Well, Lerch and I completed our first 1000 yd br match this past weekend. About all I have to say is that is was a learning experience. We had a good time w/some good folks in some TERRIBLE conditons. The conditions were so bad I didn't even get out the camera during the match. It was in the upper 30's and either snowing or raining most of the time w/variable winds gusting between 15 and 30 mph. Great conditions for our first match!!!!
Things started off bad in the morning when we couldn't get Lerch's 6BR on the gongs. It was just snowing too hard to see the impacts @ 1000 yds!! I was able to get on in 5 shots but after about 10, Lerch began to get frustrated. Luckily, the snow let up enough and we were able to get him on.
Our first relay we shot just as we do when taking a single shot @ varmints or steel targets. We shot when the wind was slack. Here are the results of our "picking."
This is my target:
Over 26"!!! I was embarrassed to say the least. Oh well, at least I beat Lerch's 32" group [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img](he threw his target away)!!!
After talking w/some of the guys, we realized that we were doing everything wrong. The worst thing a guy can do is shoot in the slack. We were advised to pick the most prevalent condition and shoot then.
I applied that lesson to my first relay in the heavey gun class:
13" and some change for 10 shots in a gail force wind!!!! I didn't win score or group in the relay but it wasn't too shabby. At least that is what I thought.
Lerch then shot in the factory class w/his Cooper and managed to win score w/a 16" group. Hmm, there seems to be some improvement w/this rapid fire strategy.
Next was the second light gun relay. We applied some previously learned lessons and managed to shoot fairly well.
Here is my target:
I did really good watching the wind on 4 shots. I just fired the last one and when I raised my head the wind was blowing straight out instead of R to L. I'm still kicking myself b/c I really feel that the shot out of the group was my last one.
Here is Lerch's relay winning 6.902" group!!!
When they posted the scores he had me read it to make sure he wasn't seeing things!! Some fine shooting, no doubt. Lerch was beat in the shoot off so he did not win the match.
Next was the second heavy gun match. We had to wait about 30 min for them to get all the targets up. They would get them up and then they would blow off. This happend over and over and over and over, well you get the point. The wind was probably worse for this relay than any all day. 20" was all I could muster.
We didn't light the world of fire but considering it was our first effort, the conditions SUCKED and our stocks are not made to track in the sand bags like a true BR rifle, I think we did OK. Some of those guys in the heavy gun would just fire, push the gun forward, look through the scope to see it was back on target, raise their head to watch the wind and touch the trigger when conditions were right. They weren't even looking through the scope when they pulled the trigger!!! Kinda hard to compete w/that when you are constantly fiddling w/your rear bag to get back on target.