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    Hajimoto
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    “TheLakeRat”

    I tried to go out again today and try for the 175 and 200 but the scope is trashed, hopefully it will be covered under warranty.


    From the sound of things Rat, you not only have multiple rifles you must have multiple optics…..Swap one onto your Gladius and Get ‘er done!  :)

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    Bizill
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    Haji, I almost called BS on your 200 yards at first until you walked out to it.  It’s weird the way your lens made it look so close as you were taking shots, I mean you could see the ball and your gun at the same time.  On my vid, you cannot see the ball at all.  You can see it explode, but you can’t see it as it lies there.  But when you started walking things looked much more in perspective and just how far you walked.  Good shooting…and with a .22 cal. 

    I’m working on getting my video up in a few hours but might have to run to Costco first.

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    Hajimoto
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    “Bizill”Haji, I almost called BS on your 200 yards at first until you walked out to it.  It’s weird the way your lens made it look so close as you were taking shots, I mean you could see the ball and your gun at the same time.  On my vid, you cannot see the ball at all.  You can see it explode, but you can’t see it as it lies there.  But when you started walking things looked much more in perspective and just how far you walked.  Good shooting…and with a .22 cal. 

    I’m working on getting my video up in a few hours but might have to run to Costco first.

    
The reason it looks so close is because when I place camera 1 behind the shooter, I zoom in so the viewer can plainly see the ball over the shooters shoulder.  If you notice before I start walking the tracks you will see I un-zoom the lens and you see the shooting station in its entirety. The scope cam and the 3rd down range cams all allow more viewing angles just incase any one of them fails, plus it just cool to see and hear from so many angles.
    Thanks for the kind words and I agree my Marauder is performing like a champ but when I win that FX Impact WOO HOO! 😆

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    davidsng
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    https://youtu.be/GInGYXYuev0

    Hey guys, I just got mine done.  A lot more difficult than I thought. It is one thing to do it; and it is one WHOLE other thing to get it on film.  Here are some of my tips:

    One, make sure you have a large memory card and space to capture it.  (Don’t put your self in a position to where you have to think about which family memories you want to erase to capture Airgun Depot’s challenge..)

    Two, put black against the golf ball.  I had one black target against the ball, but several others that were near it. I thought the black would make easy to see the explosion, but I was wrong.  The whitish targets stuck out in the sun and swallowed the black.  Then when I finally hit it, the puff of white dust explosion was barely noticeable. 

    Three, zoom in just a little bit every shot.  The widest angles make the target almost unnoticeable.

    Four, wear suntan lotion and bug spray! Drink water too.

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    Hajimoto
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    “davidsng”https://youtu.be/GInGYXYuev0

    Hey guys, I just got mine done. 

    
Congratulations!! I look forward to your 175 and 200 submissions!

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    davidsng
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    Hey

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    davidsng
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    Not going to be this year. Maybe next year with my new pimped out Impact! Lol!

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    TheLakeRat
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    Haji, it’s funny you say that.  I did that today. So i guess I “got’er done” ! Lol

    David, i agree. It was a relief by the time i was done.  i just went home and plopped into my recliner and had a beer or 3. Didn’t even want to look at my gun. 

    Then we have to see all these videos that are doing it in a  handful of shots and make us look bad. 

    But it all worked out so that’s all that mattered.
     

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    Bizill
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    Yeah Haji, I realized that right after you unzoomed.  I was going to use my good camera as well but when I tried to get the dang Sig Kilo 2000 rangefinder in the video, it just would not focus so I was forced to use a cheap cell phone.  I didn’t HAVE to, but chose to because I wanted the rangefinder in the video submission so there would be no doubt.  I think this would have a better video altogether had I just used the good cam. 

    When you view my submission you have to REALLY get your head up to your screen to see the poof of powder fly to the left.  Again, this is because I had no optical zoom on the cell phone, obviously, and I didn’t want to lose resolution messing with pinch to zoom.  So focus in closely and you’ll see the golfball explode.

    I had planned on using multiple angles and editing my vid to show some screen-in-screen action but it was hot, I had no help and I just wanted to go home and jump in the pool!

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    Bizill
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    Davidsng, I feel your pain on the darn rangefinder!  I made sure I did it first and not last as I can tell you were saddened thinking what a bad way to end a joyous moment!  But we believe you.  It isn’t easy to get a shot of the rangefinder.  I also loved your reaction when you basically threw your Bulldog down on the table!  LOLOLOL!  Congrats, man.

    I just noticed Zach and Renee R. are related.  I suppose I could order up a few more balls and let my wife and 2 sons enter in the competition and quadruple my odds in the drawing as well!  Actually, I have one ball left.  I’m debating pushing my yardage out to like 240 yards.  I’ve got the mil dots for it if I zoom back out from 24X.  But it’s too hot out and that was a bear trying to film on my own and concentrate on the shooting and everything else going on at the same time.

