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Old 21st October 2014, 03:34 PM
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On Sunday just gone we put on an event at our club, a long range outdoor bench rest comp.

The rules were quite simple; any sub 12fpe rifle, any calibre, any scope, any mag, rest or bean bag forward of the trigger, no rear support, no bipods.

Three details to be shot; the first at 60 yards, the second also at 60 yards, and then the final detail at 80 yards.

Everyone had two cards for each detail, a practice card and a scoring card, and twelve minutes to put ten holes in the scoring card.

We were hoping for dry weather, and we got our wish. We were hoping for a little bit of a breeze just to spice things up, and we got more than we asked for. The wind was running at a fairly steady 18 to 20 mph, roughly over your left shoulder, but as the orientation of the five lanes spread out in a fan shape, this meant more drift on one side than the other. The killer lane was number 4, whatever turbulence the hedge than runs along the side of the field produced, it was far more on lane 4 than on lane 5 which was closer to the hedge.

Targets were the regular 50m rimfire cards. You can just make them out in the photo.



One of our newest members who hasn't even bought his own rifle yet, happens to be a left ****** like myself, borrowed my Airwolf with a Falcon T50 on top, and promptly put in the best score in detail 2.

Edit: oops! I used a colloquial term for left hander and the swearword filter took exception. I know what I meant..........................

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Old 27th October 2014, 04:27 AM
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Love long distance shooting, got any pics of the cards once shot Rich?
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Old 27th October 2014, 05:20 AM
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Nevermind the scorecard, got any pictures of the hooker
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Nevermind the scorecard, got any pictures of the hooker
Pmsl that was just the tonic I needed at 8am on a Monday morning! Brilliant Brian!

I like how you got round the filter too
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Old 27th October 2014, 07:01 AM
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I think we may still have some cards. I will only be able to scan the centre though, as they won't fit into my scanner at full size.

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Didnt anyone help him on the left who fell over?
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Old 27th October 2014, 04:45 PM
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OK, here are the centres of some of the cards. The first one is from Bill H and this was the best card in detail 1.




Next, Roger's card from detail 2; this was the top score in that detail.



Then we put the targets out to 80 yards. Best score was from Bill S and this is his card. There are only seven holes in it; three were off the roundel to the right.



I've slightly doctored all of the cards to make them easier to see; I've digitally enlarged the shot hole to 22 calibre as near as I can on centre with the holes left by the 177 pellets.

Bill H was using a MPR with 8.4 grain AA pellets. Roger - as I said earlier - was using my Airwolf and 10.3 grain JSB heavies. Bill S was shooting his Hammerli AR20 and I think probably with 7.9 Exact Express.
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Old 30th October 2014, 04:38 AM
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Great stuff! Thanks Rich, Very hard finding really calm days, some good shooting there!

I had a go at putting 5 shots inside a 1" circle. I waited for a totally windless early morning and managed to get 4 inside with one drifting out due to a babys breath of wind that was barely discernible....Great fun!
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Old 30th October 2014, 07:25 AM
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I think what was also interesting on a technical level, was the fact that most cards as per the top two above showed the shooter had the elevation about right, but the variation in the wind speed caused the side to side difference, and there was no sign of the vertical component which the experts say is there.

I've always found any vertical component to wind drift with a sub 12fpe rifle to be so small as not worth bothering with; the bigger issue is judging the wind speed, and I know that RobF is of a similar mind.
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Agreed Rich. Next you'll be saving pellets can't be pushed up and down by wind below or heavy air sinking...

What were the others like at 80?
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