My Afternoon

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by AusLach, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    This thread is half range report, half bragging that I finally got to get some trigger time... I went for a walk along the creek this afternoon but the only thing I saw was a lone duck. The little bastard seemed to know I wouldn't shoot him on the water so he sat tight, even after I threw rocks at him lol.

    So after my bad luck I convinced my Dad to break some clays with me.. We got through about 60 clays and only used three boxes of shells (75), not bad shooting with a field gun. It does get pretty tiring after a while though and I've got a bit of a burn on my shoulder from the kickpad and a sore eye from the jamming my face into the stock to get a proper sight picture. After we ran out of clays we decided to clean the rifles and put a few rounds through the .17. We set up a few beer cans and milk bottles full of water and tried to capture the carnage in some photos. I managed to get a few good pix of exploding targets but here's the best one..
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    The target was the milk bottle, which was decimated after the shot..

    After this we had a small freehand competition to see who was the best shot (a highly coveted honour!). Our target was a 2'x2' square removal box at about fifty yards. DSCF3556.jpg

    Dad said that he'd place 5 shots into the bottle of wine on the right. He put three into it, dropped one low and put one into the bottle on the left. Not too bad, and the pressure was on.
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    I told him I'd put five into the wine glass, and didn't do too badly either. I put four shots into three holes at the bottom of the glass and one into the top right of the glass.. I didn't beat him as he put more shots into his selected target, but he did concede that I definitely had the best group.
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    It was a great afternoon with the old man and he bought me a beer tonight at the pub as a reward for beating him in our competition. I hope that I'll be able to do the same with the sons that I hope to have some day.. Hoefully I'll have as much fun with them as what I had this afternoon with my Dad.
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Sounds like great fun and it looks like some excellent shooting. Your garden is beautiful!! I'm glad you had a good time with your Dad.
     

  3. M14sRock

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    Great fun!!! Your "backstop" is the prettiest I've ever seen.
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Beautiful country! Sounds like good fun Aus!!
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That sounds like a great day. The time well spent with your father is worth more than the shooting could ever be. Shooting together is just icing on the cake. Pretty scenery too.
     
  6. skullcrusher

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    Most excellent, mate. Good times and great pics. :)
     
  7. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    Would give an arm and a leg to be able to spend some shooting time with my late father. Treasure these moments they are special and let him win now and again :rolleyes:
     
  8. AusLach

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    Update of sorts... I woke up this morning and Dad seemed very elusive towards me, I just found out the reason and can't stop laughing: he's got a black eye from the shotgun yesterday! :D Although an awful lot of fun, field guns just aren't made for lots of shots in a small timeframe lol..

    It has done one good thing though, it's got him thinking about buying a trap gun *rubbing hands together manically* ;):p
     
  9. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Way to go Aus you finally got some gun-time, yes! Nice shooting :) (yeah your group was better, heh)


    Ha classic lol


    Must be cool to set up some impromptu targets (or milk bottles) and just go for it, wish I could do that! Awesome too that you got to spend quality time with your Dad...and I like the "gentle suggestion" that a trap gun is extremely necessary now, hint :D

    really happy for ya mate. Hope you get to do some hunting very soon ;)
     
  10. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Just don't tease him too much about it.....after all, he's your Dad! ;)
     
  11. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Thanks z, it is great to be able to shoot whenever I want (weather permitting of coarse!). Even though it's only a smallish property we're still far enough away from the neighbours to use the shotty, the .17 and they usually don't mind the occasional shot out of the .223 either.. We do go elsewhere for the .243 and the .25-06 but :D

    I did get to do a small bit of hunting, there are starlings nesting and making a mess in the shed so I got to ventilate a few of those.. I understand what you American guys mean by prairie dog mist now, the only thing I could find left of one starling after I whacked it with the HMR was a foot and a few feathers!

    I have to get as much teasing in as I can Lon, I don't manage to beat him very often and he sure as anything gives me hell when I lose! :p
     
  12. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    I had similar thoughts while waiting my turn during IPSC on Saturday - very noisy Indian Miners (aka 'flying rats' & widely hated as city vermin) were making a hell of a noise on the concrete barrier-walls. Of course it was only day-dreaming...I'm using hollowpoints atm so there probably would have been less than a foot left! lol