Windicator?

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by Talented Mr Ripley, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Talented Mr Ripley

    Talented Mr Ripley Non member

    Can anyone give me some advice on how to make one and what to use?

    Its for a Steyr so I was wondering what to attach it to as the cylinder is removed to charge.

    Thanks
     
  2. Charlts

    Charlts Getting dusty

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    I'd like to get an idea on this please, got some knob twiddling coming up soon.:D

    Ryan
     
  3. RobF

    RobF Administrator Staff Member

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    I use a cable tie as the 'arm'... you have to make sure that you use the type with no minimum size, as some are 'blank' for the last part so they wont close down tight enough for a barrel.

    I can then slide it off or rotate it to suit.

    Mine's folded over to provide a bit more ridigity, and gaffer taped.

    Rich found some really good stuff in his missus's shop, which is like a nylon decoration edge... so unless it's really hammering it, it doesn't absorb much water (so doesn't get heavy), it doesn't have memory, and it doesn't wobble.

    I also have a little bit of black string which I use for those stupidly light breezes at places like bisley, that won't move a blade of grass but will move a kill.

    The cable tie enables me to position the windy so that i can see it with my left eye, and it superimposes itself onto my right eye's view through the scope.

    So, you want something that's light, but doesn't wobble or swing, doesn't flutter, and doesn't hold water.

    I shoot a lot off my windy, but i'm starting to learn that you need to pay attention to more out there... when you have breeze from behind, it can get pulled into the vortex your body creates and gives you a false reading. It also took me 3-4 visits to my home range to see the same thing happen around a tree, which meant i constantly went the wrong side of the same target every time.
     
  4. luddite

    luddite I Love HFT

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    Source an electrical tie and fasten loosely around the barrel just behind the air stripper/muzzle brake, drill a hole in the end and fasten a length of wool through it.

    Hey presto - a windicator.
     
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  5. john0108

    john0108 Member

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    Cheers for letting me have a go with your dommie & leup on Sunday Ryan. DONT expect a hand shake next time your in the North West though:eek:

    John
     
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  6. CoolId

    CoolId New Member

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    The only other viable option I've found is that some VAX plastic hose clips are the same size as the cylinder. Drill a small hole through the base and fit a wire. You can then attach your thread to the other end of the wire using a small piece of silicon tubing

    I'm sure RobF can take a picture and post it on Saturday if anyone is interested

    Regards

    Dave
     
  7. alan-aitch

    alan-aitch I'll practice tomorrow...............

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    I use a re-usable cable tie with a length of Chennille (sp) taped to the end. I usually have a piece of electrical tape around the cylinder so the tie doesn't mark it.

    Find a fishing tackle shop that supplies fly tying material and you should find chennile. Some lovely colours too :D
     
  8. Ripleysniper

    Ripleysniper Team Walther 2011

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    windicator

    I use a cable tie with a small hole in the end. tie some very fine fishing line throungh the hole and on the other end I use a small feather which I glued to the line, works a treat.
     

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