    A few suggestions, get wind speed indicator flags or ribbons.  Use a spotting scope because even at 24 power I could hardly see my shots on the shoot-n-c targets.  Hitting the dirt was far more beneficial for holdovers.  Choose a windless day.  Myself, I could have shot with the wind but instead I shot into it because I didn’t want the sun in the foreground of my video and wanted it above or behind me.  Bad choice there as well.  But with the 33.95gr pellets, the wind stood no chance.  Which reminds me, don’t spend too much time with lighter pellets, even though Haji got it done with a .22.  Opt for heavies, obviously.

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    davidsng
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    “Bizill”Davidsng, I feel your pain on the darn rangefinder!  I made sure I did it first and not last as I can tell you were saddened thinking what a bad way to end a joyous moment!  But we believe you.  It isn’t easy to get a shot of the rangefinder.  I also loved your reaction when you basically threw your Bulldog down on the table!  LOLOLOL!  Congrats, man.


    Bizill, I’m not saddened by the range-finger thing.  It would suck having the haters claim is was BS, but honestly, the one opinion that matters is Airgun Depot’s.  I don’t think they would throw that video out just because of range-finder to camera difficulty.

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    davidsng
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    “TheLakeRat”Haji, it’s funny you say that.  I did that today. So i guess I “got’er done” ! Lol

    David, i agree. It was a relief by the time i was done.  i just went home and plopped into my recliner and had a beer or 3. Didn’t even want to look at my gun. 

    Then we have to see all these videos that are doing it in a  handful of shots and make us look bad. 

    But it all worked out so that’s all that mattered.
     

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    davidsng
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    Those videos of people doing in a hand full of shots, IMHO, some probably did not mention it was the seventh time they started the camera and started from zero.  It’s cool though.  This whole thing is based on honestly, not marksmanship.  As long everyone makes an effort to show they are being honest (no off screen trickery), we all will be doing this challenge for years to come.

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    Bizill
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    You can see in my vid at the end all the sighting in and all the MISSES I had with 25.39’s on the Shoot-n-c’s.  Those shots being taken you didn’t see on vid.  When I stepped up to the 33.95, let’s just say that things went the way I had imagined the week leading up to doing this.  25.39…no.  33.95…yes!  That wind is a killer.  Zero wind would make for some easy shootin’.

    Another thing you didn’t see is when I first got out there, I couldn’t see Jack Crack with my scope even at 24 power.  I actually had to drive down there to see where I hit.  Especially when I hit the bleach box and not the shoot-n-c.  I did walk all the way down there but knew that wouldn’t be fun so I ended up driving.  When I was missing with my 25.39’s I actually knocked one of the balls off twice and had to drive down to set it back up.  I also chose to drive because I was out by myself and who knows what thieves lurk behind brush ready to capitalize on a moron who left his expensive gear sitting 200 yards away from his target.  So I opted to drive.  I did have my Glock with me as well because some people shoot out at my location and have had experiences with both illegals AND gang bangers in the past.  But today there was only one dirt-biker who rode by slowly checking out what I was doing.  I waved and he waved back and he rode away.

    And yet another thing ya’ll didn’t get to see is the what seemed to be ten-thousand takes I started and stopped just trying to get the stupid yardage rangefinder in the beginning of the vid.  It was sooo bright outside and I had my screen brightness way up but still couldn’t see worth a darn and didn’t notice it was stuck at 31 yards.  Hence I mentioned I feel your pain when you encountered the same!  It’s tough getting the shot through the rangefinder. Screw the 150-200+ yard golf ball challenge, AGD ought to have the “Rangefinder Video Recording Challenge”! I was trying to do it with the phone on a tripod which you’d think would be easier, but it would have been easier if I held it up to my eye level vs bending over and trying to get the shot and get it steady.  What a pain in my arse!

    I’d love to have had a helper like Haji and company.  Good to see buds going out and tackling this challenge together.  I bet they had synergy going on.  Doing all this stuff alone is the pits.  Just like you having issues with your tank.  Trust me, I feel ya, brother.  I will admit I didn’t exactly have fun shooting this video!  But did enjoy the accomplishment.  Finally I can walk the walk.  I do a lot of talking on the forums but now I can actually say I’ve accomplished something…

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    Hajimoto
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    “cturek”This is not really a competition – it is a drawing with a fun way  If this was a competition – I would be expecting the new red FX at my doorstep in the coming weeks unless I see someone else get a “hole in one” first shot.  

     

    
 I agonized over responding to the initial post of your shot in the subsequent commentary between yourself and other members. I did not want my commentary to come off as unsportsmanlike or jealous. With that being said, I think my submissions in previous community  participation has earned me a reputation to speak  to an issue from a position of neutrality. 
     My very good friend Jay and others were forced out of respect for the rules to redo shots because the video did not capture the ball exploding.  The point is you can do it again, maybe not in one shot, but at least with the minimum requirement of an airgun depot exploding golf ball .  Again I do not want to detract from the fact that you hit a normal golf ball in one shot on video, there is no arguing that, the point is the bare minimum requirements to be in the drawing in my opinion, we’re not satiated.
     This post is not intended to start a flame war or  to fan the flames of  an argument, it is intended to adult professional dialogue speaking to an issue  that negatively affects a community event.  Again, I want to stress this post is not a personal attack or an attack on your integrity it’s simply my position and feelings as they relate to “rules are rules”. 
      

