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    Sublime/Ridiculous a tale of two range trips

    Is there a karma God of rifle shooting?

    Last night I visited my father-in-law and we took a trip to his gun club where he had OK'd it for me to zero my 22 rimfire on their indoor range. I had the rifle completely to pieces to re-finish it before I ever fired a shot and I wanted to take the chance to get it zeroed.
    I propped it on a bag, squeezed the trigger and as the first shot with any rifle does it took me somewhat by surprise, so I discounted it and took a second shot.
    Pulled it.
    Try again.
    That's more like it! Right on the point of aim with no adjustment. Two more shots confirmed it, with NO adjustment whatsoever the rifle was shooting precisely where I pointed it (and making a tidy group too.) Smugly I went home.

    Today was the turn of the 270, and a drive over to Garlands to use their range. The weather made me late for my slot despite having left myself an extra half hour I arrived 20 minutes into my hour slot.
    The target was instantly soggy when I put it up, and so was I. Looking through my brand new Vortex scope was like looking out from behind a waterfall, and when I squeezed the trigger I had no hope of seeing where the bullet had struck.
    I spent the next 40 minutes resolutely trailing back and forth through the mud to look at the target/stick it back on/put up a new one because the rain had turned it to mush, and at the end of my slot two blokes turned up needing to use the range after me, so I just had to drive home not really much better off than when I started.

    So yes, there is karma in shooting and for every perfect session there's an awful one waiting!

    I'm off to Calton Moor tomorrow where it's dry!
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    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
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    I use steel plate targets on the ground I shoot over, far easier....
    Bore sight @ 25 yards which get the vertical quite close, drive to the farm, the plates are on poles so push them in the ground in front of an earth bank.
    Dial in the vertical @ 50ys then move back to 100 and finish off @ 200.

    The plates are painted white, you can see the strike/hole on the plate, Get the vertical right first then sort out the horizontal, doing them together is like spinning plates.

    The last fox I shot seemed a bit low so last night I took a 4" dia steel target on a pole 1/2 hr early as I was going to sit in a high seat. 1/2 a mile to the seat I shot the target twice into the wind @ 100 yards off the sticks .
    It was spot on, so I went to the seat, no deer but the gun was spot on.

    I guess you have land and on your FAC "zeroing on land" ?

    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim.243 View Post
    I use steel plate targets on the ground I shoot over, far easier....
    Bore sight @ 25 yards which get the vertical quite close, drive to the farm, the plates are on poles so push them in the ground in front of an earth bank.
    Dial in the vertical @ 50ys then move back to 100 and finish off @ 200.

    The plates are painted white, you can see the strike/hole on the plate, Get the vertical right first then sort out the horizontal, doing them together is like spinning plates.

    The last fox I shot seemed a bit low so last night I took a 4" dia steel target on a pole 1/2 hr early as I was going to sit in a high seat. 1/2 a mile to the seat I shot the target twice into the wind @ 100 yards off the sticks .
    It was spot on, so I went to the seat, no deer but the gun was spot on.

    I guess you have land and on your FAC "zeroing on land" ?

    Tim.243
    Must admit I should probably have been a bit more methodical today but the weather and time were conspiring against me. I should have booked Calton Moor in the first place but Garlands is both closer and cheaper. Serves me right...

    I don't have any land of my own (paid stalks and invitations only), but I do have the "zeroing on ranges and on land" condition so no problem with using non-club ranges.
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
    Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    Must admit I should probably have been a bit more methodical today but the weather and time were conspiring against me. I should have booked Calton Moor in the first place but Garlands is both closer and cheaper. Serves me right...

    I don't have any land of my own (paid stalks and invitations only), but I do have the "zeroing on ranges and on land" condition so no problem with using non-club ranges.
    Then look for foxing/rabbits ground, that will be a start! You don't need deer ground to zero...!!

    Tim.243
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    Carlton moor is spot on if you can't get it zeroed there your really in the gods bad book

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakey jake View Post
    Carlton moor is spot on if you can't get it zeroed there your really in the gods bad book
    Haven't been before but it does look top class so fingers crossed!
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
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    Make sure Mike makes you a brew ;-)
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    All breeds of dogs trained, puppies and older dogs sometimes available
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    Have a look at his trophies as well not a bad red in his hall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrens Mews View Post
    Make sure Mike makes you a brew ;-)
    Quote Originally Posted by shakey jake View Post
    Have a look at his trophies as well not a bad red in his hall
    Will do!
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
    Blog

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    Well the drive back was a terrible pain in the backside, but it was worth it. Great facility, some cracking trophies and a couple of truly helpful and friendly blokes.
    Best of all I had a chat with Mike and found that his stalking is very sensibly priced, which will make me sure to visit again!
    See my blog for - My kindly sponsored DSC1 course and chart my progress from deer virgin to stalking veteran
    AND my new puppy progress DIARY
    Blog

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