I just got my first air rifle cleaned, set up, and sighted in this past weekend. It's an HW95 in .22 caliber. I'd like to enter a few Field Target events next year and wondered how best to practice. Do most shooters shoot the entire match at 16X in hunter class? My deer rifle has a 1.5 - 6X scope on it which is just about perfect here in New Hampshire. I felt really shakey at 16x on Sunday. I haven't shot with that kind of magnification before.I'd like to practice for the events, and hopefully get used to whatever magnification is used.
Scott, Ed, thank you for the information.I took a look at an ALPS OutdoorZ three legged stool that states that it is 16 inches tall. Is that the kind of tri legged stool that you were referring to? Also, Trigger Sticks offers one, two, and three legged shooting sticks. Which configuration is used the most?Is there a general scope magnification that most people dial down to when they shoot the standing, or kneeling lanes?The scope that I bought for the HW95 is a second focal plane. Now that I've read your feedback, I can see that a first focal plane scope might be a bit friendlier to work with. I got the impression when I was looking into what I should get, that most people were shooting Field Target with second focal plane scopes.
The sticks have a way of splaying out sideways.The Gen I could only go so far.The Gen II (I have never seen Gen III) will go completely flat.I guess so you could use them in a prone position.The owners put a piece of metal close to the top of the legs so they only splay out so far.Too, the shortest legs are two short and the highest legs are too high.We remove the rubber bumpers and slide 18” of PVC over the legs to make them the correct height...When you go to a match you will see some Gen I and II and you will understand what I mean..
I've been using a 5 gallon bucket that I had in the garage. It's a bit too tall to get that locked in position that you guys described. If I hadn't found the 13" stool I would have modified the bucket. I do like that the bucket can be used to carry tools, and pellets etc.
You just need to add duct tape and skeeter repellent, and you'll be good to go 👍 .I like it. Where did you find the green bucket?Hunter
Both the 13" Eureka stool, and the Trigger Sticks bipod showed up in the mail this morning. I am 5' 10" with long arms, and legs. The stool was just right to get the locked in position you guys described.The trigger sticks don't have an adjustment to control the leg angle. They have a physical stop at about 120 degrees included angle between both legs when fully expanded. At least on the living room floor, they seem to hold via friction from the feet at the angle they dropped to when I pull the trigger adjustment. I'll watch and see if I can find examples of the modification you mentioned for the Gen 2.I tried sitting my HW95 on the fork, right at the barrel pivot screws. They are the most forward visual cue on this rifle that I can use to keep my mounting position uniform.I've got to say that it felt like I was cheating after my experience with the too tall bucket this past weekend. Offhand at 16X looks pretty intimidating in comparison to how steady this position seems.Thanks for the guidance.