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steveoh

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Nothing Under A Hundred
« on: October 14, 2019, 08:47:45 AM »
Nothing Under A Hundred - NUAH

Kevin invited me over for a Sunday morning airgun shoot, and I accepted. Kevin is great company, and it's always a good time, who in their right mind passes up a chance to stretch out and shoot to 100 and 200 yards? :D

I brought the Texan .257, the Marauder and the Sumatra. I ended up shooting the Texan for the entire morning though as I can't really shoot it in the backyard at home.

The Texan has been sighted in at 100 yards now for quite a while. My chart of MilDots and Distances taped to the tank usually gets me close to bullseye for any distance from 25 out to 200+ yards. This day however started out with whackadoodle behavior from the normally trusty Texan.

Right off the bat I struggled to hit big targets close in. Very strange. The Texan does have a newer "BSA" FFP scope on it that has given me grief in the past, where I have been unable to make vertical adjustments. Last time it did this I smacked it with a rubber hammer. That got things a moving. While I suspected something was going on with the scope, I noticed that the gauge on the rifle differed by quite a bit on the SCBA tank gauge. Hmmm. I filled up the Texan only the gauge did not budge. HUH?

I screwed around trying to determine what was going on, and determined that the fill port check valve on the Texan was not letting air in.  So I gave it a quick open shut,  open shut the valve on the  SCBA tank and I heard the Texan make a CLICK, and it suddenly started taking air. I'm going to email AirForce and see if they can decipher this behavior. Is it the fill port, or is it the valve that is sticking?

Anyway, with filling the Texan once again working, I turned my attention to shooting at 75 yards. Using the new home cast NOE - 258 75 FN BT HP I finally started getting decent groups of sorts. I switched back to my old standby of the 257420 and got about the same groups. I did see some flyers and that had me puzzled. I don't think I trust this scope, and will put my old "BSA" back on for the next shoot I think.

Curiously I was able to smack the small spinners at 75 and 100 yards mostly at will. One series of shots on a 5 or 6" plate gave me horizontal strings. I suspect I was not holding my Texan at the same angle each shot. I thought a level would come in handy to avoid this. After realizing that's probably what was happening, I tried referencing a fence post for more precise alignment of the vertical cross hair to the fence post. That helped.

Then I focused on shooting NUAH targets at 102 yards as reported by my rangefinder. I had mixed results, and swapped ammo several times. I came to the conclusion that the new NOE - 258 75 FN BT HP performed a little better than the 257420. I used up a lot of the new bullets. Next time I'd like to do some sort of ballistics testing to see how both bullets perform against a chunk of clay or soap or ballistics jell. Oh wait I have a bunch of melted candle wax. Hmmmm.

I had two targets that  I got all bullets inside of the 4MOA ring (which was undersized due to the print guy adjusting size). Kevin and I were shooting under a handicap as a result.



Kevin had a group at 200 yards that was absolutely amazing. Dude is whacking steel hard, and accurately!


Kevin meanwhile is smacking steel all over the place and I swear he was trying to play Jingle Bells from the various ringing tones I was hearing.  ::)

In short it was a good day of shooting at Kevin's, and we both appear to qualify for NUAH. I didn't get a photo of Kevin's best group on paper, but he can post maybe?



« Last Edit: October 14, 2019, 08:54:22 AM by steveoh »


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Re: Nothing Under A Hundred
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2019, 01:10:45 PM »
Just opened the Texan case and found Kevin's Group!
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Re: Nothing Under A Hundred
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2019, 02:56:56 PM »
Not my call.... but it looks like you will qualify as an Expert and Kevin as a Sharpshooter in NUAH.... Congrats to both of you....  8)

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Re: Nothing Under A Hundred
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 04:27:20 PM »
Thanks, Bob. A couple of amusing things happened while we were shooting. The first thing is that for the longest time I've had it in my head that to qualify for NUAH I had to have all five shots in the center black circle. I was wondering how the other guys were getting it done and I was struggling so much. Turns out I had been doing okay all along!  ;D   At any rate, it made me better shooter and I unwittingly put more pressure on myself to step up my game.

During our shoot, two VERY nice (one in particular) blacktail bucks made appearances. The larger of the two was chasing a doe out at long range, but the other decided to hang out and watch us shoot. He stood and watched us from about 220 yards out and about 50 yards to the side of the range. I couldn't take it anymore so I placed a shot about 30' in front of him to shoo him off. Nothing doin'....just looks at me like 'Is that all you got?' A few minutes later he meadered out over the hill and out of view. About a half hour later as I'm lining up my shot at the 200 yard target I see movement behind the steel. That buck is literally eating acorns out of the oak tree right behind the target. If I shoot and miss the steel that big deer is going down. If you don't think God has a sense of humor, this should change your mind. After his browse he moseyed back out of the way and once again I could commence shooting at the targets.

It just amazes me what bucks do in the rut. Our season closes on the third Sunday in September just as the rut kicks in. Literally within 48 hours of season closing there were three different bucks in my hunting area that would all be my PB. My brother sent me a picture he took with his cell phone of a buck that he saw while feeding cows the other day...I posted it below. That is a really REALLY nice blacktail for an area that receives a fair amount of hunting pressure. The big three by three that was chasing a doe had a much wider and heavier rack than the buck below, but not as tall.
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