Thank you Simon, for a truly inspiring and incredibly informative thread. I came across your first post after a google search for "Air Rifle shooting technique" or something along those lines, and I must say I was truly inspired by your passion for springer shooting and especially the HW77. I had borrowed a pretty ropey SMK38 mk2 from a friend and was doing some target shooting at various ranges in my area. After reading your post and the subsequent replies and the expansion of the topic I realised my rifle was not giving me the consistent results I was looking for. I must say that if it wasn't for this thread I may have just given the whole thing up. Where as now I am the very proud owner of a second hand but practically unused HW77 and I'm shooting 2 to 3 times a week on the range and loving every minuet of it. I've even gone as far as buying my 9yr old an under powered (9lb/ft) break barrel .22 for Xmas. He is going to freak when he opens it. Also I have an activity that I love and know he will that we can share together.
I am actually just waiting on a friend of mind to finalise a purchase of a property with a load of land with it who has already agreed to give me permission to shoot. I cant wait to get the HW77 out in the field and start using it properly, it is in my very very inexperienced opinion a fantastic, accurate, reliable weapon. I also love the fact that it is a springer, as I have tried a few different configurations of rifle before I went for the HW77. Although some were easier to get good results from I love the challenge of shooting the springer as It makes that group in the bull so much more rewarding.
So again, thank you for the inspiration and guidance, I am sure I will be re re-reading this thread many times in the future to refresh my thought process and technique as I develop as a shooter/hunter, as will my son.