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Thread: DSC1 and generally learning to be a respectable user of a centrefire.

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    DSC1 and generally learning to be a respectable user of a centrefire.

    I am sure this has been asked a million times, but I am new, please put up with me.

    I plan to get myself on a DSC1 course as soon as I can raise the funds after buying my .243 (and a baby coming in July!).
    I am assuming that DSC1 is generally considered a good option by other forum members?

    I've just received my grant for .243 with the condition I have a sponsor. My sponsor is someone I truly respect and will be tailing whenever I get the chance.

    BUT

    What tips, tricks, general advice etc etc can you give someone brand new to centrefire?

    Thanks all, I know that's a bit vague, but you all started at some point.

    Tom

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    Tom,

    Welcome to the forum. Jelen Deer Services operate a DSCL1 course on a monthly basis and have a good reputation and excellent pass rate. The team will be able to help and advise you - as they did me and several others on here - and they aren't too far away from you. People like Ian F on here are also excellent role models and will give you good advice.

    I'd say get out on some stalks as it's the best (only) way to really learn.

    E t R
    Nooooooooooooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!! Our main weapon is.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomBettle View Post
    I am sure this has been asked a million times, but I am new, please put up with me.

    I plan to get myself on a DSC1 course as soon as I can raise the funds after buying my .243 (and a baby coming in July!).
    I am assuming that DSC1 is generally considered a good option by other forum members?

    I've just received my grant for .243 with the condition I have a sponsor. My sponsor is someone I truly respect and will be tailing whenever I get the chance.

    BUT

    What tips, tricks, general advice etc etc can you give someone brand new to centrefire?

    Thanks all, I know that's a bit vague, but you all started at some point.

    Tom
    If you are not already a member of a rifle club join one. It will give you the opportunity of using a range to zero your rifle and also socialise with and get advice from more experienced shots and generally helps to keep the police happy.

    Regarding the DSC1 this will mean getting hold of the manual and learning it before going on your course & assessments. In respect of the shooting test get plenty of practice to develop comfortable, movement free positions, these are illustrated on the "Deer Initiative" website and elsewhere. I found about 10 minutes a day dry firing particularly useful. Also find a round that suits your rifle (90grn-95grn will suit your .243 and is legal for all deer and the test in England), check the tightness of your barrel to the stock, scope & scope mounts. The greater preparation you do prior to the course & assessments significantly improves your chances of success and if you are well prepared you will find the whole process enjoyable and easy. Good luck. Tim

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    Thanks guys for the really fast answers.
    I have got hold of the DSC1 prep DVD which I plan to digest prior to doing anything more.
    I have thought about joining a club, but I am struggling to find anywhere with a decent range relatively locally.
    The Tunnel just this side of Axminster (hour or so) seems the closest? Does anyone know of somewhere more local? We have lots of clubs, but they seem to specialise in shotgun, air rifle and small bore.

    Thanks again chaps... it's all being noted.

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    Tom

    A long time ago, my Dad said to me to join the BDS, and as it turned out it was an excellent order.

    Good luck. JCS

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    Tom
    It may be a bit far but I do have quite a few people come up from Dorset and we can cater for all your stalking requirements.

    HME

    Welcome to Corinium Rifle Range

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    Joining the BDS if you are not already a member is a good move. They run range days once in a while. They ran one on on East Holme range not so long ago which isn't far from you. There are also other (target) shooting clubs that shoot on East Holme fairly regularly. Some others on here might know the name of the one I am thinking of. Time on the range is never wasted! Just don't be drawn into the target shooters world of bigger scopes and heavier rifles. There is nothing wrong with light stalking rifle with a respectable 6x42 on the top. Stick with it, find some ammo it likes, get it zeroed, and then over time learn (and record) how it shoots over different distances and how different firing positions effect the point of impact. You don't have to be an expert to pass the DSC 1 shooting test though so don't worry about that. Just get some practice in before hand. I am just down the road from you, but I don't think your conditions will allow you to shoot on my makeshift range! PM me if you need anything though. Always willing to help if I can.

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    Hi Tom, welcome to our community ans welcome to shooting. You seem to be taking a very good approach by looking to get training and pass your DSC level1. There are some good training aids around and some of these mentioned already. I did my DSC level 1 last year but built my own set of lessons to help me learn the theory and identification. I went on to develop a new website dedicated to this which is at

    http://www.dsctraining.org

    Whichever training route you choose, good luck with your test and good luck with the new baby!

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSC trainer View Post
    Hi Tom, welcome to our community ans welcome to shooting. You seem to be taking a very good approach by looking to get training and pass your DSC level1. There are some good training aids around and some of these mentioned already. I did my DSC level 1 last year but built my own set of lessons to help me learn the theory and identification. I went on to develop a new website dedicated to this which is at

    http://www.dsctraining.org

    Whichever training route you choose, good luck with your test and good luck with the new baby!

    Steve
    I second the above, but i'm not entirely without bias cos i know Steve and played around with the site when he was building it. We found a way of revising for the DSC which suited us - Steve only got one question wrong ! - and as a result wrote the site. Have a look and there's a free trial too

    scrun

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    DSC Trainer
    I have three guys coming to me for the assessment only next Monday, when I was chatting to them I mentioned the safety questions to them, neither recognised what I was talking about, I assume they are there, I did tell them that it would be highly unlikely they would not be. Are they in a separate section?

    Regards

    HME

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