Two days of fun in the rain (as opposed to having the sun and wind suck the life out of you the weekend before @ Rattlesnake) just outside of Portland, Oregon at the Douglas Ridge Rifle Club. It was supposed to be *three* days, with the team match on Monday, but the weather turned nasty and by common assent the team match got scrubbed in favor of staying dry-ish.
If Rattlesnake is a desert setting complete with blowing tumbleweeds and blistering sun during the summer, Douglas Ridge is the antithesis. It looks like someone took a 100yd wide by 1000yd long swath out of Sherwood forest, and carpeted it liberally with lush green grass. The range is not as tame as it looks, as due to some tree trimming down range between the 600 line and the pits, wind *can* get in and blow the bullets around. The problem is... none of the flags show the wind reliably due to their location (right next to the tree line, and significantly *below* the top of the trees), and both wind and mirage lie more often than not on this range. For not having the 'big' wind that Rattlesnake or Raton do, I'd sure rather shoot either of those ranges any day! At least the winds there are more 'honest'.
Day one (Saturday) started out kind of wet, and as the day progressed the sun came out and so did the mirage. As the mirage came out, so did the howls. Common comments were people wondering aloud about how the flags and mirage agreed only infrequently, and usually didn't indicate anything intelligible when they did. Lots of people lost points to mystery elevation - shots would suddenly drop out the bottom for several rounds as the shooter corrected incrementally higher and higher, then all of a sudden whatever was going on would reverse and the shots would go right where the shooter was aiming (high). Darrel and Tanner seemed to be the only ones immune to this plague; I finally gave up on my plot sheets as useless and pounded the last half of my 20rd A/I string downrange in about 2 minutes (if that) with marked improvement in score, albeit way too late. Tanner won the overall F-Class match that day, just his second F-Class match ever if I'm not mistaken. Darrel Buell was just a tick behind (with a Savage 12 F/TR in .308, no less), setting a new Nat'l Record for the Palma course of fire (800/900/1000yds).
Day two (Sunday) was more of the same. The mirage wasn't as pronounced, as it rained off and on all day, but never very hard. Enough so that some folks had to pound their bolts open after letting rain get in the ejection port to the chamber area, or on their waiting rounds. Last weekend it was sand in the chamber, this weekend rain...
*Everybody* got bit by the vertical on Sunday, even Darrel.
Anyway, on to the details:
BURDEN MEMORIAL LONG-RANGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club
F-CLASS Barton, OR
SAT PALMA IK ANY IRO SUN PALMA 1K ANY ANY Grand AGG.
------- OPN MA -------
STEVEN ZOCK OPN SS 441-18 1MA 191-3 442-17 1MA 191-4 1265-42 *MW*
CHRIS DODD G OPN EX 433-16 192-6 1MA 441-19 193-6 *MW* 1259-47 2MW
RON HERMS S OPN EX 424-10 179-7 444-18 *MW* 192-5 1MA 1239-40 1MA,HiSr
MARK ANDERSON OPN UN 430-6 182-2 427-14 191-4 1230-26 2MA
BARRY PROST OPN UN 423-7 181-1 430-9 190-6 1224-23
MIKE R MOORE S OPN SS 405-3 DNF 426-6 183-3 1014-12
TANNER FURNISS OPN UN 444-19 *MW* 195-8 *MW* DNF DNF 639-27
CHARLIE HAWKINS OPN UN DNF DNF 388-2 175-0 563-2
------- TR MA -------
DARRELL BUELL TR UN 444-14 1MA 187-2 1MA 430-11 191-1 1MA 1252-28 3MW
JOHN WEIL S TR UN 426-15 183-3 432-10 1MA 190-5 1231-33 1MA
MONTE MILANUK TR UN 425-11 183-2 429-9 186-3 1223-25
PAUL REIBIN G TR UN 427-13 185-1 431-8 179-1 1222-23
STANLEY C PATE TR UN 411-15 183-6 429-9 185-1 1208-31
For what its worth, Tanner... Last year Chris Long (aka 'techshooter' ) did pretty much the same thing. I drug him out to his first F-class match in Wenatchee in October '06, then he went to Rattlesnake the first time in May '07 and got tossed about a bit in the wind. The next weekend he went down to Doug Ridge for the Burden match and won it handily... *with* an AD during prep time that took 10pts off his score right off the bat :eek:
Personally I think you're better off not spotting the field 10 pts at the start of the match.
Now you get to tell *me* how the heck you avoided the vertical gremlins on Saturday ;) I have to go back there in August for the PNW Int'l and need all the help I can get on that one - it's Fullbore (pair-fire) so no 'machine-gunning' the target to beat the wind.