I got a chance to go and shoot my first LR competition this last Saturday.
I must say this was one of the best put on events I have been to, shooting or not. The host/master of ceremonies Gary Larson, and range provider/director Dan Newberry (http://www.bangsteel.com) Were two outstanding guys. In a week or so I'm going to get with Dan and see about going back and do some shooting around X-mas when I'm at the in-laws.
I meet some really great people and had a really great time. I couldn't believe all the sponsor support this match had. They was giving stuff away right and left. I know 20G's of stuff was gave out. also i heard the the match raised $10,286 for the Bethany Christian Services to help orphans find forever homes.. GOD truly touched this event and is working thru Gary and Dan.
The day started off with loading the 7stw (Kickboxers rifle) a short 1.2 hour drive from My In_laws in NC to the bangsteel range in VA. It was a wet drive up. So the day started off fairly well. I made it and didn't get lost and the rain had stopped.. We had a small meet and greet and got hooked up with the shooting teams/group (team moses). All the guys in my pod were great and helped a bunch after you shot the stage.. It was an individual shot and not a team shoot. We got the safety briefing and the stage we would start at.
Now, I was only able to spend a total of 45 minutes with this 7STW and march scope set up before the match, this was 20 shots 5 to zero, 15 for load. NO practice was done for drop charts for this rifle..
stage 3 and stage 4 was from same location and our stating point. we had 7 shots per stage and 4 minutes to clear both. So it was times and off shot count
stage 3 Good shepherd
It was off the back of a 4 wheeler at a two small coyotes one at 531 and the other at 575. I was first to shoot from our group. I got my breathing and first match and first to shoot jitters under control. I stepped up and touched the 4 wheeler and time started. I looked really fast and no wind. Fired first shot and it went just under the first target. I raised up and 2nd shot made its mark, I dialed up for the second yote 575 and smoked him first shot. I moved to stage 4
Stage 4 water of life
This was 2 targets @ 845 yards with a target in the middle you CAN NOT HIT or you will loose 50 points and game over for the stage. There was a little wind swirling when I made it to my prone shooting position in front of the 4 wheeler. I fired my first shot and it was a miss, followed along with 6 more misses with no shots being seen thru the scope. When I got back to the group they ALL told me I was high and had a nice group just 1.5 feet above the steel. I guess watching thru a spotter is better than spotting shot thru a scope. remember the rain.... it kept shot spotting down to a minimum thru the scopes. I wasn't the only one who had trouble at the start.
well the rain returned and let me tell you this was not a end of summer shower. IT RAINED but the match kept rolling. It stopped after an hour or so. just before we moved to next stages.
We then moved to stage 5 and 6. Rain has let up and wind has picked up.... in every direction known to man then a few others. this stage5 was 5 shots and stage 6 was unlimited but both times as first with 4 minutes for BOTH 2 and 2 or how ever you worked it out
stage 5 Rock solid
This stage was sitting using a rock as a shooting plat form. The target 10" plate was 680yards and was half covered up. I found a nice and steady sitting position and rock solid for the rifle. I let the first round fly and Hit. I moved to a prone position for stage 6
Stage 6 unlimited shot and timed carried over from stage 5
Prone was my shooting choice for this stage, I could have stayed on the rock but I didn't. I still had 3 minutes to hit 4 targets and unlimited shot to do so in the time I had left.
targets were 865, 930, 930 and 1000
second shot I hit the 865 , 5th shot I hit the first 930 I never did hit the second 930 as the wind was swirling and I kept bouncing from side to side of the target. It was a small target. I want to say a 8 inch plate. but not sure.
We then moved to stage 1 and 2 (long story on why this station changed Gary can fill in if he cares to)
stage 1 trinity
this was shot off the 3rd rail of a cattle gate it was 466 yards and one target that has to be hit 3 times in 5 shots. I hit it twice on shot 4 and 5. the wind was killing me.
stage 2 family Provider
this stage was standing off a round bail of hay, The target was a 6x6 steel plate in the vitals of a canvas deer standing 794 yards away. I made my was over to the bail and got a good strong rifle rest and fired one shot and couldn't spot it. the canvas kept the shot spotting to zilch. I fired the second shot with hold left and smoked it.
This was still on the bail of hay and was a bonus target (pig) at 876. I fired two shots and nothing. after I cleared rifle was told I was skinning its butt to the left. Oh so close but I couldn't spot the shots as it was really close to the trees.
We had one stage to go stage 7
This stage was 1000yard 3 shooter, who hits it first gets the points. and the second gets less points and 3rd gets less then second if its hit.
I get into position and fire, it was a miss, then I hear tink tink.. The two other have nailed it. So I had 20 seconds and 1 shot.. Well I over shot it.
the match was really fun, This was my first and I didn't know what to expect. Every one was really friendly and willing to help with what they could and how they could. it was amazing to see so many people competing but offering up info if someone needed it. It was like everyone knew each other forever..
Also, Hawk hill customs, donated a 338LP. This was a truly nice rifle. It was very PURDY... check out there work
safeside tactical guys had a really nice set up and was great to talk to. One shooter had a small problem with his rifle and one of the guys from safe side loaned me a tool to help with the problem. There top on the game. same here, give them a look when you get a chance.
I also got to chat a while with Jim and Melissa Gilliland. Both are really great people.
Here is a random pic that Garry took.
Prone first stage
Edited by Bigdaddy0381 - September/08/2014 at 11:15
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