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I got the first game as a counter-sniper/general-murderer, and it went well. Everything was sorted, or as sorted as it can be on a gun held by Teflon tape and prayers most profane, but I did have a problem setting my hop-up: It was too long of a distance to watch.

About 150 feet out, I would loss track of the BB in the best environment I could hope to have (steady lighting, not dappled; consistent, verdant background; no matter BB colour), but I know that it is making it well to 250 or 300 feet.

How does one normally go about setting the hop-up at those ranges?
 

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Are you talking about adjusting the hop up mid-game?
 

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Yeah i'm pretty sure that they're talking about adjusting the hop-up in mid-game. Usually most of us adjust our hop-up when we zero our rifle and then the only thing you have to worry about when aiming at your target is elevation and windage.

Although, there was a post on here a couple days ago describing a person that resets their hop-up every game. So i guess you wouldn't be the first to do so.
 

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Usually most of us adjust our hop-up when we zero our rifle and then the only thing you have to worry about when aiming at your target is elevation and windage.
YES. This is what real snipers do and airsoft should be the same.

If the OP did mean adjusting hop up during mid-game, then literally it's just a guessing game.
 

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I set my hop for the most steady and level projectory possible. If I have to take a shot beyond that range, I have to compensate and aim up like said before.

Or just get closer....
 

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Exactly. It would definitely turn into guessing how much hop up you would need. I would assume that they're using it like to compensate for elevation instead of actually aiming higher.

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I am not sure why people are assuming that it was mid-game, but let me settle the matter: I am not talking about adjusting during play; I am talking about when I prepare for an event.

As I said before, my problem is keeping track of the BB for the full flight, and I wonder what other people do to see the BB on the far half of the shot.

If I use a friend to shoot past, what information is he to be providing me? What is the procedure there?
 

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I use a target. Basically aim at a vertical piling to get the left and right correct, then aim at a short(vertical) but wide(left to right) target(I find a bulkhead at high tide works well). Then I use my ears to figure out if it's hitting or not. With my setup if it's low I see a splash, and if it's high I see and hear nothing. If its just right I hear it hit the wood. I've started to do this since switching to .43s, as I can't see the black bbs at all.


Of course you could make this more accurate my shooting at a 2x4 or something thinner.


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I am not sure why people are assuming that it was mid-game, but let me settle the matter: I am not talking about adjusting during play; I am talking about when I prepare for an event.
Seeings how you said that you were in a counter-sniping scenario and you had a problem adjusting your hop-up, as well as you couldn't see the bb's past a certain point then we figured that you were talking about adjusting as you were playing. Obviously mistook what you were saying.
 

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If I use a friend to shoot past, what information is he to be providing me? What is the procedure there?
There are others ways but here are two I use:

  1. Either have a friend use a scope/binoculars and both of you will focus on an object you're trying to hit. This will increase the odds that one of you will see the BB in flight.
  2. Ask your friend to wear protection and turn his/her back. Shoot directly at your friend and he/she should be able to hear or even potentially see the BB as it passes them. You guys can simply relay the BB whereabouts (i.e. "The bb went above me by about 2 feet!") by talking on the phone or yelling really loud :yup:
I like method two because my friends are jerks :lmao:
 

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After trying to use a real steel method I found lacking I came up with my own method. I went to a shopping center and found the largest pieces of cardboard I could. I'm talking refridge big. The larger the better. I then used a 8 X 10 piece of printer paper as my standard target. I found the center by drawing a line from corner to corner using a black marker. Then used a tape roll to draw a circle in the center. Took that and printed numerous copies. Oh the circle lines were thick also you want to see them through your scope. Now put you target in the center of the cardboard and move back to whatever distance you prefer. I started at 10 yards and worked back in 10 yard sections until I reached 50 yards. Yes that's only 150 feet but it was just to refine it for now. I don't want to be at 300 feet wondering were the hell the rounds are going. And last fire three rounds before making any adjustments. Make your adjustment then fire three more rounds. either use a spotting scope or bino's if your scope isn't powerful enough.
 

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Professor, that work it out after time.

I also do not want to be trying to shoot far out and not know what the path is. Seems mildly unpractical, perhaps, when I get to a field for a game and am setting up. Do you usually set the hop-up the day before then?

If only I had a private pond. That sounds like a good method.
 
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