The lower the mag the less you see yourself move. And ofcourse the clarity is also much better on lower mag.
    As for your killzone filling the field of view on fullmag, on 40x mag looking at a 20mm killzone at 20m, can't fill the field of view, and I don't believe that a 50x scope will do it either !
    As for what mag to shoot at, it's really personal choice. I shoot between 12x (10m) to 40x (50m). The higher your magnification the more you see yourself move and that makes it very difficult ! Hennie @ Target Specialists shoots EV2 with NS 10-50x60, rangefinds on 50 and shoots on 10-20, nothing more.
    I personally aim dead on and try and stay on target. Best advise is to set a course up for yourself and test different ways, in the end you use the way that works best for you.

    As for the gunshops, well 99.9% believes that a "windbuks" (pelletgun) is for playing only and serious shooters don't play with them, 4x32 (with parallax set at 100m) is MOOOORE than enough since they are only fairly accurate up to about 15m, if you want to shoot further then buy a "real" gun. If some of them actually take the time to see what we do with airguns they will probably be able to give ACCURATE advice, maybe increase their sales and actually understand what we do with airguns ! Do your own research, never just believe them ! It's a business, whatever they have in stock they will recommend. BEEN THERE DONE THAT.
    Gunshops in Alberton started realising that the IDIOT (being myself) who last year spoke about spending R 10 000 on an airgun with a diving cylinder and using expensive pellets, high mag scopes and shooting at knock down targets actually knew what he was talking about. All 3 of them said that people just don't spend that much money on pellet guns and therefore they will NEVER stock any PCP's or 50x scopes, and now, well that opinion seems to be changing.
    <span class='smallblacktext'>[ Edited Sun Jul 25 2004, 11:29AM ]</span>

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    I think the dude at the shop was refering to silhouette shooting rather and assumed the same applies to FT..........
    it makes sense, as in silhouette shooting, the distances are known, and all the shots are taken standing.

    this just shows, how desperately i need to experience FT/HFT
    "hands-on".............. why is't, as with all my hobbies, there are always more products/organisations available in JNB????

    guess who's regreating not taking the job offer in kyalami business park at the begining of the year, right about now????

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    Experience FT by putting "targets", be it cans or actual silhouette targets at unknown distances (for example in the bush) and then shoot as if you're doing FT. I've only shot in a FT competition once but have practised many times with my own 20 min setup time courses. Don't let the lack of a club hold you back from enjoying shooting.
    To make it even better, put the targets at unknown distances, rangefind and shoot, then record your own score and the distance that you got by rangefinding with your scope, after your done go and actually measure the distance, that way you will know how accurate you can rangefind with your scope.
    By the time you compete in your first official competition you'll know all the ins and outs of your equipment and how to use it properly.
    Rangefinding with your scope on a well lit target and then a target that's in the shade could just end up giving you different results, and the only way to find that out is by first hand experience !!

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