Beginner's guide to Field Target rangefinding

Forums Field Target Field Target Talk Beginner's guide to Field Target rangefinding

  • Views : 1528
  • Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    New to field target? Want to learn how to set up your scope to find the distance to your target? Check out this beginner's guide with a tip on rangefinding consistently with your scope.

    Link

    Michael
    Keymaster
    Keymaster

    Thanks buddy, I just "bookmarked" it for future reference.

    Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    You bet! 

    Thanks

    Link

    BeemanR7
    Participant
    Member

    PHeplerNC,

    Plus one for you. Even though I'm not a competition shooter, I like target shooting and hunting with my airguns. Now for the first time I see the advantage of this information. I know that if I implement what this video teaches, I could increase my accuracy in hunting and target shooting. I've avoided the temptation to buy a large wheel for my scope. Now I'll be looking for one and learning how to use it.

    Thanks

    BeemanR7

    Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    Thanks! Glad you liked it and hope the info helps!

    Link

    SlowTurtle
    Participant
    Member

    Rangefinding For Dummies..I like it. Very useful and practical explanation.

    Link

    cwcarrera
    Participant
    Member

    Excellent explanation!  Thanks for taking the time to do this.  I really like the mod you did on your ranging wheel, I can see that happening in my future.

    Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    Thanks!

    Brass or Aluminum strip bought at my local hardware store, a little bending by hand, and a few pop rivets and you're in business!

    If it was painted black I would use white electrical tape for my markings, covered with a layer of clear packing tape to protect the marks. I chose to keep it brass and just use clear packing tape for both my markings and a protective layer.

    Link

    BayouSelf
    Participant
    Member

    Awesome video, Phillip! I will definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their FT range finding. Thanks for taking the time.

    Griff

    Link

    travelbike
    Participant
    Member

    Do you guys rangefind at the same magnification you used to mark your scopewheel ?  I use a Tac Vector 10 40 with the scopewheel marked for yardages at 36x.  I noticed that if I rangefind at 24x, the markings are off. 

    What i do now is

    Rangefind at 36x to find yardage

    Then switch to 16x to shoot using holdover values charted at 16x for said yardage.  I have a problem with scope shake at 36x.  Need more practice.

    i now use 16x and 36x only and the results are more consistent.

    What's your experience?

     

    Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    I've been told most all "first focal plane" scopes will range differently at different magnification settings. So if you plan on changing mag you pretty much have to work out your holdover for the mag you intend to use. Many open class or WFTF shooters lower their mag for offhand as they feel more stable. Hunter class Field target does not allow any adjustments during the match (besides parallax) so I leave my scope set at 16x- the maximum allowed for Hunter class FT by the AAFTA rules.

    Link

    BigBoreChas
    Participant
    Member

    GREAT JOB!! Your add on metal strip is brilliant. I looks like you are using about 100 – 120 degrees of rotation on your focus wheel.  I have a MTC Viper Pro which I use for HFT and it gives me all most 180 degrees of angular rotation between 10 and 55 yards.  Anyone know of another scope that has as much or MORE angular rotation??

    Link

    Motorhead
    Participant
    Member

    travelbike

    Do you guys rangefind at the same magnification you used to mark your scopewheel ?  I use a Tac Vector 10 40 with the scopewheel marked for yardages at 36x.  I noticed that if I rangefind at 24x, the markings are off. 

    What i do now is

    Rangefind at 36x to find yardage

    Then switch to 16x to shoot using holdover values charted at 16x for said yardage.  I have a problem with scope shake at 36x.  Need more practice.

    i now use 16x and 36x only and the results are more consistent.

    What's your experience?

     

    STRONGLY suggest the range marking be done AT THE MAGNIFICATION you will be using while at said FT matches.  ( Hunter classes 16X )

    ALSO mark your ocular focus where it was set while doing the wheel range markings.  Changes in ocular focus will change wheel yardage calibration !!  Unless returned to this ocular position your ranging distances won't jive.

     

    Scott S

     

     

    BTW … if shooting under AAFTA Hunter rules  … YOU CAN AT NO TIME ADJUST X POWER ABOVE THE 16X maximum legal limit in the HUNTER CLASSES.

    So to range at 32x and return to 16X for the shot would be considered cheating.

     

    Open class or WFTF it don't mater and perfectly legal during a match.

    Link

    Therealld
    Participant
    Member

    I hope all Hunter Class shooters understand its not legal for AAFTA  rules shooters to use a higher power than 16X to rangefind with, even IF you use 16X or less mag to shoot with.

    Link

    jdanvers
    Participant
    Member

    DeadEye – good stuff – thanks for posting and sharing! 

    Link

    sendler2112
    Participant
    Member

    I use a child's snow sled so it pulls smoothly. set a trap on it and stick a bottle brush on top also. Then attach a long tape measure to the sled. Start at the longest distance you want and your tape can reach. You can measure half way out first if need be and put in a marker if your tape isn't long enough. Then just reel in the tape in whatever increments you want and make each mark on the sidewheel. Something like a bottle brush that has a lot of detail and some depth to it is a good target to focus on. You can also take some shots on paper at each distance to mark your turret.

    Link

    PHeplerNC
    Participant
    Member

    sendler2112

    I use a child's snow sled so it pulls smoothly. set a trap on it and stick a bottle brush on top also. Then attach a long tape measure to the sled. Start at the longest distance you want and your tape can reach. You can measure half way out first if need be and put in a marker if your tape isn't long enough. Then just reel in the tape in whatever increments you want and make each mark on the sidewheel. Something like a bottle brush that has a lot of detail and some depth to it is a good target to focus on. You can also take some shots on paper at each distance to mark your turret.

    Great idea!

Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 17 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.