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UpNorthAirGunner
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Wow. That is impressive. I TRULY appreciate your candor in showing the misses and the hit. If only hits are shown people get a completely distorted view of just how difficult a shot like this is. I also love your enthusiasm. It really shows what fun this can be. I love shooting, good days and not so good days. People keep golfing even though most never expect to get a hole in one! The joy is in seeking improvement. If it was easy there would be no reason to try.

Thanks! I always show my "misses", but I don't see them as misses actually with this long range stuff.  Each of them are learning opportunities! What a lot of people don't realize about long range shooting with subsonic airguns and shooting projectiles that have relatively HORRIBLE ballistic coefficients is that after about 50 yards or so you need to become somewhat of a master in predicting the future.  The wind wreaks havoc on your POI vs. POA out at these distances.  Hold 18 inches left and the wind shuts down between you and the target and you miss 14 inches left even though it is gusting at your shooting position.  Hold dead on cross hairs and the wind picks up – you miss 18 inches left.  Shooting slugs with a much flatter trajectory and ability to carry energy to get to the target faster makes these kind of shots exponentially easier.  To prove this point I went back out with my Texan .257 shooting spitzer slugs at .295 BC vs. the .03 BC JSBs I was shooting in this video and it takes a TON of the wind factor and loopy-ness to the target out of the equation.  Stay tuned for that video.  The shot is EPIC!