(late to the party, as usual... please bear with me...)
Since Ive bene aware of the sport of FT, Ive been hearing the grumblings of the "equipment race" and how it scares the noobs away, and the perception was for while it was a "rich man's" game. Ive shot enough matches now to understand that is not the case, but it took a while to understand that, and why.
HFT is supposed to tone down the equipment needed, and allow more common guns to compete. I got all that, makes senses, but some things still nag at me. After all the discussion Ive been reading, and the education about the Hunter class (thank you all for a civil, lucid set of exchanges... most educational) that Ive gotten from it, I figured out what bothers me me about it.
If I cannot adjust the stock to fit me, I will not shoot well, and then whats the point. Bad stock fit is the reason I ditched the MRod stock first chance I got. I use mildots and hold over to put pels on target, and I will click a little in the field if I think my zero may have shifted. These two form the crux of accurate shooting for me. What was the rationale of those two?
The rest of HFT rules I get, except for the bucket (but it didnt nag me... ). So its a maximum "Seat height", not necesarily a bucket?
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cinder blocks often have 16" as their long dimension, too.
and yes, you can use anything as a seat provided it has no back or arms. that would eliminate sitting on another shooter, who normally has both. or a small (but willing) quadruped.
my knees/ankles are pretty much shot and i'd love a higher seat, because a higher seat is easier to get up from. i cut mine down so that the absolute top is 15", since i have a padded, swiveling seat on top of my (reinforced) bucket and don't want to disobey the rules.
i read the rules quite often.
the recent questions i've seen regarded issues which needed clarification, not re-reading.
I'm looking at getting another scope for HFT, as all of the scopes I have (can) adjust to greater than 12 magnification. I can use my Marauder, that's not a problem, but I have 4 scopes lying around that I cannot use...
...and what is a good 12X max scope to use for the sport?
Well I was under the impression that it was both way, and that 12X was the dominant mag factor, but maybe I got it wrong.
"i believe that the reason is to limit rangefinding ability.
That sounds close enough. HFT shooters are suppose to be able to get most of the info they need from use of their Mil-Dots. Wonders how much a fact scope choice percentile-wise makes? I know there are advantages to choosing one over the other, but have no idea how much.
When I introduced hft to DIFTA years ago..........
September 17 2011, 10:03 AM
hft WAS considered an entry level class for folks with basic sporter equipment at a time when most any shooter could afford the 4-12x or 4-16 max power AO scopes that were used for general plinking and hunting. Matter of fact, in the beginning before the "official rules" high zoot side wheel scopes turned down to 12x weren't allowed, as well as match level equipment rebadged as "hunter". The "12x max power AO" rule was an effort to maintain a sort of equipment parity so that anyone who shot his sporter well would have a CHANCE to score high in the match......even a kid with his Gamo!
At the first hft match I attended at DAFTC (no longer in existence) you were able to focus your scope but you couldn't rangefind and the match director would put a wide rubber band over your AO to cover the range marks. I actually used hft for fall squirrel season practice, and since I do use scope rangefinding for squirrel hunting (to get a reading on trees within 40 yards) I felt 12x max should be allowed in hft. LOL.....some clubs at the time wouldn't allow you to even focus your scope. You had to guess the distance and adjust the AO BEFORE looking through the scope.....if you guessed wrong and the target was out of focus you had to take the shot anyway.
Anywhoo.......things have changed over the years and nice 4-16x side focus scopes are available under $100 so most can afford a nice mill dot scope with side wheel if they prefer, however there is no longer any semblance of "equipment parity" so the point of "12x max" is a rather moot point since a rebadged precharged match rifle can shoot a high bc heavy pellet at 18-20fpe makes scope rangefinding less of an issue even when set at the 12x limit (compared with the 13-15fpe piston guy).
This message has been edited by nced1 on Sep 17, 2011 10:13 AM
sporter type equipment. Adjustable Match/Tactical style airguns were included/allowed as courtesy. They are expected to adapt to the sporter theme. Hence the centering and use of minimum settings on adjustables.
Sometimes the shooter has to do the adapting. That's part of becoming a proficient shooter.... and That's why we still bother even thought its not necessarily in our comfort zone.
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