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I have noticed something - when you are trying a new Lot of ammo (anyone’s ammo) there are three times you can get a flyer – if there is not a mechanical problem with the gun.

First when you move the tuner and it has not settled down – it normally takes a few shots for the gun to settle back down.

Second when you are shooting good groups and for some unexplained reason one just goes out. I think this one is because the tuner is in the wrong spot. You have to have good numbers before and after the tuner setting (example 12) is the tuner setting, but 10 and 11 must work, plus 13, 14, 15, and 16 need to work also. You could pick a number say 17 that shoots one hole but 16 and 18 don't, so when conditions change you get flyers. Over the last few months I have seen several shooters that are shooting along fine with a little left or right bullet placement, but they are still 10’s, then one moves high to the left or right. When this happens I think that you are not in the right tuner position. Some of the more experience shooters know when they need to change the tuner settings. Mack Douglas and I were talking about this at a match a few weeks ago and he was having this problem – he just shot a 247, but he knew that it should have been better. After I went over the idea that Eley’s lead is softer and I also think it takes a little less powder to drive the flat nose bullet and softer lead, he moved his tuner and won the next match with a 249. New shooters to Eley seem to move out 4 to 6 clicks and this is due to the power needed to drive the flat nose bullet and softer lead change the rifle’s vibrational balance.

Third when the density altitude changes greatly, like it did here one Saturday afternoon. It was at 700 feet and when the sun was setting and was getting noticeable colder, the DA (density altitude) dropped to 100 feet in 30 seconds or less. All flags were at 7 o'clock and you could shoot through it, but when the 4th flag moved to 5:30 with very little wind- almost calm it would drop out towards 6 o'clock about ” to 3/4 ”.

Both guns on the line had the same dropped shot when that one flag moved with out the prop turning. There are times when it could be the ammo’s fault, but you normally know by the way the gun sounded or felt and that is not a problem with today’s match ammo. Another piece of advice, I have noticed while shooting my Hall action with a Douglas barrel installed by Bill Calfee it will tell me when it is time to change to a different Lot of ammo. If my gun places a shot towards 11 o’clock, when I don’t think it should, and it might not be but one half a bullet width, I know that I need to speed up the velocity. I did this in Jacksonville a few weeks ago and on the 16 target it through it high at 11 o’clock for a 9. I was shooting a 1 machine Lot at 1066 fps (and suffering) and I speeded up to 1078 fps and then all the rest of the shots were easy 10’s and X’s. So let the gun or target tell you to change the tuner or move to another Lot of ammo. I have been impressed with the new Eley round nose Calfee bullet. The most interesting thing is that it looks like everyone is moving there tuners out to control the vibrations of the round nose bullet, after shooting the flat nose bullet. Shooters are moving out on their tuners from 12 clicks up to two complete revolutions to find a new “Sweet Spot” verses their flat nose ammo. I’m finding fellows that have been shooting the flat nose bullet like Tom Sink and Mack Douglas, just can’t get the round nose bullet to perform as good as the flat nose. It sure is good for us to have a manufacture like Eley, who will go to the trouble to produce both types of ammo for us (round and flat nose). Eley has been trying hard and by the scores being posted by shooters attest to their success. It’s great to see any shooter come to life when he gets a chance to shoot up to his potential. Eley has certainly spread the winning around over the past several years and I hope to see more new faces in the winners circle. Good Shooting

Bob Collins
March 22, 2005