Posts Tagged ‘HFT Tips’

HFT range finding with scope parallax

Range finding by eye can be quite accurate with practice, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a yard wide line painted on the ground right across the midpoint of the course? Well, there is! (Although its not painted on the ground). All you need to do is learn how to look for it.

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Entering your first HFT competition

You’ve set up and zeroed your scope, practiced your breathing and trigger technique and know the basics of the prone position and range finding, now would be a good time to get some competition experience under your belt.

The best practice for HFT is to actually shoot in a competition.  You can’t really get a good appreciation of what the sport’s all about until you actually try it! Many novice shooters don’t know what to expect and are usually worried they’ll put in a bad score. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic range finding in HFT

There’s not much point in being able to shoot a tight group and knowing where to aim for every distance if you’ve got no idea how far away the target is, so in this article I’m going to concentrate on the basics of range estimation in HFT.

The more advanced topics of ranging by parallax and using your mildots to bracket objects will be covered in later articles. Read the rest of this entry »

Zeroing your scope for all ranges

HFT zeroing targetsDeciding on a zero range for your crosshairs seems to be a question that comes up quite often from newcomers to HFT.  Firstly I don’t believe that it matters all that much, after all the crosshairs of your scope are just one aim point, once you’ve zeroed your scope for all the distances you’re going to be shooting at you’ll have aim points for every distance.  Choosing a zero range for your crosshairs is going to be a personal choice, based on personal preferences and experience, the specifics of your scope and the height it’s mounted above your barrel, choice of pellet and any number of other factors will influence the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

The basic HFT rested prone position

Hand gripAs you gain more experience in HFT you’ll quickly realise that it’s not just about being able to clamp your rifle onto a shooting ‘peg’ with your hand, rest the butt of your rifle on the floor and take a nice perfectly stable shot.  To outsiders to the sport, this can often seem like it’s the case and that’s probably why HFT had difficulty establishing credibility with the rest of the shooting community in it’s early years. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathing, Trigger control and follow through

Correct trigger finger position - Finger movement is down the centre line of the rifleBreathing, trigger control and follow-through are fundamental to consistent shooting.

It should be pretty obvious that if you want to hit what you’re aiming at you need to keep the gun as still as possible when you take your shot. Some shooting positions are more stable than others, but even if your shooting position is rock solid there’s still a living, breathing, moving shooter pulling the trigger.

Getting it right takes time and practice and it’s something that should be re-visited and practiced regularly.

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New HFT Training manual

There will be a series of articles covering every aspect of HFT.  A new article will be published roughly every couple of weeks starting with a new HFT scope setup manual

The next article will cover trigger technique, breathing and follow-through.

To see the latest articles in the series see the HFT Novice to Ninja category link on the right hand navigation.

HFT Scope setup guide

Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40

So – you’ve bought your rifle and scope and you want to get into the world of competitive Hunter Field Target shooting (HFT).

The first thing you need to do is fit your scope to your rifle. A common mistake that a lot of new shooters make is to just fit the scope so it looks about right and assume that everything’s OK. Later on when problems arise it’s very difficult to diagnose the cause of those problems if things aren’t set up correctly in the first place. So although setting up a scope properly can take a little bit of time to do, it will save hours of frustration in the long term.

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