Every year around the beginning of May, Parma Rod and Gun club puts on a long range shoot at Paddock Reservoir, North East of Payette. We set up targets and designate rock targets anywhere from 200 yards out to 1200 yards. The Course of fire is around 8 miles long total, in which we get to 4 wheel drive into various Firing points. Great Fun! This year also included a skee rapel down into a canyon between the new dam and the old dam. Once down in the canyon, we got to shoot through a hole in the old dam at a rock target on the other side. To do this we had to sit partially in the run off creek from the new dam above us.
This year I got to shoot through the course of fire twice. Once on Friday night and the other on Saturday. Each time with a different partner. Anyway on Friday night I shot the 338 EDGE exclusively and on Saturday I switched back a forth between my .308 and the .338 Edge.
One of the most comments I got through the whole shoot was how hard the 338 EDGE hit its target with. Against the rock targets the 308's would sound like a small clap of your hands, when the 338 EDGE hit, it sounded like a big thump. In fact, many a boulder succommed to the force that the 300 gr SMK delivered to it.
At one point in the shoot we were shooting down a canyon at a 17 degree angle at two steel silhouettes targets made from 1/2" thick 500 bruneel(sp?) plate. One was 36" high by 18" across, the other was a half target at 20" high and 18" across. The targets were sitting 600 yards away. We were to hit each target 5 times. After hitting the big target all 5 times I then set my sights on the half target. I scored a first round hit, which looked to be a little low, so I chambered a second round held a little high on the target and fired. I recovered from the recoil just in time to watch the stationary target tip right over! The Score Keeper started cussing me out, because there were still two more teams that needed to shoot. All I could do was laugh and tell the score keeper that the target was dead! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] It was a very cool sight! After the stage was over we went down to set the target up and I had hit it just right at the top of the head, which was apparently enough to force the target over.
On Saturday, the wind blew like crazy!! Average velocity in some areas was 15 mph, with gusts up to 28 mph. The EDGE again was an advantage here again. I didn't need nearly as much windage correction as others in the group who were firing .308's.
Here are a few pix from the event:
Here's one of one of the guys decending the canyon:
Here's one where I'm about to shoot down the canyon at the two steel targets I talked about earlier:
Here I am changing my tire that I slashed on some sharp rocks on the decent out of the canyon:
Here I am about to engage some targets with my EDGE:
And lastly, here I am shooting through the hole in the dam:
Great fun! Great People to shoot with! and an Awesome rifle!!