Rangefinders ?

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by sunbeam, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. sunbeam

    sunbeam Member

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    Hi,

    I'm struggling to learn distance for HFT.

    I thought I could go down to the range, and in my own time and not during a comp, guess the distance of the targets and then check my guess with a rangefinder. I know you can't use them in a comp, but to get my eye in, it may well help to teach me range.

    We change our targets all the time, so there is no advantage during a comp as the targets will have moved. I'm sure a rangefinder will teach me range.

    Can anybody advise me on a cheap lazer finder one that works OK. Or is there a used one out there?
    Cheap being well under £100 !

    Thanks,
    Rob.
     
  2. johnharper

    johnharper Member

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    there is a good sticky on here from one of the HFT gods a brian sampson
    i'm sure that will help you in your endevors
    http://www.shooting-the-breeze.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7503
    atvb
    john
     
  3. sunbeam

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  4. Brian.Samson

    Brian.Samson Allowed in Sales Staff Member

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    If you've got a mildot scope and your club uses standard targets (Nockover or Gamo) then you can bracket the distance to the target more accurately than you can with a laser range finder.

    I'm updating the rangefinding manual I wrote years ago because things have moved on quite alot since I wrote it back in 2006.

    If you want to produce a custom bracketing chart and you have an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, IPod touch) or an Android phone/tablet then you could download my HFT bracketing chart app which might help you.

    Search for HFT Mildots in the App Store or Google Play.
    See here for some info on the app - http://www.anstonftc.co.uk/hft-mildots/

    Also have a quick read of the basic rangefinding article in the Novice to Ninja series
    http://www.anstonftc.co.uk/basic-range-finding-in-hft/

    I'm writing the next article in the series which goes into more specifics about how to range find by eye combined with how to use your scopes parallax to help you.
     
  5. paul4be

    paul4be Why do I bother????????

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    It was certainly interesting listening to you calling ranges while we were shooting today Brian, the vast majority were pretty bloody close :)
     
  6. Brian.Samson

    Brian.Samson Allowed in Sales Staff Member

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    Hiya Paul, you should have said you were Paul4be on here, didn't realise it was you mate. Top standing / kneeling shooting today - you made it look embarrassingly easy.
     
  7. paul4be

    paul4be Why do I bother????????

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    Thanks Brian, just a shame about silly misses on what should have been "easier" targets :eek:o:eek:o

    Onwards and upwards for the next one :D
     

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