I had a great day at the Epperstone range (Notts) yesterday - it was an open day, free to use - lots of good advice and help from very nice people.
Amongst the rifles in use were .17, .22, .243, .308, 30 06, 7.92mm - and some monster older calibres - a Martini 477/450? and a US civil war Kentucky rifle, I don't recall the calibre, just the noise!
I went along to meet some new people and shoot a few rounds, but everyone was so nice it turned out to be a really informative and fun day.
There was a mix of experienced, newbies and never shot a rifle befores - but everyone was well looked after.
I'd fiddled about with the mounting of the scope the night before, so it needed zeroing in a big way, ive tried a few different factory loads so far (with mixed success), and took along some Sako .243 90g Gamehead's this time to see how the rifle liked them.
Anyhow, after wasting a load of ammunition fiddling around with the zero, I ended up as below:
These seven shots were taken straight after each other - prone at 100m - in my defence the top three were from a very hot barrel!
I have a been a bit worried about the scope reticle, its a post type - and had been thinking about changing to a crosshair type, but im a bit more confident now - so thats saved me a few pounds.
We also had a mini competition at a deer target:
1 shot prone 100m
1 shot kneeling 100m
1 shot standing 75m
1 shot kneeling 75m
1 shot sitting 75m
Boy did I wobble sitting and standing, I had three good shots - 2 x 10 points and a 9 point - and two shockers not even on the deer!. Still, it tought me the value of a set of sticks for next time.
So a big thanks to everyone who organised the day.