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Sporting Shoots; where- and how was it? (2018)

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Small chips by comparison, but absolutely over the moon about my shooting today! One stand at my local club constantly gives me gyp, a pair of oscillating rising outgoers from underneath the pier you stand on, but today I felt pretty calm and nailed all 8 of them; usually I get a couple or three at best! So happy. I shot them earlier than I think I usually would have without consciously meaning to so hopefully I'm progressing on holding on to the shot too long as well. 👍

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GlawsterOldCodger

Oxfordshire today, warm and sunny, in a shooting vest and not a coat which was pleasant. Shot sportrap first and on tod as it had been quiet, luck was with me and I managed to get most things right so 😊 Shot the sporting with Colin Waite it was just the two of us, One managed to misread first stand, then proceeded to hold on to l-r targets far too long dropping some I think I shouldnt, last stand did though straight a 5pair simo stand of tasty teal to finish on a 😊 there too. Could have done better, might not, spent an hour afterwards drinking tea and putting the world to rights, in all a nice afternoon out, Owls tomorrow for more of the same 

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Will Hewland

Owls Lodge this morning. Just so nice to not use a coat, gloves, or boots. Wasn’t even windy.

Started well, but had mental meltdown. One of the few target presentations I hate is a proper teal, presented as second target on report (so no time to calmly prepare for it). Sadly there were two of these today and I hit 1 out of the 8 on offer! I’m sure I was trying far too hard to overcome the anticipated difficulty and looking at the muzzle. Very annoying. Still ended on 89 but could have been so much better. I shall “just shoot” the next ones I see.. Grrr.. 

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Sian

Owls for me but was not in the right frame of mind to shoot today.  

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GlawsterOldCodger

Owls also, in polo shirt 🌞 aplenty, our squad was a seven, all good chums getting along was a bit like school Im a C and all chums A AA and AAA, one enjoyed the course, managed to get most things right bar st9 which had a l-r the type of which Im really not getting along with. Overall a very good day on the clay. 

 

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Will Hewland
4 hours ago, GlawsterOldCodger said:

Owls also, in polo shirt 🌞 aplenty, our squad was a seven, all good chums getting along was a bit like school Im a C and all chums A AA and AAA, one enjoyed the course, managed to get most things right bar st9 which had a l-r the type of which Im really not getting along with. Overall a very good day on the clay. 

 

They made us start on stand 9. Was happy to straight it. Nasty intro.. 

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GlawsterOldCodger
8 hours ago, Will Hewland said:

They made us start on stand 9. Was happy to straight it. Nasty intro.. 

I was early at ground, had a walk round during 2nd rotation, didnt see many liking st9 so to straight it would have been a very good stand let alone first up, 

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Sian

AGL very steady shoot which I shot like a blind person.  Nothing of real difficulty today.   Could not have asked for better weather.   I know the cause, my stock needs adjusting after this weight loss.  It was good to hear Richard King affirm that he has seen me shoot a lot better than that but really just a waste of time going today.

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antse7en

AGL for me too - first time. Scored 80 a personal  best, yes not the hardest shoot but for a newbie like me stand 3 (scored 2/8) was a challenge. Then singles dropped everywhere else, I seem to have developed a habit of nailing 7 then missing the final one. There will be big scores going in today, especially as Richard just turned up so probably a straight! I’d back it. 

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5 hours ago, antse7en said:

AGL for me too - first time. Scored 80 a personal  best, yes not the hardest shoot but for a newbie like me stand 3 (scored 2/8) was a challenge. Then singles dropped everywhere else, I seem to have developed a habit of nailing 7 then missing the final one. There will be big scores going in today, especially as Richard just turned up so probably a straight! I’d back it. 

I went last card. Saw RF in the car park and he had just finished and told me to use my welding goggles. Turns out he had hit 97 which won it. Sun was tough when I shot. I lost three that were really hard to see, with bright sun but low clays going in to shadow making some very hard. Also I couldn’t always use a good hold point as I was using the gun to block the sun! I would say it was a steady shoot but with three fairly tough stands, so if you got through those it wasn’t too bad. Really kicking myself for some that I missed, did OK on the tougher stuff. Finished on 93. 

