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  1. isp airstream

    Same factory means nothing Holly, might be the same place that makes them for CZ but on the same machine with the same process? Who knows, but if these had been delivered to CZ they would have been sent back. Always an unknown with barrel's but these are a dead certainty It will be interesting to see what comes back from Sureshot
  2. Warning over Aeron CZ Barrels ?

    The one that's fully worked on is now OK at best but pellet fussy. If I was you I'd look to return or swap it. It's a £50 tops barrel that once it's had very extensive work performed shoots like an £80 barrel IMO. Sureshot has advised Phil it's a dodgy batch that slipped through at the factory but I'd be concerned that given how bad they are this isn't a one off and the next lot might look better but still have nasty things lurking. If Phil gets a replacement 16mm and it shoots 'god like' then I'd probably be happy to go with a replacement but until then I'd always have nagging doubts, and nagging doubts cost you targets even if they're unfounded.
  3. isp airstream

    Good man! Yeah, hopefully there will be a resolution soon for the Aeron 16mm barrels. To be honest Holly I would look to get a different one/refund depending on what the offer is. Phil has done a bucket load of work on his and it is now shooting straight but appears to be VERY pellet fussy (not in an anal 'oh this pellet groups 2mm CTC better than this one' but swings from atrocious to OK) but it isn't astounding enough to pay what you did for it. How long it stays shooting OK for is anyones guess, it might come from the 'CZ suppliers factory' but the one you have ain't a CZ and that will always bother you.
  4. isp airstream

    I'll keep the plink open but once we start shooting the left hand side will be closed as the last gate is right on the edge of it. We will have the signing in gazebo down at the plink as will the hot soup du jour station, other assorted hot beverages and the after shoot canapes. Don't eat all of them please.
  5. Interesting Steve, we tried some new stuff at our summer league last year and had 2 or 3 angled lanes per course which were a popular aspect. We've never made them really wide apart but enough that you need to swivel on your bag (but not move the bag). We've done this with 2 targets in the same lane of identical distance but one slightly higher up or in bright sunlight and it's amazing how many shooters make them at least 5 yards apart, even shooters with really expensive scopes. Like you say, mess with their head. Positionals I tend to work on the basis that 1 of each is going to be tough, 1 of each is fairly hard and the other 2 of each are relatively straight forward for everyone. Not really thought about the combined lengths but I suspect I'm going 10 yards longer that you are on standers but about the same for kneelers Combined lengths on sitters pretty much agree but I like to have one or 2 lanes that push the boat out a bit. Missing them is no discredit but if you get them both it's a big buzz especially if you're a C or B grade shooter and higher graded shooters can often overthink them and talk themselves into a double dink.
  6. Don't worry, none of us at the Buccs approve of the bean bag shuffle. Rotating on yer bottom 30 or 40 degrees yes, but not having to move half a yard before you can even see the target. Given all the guff the BFTA spout about safety and having to load in position I'm surprised this still goes on. Bouncing your bag to a new position with a loaded rifle doesn't feel very safe to me.
  7. Funnily enough just used that trick today building the course for Holly to clear next Sunday. I like shooting through gaps (as long as they are wide enough to give wind and I like targets in shade with sunlit ground beyond.
  8. isp airstream

    All of the ISP's I've stuck my digital gauge into over the past year have all had the reg set above 100 bar, one was 118. Doesn't seem to hurt accuracy but you might see a big power spike as it comes off reg. I keep mine mid 90's and power blip is now 10fps rather than 30+ and accuracy hasn't changed. If you fancy a gauge don't get an analogue one, digital is the only way to do it with any certainty. Even a £100 analogue is a waste of time and money.
  9. isp airstream

