Is zat so?? Not hardly! I drove to Dawsonville, Ga. this past Wednesday to shoot the River Bend Gun Club two day match and my men....there ain't no finer range in this country than what them ole 'Jawja' boys better cherish than their range! It is truly MIGHTY FINE! Matter of fact...it oughta be called The River Bend Mighty Fine Range as far as this ole country boy is concened! You fellas need to pack ya bags next year....and go shoot this match cuz I plan on going back!
Well...I haven't seen the OFFICIAL RESULTS but the grapevine tells me (Doc Lay) that on Saturday there were two scores from the 600 yd. line of 97 3X and another of 97 0X. Now...for those of you that don't have a clue as to the diameter of the 10 and X ring on the 600 yd. target....the dimensions are 12" and 6" consecutively! In MY BOOK....somebody did some mighty fine shootin and wind readin!! Iffen them ole boys that pulled off those scores had been shootin at a man-sized target....well...they could have put one twixt ya 'nipples' real easy like! My HATS OFF to you fellas whomever ya be....and I'm lookin forward to shakin ya hand when I meets ya!
On Friday we shot a practice match and my rifle (Meacham .45/100) loaded with 570 gr. PJ Smerkers and 100 grs. Goex 2F powder performed just like I expected it to; once I got zeroed....all 10s and Xs from the two short lines and then up comes the 600 yd. zero time and on my #2 sighter....the hammer on the rifle broke clean off!! Do ya think I was SCREWED?? So much so...that it took all I could do to keep from grabbing the rifle by the barrel and winding up with it and flinging it completely off that high firing line I was on! Oh....incidentally...I had a good friend tell me a short time ago that once upon a time....he did that will a muzzle stuffer!! You'd be surprised who it would be BTW!!
Here's the main point I want to make: "Fellas....if any of you are a thinkin that you be shootin an inadequate rifle/cartridge wif BLACKPOWDER.....well....you're BAD WRONG!!" I shot NRA HP for many years and I've seen many an 'ADVANCED MARKSMAN' grin real big when a score of 97 was fired on this same target from 600 yds. using one of the most accurate cartridges of our day/time...the .308 Winchester with the best SP available! True....a 97 wasn't gonna win ya anything most often but it was a respectable score on some days! And when a man with a BPCR shoots this score....well....he's got his head/arse wired together and you can bet your sweet tutu.....he's spent some time on the range pulling the trigger! Not only that.....this guy/guys keep a very up to date and accurate data book!
"HEY GUYS....WHOMEVER YA BE...TAKE A BOW!"
Oh...if you're a thinkin I'm gonna 'bad mouth' my Meacham rifle....guess again! NO WAY!! When I initially ordered this rifle and in my first conversation with Steve Meacham....he advised me or asked me if I wanted to try out his 'SpeedLock' ignition system! Even though Steve told me it was 'more or less experimental'.....I told him yes! This involves a smaller/lighter firing pin and a skeletonized hammer to decrease locktime and I was willing to give it a go. As it turns out....in conversation with Steve today and learning upon my problem with this rifle....he advised that he has discontinued the 'SpeedLock' trials as the change is just not holding up and he has henceforth gone back to his standard and tried system of old! And I might add that 'old' ain't slow....by any means! It's just a slightly heavier/beefier hammer than what I had initially put in this rifle and tomorrow this action will be on the way to Meacham Tool & Die & Hardware via FedEx overnite!! FULL WARRANTY I might add!!
"BPCR are accurate! Maybe it's YOU.....that needs to be improved!!"
"YOU AIN'T GOT BUT ONE ROUND IN THAT SHOOTER; MAKE THE MOST OF IT!"
View from the River Bend Gun Club 600 yd. line