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    Michael
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    Try to think of this as a “Challenge”, not a contest or competition. 

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    Imold
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    I told the wife it’s a Airgun Challenge and didn’t even mention the prize, I just said you get a patch for the different yards if you hit the Golfball, heck I’d still do it if it was for a chance to win 10 tins of your choice of pellets.
    Its all about the fun and the learning while you do it and you get to see what your Airgun can really do or what you can really do with your Airgun…
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    Bizill
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    Haji is correct on this one.  There are rules.  It was a challenge in itself to adhere to the rules, and remain mindful of unspoken rules.  Another thing you didn’t see is me cussing on film as I know there are little kiddies possibly watching.  So the times I caught myself cursing… well, as you can imagine it was time for “take two” as I knew I couldn’t use that vid being these vids will sort of represent AGD and AGN.  Other forums I curse a lot but I conform to certain rules here.  Rules are rules and the trouble I went through, WE ALL went and go through should be scrutinized.

    Yes, this can and should be “fun” but it’s not as fun when we’re all sweating and dealing with issues but it wasn’t quite fun for all of us!  And those who’ve tried it know that there is a huge difference shooting from 100 yards out to 150.  Then it gets much harder at 175…then you get out to 200+ and things get exponentially hard.  It’s not linear.  Being entered into a drawing for hitting 150 is quite an accomplishment but I challenge everyone to try for 200.  It’ll melt your brain and test your patience!  Not to impugn 150 yard shots.

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    UpNorthAirGunner
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    “Michael”Try to think of this as a “Challenge”, not a contest or competition. 

    
Well said Michael!  I think some people are treating this like it is an Olympic qualifier competition – when this is just a challenge.  And to respond to Hajimoto’s comment about “fair is fair” and hitting the actual exploding ball.  I understand your position and you’re entitled to your own personal filter of how you perceive what all of this is.   I am happy to say that a replacement exploding ball is being re-sent by AirGunDepot.com.  (Also…. Psssst… Guess what…  Looking at this whole thing from a bigger picture viewpoint…  this is a grassroots marketing campaign by AirGunDepot.com to get us all to buy more stuff).   In order to combine shipping and get my replacement ball,  I also ordered a $70 AirForce bipod.  Soooo…..  their campaign has been more than successful at least from my wallet (and I love this kind of marketing so they have won my business for years to come).

    I will be attempting another shot at 175 this time as my previous video more than proves I was able to hit a golf ball at 150 yards.  Here is another point though people aren’t getting…. Not everyone has the editing / media skills to do this multi camera shot to actually see the ball explode from 150+ yards with a cutaway shot and quite honestly the ball doesn’t always explode.  If I graze the ball and it falls off the tee – that is still a hit in my book.  Not as dramatic as a powdery explosion being caught by some of these 2 and 3 multi-cam submissions – but it is still a hit.  Like Michael said, think of this as a challenge and not a competition.  AirGunDepot.com has officially accepted my first submission as a success  at 150 yards and I thank them for that. Also – thank you to all the people that have congratulated me on the first hole-in-one of this challenge.  I REALLY hope to see more holes-in-one from others and I will be right there with you yelling, “YA BABY!  ONE AND DONE!”

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    UpNorthAirGunner
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    “Bizill”Haji is correct on this one.  There are rules.  It was a challenge in itself to adhere to the rules, and remain mindful of unspoken rules.  Another thing you didn’t see is me cussing on film as I know there are little kiddies possibly watching.  So the times I caught myself cursing… well, as you can imagine it was time for “take two” as I knew I couldn’t use that vid being these vids will sort of represent AGD and AGN.  Other forums I curse a lot but I conform to certain rules here.  Rules are rules and the trouble I went through, WE ALL went and go through should be scrutinized.

    Yes, this can and should be “fun” but it’s not as fun when we’re all sweating and dealing with issues but it wasn’t quite fun for all of us!  And those who’ve tried it know that there is a huge difference shooting from 100 yards out to 150.  Then it gets much harder at 175…then you get out to 200+ and things get exponentially hard.  It’s not linear.  Being entered into a drawing for hitting 150 is quite an accomplishment but I challenge everyone to try for 200.  It’ll melt your brain and test your patience!  Not to impugn 150 yard shots.

    
…I totally agree about this not being linear.  Especially with my Talon SS pushing these .25 pellets at only 725 FPS.   At 175+ yards I am not sure if I can even come close at making this shot as the trajectory is basically artillery lobs at that point with the pellet dropping 5 feet plus!  

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