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steveoh

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Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:06:15 AM »
A handful of folks met at Steelhead’s (Kevin) place on Saturday for a fun airgun shoot.

As is usual I was tardy, but determination kept me driving his way and refusing to let the poke-a-long’s from driving me nuts. Made it there an hour late. I think I gathered up too much stuff and took too long trying to find everything.

It was mostly overcast and chilly, with intermittent rain and wind, but we threw up the canopy I brought adding to Kevin’s and keeping the rain off.

I was immediately impressed with Kevin’s layout. I have never stretched beyond a 100 yards but Kevin’s setup was out to 200 yards, with metal plates to hit at 25,50, 75, 100, 150? And 200 yards. I do not have the rifle to reach out to 200 yards me thinks.

Kevin was shooting his .308 Texan and I have to admit that it is impressive. He’s got it dialed in with ammo, scope and his Maddog stock. I really, really like his setup. And I hit gongs at 200 yards!

I had both DAQs, Mrod, and Sumatra with me. I of course decided to try and wake the dead with the DAQ .58 Shortrifle. Neither DAQ were sighted in, and both proved to be challenging. The Pistol Just is not set up with the right scope. I found elevation maxed out even for the 25’ gongs. I abandoned it for now. I’m thinking a red dot might be a good set up.

I used at lot of air on the DAQ rifle and the home cast .58 EPP/UG. It is a HUGE chunk of lead and I struggled with consistency. I think key for this beast is to tether it and do my sighting in. Switched to round ball and it behaved much better. Note to self, the DAQ likes round balls, and I seem to recall Dennis saying this.

The DAQ short rifle kicks like a mule, and I developed a healthy flinch. Mike took some shots and immediately whacked his nose good with the scope. First Blood! I felt bad, but everyone figured out that the beast kicks and were wary.

To be continued...

Michael shows up with some sweet rifles, one of which my 11 year old would have no doubt loved. That was a tiny little Brocock. So sweet.

Kevin treated us to some super delicious boar/venison sausage. I am still salivating thinking about those things!

Mike brought his mighty fine shooting chair he’s building. I compared using that versus my normal sitting and using a tripod and now I loath to use that now. I finally figured out that I’m never super steady or comfortable when shooting. The chair changes all that.

All in all it was an awesome day. To be honest I felt so welcome and had so much fun that I worried I risked wearing  out my welcome. I didn’t want to leave! Can’t wait till the next Steelhead shoot!
« Last Edit: March 07, 2018, 08:23:25 PM by steveoh »


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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 10:29:42 AM »
Well, Steveoh! At least it wasn't your blood!

I have a Freedom 202 in 9mm, and it kicks too (lucky enough, as no blood drawn from the scope). Worse, it is VERY loud even with the suppressor. Try as I may, I can't get the darn thing to group well past 40 yards, no matter the bullet. The 220 grain pellets (not bullets mind you) shoot the best. I used those to kill the three pigs I've taken with it. Good luck on yours.

As for the shoot... I'd like to have one here, but if everyone came who is on the maps at GTA and AGN within 200 miles, I'd still only have less than half a dozen. It doesn't pay to live 3 hours away from every other significant burg!
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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2018, 12:25:23 PM »
Well, Steveoh! At least it wasn't your blood!

I have a Freedom 202 in 9mm, and it kicks too (lucky enough, as no blood drawn from the scope). Worse, it is VERY loud even with the suppressor. Try as I may, I can't get the darn thing to group well past 40 yards, no matter the bullet. The 220 grain pellets (not bullets mind you) shoot the best. I used those to kill the three pigs I've taken with it. Good luck on yours.

As for the shoot... I'd like to have one here, but if everyone came who is on the maps at GTA and AGN within 200 miles, I'd still only have less than half a dozen. It doesn't pay to live 3 hours away from every other significant burg!

I have a Sam Yang 909s in .45 and it kicks a little. The DAQ on the other hand KICKS. I have an LDC to share between it and the DAQ .58 Pistol, but it barely quiets the pistol. No doubt it'll do squat for the rifle. Wish I hadn't forgotten my Chrony. Still don't know what FPE the rifle is reaching. Pistol hits just over 200 fpe with round balls. Sure makes a nice flower. :)

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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 06:48:02 AM »
Glad you had fun! I really enjoyed seeing all of you here. Like fishin', huntin', or other hobbies we all have our little 'style' or 'niche' and we can get bored or in a rut when we always shoot alone or in the same conditions. I get in the mode of focusing on long range with both the Texan and the Armada so it was neat to see different guns with strengths and weaknesses. John's Flex was particularly cool to me. I've never been able to see or shoot one and that is one sweet gun. Mike's BSA also is a joy to shoot and a real tack driver.

As far as waking the dead, the DAQ's are insanely loud! Good gracious. I thought the Texan was the loudest thing out there but those guns take the cake. I quieted down the Tex by over 50% with the moderator, but even without it still wasn't as loud as the DAQ's. It's part of the 'wow' factor for those .58 cals....sort of like a hotrod with zoomie headers.

One thing I took away from Saturday is how not many guys seem to stretch the legs of their guns. When I asked a question like 'have you ever tried to see what it does at 125 or 150?' the response was somewhat like my dog tilting his head looking at me trying to figure it what I said! :)  I had one of Int3man's .25 guns bonging away at 125 yards and 150 yards. Not a reliable kill shot for hunting with a pellet but fun on the range for sure.

What it made me realized is that I'm very fortunate to have the space and the range setup that I have to be able to do that whenever I want. Other's time, available shooting space, and resources may limit what they can do and I'm lucky to be able to play like I do.

We can all be consumed and want what we DON'T have, but it's great to be reminded of how fortunate we are to have what we DO have.
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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 07:02:07 PM »
Glad everyone had a great time
Kudos to Steelhead for hosting the shoot. I too have the blessing of having elbow room to shoot and hunt.  I sure am thankful for it.

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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2018, 09:43:14 PM »
I need to get out these shoots so I can start seeing more faces.

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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 03:44:28 AM »
Joe, let me know which shoots you're going to attend, as I wouldn't want our faces to scare one another!

But seriously, I think there needs to be one close to the Colorado/New Mexico border. What say?
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Re: Steelhead Airgun Shoot
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 05:48:00 AM »
I agree, on not scaring one another and a shoot. ;D

We need to plan something.

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