Beginner's guide to Hunter Field Target

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    PHeplerNC
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    Here's a video about Hunter Field Target if you are new to the sport and would like to learn more about it.

    Thanks!

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    Acruz
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    Thank you for the video, very informative.

    Angel

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    EMrider
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    Very helpful overview, thanks.

     

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    Aimright
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    Thanks for the video, well done.  Question, is it possible to use a hand pump instead of a bottle fill for your pcp in HFT?  

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    pewpewfever
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    I enjoyed this video along with the others about focus ranging and holdover.

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    John_in_Ma
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    Aimright

    Thanks for the video, well done.  Question, is it possible to use a hand pump instead of a bottle fill for your pcp in HFT?  

    Yes. Though most if not all clubs will have air available. Always check with the MD beforehand if you hace concerns.

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    Motorhead
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    Agree with whats been said … will add that using a hand pump during the match ( If air required to finish ) your heart rate and general heavy breathing is the worst thing you could do when trying to finish the match with any high degree of success.

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    PHeplerNC
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    It's possible to fill with a pump, but few do it in a match. Like the others have said, it really makes you less stable and shaky afterward. But most clubs have air on the course so it really isn't an issue. Other shooters like me with a air tank are happy to share as well. I'm shooting with an unregulated rifle, so I have to fill the gun back up half way through the average match.

     

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    BayouSelf
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    Great job, Phillip! That covers just about every question a newcomer to the sport would ask. Thanks for putting this together.

    Griff

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    PHeplerNC
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    Thanks Griff,
    Hope you guys down there made it through the storm OK!

     

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    chasdicapua
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    Nice job Phillip. FT shooting can be daunting for someone not familiar with it. I was lucky enough to have a club near me and could learn about the sport in person. Not everyone is fortunate to have a club close by, so your video will be a big help. 

    HFT is getting really popular. This year at Crossman, there were about 80 shooters and at least half were in the HFT division!!

    Chas

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    Padd
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    Dear PHepler,

    I really enjoyed your perception of HFT and the difference between .22 and .177 specifically. I couldn't have put it better myself. I have two Air Arms TX200 Springers. One in .177 and one in .22. Both are setup with great scopes that I have added large Parallax Wheels to so they both are well equipped for HFT Comparison. The bottom line is the .177 is very easy to judge distance well enough to make me look good at any distance (10y ards to 55 yards).The flatter trajectory really pays off. The .22 however is more fun to shoot because you have to do everything just exactly right to hit the target consistently. You have to be spot-on in your yardage call. You have to have the perfect consistent hold with no deviation at all. Once you do these things and you get the .22 to shoot for you you fell so rewarded. It just makes you fell like you've really done something special. That said I would never use the .22 for competition unless I had no alternative. It's a wonderful training tool that really does make me a better shooter with my .177 during HFT competition. From my experience I would recommend to those that can spend some practice time trying to get your .22 to work for you. It will pay off in spades as they say when you pick-up your .177 for competition. Thanks again!

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    Padd

    Dear PHepler,

    I really enjoyed your perception of HFT and the difference between .22 and .177 specifically. I couldn't have put it better myself. I have two Air Arms TX200 Springers. One in .177 and one in .22. Both are setup with great scopes that I have added large Parallax Wheels to so they both are well equipped for HFT Comparison. The bottom line is the .177 is very easy to judge distance well enough to make me look good at any distance (10y ards to 55 yards).The flatter trajectory really pays off. The .22 however is more fun to shoot because you have to do everything just exactly right to hit the target consistently. You have to be spot-on in your yardage call. You have to have the perfect consistent hold with no deviation at all. Once you do these things and you get the .22 to shoot for you you fell so rewarded. It just makes you fell like you've really done something special. That said I would never use the .22 for competition unless I had no alternative. It's a wonderful training tool that really does make me a better shooter with my .177 during HFT competition. From my experience I would recommend to those that can spend some practice time trying to get your .22 to work for you. It will pay off in spades as they say when you pick-up your .177 for competition. Thanks again!

    That's a great tip Padd! 
    Thanks!

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    Dear PHepler,

    I really enjoyed your perception of HFT and the difference between .22 and .177 specifically. I couldn't have put it better myself. I have two Air Arms TX200 Springers. One in .177 and one in .22. Both are setup with great scopes that I have added large Parallax Wheels to so they both are well equipped for HFT Comparison. The bottom line is the .177 is very easy to judge distance well enough to make me look good at any distance (10y ards to 55 yards).The flatter trajectory really pays off. The .22 however is more fun to shoot because you have to do everything just exactly right to hit the target consistently. You have to be spot-on in your yardage call. You have to have the perfect consistent hold with no deviation at all. Once you do these things and you get the .22 to shoot for you you fell so rewarded. It just makes you fell like you've really done something special. That said I would never use the .22 for competition unless I had no alternative. It's a wonderful training tool that really does make me a better shooter with my .177 during HFT competition. From my experience I would recommend to those that can spend some practice time trying to get your .22 to work for you. It will pay off in spades as they say when you pick-up your .177 for competition. Thanks again!

    Right in the middle …. the excellent .20 caliber !!     has been my caliber of choice going on the 4th season.  4 State FT championship wins, GP win & a Nationals high score tell that tale very well.

     

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    DAS
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    Very informative video. Thank You

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    Uglyjohn
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    Great shooting at the Nationals Phillip!  Think I’ll watch the video again now.          Uj

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    Ssbn617b
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    What Uglyjohn said !

    great shooting.

    Mitch

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    Scotchmo
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    Great shooting at the Nationals Phillip!  Think I’ll watch the video again now.          Uj

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    Philip is a great guy and great FT competitor. 

    I got home about 2 hours ago from the 2019 Nationals. Two buddies and I took my minivan and made the road trip. 4100 miles total for me. It was worth it.

     

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    Great shooting at the Nationals Phillip!  Think I’ll watch the video again now.          Uj

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    Phillip is a great guy and great FT competitor. 

    I got home about 2 hours ago from the 2019 Nationals. Two buddies and I took my minivan and made the road trip. 4100 miles total for me. It was worth it.

     

    Sweet Jesus Scot. And here I gripe about an hour round trip. I need to car pool. Because driving by myself is such a bore. Scott I also wanted to say thank you for your time and help, along with others as well, for always giving me positive feedback and answers to my questions here and GTA.

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    Phillip won Hunter Class by a large margin with an un-regulated self-tuned Marauder .177 and UTG scope proving that it does not take a ton of money to be competitive at the top level. Congrats!

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