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Barry

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  1. Barry

    New Scope

    Hmmmmm. Thats my difficulty. Only .2mrad between each of 45, 50 and 55 yards 🙄
  2. Barry

    New Scope

    I’m borrowing one on Sunday for a try out.........
  3. Barry

    Heavies....

    I’ll be ordering a sleeve too (come on Mr taxman....hurry up!!)
  4. Barry

    Heavies....

    Steve did some testing using my heavies earlier this year Holly. Used five different rifles, only ones I can remember are my Cricket, his Daystate, an FTP 900. I think I remember them dropping quite a lot out of his Daystate, producing a flyer every fifth shot from the FTP and mine? Well the Cricket is a given else I wouldn’t be using them. Simon High tried them through his newly barrelled Steyr on the same day and couldn’t get a group. Ive stated before although I can’t be sure, I think it’s got a lot to do with barrel choke and spin rate. I don’t know what the other rifles barrels are choked at or what their spin rate is but the Cricket barrel has minimal choke. Having extolled the pellets virtues in the wind, I need to stop giving so much! I started giving outside edge yesterday when the wind picked up a little. I should’ve stopped doing that immediately! 🙄 I didn't!!!!!!!! ,, Your experience of extreme drop after 50 yards corresponds with Steve’s Daystate. In the Cricket the POI at 55 is hardly different from 8.44s. Although there are significant differences in trajectory (loop) on the way there. Strange I know but chatting with Nat yesterday she’s experiencing similar with a few clicks only difference. They do have quite a high BC compared to the lighter pellets.
  5. Barry

    Heavies....

    I rate them. 10.3 JSBs. Everything from 10 to 55 yards within 2.5 Mrad. That’s 1 over and 1.5 under the crosshair. Don’t know how many clicks that’s worth as I don’t dial. The trajectory is similar to the lighter pellet (8.4) but they hit harder. Mind you, it’s been a while since I hit anything as far away as 55 yards unrested 🙄 Although I can hit 55 yard mini spinners on the zero range at the club from a seated position reasonably consistently, so I’m claiming misranging as the cause of my misses on the lanes. In common with other cricket owners, I haven’t found anything better through this barrel.
  6. Barry

    HFT scopes what should I buy

    Agreed. Bracketing seems risky without something of a known dimension. It’s also a black art, which I’m still learning. However, at ICENI, there are reliable known dimensions in both the targets, and the target number plates, I’ve measured ‘em 😉 My outfit is mainly used for pest control. Club days are an occasional fun treat. I should’ve kept my reply to Mat as great scope, clear glass, nice ret, good quality and not dear. 😄
  7. Barry

    Pellet testing at the club.

    When I was running 8.44s at around 780fps, I chronoed the gun with 10.33s out of curiosity. I think I remember it being something like 12.5ftlbs! At 740fps. So 40 FPS slower but 1ftlb more muzzle energy. Surprisingly, there isn’t the difference in POI you would imagine at like muzzle energy. I run the Cricket at 11.6ftlbs and my poi at 55 yards is half inch lower than 8.44s at the same energy. (Through my rifle). Sadly, for FT shooters, there doesn’t seem to be many barrels that they suit. At the club, our good Mr Carter tested them through an FTP900 and they were very good........except for the ‘every fifth shot flier’. I can’t remember if Steve put any through his Daystate. Our own Mr High’s Steyr hated them! As did Todd’s. I think Nat shot a couple through her Anschutz and they went very low. Ive been told it might be something to do with the lack of choking in the Crickets CZ barrels. I don’t know another Cricket owner (with the exception of Big Bazza) who uses anything else. Our purposes though are different. They do seem to hit very hard and don’t seem to over penetrate (or go right through) which are the reasons I use them. Im also convinced they take less wind. I gave an inch left on a pigeons head at about 40 yards today (rested gun) and watched the pellet sail past the bird and ‘on’ the crosshair.
  8. Barry