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chippy

I shot AGL today first time there.we skipped stand 1 (busy) and started on 2 not the best place to start. My mates both messed up badly there shooting the midi first so I shot standard first was heading for a 9 until missing the final pair. Finished on 87.

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1 minute ago, chippy said:

I shot AGL today first time there.we skipped stand 1 (busy) and started on 2 not the best place to start. My mates both messed up badly there shooting the midi first so I shot standard first was heading for a 9 until missing the final pair. Finished on 87.

I shot the lower left one first. The midi? Went better than I hoped, just missed last clay “making sure”.. nasty stand I thought. 

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chippy
6 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

I shot the lower left one first. The midi? Went better than I hoped, just missed last clay “making sure”.. nasty stand I thought. 

I thought the higher one was a midi.

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Will Hewland
Just now, chippy said:

I thought the higher one was a midi.

You may be right. The nearer, higher target?

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chippy
15 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

You may be right. The nearer, higher target?

Getting confused now. When we shot it the lower clay which was a standard looked closer than the clay which went higher and looked like a midi.

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2 minutes ago, chippy said:

Getting confused now. When we shot it the lower clay which was a standard looked closer than the clay which went higher and looked like a midi.

Oh well.. who knows. It’s over now. 😆

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chippy

Isn't it odd that when you shoot a new ground it's difficult to judge range. I missed everything in front (which is unusual for me) and my mate who is a AA verging on AAA really struggled and ended up behind me.

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Bebo

Steve Lovatts new shoot near Guildford. Stands 8 and 9 destroyed me.

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TheSherriff70

Shot the Cheshire shield at Hodnet on Thursday. Great targets, but I was let down by the nut holding the gun. Certainly not my best outing, but added to my list of targets that I need to practice.

Really struggled shooting stuff below my feet. 😩

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antse7en

Willinghurst today - I was found out big time. I effectively struggle with any and everything at range - particularly crossers. Practice hours needed focusing on reading lead required I think. A sad 62. 

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OUSurrey
9 minutes ago, antse7en said:

Willinghurst today - I was found out big time. I effectively struggle with any and everything at range - particularly crossers. Practice hours needed focusing on reading lead required I think. A sad 62. 

Is it worth a visit again? I'm working today but it's only up the road from home. Can you just turn up and shoot on your own?

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Bebo
26 minutes ago, OUSurrey said:

Is it worth a visit again? I'm working today but it's only up the road from home. Can you just turn up and shoot on your own?

No, you can't. It's just set up for the Reg shoot on a particular day. Next one is 13th April.

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Will Hewland
32 minutes ago, OUSurrey said:

Is it worth a visit again? I'm working today but it's only up the road from home. Can you just turn up and shoot on your own?

You can turn up and shoot on your own yes. But as Bebo says, only on shoot days..

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Markh701
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 Willinghurst today. Overall a very enjoyable shoot set into a hillside. Some big targets that you don’t normally see at the grounds I use so predictably there were a few tears! Meagre 73. However great to see someone putting on some challenging targets with variety down this part of the world. I really look forward to the next one.

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Doctor Lecter
On ‎3‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 2:49 PM, Will Hewland said:

Four Counties today. Might be my last visit there..

I did start very badly on my first stand, (stand 8 maybe)?, hitting 4/10. They don’t vary targets much at 4C and this stand almost always has some close floppy clays, but today they were much further out which fooled me. Mashed last pair well with lots more lead. Very silly on my part.

Anyway, went moderately ok round the rest of the tricky course, the wind was bad in places, missing another 10. Was on for a not disastrous 84 if I straighted the last stand. 

I went back to my last stand 3 times hoping for a cloud because the sun was ridiculous. (Stand 9)? Well, of course the sun itself wasn’t ridiculous, but a course setter throwing both targets directly into it was! A big cloud passed over by the time I was almost due to shoot it at third attempt, but it was in direct full sun again while I queued. Fed up by this point, me and my mate decided to quit the shoot, leaving just this stand unshot. I handed our cards in and it got a bit heated in the office because they didn’t understand the CPSA rule that says if a competitor retires, their score is marked against targets shot. I.e 68 out of 84 or whatever, NOT out of 100. So that was uncomfortable, plus I did call it idiocy to set targets right into the sun, which went down rather badly..

its expensive shooting ,  people need to be told  ,  hopefully should not happen again !

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