    How does it shoot?
  10. Yes, no silly angles but it does cause you to think about stuff. Personally I think having to move your bag is dangerous. The 'must be shootable from all positions' rule is often overlooked. We've got 2 members that can't kneel so we do ensure that kneelers are good to shoot standing plus we observe the 21 cm rule for anyone foolish enough to go prone, even though no one ever has at the club. Flat areas for standers and kneelers as well. That is the rules though, just not always followed. Not sure about the one easy target per lane, personally I think it's a real buzz for newer shooters if they clear a really nasty lane (especially if Woody/RobF/Cliffy/Steve P didn't), but I do consider that at regional level circa 40-50% should be doable for shooters with well set up kit (but not necessarily Steyr and Sightron level kit) and a season or two under their belt so are probably mid C grade standard. Setting 50% of a course for someone that got their first rifle 2 months ago is too easy at regional level, that's what the club league is for. We run a very popular summer club league which allows our newby members to get to grips with FT (and we put a mini FT course out every club day), and IMO this is where the sport needs to focus if they want more shooters, but at regional level the course needs to be testing without being consistently soul destroying for anyone that has skill but isn't AA grade. Shooting regional/national with only a few months experience, an S200 with a 16 mag scope is almost always going to end badly so not sure that the course setter should dwell too long on this one at risk of diluting the overall complexity too much? Sending a really new shooter out on a regional course is probably a little irresponsible of their club captain and I'm not a huge fan of the very PC approach 'everyone shot really well and everyone gets a trophy because there are no losers'. When I was C grade I won quite a few 1st place cups but I knew that it wasn't real as I was still 12 shots off the best score of the day, but that's just me. For some people it works well and keeps them shooting but I'm not sure it moves the sport onwards and upwards and it does introduce the possibility of ringers. I disliked being in C and B grade, and I'm not too happy being in A grade (again) but I don't shoot often enough to maintain AA grade consistency
  11. I'm curious to know what makes for a good winter league FT course. I've been setting and shooting courses for quite a few years now and tend to build them to my own taste so would welcome views. The rules is the rules so it's not about changing maximum distances or the +- 1 yard rule for 15mm mini's and being realistic we shoot in woodlands in winter so things like mud and slopes can't be helped. Some clubs have real limitations on where the firing line can be placed so shooting 360 degrees with gravel tracks that are nice and flat with big gaps between gates is great but can't always be accommodated. Starter for 10, none of this is necessarily right so feel free to disagree... A few angled lanes where you have to swivel to get the 2nd target. Lazy shooters will ignore the idea of 'natural aim point' and might dink the second one as a result of twisting their torso or forget the wind direction has changed but I don't like it when you have to move your bean bag to see target number 2. Having to sit in the right place (but with reasonable latitude and not just a 5mm window of opportunity) at the gate to see both of them from one seated position is good. Elevated targets. I used to like elevated targets but rowan style risers and angle of dangle meter thingies have negated much of the additional skill required so it's now about equipment, especially on kneelers and standers. Having the first target at a different height to the second one is cool though as they'll probably take completely different wind especially if they're similar distances, say 38 and 45. Long one first and low, short one a fair bit higher so it will probably take more wind. Repeat the shot and number two is a potential dink. Downhill targets are cool, got to drop your knee into a position that's not often practiced and standers/kneelers can be really nasty. The additional bulk of rowan style risers put them at a potential disadvantage, ha ha. Tree mounted targets that poke out sideways where you can't see the tree it's mounted onto because a closer one obscures it. Makes ranging more difficult as the target is hanging in air surrounded by an area that's further away, you can't range on the trunk. Can stuff scopes that have a deeper DOF (Leup comps for example) and it's easy to be out by 5 yards. Reducers. I've shot courses with a full compliment of reducers which are at near maximum distance. Takes skill to hit a 15mm at 25 yards but it heavily penalises new shooters who may not have the cleanest technique or have small errors in their setup or don't have a £3000 rig that shoots single holes at 30 yards. I like a 15mm that's close enough to stuff people with really high mounts and risers that have a tendency to cant the rifle especially if they're measured to be on a 1/2 yard (10.5, 11.5, 12.5 etc.) but 12 reducers at close to full distance is a bit relentless. 25 yards is probably the distance most often shot coz it's close to most rifles natural zero so seems pointless to put something at that distance? Awkward shooting positions. A little bit of discomfort by having to adopt a position that isn't usual is OK, perhaps leaning very slightly backwards or feet a little bit higher/lower than your bottom that pushes you slightly out of your normal position and messes with your head a bit but not ones that are painful and cause stomach/back muscles to be tense for the whole 2 minutes. Must be fair for lefties (optional) Targets that are mounted a few degrees off the horizontal to entice canting. Thought about where the sun will be. I have shot one or two courses where the sun was in the sight picture for some shooters which seems dangerous. Prehistoric man knew where the sun would be at any given time on any given date so it can't be that hard... Getting 'white out' is just one of the challenges of high mag scopes so lack of a decent sunshade is tough but looking at the sun at 50 mag is not good. Over to you Monty
  12. isp airstream

    Couldn't be much worse than the last round which was probably the nastiest we've had since that time it snowed/rained/localised tornado's at Wendover a few years ago. Whatever the weather the paths down to the plink will be very muddy, it's not had a chance to recover since the last round. We've got about 6 targets currently in the 40's on the new course that we can easily move on the Sunday morning and be repositioned anywhere between 10 and 55, if it's windy we'll bring them in a bit, calm we'll push a few out a bit. Or maybe we'll just push them out regardless
  13. isp airstream

    No problem John. Forgot to mention that the trigger is mounted on a slot and can move fore and aft by about 3mm. Where it sits is really important as it adjusts the hammer stroke. Move it back and you'll see a really big power increase, forward and it drops off. It's way more powerful than the hammer spring tensioner. 1mm of hammer preload is about the same as 0.25mm of trigger movement. I've found a longish stroke with much less preload tends to shoot smoother, I've made a new top hat for the spring with a much thinner seat that the standard one. Mess about with it to find what you like. Too far either way and it won't fire
  14. isp airstream

    Yeah, the one I missed at Basingstoke was because I was too busy bitching with Farnworth Next shoot is in the other side of the woods, I went up yesterday with Tony and the ground in places is still very boggy but the firing line is OK and we're making new paths to get up the hill. We only shoot there once per year for WL so in pretty good condition under foot. The bit down from the car park is still pretty naff though. If we get a few days of dry weather it'll firm up otherwise it'll be atrocious.
  15. isp airstream

    Bit of both Holly, at the club every week but mainly potter around and sort things out. Currently it's mostly building a new course for the next round of winter league in the top part of the woods. Yes, I did have a year or so of hitting much more stuff than I missed and when I did miss I did it very competently