Advice Please

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by Snipermonkey, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Snipermonkey

    Snipermonkey New Member

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    I have recently taken up shooting, and really enjoy it.
    I have an Ultra.177 which I like shooting, my partner has now bought me an air arms s400, I got the carbine version, as a tiny female it felt right.

    I really want to take up HFT, bit nervous as I expect everyone will be really good.

    I would like some advice please on scopes, does anyone have an opinion on either

    MTC 10x42

    Hawke Sidewinder Tac 30 10x42

    Any advice would be welcomed, thank you
     
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  2. chrisc

    chrisc Lucky git

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Firstly, don't be nervous about attending any HFT shoots as you'll find the people very friendly and supportive. Don't fret about being the lowest score as somone has to come last and you will soon learn enough so that you can drag yourself a few rungs higher, in fact that's what it's all about. First challenge yourself to achieve a bronze badge...then a silver and then a gold, after that there's no limit:D

    Now , as to scopes....:confused::D:D

    This is an absolute minefield as both scopes you mention will do the business for HFT. There are some on the circuit that love the Hawke TAC 10x42 but i found it gave me too much parallax error and made me miss closer, reduced kill size targets. I personally use the MTC viper 10x44 and love it but many other shooters just can't get on with it.

    The best advice is to pop along to a local club that has HFT shooters and ask to try as many scopes as possible as one that might suit someone else wouldn't be good for you. In a perfect world you should buy both scopes second hand and have a go with both on a proper HFT course as then you'll see the pro's and cons of both scopes in the 'real world'.

    There is a HFT shoot at Worcester air rifles this Sunday...why dont you pop along with the family and see what it's all about. I'm shooting the first session but if you fancy going just drop me a message and i'll introduce you to some very friendly people.
     
  3. Shaun

    Shaun Active Member

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    Hi,

    I agree with Chris, don't worry at all about your standard of shooting just go along and have some fun :)

    Shaun
     
  4. RobF

    RobF Administrator Staff Member

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    that's the way.

    hell you could be really good, but you won't know unless you jump in. Daunting i know, but the HFT crew are a good bunch and are very welcoming of new shooters :) Have a go ;)
     
  5. Artfull-Bodger

    Artfull-Bodger Member

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    If you take the outlook of the only person you are trying to beat is yourself then you take away any insecurities you have about your ability, if you shoot 10% of the highest score on your first comp, all you need to worry about is bettering that score next time out!

    noone points and laughs at beginners scores, its only the top shots who mess up get ribbed!:D
     
  6. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    Don't worry come along and have some fun,the HFT boys and girls will always help you out with any questions you have about the sport.
     
  7. Kenny-W

    Kenny-W New Member

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    I can only Echo what others have said, it seems a life time ago since the 'Jocks' invaded the HFT scene!

    We were all fired with enthusiasm and also with dread of showing ourselves up!!!
    By the time we got through the first 'social night' and onto the course the following day, we forgot all about the anxiety of shooting well because we were now surrounded by like minded fellow shooters.

    Basically just turn up with what you have and i can assure you that you will have a great day out, so much so that you will probably not even be focussing on how well your doing ;)

    Kenny
     
  8. Suzukiphil

    Suzukiphil Member

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    Go for it

    Iwould advise the same as the others, take what kit you've got along to Worcester and have a go! I'm doing my first HFT there on Sunday, not sure anyone I know will be there, but, I am sure it will have the same friendly, community atmosphere that I found when I took the plunge at my first FT shoot.
     
  9. Snipermonkey

    Snipermonkey New Member

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    Thank you everyone for your kind words and advice.
    I will try to make it on Sunday, but I am flying to the USA on Tuesday, and have alot to do.
    If not, we will certainly start attending once we get back
     

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