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Right problem. Wrong solution.

May 18 2017 at 11:30 PM
John  (Login JohnG10)

Response to Can Open and WFTF shooters understand the 12x Hunter problem?

I think the problem is that 12x can't focus range find accurately beyond 30 yards.
(But using a 30 yard zero will allow you to knock down targets to 35 yards anyways).

BUT --- I wouldn't try to raise the scope magnification to fix the problem if the goal of hunter class is to make field target more "accessible" as stated in the Aafta rule book description. Scopes bigger than 16x aren't "accessible". Walmart, bass pro, and cabelas don't sell them...

What are some other ways to solve the problem ?
Solution 1: When a shooter signs up to shoot hunter, give them the ranges of the targets beyond 35 yards.
Solution 2: Allow laser range finders.
Solution 3: Add the "standard size" number card, so the hunters can bracket.

Personally, I think field target NEEDS a "sporter" class.
AND - I think a spotter class MUST be restricted to break barrel springers and 16x scopes.
Ie: stuff like what the average joe already owns because they bought it at a big box store like bass pro (etc).

Which still leaves the problem of how to range targets farther out than 35 yards.
My vote is for solution 3. Give hunters something of a known size to bracket with.

Bracketing is also a realistic skill that is used when actually hunting.
I know how big an average sized squirrel is - so I can tell how far away it is by how much of my 30/30 cross hairs it covers.
Mildot bracketing is just a more sniper-ish (Ie: fun) way to do the same thing more precisely.

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