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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:44 am    Post subject: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

I was recently invited to join my hunting-friend in a damage control program (or better 'party'?), to shoot rabbits on a big factory that's not allowed for public entrance. But there are some rules: no dogs allowed and no fire arms allowed.
At first they let me shoot a Weihrauch HW90 in .25 and I trained many rabbits, even killed some I think, but only little in the pocket. That airrifle was not my friend: difficult to load, to big to handle inside a car, lot's of recoil and a bullet trajectory like a trown rock.
I had decided that a needed a PCP in .22". Till I contacted a friend, who is a member of the belgian FTT (Field Target Team) and he convinced me to go for the flat traject of a .177" airpellet.
And there was a 10 year old Theoben Rapid MFR for sale... most of my friends will call me stupid because I spend so much money on a used airrifle... but not my hunting-friend who I join on this rabbit hunt...
Alltough I only had that rifle for just 1 day, just enough time to add the optics and see how it shot, so I still made many mistakes in guessing the distance and reading the wind...
and alltough it should be Spring here and somebody arranged for snow during that rabbit-hunt (snow and wind are not the best friends of old men's bodies)...
I was able to shoot 12.
So I wanted to introduce you to my new friend Theoben Rapid MFR and I let you chose: I've been told that MFR stands for "Multi Functional Rifle", but I'm allready convinced it just means "Made For Rabbits"

and Geland: when you want a cheap and pleasant way to shoot some wabbits, think about airrifles and when you get the chance for a MFR: don't hesitate!
(mine is .177" and only 12 fpe or 16 Joule, but I allready discovered that you better have some aid in hitting what you want to hit than lot's of energy of a .25 that also comes with that more curved traject).

(and when Vince can find the time to chose a picture and don't want to keep them all for himself... Thanks Vince!)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:10 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

These are some pics to go with Aloys post on hunting rabbits.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:43 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Aloys, congrats on a successful hunt! That is one beautiful air rifle. Wow, more expensive than any AR I've built! But beautiful just the same.

www.theobenusa.com/mfr.html

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:43 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

@Vince: thanks for your help and I see you also like my czech girlfiends... and don't be mistaken: the small one is the queen, the big one is the servant. Don't you see how hard they are working?

@Geland: I tried your method to skin a rabbit, but maybe my knife was not big enough... I rather prefer to work a little slower, hang them by the legs and skin them from behind to the front instead of starting in the middle. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks...

SJ, I shouldn't say it, but the experience I have till now make me say they are worth the money. Now I'm waiting for a day without wind to give a little surprise to these crows at 80 m in the trees behind my house. When I can give them a headshot, then I call it a golden rifle and I will be unhappy that I didn't buy such a thing many years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Under the barrel (attached) and just in front of the cylinder...What is that?

Nice...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

That's a small red laser. Not allowed here on fire arms, but nobody seems to have problems when you put them on toys as airguns... same with lamps, silencers etc.

Because we have to go there at times most of the workers are home, it's rather dark and it's very difficult to estimate distances in the dark. Even measuring the distance is not easy because A) you don't have much time and B) very difficult to find your rabbit to point at (and too much light will scare them).

And when you're not rich, it helps to be clever (sometimes). So I figured that when I zeroed my optics and the laser at 32 m, the laser being under the barrel and the optics on top, the red spot would appear on the cross at 32 m, under the cross at shorter distances and above the cross when more than 32 m.
Theoretically that should work fine, I even tried to discover where to put my mildots, BUT: during day everything worked the best at multiplication factor 7x and I forgot that turning your variable optics to bigger multiplication also means losing a lot of available light.
So I still have to work on this. Maybe I just put a stronger green laser together with my lamp (allready removed at the picture, sorry) and use it next time as extra light.
Rome wasn't built in 1 day and when everything should work out fine from the beginning, life would be boring Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

That is one sweet looking air rifle Aloys.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

that method of rangefinding works at longer range too. eg dot on at 100yrds. nice job getting the bunnies. I dont underestamate a .177 anymore after using a break barrel wairark man that had some oomph!!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Laughing

Yeah aloy, I always wanted an air rifle.
But the law here regulated every shooting thing, and that I think include air rifles and water pistols..
Also, the size of my safe dictates that if I am buying another one, then one of the former resident must go..

About skinning, mate, whatever shake your tree..
There are 10001 way to skin a rabbit..
I do it my way, you do it your way..
They still ended up delicious.

I like your hunting buddies mate, looks like they get a well deserved nap.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Looking good!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Just wanted to show you my airrifle in full battle dress and the results of yesterday evening...
even got the aproval of my dog (alltough she is not allowed to accompany me)
And no, I don't really need all that stuff on my rifle, lamp and optics is enough, but now it looks meaner... and the extra 17-shot magazine is really a dream, the speed in terminating rabbits comes close to Lucky Luck Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Re: my new friend MFR Reply with quote

Well, I can only add that it's really fun and skills are improving. And yesterday we had a lot of wind... already looking forward for a next 'hunt' if possible with no wind that makes live difficult.
The last rabbit was shot at about 60 m, knowing that due to the poor light conditions I have to use 4X multiplication factor I think I have to admit that this last shot was pure luck (or bad luck for the rabbit).

@Vince: thanks for the assistance and hopefully these pictures bring some of the joy I've had to the rest of the nutters...
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