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Thread: DSC 1 Shooting Test.

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    Distinguished Member tartinjock's Avatar
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    DSC 1 Shooting Test.

    I appologise, I'm sure this will have been covered before but I can't find the post if it has.

    I have my DSC in 10 Days, I have read and read till my eyes bleed, I test myself on the Deer Quest CD, Constantly getting over 90%. Some of the ones I get wrong are a result of the CD not the latest edition which has the updated regs from Oct 07. Not a problem as I know they will be wrong but I need to put an answer into the computer to progress.

    The question I have is-

    For the shooting test, can I use Reloaded Ammo? If not why not? I have no factory ammo now for my .243 only reloaded ammo. As I am now rezeroed with factory ammo, therefor not needing to zero on the day.

    There is nothing in the joining instructions that say factory ammo MUST be used. If this is the case, they recommend atleast 40 rounds taken on the day, that's over £50 for a course that's already cost £275.



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    Distinguished Member tartinjock's Avatar
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    I will be bringing this point up on the "End of course debrief" even if they don't have one...This information needs to be published with the course joining instructions. I'm doing my course reasonably local so I know where the dealers are to get ammo, the problem with that is, no time to get it, I will be travelling from 0730 and returning anytime after 6pm.

    What if they have none in stock. This is the primary reason I started reloading, constant supply. Then of course, if they have got the ammo, depending on what they have, you can pay between £20-£40 if they only have silver tips in...

    Cheers 300wsm


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    When I did mine they just wanted you to use your everyday rifle and ammo. And in terms of rests, supports etc - the criteria was if you use it for stalking, you can use it on the range. And if you wanted to use a full shooting bench, then you would need to carry it first up the hill (2,000ft) to demonstrate that this was a usuable peice of your every day kit.

    In terms of home loaded ammo our course instructor loaded up lots of ammo for those who were using his rifle which was available to those who didn't have an appropriate weapon.

    Unless specifically instructed that you MUST use factory ammo, I would n't ask the question. If your rifle and ammo is shooting well and you have confidence in it - don't change a thing.

    The shooting test is actually pretty simple and does NOT require any spectacular feats of shooting. Provided you can group 3 rounds into a four inch circle at 100 yds you should be fine. Do check the Deer target you are using and clearly understand where the scoring bits are - it is actually pretty low down and forward on the beast.

    I remember when I did, the best score was posted by a lady firearms liason officer who was doing the course to find out more about deerstalking - she had never fired a rifle prior to the day of the test and just followed instructions to the letter.

    Those who had problems were:

    1) a couple of experienced shots who fiddled with their rifles over the few days before ( ie pulled the action out of the stock, gave it a good clean, changed the zero, changed ammo etc).

    2) those who had borrowed a rifle specifically for the shooting test.

    3) those who had installed a bipod when they don't normally use one etc. and equally came unstuck.

    4) who hadn't appreciated how low on the target the vital zone is - there were a couplde of experience stalkers who tend to shoot at long range on the hill who had their rifle sighted to 250yds and put all their shots above the vital zone.

    The response from the assessors on the was along the lines of don't blame the equipment - if that had been a real live animal. it would now be wounded and not dead.

    My advice is to just take your time, relax and enjoy the day.

    Good luck


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    Hi TJ,

    I completed my DSC1 in April. You were allowed to use reloads - you just had to advise the instructors you were doing so.


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    Distinguished Member tartinjock's Avatar
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    Cheers everyone.

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    i would think you would be fine tj,they never asked me when i did lad used a .222 nearly 3 years ago and nothing was said.good luck with it mate im sure you will fly it.

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    I did my DSC1 last year with the BDS and I was told by the instructor prior to attending I could use reloads or factory but they must be expanding.

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    the week before ! I HAD A NEW BATCH OF AMMO and I WAS PANTS,2" at 100, **** myself!!! . If you have a new batch of ammo check zero prior to shoot if possible , there may be some change. get em tiger., Trapper

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    FWIW..... When I did DSC1 with Highland Branch BDS I used reloads in the 7x57, not a problem on the day.

    Ditto at the recent Deer Management Course Shooting test at Wadhurst with the .260. Not a problem either.

    Several of the Guys used reloads.

    Also, if I am not stating the blindingly obvious, you may notice that the '10' ring on the BDS Roe Buck Target is somewhat further to the rear of the beast than one would normally shoot a real one, so aim for the brown bit that looks like 'England' .

    Best of Luck on the day

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