We gathered up a few friends and headed to Gregory, SD last weekend for a PD shoot. The following were in attendance: Greg Young (Southern Precision Rifles), Harold Fredd (Barreled by Harold), Matt Salm, Charles, Norman Brux and Ken Liebetrau (Brux Barrels), Dan Muller (Mullerworks Barrels), Shannon Parisot, Chase Curtis and myself (Curtis Custom), and my father who we referred to as "Pop".
Since we had such a large group, we split the group into two and three smaller groups for our daily activities. Activity at the PD towns was a bit lacking, but we still managed to take a few long shots and enjoy each other's company. In the end, that's what it's all about anyway. The long shot, confirmed kill, was awarded to Matt Salm for his 865 yard kill with a 6-284 that he built. Way to go Matt! Second place goes to Chase Curtis for his bloodied dirt mound at 864 yards with his 6.5-47 Lapua.
The wind was brutal throught the trip. Gusting at times and sustained at other times ranging from 15 mph to 25 mph.
We had a variety of different rifles that ranged from .223 semi auto spitters all the way up to my .30-.416 Rigby improved and Harold's .338 Lapua. I must say, it's nice to shoot the heavies in those conditions. Dan Muller exhibited some fine shooting with a 6.5-.284 that he built using one of his barrels.
Harold spanked out some good shots 1,111 yards with his .243 AI that he built.
It was quite pleasing to see the hot 6mm's reach out to over 1K and come awefully close to engagement with the proper wind call.
The position we shot from for most of the trip had a few critters between 400-600 yards, and a few that hung around the 900-1,100 yard mark. Needless to say, we really didn't waste much time with the closer stuff, as our mission was to break the lodge record of 926 yards. We had so many questionable hits at 1,111 yards, that we got tired of walking for verification. The rattlers were thick and made walking through the grass quite entertaining... just ask Chase
We didn't break the lodge record, but a few personal records were set in the process, which is more rewarding in the end.
The Motley Crew:
L to R: Chase, Shanon, Harold, Me, Pop, and Dan
Harold shooting his .338 Lapua
Pop with me in the glass
Chase's bloodied hole at 864 yards
Promotional picture for Manfrotto Tripods....
Who had the nads to show up with a US Optics scope