Wednesday 26 May 2010

Long range shooting and opera

High on a Welsh hillside, with opera legend Andrea Bocelli singing his heart out from the truck stereo, I shot a mouflon at 440 yards. It was a surreal moment. The quality of this soundclip is pretty awful, but it gives a sense of the atmosphere.

Not a real mouflon of course. This was a steel silhouette target, and I was visiting Andrew Venables' fabulous range facility with Robert Bucknell, for an article in our Game Fair issue.

A truly memorable day - more when I get a moment to add photos etc. Meanwhile, if you get a chance, just throw caution to the wind and book a day with Andrew. I promise you won't regret it!


Anonymous said...

C'mon James, what were you shooting, on what system/manufacturer, and with what load characteristics. 440 yds is a good shot, especially given that bit of wind that's coming through on the recording.

James Marchington said...

It's Andrew's rifle - a 7.62 PGW Scout with a Schmidt & Bender PM2 3-12 scope, 18" Kreiger barrel. Details here. Ammo was Andrew's home-brew, you'd have to ask him exactly what goes into it. Wind was around 10mph all day give or take a few mph (that's a cheap little voice recorder with no wind gag on the mic, so the wind sounds worse than it was).