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  1. sculleymarsh

    sculleymarsh New Member

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    Hi everyone, shot my first 'real' air rifle at the daystate stand at Hiclere castle this weekend on what I think was an HFT comp layout?!?:).........mmmmmmmmmm, have to say I think I'm officially hooked to this fun and games already. had a few hobbies and know that once you start their is always an upgrade available. on a serious note, how much is it going to cost me to begin to compete with a rifle,scope etc that will give me the performance level required to be cutting the mustard? (providing I Haven't got two left fingers that is :)) new or used too as an initial set up?
    Thanks for any advice that can steer 'new boy' in the right direction :confused:
    Cheers
    Sculley
     
  2. Charlts

    Charlts Getting dusty

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    Hi Sculley, glad you enjoyed it, you'll find some of the chaps from the have a go stand are members here too.:) Kit wise the best advice I can give is find an HFT club near to you and rock along to speak with the members there and try there kit.:) Most clubs have members who're geniuses with one rifle or another and there's usually a for sale board as people upgrade or chop and change.

    Good luck, hope to see you at a comp some time.:)

    Ryan
     
  3. JAGXKRS

    JAGXKRS Sparky's Bodyguard

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    His nearest HFT club is Quarry Charlt's :D

    Scully welcome.
     
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  4. Pod

    Pod New Member

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    Hi Sculley. Really pleased you had a go on the range at Highclere - its a great way to catch the bug and that's why Daystate and the Cambridge HFT club put them on at the shows.

    You can set yourself up with full kit if you select s/hand purchases carefully, for about £600 pounds. That would get you an accurate enough rifle, reasonable scope, and a dive cylinder.

    If you start taking it really seriously and want to compete at the very top level then you are looking at £2,000+.
     
  5. BIGGS"N"WIFE

    BIGGS"N"WIFE New Member

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    Hi Sculley,

    Well what a weekend that was, very busy on our stand to say the least.We had approx 500 people come through and try out Daystate guns and try there hand at H.F.T.

    It was a UKAHFT spec course but a mini version, instead of the 30 shots you will find at a H.F.T comp we use 10 at the Countryman shows due to size of the land they give us and time it takes to give training on gun handling and showing people what H.F.T is all about.

    I was chuffed to bits when I saw your post because we all work very very hard on these events and to see all our hard work pay off is great, hope to see you on the UKAHFT circuit soon.
    As you have seen already by the post's you have recieved, everyone is willing to help and point you in the right direction ( these chap's are top shooters and do the national circuit regularly) .

    As Chris has said already Quarry should be near you ( the mecca of all thing's H.F.T' ish.).
    We had some Treetops leaflets on our stand, did you pick one up? Also if you collected one of our flyer's you will see I have put on there a few websites plus if you go on the UKAHFT site and look for Club Finder it will help.


    I would just like to say THANK-YOU to everyone for there help at these events..with out you it wouldn't happen.

    Bruce and the Wife

    Cambridge Airgun Club
     
  6. JAGXKRS

    JAGXKRS Sparky's Bodyguard

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    There is a very good Daystate MK3 for sale at Devizes Ranges (think its got an SR6 on top??) that is a proven gun (Its the one gun Chris Coombes admits he should not have sold), drop me a PM if you go over and I'll come and give you a hand. Can't make it Saturday cos I'm shooting the UK Matchplay but Friday afternoon would be good. :D

    Your looking for a .177 PCP so some idea's are

    Budget AirArms 400, Hawke SR6
    Mid Daystate MK3, Bushnell/EB Sniper
    High end Daystate MK4/Walther/Steyr, Leupold
     
  7. sculleymarsh

    sculleymarsh New Member

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    Thanks Buddy.........ooooooooh the quarry!? on initial research I noticed the quarry popped up quite a few times :) where abouts is it and how would I go about popping along and getting involved or at least meeting up with the Quarry crew

    Thanks all for a warm welcome!
     
  8. JAGXKRS

    JAGXKRS Sparky's Bodyguard

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    Have a look here mate

    http://www.quarryhunters.co.uk

    There is a 30 shot HFT comp on a week Sunday 12 Jun when there will be a few of us there. It is a trek but well worth it, drop me a PM if your coming and you can gun share if you have not got one already.
     
  9. sculleymarsh

    sculleymarsh New Member

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    Thanks Bruce for all the info, really helpful. 'myself and Condor Paul :)' were the two guys that had an 'all day one on one', spent enough to buy a rifle between us and you commended us for taking out the 'rabbit in a box with the really small eye kill zone' that people were struggling with all day :eek: (beginners luck I'm sure). we both thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm sure you will see Sculley & Condor at a HFT course near you soon
     
  10. sculleymarsh

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    Sounds fantastic, thank you for your hospitality!! I'm pretty sure I am free that weekend so I will stay in touch for sure.

    with regards to the below, what sort of money are we talking for this set up? how long would that last me before I would need to upgrade? how does that compare to a Mk4 with electronic trigger etc? am I really better holding out until I can afford a good deal on a Mk4 with scope etc and then be done for a fair period of time? or do you think this would be a good set up to start with for the money and that I wouldn't notice the electronic side at my level?


    Many thanks

    Sculley

    There is a very good Daystate MK3 for sale at Devizes Ranges (think its got an SR6 on top??) that is a proven gun (Its the one gun Chris Coombes admits he should not have sold), drop me a PM if you go over and I'll come and give you a hand. Can't make it Saturday cos I'm shooting the UK Matchplay but Friday afternoon would be good.

    Your looking for a .177 PCP so some idea's are
     
  11. JAGXKRS

    JAGXKRS Sparky's Bodyguard

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    That MK3 (FTR) compares very well with pretty much any MK4 and as you seem to like the electronics your in luck as MK3's are also electronic, unless you really wanted to you would not need to upgrade, its more than capable of competing at the very top. Think its up for £675 but I'm sure Paul would listen to a reasonable offer, basically for what you would pay for a new MK4 ( £1120 new at BAR gun only), you could get a MK3, Scope & Bottle and have enough change for the 10,000 pellets you'll go through in the first week.:D:D:D

    Chris
     
  12. Sparky

    Sparky Ich dien Staff Member

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    Hi Scully

    as Chris said you are welcome to come along to Quarry and also try a few guns, you can compete with a lot lower budget than £2000.

    Pete
     
  13. paul brickwood

    paul brickwood New Member

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    What a great day!!

    Just wanted to say thanks to all the guys that gave us ( yes, i'm Sculleys shooting partner...and beat him...twice!) some great advice at the show on Sunday...Best fun i've had in years. Special thanks goes to Dan, Bruce and his wife.Going to take your advice guys and go for the Daystate.
     
  14. JAGXKRS

    JAGXKRS Sparky's Bodyguard

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    Paul the offer to visit Quarry is open to you as well, appreciate its a trek but when you consider one of our members comes down from Rotherham at least once a month its worth it.;):D:D
     
  15. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    This was the rifle that was mentioned it wasnt an FTR i think it was a MK3 sports not sure.
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  16. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    There is another close Club that is open only on Sundays

    Old Downs Pursuits Cirencester
     

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