For a while now, i've been wanting to sight my big bores (especially the Corsair) in at 100 yards. I've also wanted to do a couple of long range videos with not only my big bores but also with a couple of my small bores just to show some of the REACH and ACCURACY that the modern day airgun is capable of. So this weekend i figured, "WHY NOT, NOW IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY TO GET STARTED". Since the weather forecast called for a calm morning but rising winds in the late morning to afternoon, i would start with the big bores. The Corsair is up first in this 4 part series.
While the morning started off as planned, throughout the shoot, i had encountered a POI shift that for some strange reason i did not catch while out in the field. During the shooting/filming, the POI had shifted upwards all of a sudden and the gun would not group as tight as it had been previously doing. I was later (at home) to find out the CLAMP on the rear scope ring had come out of the dovetail somehow and that would later explain why my POI shifted upwards during certain parts of the shoot. After tightening down the scope ring when i got home, i also installed another scope that i had lying around just to take "a broken scope" out of the equation the next time i go shooting.
The Session: As stated in the video, long range to ME with an airgun is anything from 75 yards to infinity. And infinity is a word that can be determined by the shooter. My max range is 200 yards as i can easily accomplish this range with my scope settings and mil-dots but reaching out further like 250-300 or even 400 yards usually requires too much scope adjustment than i'd be willing to play with. I like to be able to use the cross hairs for one distance (100 yards) then follow the mil-dots for the extended ranges (125 up to 200 yards) without having to adjust my scope turrets up and down. So, in this video, my ranges are from 91 yards out to 200 yards. As i started the sight in, i decided to do 2 shots per fill then top off and make the necessary elevation adjustments. REMEMBER, BIG BORE AIR GUNS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO GIVE MAXIMUM SHOTS PER FILL BUT TO GIVE MAXIMUM POWER FOR THE FIRST SHOT OR TWO. I was quite surprised to see that at 100 yards, i was putting both bullets in the same hole. Needless to say, its very satisfying to see your first shot land on the paper then your second shot makes the 1st hole just a tad larger...lol. Here are a few pics of me moving the POI into position to start shooting the "REACTIVE" targets:
First 2 shots on paper were the 155 gr Flat Points that i cast
2nd, i make a little elevation adjustment and shoot the 148.5 gr HP's. These are among my favorite bullets in this gun and what i shoot the most
3rd, i top off to 3700 psi by accident but i shoot for a group anyways. My guns sweet spot is 3500-3600 psi. 3-148.5 gr HP's
Purpose of MY long range shooting sessions: Removing "TAKING GAME at extended ranges" out of the equation, the purpose is to show what the modern day airgun is capable of accuracy and power wise. Airguns, in the eyes of many shooters/consumers are still considered not very powerful and are often sneered at by the unknowing and while they are certainly NOT powder burners many of them can and will completely pass through WALLS, FENCES, GARAGE DOORS, CAR DOORS, ANIMALS, 2 x 4's, 4 x 4's, smash heavy cinder blocks, shoot out to 600+ yards, and the list goes on and on. The plate that i'm shooting at in the video is 1/8" thick stainless steel and the Corsair still manages to FOLD it at 50 yards and crater it at 100-200 yards using soft lead bullets. So much so that after ever session, i have to bang out the craters with my 8lb sledge hammer using a lot of force. Those dents do not come out easy but the Corsair sure puts them in easily...lol. At 100+ yards, upon impact, the bullets TOTALLY explode and you can only find lead shards near the target.
I love long range shooting and i love it even more with airguns. Despite having scope ring issues during filming, i was still very impressed with the gun as that session proves what i've thought all along. With good ammo and a good gun, a some practice (lol...i still need some), accurate long range shooting with an airgun is very possible and fun. Enjoy the video:
STAY TUNED for 3 more sessions!!!
Session 2: Long range with the Jack Haley 457
Session 3: Long range with the Theoben Rapid 25
Session 4: Long range session with either my 20 cal Logun Solo or the Crosmods Disco .22