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Thread: FPS for Field Target

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    hi
    i have tried to find out why FT is 800fps? what is the reason behind this. is it easier to hit the kill zone at 1000fps than 800fps?

    anyone know why the slow fps?

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    Based on the UK law where they are not allowed to have rifles over 12ft/lb without a FAC. That translate to roughly around 800fps with a 8gr pellet.

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    poor Bast!!!ds.
    they should come to wild South Africa were we can do almost anything with our airguns!!!

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    And, it is to protect the field targets. Would hate ~ to fix targets after every shoot when Boondock decide to shoot with his 40 ftlb Talon or Spyker with his S400E, I think it is 35 ftlb hey Spyker?

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    hmmm.........XHP-FT, targets from 40-90m??? what u all think?

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    Sounds like a plan - problem is you wont hear a face plate hit in our "light" Cape South Easter...

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    Umm not quite. It only pushes out 27ft/lbs with 10.6gr H&N's.
    It will definitely dent the target.

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    I read way back that 12 FT/lb was settled on because it was the limit below which a pellet would not penetrate an eyeball.That idea just reminds me of "Moms" with "You will shoot an eye out with that thing"Have no idea if it is true though

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    The 800 fps 'limit' is there because SAFTAA chose to adopt rules from the UK where we have a 12 ft.lbs power limit, that with an 8.4 grain pellet equates to around 800fps.

    As a UK based shooter I do not feel disadvantaged by this limit - power is not everything, indeed as I have said before if you put power/velocity before accuracy all you will do is miss your target quicker than normal.

    Allan, minimum energy required for penetration of skin is 1ft.lb.

    Dale

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    Dale , rather you tell me than I go try it out. :! Think I should get a cows eye from the butcher and take a shot at it.Would make an interesting post.Then again I believe you eat what you shoot so that may be a bad plan

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    Allan,

    Thinking on it logically if 12ft.lbs won't penetrate an eyeball, are the rabbits I shoot with my air rifles dying of blunt force trauma?

    Dale

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    C'mon Allan, take one for the team and for the sake of a scientific breakthrough!!!

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    Dale, either that or you are coating them with arsenic...

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    Dale , that was funny.I hope they die due to your skill .Blunt force trauma , sounds more like the work of a canon.
    &|

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    Allan , do you really eat what you shoot ?

    I shoot lottsa Indian Mynas , but would'nt consider them as table fare , unless I was desperately hungry .

    Any way , what ever it is you are shooting enjoy it !

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