    HFT scopes what should I buy

    I don’t shoot HFT Matt, but I have a Delta ‘Titanium’ HFT 4.5-14 ffp. It has a mil hash ret which was developed by an Eastern European HFT shooter. I find it easier to measure top of hinge to halfway up KZ and in metric (standard and fixed size on all FT targets @112mm..............NOT so on HFT targets!) Metric target measurement makes a lot more sense to me and is easier to calculate. Reputedly manufactured in the same Japanese factory as the now defunct lightstream 4.5-14 ffp. It’s been suggested that apart from the ret, it probably is a lightstream. Certainly looks like one. Ive got better using it at x7 mag where the ret is finer. Cracking scope! Very clear optics. Well worth consideration. https://www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk/delta-optical-titanium-4-5-14x44-ao-ffp-hft-scope
  9. Now that is funny 😂
  10. Barry

    JSB ‘Heavies’

    I wish the scope was the 'Stryker' Colin. Mine's the 4.5-14 'Titanium'. 🙂 I know what you mean about the mag system Holly. I had the side plate altered on mine to hold the central pin back whilst changing mags. But for use at the club, I sourced a single shot loader. Bazza got one too. Pretty unrefined but they work very well. I don’t have an issue with the trigger, but then I’m not shooting competitions. I’ve certainly shot full size rifles with worse triggers.
  11. Barry

    JSB ‘Heavies’

    Not sure what the twist rate is Colin (they are CZ barrels). I do know there’s barely any choke in them. I don’t know if that has a bearing or not.
  12. Barry

    JSB ‘Heavies’

    The barrel in the Cricket seems to suit them Colin. Every owner I know of (through social media owners groups) favours the heavies in this rifle. You’re right though, Simon High tried some of mine through his new barrel and they were hopeless. Nice to have the option to use the lighter pellet if I ever feel the need, but I’ll stick with the heavies, they group as well, fly a very similar trajectory out of my barrel and at my guns power setting, and I believe, certainly the other day at least, they take a little less wind. For my purposes, just the job 😉
  13. Barry

    JSB ‘Heavies’

    I’ll have to retract some of the above. My near zero is actually 14 yards!! Damn my eyes! Having said that, my 8.44 near zero was 15 yards, so the heavies have a very similar trajectory. Yes holly, the rifle is legal and sub 12ftlbs. In fact, my first post gives the chrono reading.........🙄
  14. Barry

    JSB ‘Heavies’

    Had a day to play around with the cricket again today. I started using JSB 10.3 heavies as soon as I bought the gun. I was given 5 tins of different pellets to try and the heavies grouped the best out of all of them. Then I got persuaded that good old 4.53 8.44s was the way to go at the club. So, I experimented today. There was a steady and gentle breeze which felt fairly consistent. The shots alternated between heavies and 8.44s, in today’s wind, the heavies were taking an inch less wind at 55 yards. I set about setting the gun/scope up for the heavies again on the strength of that. I shot from 10 to 55 yards in 5 yard increments. The old zero with 8.44s was 40 yards far and 15 yards close. It took 7 clicks (milrad scope) to zero the heavies to 40 yards far, the near zero changed to 10 yards. There were anomalies mid range with the pellet reaching TOT at 20 yards and a most other aim points changed to correspond with what I was expecting. Now for the surprise! There was no change at all at 55 yards, none. 8.44s require 1.5 Mil hash holdover, and so do 10.3s! The BC of the heavies has been found to be .032. They certainly fly very nicely and group as good as the lighter pellets at 55 yards. The entire range from 10 to 55 yards is covered within 3 mil hash. 1.5 up for 20 yards and 1.5 down for 55 yards. The rifle chronos at 11.7 ftlbs. I know insufficient about ballistics to offer anything further than this, the evidence of my own eyes. The rifle was rested throughout. I’m using the heavies from now on in the Cricket. Then I spent the rest of the day tracking a -covered in gore- Harris Hawk that had taken a crow and wouldn’t -covered in gore- come back to daddy. 3 hours, 25 degrees, filthy stinking landfill, errant bird. Not amused. She ate the whole crow and has a crop the size of my fist! All in all, a good day all round.
  15. Barry

    Chinese Quality ? SMK

    Yup, the magazine system is poor. Air Rifle Tech modified the sideplate on mine which holds the bolt back. I’ve got a single shot loader for club days.
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