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Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by Dyke192, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Dyke192

    Dyke192 New Member

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    Hi all,

    help needed with picking a HFT/FT air rifle.
    i have in mind a AIR ARMS MPR FT or maybe EV2 .

    my background with guns are with shotguns doing skeet and the odd sporting course, but have no idea with air rifles just always wanted to do it.

    Also need help with scope.

    Any help needed

    thanks
     
  2. Lavant_Lad

    Lavant_Lad Old Git.

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    Buy nothing for now, locate and attend a local FT/HFT club and get to see whats being used, and try some if you can, there is quite a difference between a FT and HFT combo.
    Look ask and learn, could save you a fortune, and dont rule out second hand gear either.:)
     
  3. merc350

    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    +1:)
    sound advice:D
    Then buy a steyr;)
     
  4. Dyke192

    Dyke192 New Member

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    should have said really, ive been to a club and had a go with a Air Arms s400 classic really nice gun. i will mostly be doing in door Shooting at 25/30 yards, but looking on the net at other clubs and stuff like the Idea of HFT.
     
  5. merc350

    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    Mate. Anston FTC is very close to you. I'm sure one of the lads will be along but if not google them and get in contact. I was down there the other week on a fun shoot and they are a great bunch of blokes.

    They will point you in the right direction and you will be able to try guns and scopes etc to see which you get one with.

    Paul
     
  6. merc350

    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    You can't go wrong with a classic s400, can be used for indoor, ft and hft. Very accurate and super easy to look after yourself.:)
     
  7. Dyke192

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    i just didnt want to get something like that and 6 months down the line have to sell it for something better.
    i can push my self to the limit and get a ev2 but is there anything else i should be looking at.

    Like i say a will mainly be doing indoor 25/30yards but will look at doing other areas.
     
  8. merc350

    merc350 Just wants to shoot...

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    The s400 will out perform most people shooting it.
    If you buy one and then sell it in 6 months you will get what you paid for it, provided you don't bling it up with lots of new parts.
    It will be super accurate 25/30 yards.
     
  9. Dyke192

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    would a walther 8-32x56ft be ok ? what are its limits etc
     
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    What type of indoor shooting are you contemplating? Is this going to be paper punching? If so, then you are shooting at rimfire distances; there aren't any competitions indoors so far as I know for air rifles at that distance.

    If you are sticking with indoors and you might be matched against 22LR rimfires then you would be advised to buy a 22 cal rifle. However if you are going to shoot FT or HFT 177 is de rigeur.

    An S400 would see you able to compete at a good level in FT or HFT subject to some stock adjustments and enhancements. Your scope choice is more difficult, as the requirements for FT and HFT are poles apart, and it is not really workable to "compromise".
     
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    OK indoor paper punching and probably a reasonable starter FT scope, but IMO NO good for HFT.
     
  12. Dyke192

    Dyke192 New Member

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    It will be mostly indoor target shooting not 100% sure on distances.
    25 meter bench rest ?
    What sort of scopes should I be looking at For indoor 25/30 yard shooting ?

    Should I rule out a ev2 or if funds allow consider one ?
     
  13. Dyke192

    Dyke192 New Member

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    How come the scope would be no good for hft ?
     
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    Well, in most variants of HFT you either can't touch the scope once you've started the course, or your options are very tightly limited. So you need a scope that will allow you to get all of the targets acceptably in focus, and that usually means no more than 10x mag and a front objective no bigger than 40 to 45mm.

    Higher mag scopes and larger objectives are ideal for differential focussing as you would employ in FT to help to determine the target range. That is disallowed in HFT.
     
  15. Dyke192

    Dyke192 New Member

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    thanks for the info
     
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    I do HFT and benchrest indoors 20 and 25 yards.

    I use two seperate rigs.

    HFT I use a DS Panther with a Bushnell 6500 2.5 - 16 x 42

    Benchrest I use a Ripley AR5s with a Tasco Classic 10-40x50.

    IMO with both disciplines most guns will out perform the shooter, but the scope does make a big difference.
     

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