Archive for May 2010

A Fun Day of Paper Punching   1 comment

Greetings All,

My wife’s cousin and his two boys came out for an afternoon of hitting targets. Since I got in the new pellets, I had plenty for hitting paper for hours.

After a while, the dad joined in to “show up” the boys.

Jonathan (the oldest) and Andrew (youngest with dark hair) both really enjoyed shooting the Marauder. They both are now asking their dad for a Marauder of their own.

Here are the two brothers dueling it out.

Here is everyone together while the dad and Andrew shoot away. πŸ™‚

Even though there was a bit a rain on and off, we were able to stay underneath the covering and keep shooting.
The dad and both the boys had a blast! Well, and you know I had to do a bit of shooting to. πŸ™‚

Another reason to love air rifles. Today, the air rifles brought a family together for great fun and great conversation.

Until next time,
In Christ,
Jeff

Posted May 16, 2010 by avv604 in Marauder

Marauder groups – .22 and .177   2 comments

Greetings All,

For about a week or more I have been having horrible groups with both Marauders. This morning I tried some pellets I received from Pyramyd Air and things are looking much better.

Marauder .22 Grouping Tests

I started out at 25 yards with the .22 and using JSB Jumbo (16g), Crosman UltraMag, and Beeman FTS pellets. The JSBs did pretty well, much better than the Baracuda (5.51 head size) pellets. The groups were perhaps about 1/2″ at 25 yards. The Crosman UltraMag did a bit better than the JSBs. The Beeman FTS pellets did the best but there were a few fliers. I am not sure why there were fliers. Perhaps something with the breech entry.
I was going to take pictures of the groups but it rained before I could take the picture.

Marauder .177 Grouping Tests

Here is a picture of my setup and my FT rig. πŸ™‚

Here is a picture of just the .177 rifle. I really enjoy both the Marauders

One can see by the closer picture, for the groups I am removing as much of myself as I can. I have the Harris bi-pod extended with the butt stock resting on a bag. I align the crosshairs where I want, reach in with my left hand and gently pull the trigger back. This seems to be giving the most accurate results for groupings (plus I don’t have the money for anything else).

Well, it seems the old .177 Marauder I received is back. I tested the UltraMag pellets in the .177 and found these are very good match for this gun. Given, these are not sorted pellets or even Crosman Premier Heavy pellets. These are the cheap-o pellets one might find at a Wal-Mart.

Washing the Lubing the Pellets

I knew the Croman pellets were dirty so I washed the pellets a few times. Then I placed them in a paper towel and on to a paper plate. I used a hair dryer to dry the pellets. Once dry, I used about 4-5 drops of FP-10 to lube the pellets. I placed them into a zip lock bag (with FP-10 already in) and rolling them around for a while. I did this process for both the .22 and .177 pellets and in small batches.

.177 Marauder Groups

The groups were wonderful but a bit high and to the left. I re-zeroed in the scope and started practicing at 13 yards back to 25. Here is the results.

On the circles where I missed, it was more me than the pellets. The first row under 3/8″ was me sitting in my FT position at 25. The next row is where I started at about 13 yards and worked back to 20 yards. At the sight in line, the third circle from the left, that is a four shot group. Not bad right. πŸ™‚

Well, this goes to show you that the pellet does matter. Now I am going to need a scale to start weighing pellets and prepare for the next FT match.

Until next time,
Blessings,
Jeff

Posted May 15, 2010 by avv604 in Marauder

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Rainy Day and Making FT Targets   3 comments

Greetings All,

When the rain does not stop and most of the places you want to go have over a foot and a half of water blocking the way, what do you do? You find things around the house to make a target out of.

I was perusing through a drawer and found some nuts and bolts for a project that I was going to do (err….a few years ago). What can I do with these? I know, I will take some 17 gauge electric fence wire, wrap it around the bolt and viola – a target!

I found some old enamel model car paint and decided to do something simple. Just paint them flat yellow so I can see them. After a while, I had a visitor to my office and asked what I was doing. I informed my oldest son, Cameron, I was making targets to put out at the gun range. He asked if he could paint also. Well, since there is not really enough room at my desk, what can I do? Move to the nice dining room table of course!

Here is my master painter finishing one of the targets. Concentrate young Skywalker.

After a few hours of cutting jokes and painting the rest of the bolt and washers, all is complete. Here are a few pictures of the completed targets ready to be shot.

My wife stated, β€œThey are too pretty to shoot at.” I am inclined to agree; however, they will need repainting after a few afternoons. So I look forward to another evening of touching up the targets with my son.
What a blessed day it has been.
In Christ,
Jeff

Posted May 2, 2010 by avv604 in Airguns, General

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