I recently posted about the importance of practicing different real world shooting positions when heading into the field to hunt. In this post I’m going to discuss getting a gun ready for a hunt. I’d received the Hatsan Hercules and was going to take it with me on a hunt down in Texas, to use as my pig gun.
My first activity was to take the rifle to my indoor range and zero it at 20 yards, just to get a feel for it with the JSB .35 cal pellets I intended to feed it. I was happy with the way it grouped on paper at close range, so after mapping a shot string across the chrony to assess the power profile, I took it a friends farm for some field shooting
After setting the zero at 50 yards, I was ready to get started. I spent a morning shooting the Herc offhand and off sticks, and also shifted between sitting, kneeling, and standing positions. I knew there wasn’t much chance of a prone shot, so didn’t spend much time on my belly. I figured that I wouldn’t take more than five shots on an outing, so didn’t really worry about dialing in the POI throughout an entire shot string, and topped off after the 5th shot. After putting a tin of pellets through the rifle, I felt pretty comfortable with this Hatsan and was ready to go!
When I arrived on-site, I quickly checked zero (set at 50 yards), and took off for a natural brush bling set up over a waterhole. The banks were all torn up and I knew there were pigs moving through. after a couple hours, a decent sized sow came in and I dropped her with a head shot. When you shoot a lot of different guns it’s important to know what to expect when the trigger is pulled, I like to be confident that the gun acts the way I expect it to.
Got a few hunts lined up, prairie dogs in S.D. in a couple weeks and back to Texas right afterwards. Will update with new posts as often as I can.