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andy_iowuk
May 27, 2019
GP4 Oaktree What a difference a day can make, waking up to overcast skies but no rain where I was staying. Oaktree FTc is about 3 miles from Tondu across the valley, this yellow arrow showing where the shoot was yesterday. Today was a long drive up the side of the hill, it just seem to keep on going. When you got to the parking area you got out of the car and felt the force of the wind. It was not just a gentle breeze this was a full on 15mph breeze, well it was at 10am more about it later. Booking in and a quick walk around showed me that the course ran down through a strip of oak woodland, hence the name, and the bottom end of the course being some 50ft lower than the top. Lanes 1 to 6 were on the top near the club hut, plenty of angles used as the picture below shows. The next 4 lanes were in the field were the zero range was. Here the wind could cause some real havoc, if you carefully looked at the strings and windicators they were going in opposite directions. Next you headed back into the wood and then the next 9 lanes wound down the hill with the targets at different angles and catching the wind in all different directions. Going back the to breeze mentioned earlier, well in the afternoon it had picked up to a more 20mph breeze and gusta a lot stronger. For example I missed the target circle in the picture below but I was aiming off about 9" off to the right the pellet dropped slightly to hit at 6 o'clock. The last lanes run back up the hill, plenty of back straining elevation here which caused me a few problems. Aiming some 45 degrees upwards is not easy when the wind is buffeting you as well. So score for me was a poorly 24 but considering at halfway round I had only hit 10 I was glad for a bit of recovery. Highest score was a 40 in the afternoon but a 45 in the morning showing the difference in wind strength. A short 2 week break before I head to ETL in Essex, this time in the comapny of Holly and Bazza so lets see what happens.
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Apr 28, 2019
GP1 Millride FTC Millride, or Hellride by some, has a bit of a reputation of being windy and uphill. Well, yes it was windy but not excessively. Uphill, well a few but not backbreaking like they say. Some of the Island lanes have been worse. Having never been before I did not know what to expect. So Millride is a shooting/freshwater fishing enterprise. In fact, the first part of the course had regular shot showers. Weather wise it was chilly and overcast mainly with the sun breaking through occasionally. Wind was between 5 to 20 mph. So let's get to it, the course was a 2 parter you could say. Part 1 were lanes 1 to 10 in a small wooded on an incline, starting at lane 1 at the bottom they used the bank deciding the shotgun and airgun ranges. The breeze definitely seemed to swirl a bit going by the spread of misses on each side. Medium to long targets with the occasional reducer and one of each of the positionals as well. Slight variation in angles both hieght and direction kept you on your toes. Lane 10 was 90 degrees from the first 9 so wind calculations needed. Part 2 was along the top of the incline. Here they had the lane gates between 10 and 30yds out from the wooded section that ran along the top. By having targets at angles on each lane you got varying amounts of wind effect and also the tunnel effect in the thicker areas of woodland. Going buy the number of dinks being heard and chats afterwards at lot of 'gave it edge went straight' or 'inside went outside' remarks heard. Windicator at the gate seemed to have no relation to the target. The 1st part seemed to need more windage than the second but the second seemed more tricky as it came over the hedges and trees. Strings not moving much but pellets were. Positional not excessively long but long enough for the wind to come into effect. Top score when I left was a 46.
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