Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28

Thread: Setting up for Field Target shooting

  1. #1
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default Setting up for Field Target shooting

    Hi all

    Is is possible that anyone could give me more info regarding setting up of an air rifle for ft shooting. I read quite allot that people mention that their rifles are set up for FT but have no idea what exactly that entails. Is it just settings like fps or ft/lb or is it the whole deal like scope, stock, pellets and all the other stuff?

    The reason I am asking is that I have started building a few FT tartgets for me to play with and would like to eventually when I come down to Cape Town go to a club meeting to shoot with fellow airgunners. I just don't want to show up looking like a complete idiot.

    Any info is greatly appreciated. I have searched around on the forum but could not find what I was looking for.

    Regards
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  2. #2
    Sharp Shooter
    The Professor

    User Info Menu

    Default

    First, don't stress about going to visit a club. As long as your rifle is sighted in so you can hit targets at a known distance you will be fine for a first visit.

    FT can be quite technical, so until you have gotten some practical experience of what is involved it is going to be difficult to 'set up' your rifle for FT in such a way that it will suit you.

    Go along, shoot, observe, ask questions and learn.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  3. #3
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Thx Dale

    Will definately try and join a shoot once I am.down in CT.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  4. #4
    Sharp Shooter
    Forum Sponsor

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Hi gatekeeper

    Shout when you are in the Ct area, we are shooting league this Saturday, you can contact me directly or just lookout in the FT section as we post all our shoots.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  5. #5
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Hi Gert

    I'm not quite sure when I will be in Cape town. I stay in Alexander Bay about 3km from Namibian border but my whole family stays in Cape Town so n visit there about 3 or 4 times a year.

    Will shout when I am down there.

    Thx

    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  6. #6
    Protea FT Team '17
    SAFTAA FT Colours '16
    Forum Sponsor

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Hi Willem,

    I think the most NB thing is to make sure your rifle is legal, ie sub 12fpe. Its pretty disheartening to get everything else right and put in practice, practice and more practice and then get a DQ for power over limit .

    At club shoots, the 12fpe rule is usually more relaxed, but at FT leagues it is enforced. As far as I'm aware there are not many FT club shoots in CPT as there are relatively few shooters.

    Agree with Dale and Gert, go to the shoot and take part and take things from there. You could be doing FT for a very long time and there will still likely be things you are still fiddling with ito your setup. If you go and make a monkey of yourself you will be in EXCELLENT company, so enjoy.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  7. #7
    Prof. Jan Itor

    User Info Menu

    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  8. #8
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Thanks Keith

    I am quite thick skinned anyway ......
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  9. #9
    Sharp Shooter

    User Info Menu

    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  10. #10
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Thx Citizen K

    That read was very helpfull

    Also Roelof thx to you 2

    Hopefully this thread will provide other guys searching for info as well.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  11. #11
    Sharp Shooter

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Ola
    So many people so many opinions.
    Later you will start wanting to customize your gun too.
    That becomes fun!
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  12. #12
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Nee flip ouens!!!! Net soos ek dink ek weet iets dan kom lees ek weer n klomp ander goed....

    Soos gese is... die sport is baie tegnies en as jy nie passop nie eindig jy op in n Fisika klas instede van die skietbaan....

    LOL

    Baie dankie elk geval. Lekker om elke dag iets nuuts te leer. Ek dink daar is baie min mense wat ooit sal besef hoe slim party van die ouens is wat met n "air rifle" skiet. Hierdie is beslis
    nie n eendimensionele sport nie...

    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  13. #13
    Protea FT Team '19
    SAFTAA FT Colours '15
    The Sultan of Spring 2017

    User Info Menu

    Default

    When starting FT, it does appear very technical, so break it down into the core components:

    1) Make sure the gun is a) shooting below 12fpe and b) grouping well. If you're using an unregulated PCP, find your sweetspot with a chrony.

    2) Zero the gun; 25m is a common distance to zero at but it doesn't actually matter what distance you choose. All "zeroing" means is shooting at a distance and adjusting clicks until the gun shoots where you aim. Most scopes will let you reset the elevation turret to zero. If you zero at the peak of your trajectory (usually around 25m) then you will always click up which makes life a little easier.

    3) Range the scope - because the scope tells you the distance to the target. Put bricks out: from 9m to 30m put a brick at each meter, from 30m to 50m put one at every 2m. Going brick by brick, adjust the scope's focus (parallax) until the brick is in focus. Mark each distance on the side wheel.

    4) Get clicks or holdover. If going the click route (which most do), shoot at each distance adjusting the elevation turret until the gun shoots where you aim. Record the clicks required for each distance. If going the holdover route, record the necessary holdover for each distance. I don't advise the holdover route unless you're really used to it from other shooting disciplines.

    5) Go out and shoot. Positionals and wind reading and and and you'll pick up as you go. No one starts knowing everything or being able to do everything.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  14. #14
    Inactive Member

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Hi Thx Mark F

    I am currently taking in any and all info so I can lay in bed all night thinking... LOL

    Must say that I am enjoying the sport alot up to this point. I think I might have started off at a slight disatvantage as I bought a secondhand Hatsan AT44-10 with a 4x32 nikko scope. Rifle was only used for plinking so the rifle has not been tuned yet. I have detuned the rifle myself and currently shooting H&N Baracuda Match 10.65 gr @ 880 fps and @ 25m I get 25mm
    groupings. I am still working on getting the ES down a bit, currently sitting at 24.

    I'm sitting at 18fpe and to get that down to under 12fpe I would need to detune it even further to around 800 fps and shoot pellets around 8 gr. Has anyone ever used one of these rifles for FT before? Are they up to the challenge?
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums

  15. #15
    Protea FT Team '19
    SAFTAA FT Colours '15
    The Sultan of Spring 2017

    User Info Menu

    Default

    Get the speed down then see if it groups decently (say 25mm) at 50m in no wind. If it does then you're good to go.
    Sign Up To Air Rifle SA Forums


Similar Threads

  1. Help setting up an Field Target rifle
    By Elmar_96 in forum Airgun Discussions
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-01-13, 09:32
  2. Setting up a Field Target course
    By shuro in forum SAFTAA | Field Target forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-03-12, 07:21
  3. Setting up a Field Target course
    By Cor in forum SAFTAA | Field Target forum
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 26-05-10, 21:42
  4. Setting up scope for Field Target
    By Ou Van in forum Optics | Sighting | Illumination
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 30-11-09, 18:49
  5. Setting up optics for Field Target
    By the_boarder in forum Optics | Sighting | Illumination
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-09-08, 14:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Friends of Air Rifle SA