Have you ever shot the Firewalker or the Gateway in Colorado?
No I haven't. I beleive I have heard of the Firewalker but not the Gateway match.
Here are the ranges I have fired at:
1000yd - Colorado Rifle Club in Byers, Co
1000yd - Iowa 1000yd BR Club in Pella, IO
600yd - Varmint Hunters Association in Ft Pierre, S. Dakota.
I have never competed in the short range game out west. I keep close to home for the short range stuff. With raising 2 boys and my wife going back to school also right now, I only go on 1 big shooting trip each year. We are planning on being at the NBRSA 1000yd Nationals in Byers, CO this year.
On the subject of smaller MOA groups at longer range, we would see this a lot years ago with the 6.5-300WWH with the fast twist barrels. Never could explain why it would happen more with that rifle then others, but it would happen. My current comp rifles will group very well at short range.