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WA LR F-Class Championship

 
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:46 AM
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WA LR F-Class Championship

Well, another one in the books. I'm still scouring the multiple layers of sunblock and sand out of various nooks and crannies, as this was a scorcher. Well into the upper 90's if not more on all three days (measured 93F in the shade in the pits, 98 in the open on Saturday) and the wind made things interesting.

Three different wind conditions, one for each day. Day one (Friday), it was doing the typical 'Rattlesnake Twitch' - wind coming from 10:30 to 1:30, occasionally swinging over to 2:30 just enough to throw some vertical into the mix as it came up a draw down @ midrange. Speeds were up and down, but generally stayed in the 5-10 range w/ gusts up to 15mph (if that).

Day two (Saturday) the wind 'theme' was from 2 to about 4:30, so not a lot of significant direction change, but the velocity changes were startling - from 8-12 to 0-5 in just a few seconds - barely enough time for it to register on the flag and give you any warning. Not uncommon at all for a shooter to get caught by a let off for a 8 or a 7, correct, and get bit for a 7 or a 6 out the other side. Firing fast and knowing when to hold up paid off. High BC bullets helped too, of course ;)

Day three (Sunday) was when the wind stopped playing nice. As I told people on the line "...may the bullet fairies smile on you, because the wind gods surely hate us today!" Relays #1 & 3 got off easy @ 800 with almost zero wind - it started building right as Relay #3 finished up 800. After that... the kid gloves came off. Winds averaged between 15-18mph, w/ swings from down a little below 10 to over 22-24mph (depends on whose wind meter you believe ;) ). The real cause for grief was it was doing the Rattlesnake Twitch again, this time from 6 to 7 to 8 to 6 to 7 to 5 to 8, and often just about that fast. Usually keeping track of your time and sitting out the more psychotic episodes paid off. Even then, by the 1k yard line people were pretty happy with 9's, and X's were pure luck.

When the dust was settled and it was all over save for the cryin', here's how it turned out...

2008 WA LR F-Class match winner - Glen Taylor (Alberta, CA)
1st F-Open Tom Hines (Boise, ID)
2nd F-Open Jesse Thomson
1st F-TR Monte Milanuk
2nd F-TR Jeff Williamson

Some interesting things to note... Tom lost by one point... and gave up 18 pts in crossfires. I was down by 10pts... after giving up a miss because I didn't have my windage knob zeroed after 900yds one day. Ron ended up 30 pts down... because he had gun problems and didn't finish one yard line, where he could have easily made up 50-60pts with his eyes closed. The scores are what count at the end of the day, but its always interesting how just a little twist here or there can make a huge difference in how the dust settles...

And then the official results if you want to look at the ups-n-downs...

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                   WASHINGTON STATE PALMA RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
                        Tri Cities Shooting Association
                        Rattlesnake Range, Richland, WA          May 16-18, 2008

                   ****************************************
                                 FINAL RESULTS
                            Fri. PALMA  Sat. PALMA  Sun. PALMA  Grand AGG.
      
            -------      F   -------  
GLEN TAYLOR           FOP F  401-2       423-9   2F  399-7       1223-18  1F 
TOM HINES             FOP F  417-9   1F  401-5       404-6       1222-20  2F 
JESSE THOMSON         FOP F  405-5       405-1       406-4   2F  1216-10     
MONTE MILANUK         FTR F  399-6       420-7       394-5       1213-18     
JEFF P WILLIAMSON     FTR F  401-5       414-6       397-4       1212-15     
GREG SWEZEY           FOP F  416-2   2F  399-5       392-1       1207-8      
RORY RUSSELL          FOP F  400-6       399-2       402-3       1201-11     
RON HERMS         S   FOP F  350-6       432-11  1F  411-9   1F  1193-26     
TANNER FURNISS        FOP F    DNF       417-8         DNF       417-8       
ROBERT STOREY     S   FOP F    DNF       397-2         DNF       397-2       
DONNA JENSEN       W  FTR F    DNF       371-2         DNF       371-2       

                   WASHINGTON STATE PALMA RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
                        Tri Cities Shooting Association
                        Rattlesnake Range, Richland, WA          May 16-18, 2008

                   ****************************************
                                 FINAL RESULTS
                               MATCH  1  Fri. PALMA

            -------      F   -------  
TOM HINES             FOP F  145-4   137-3   135-2   417-9    1F 
GREG SWEZEY           FOP F  141-2   139-0   136-0   416-2    2F 
JESSE THOMSON         FOP F  144-4   135-1   126-0   405-5       
JEFF P WILLIAMSON     FTR F  138-2   132-2   131-1   401-5       
GLEN TAYLOR           FOP F  139-1   131-1   131-0   401-2       
RORY RUSSELL          FOP F  138-2   135-3   127-1   400-6       
MONTE MILANUK         FTR F  138-4   133-1   128-1   399-6       
RON HERMS         S   FOP F  144-4   144-2    62-0   350-6       

                   WASHINGTON STATE PALMA RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
                        Tri Cities Shooting Association
                        Rattlesnake Range, Richland, WA          May 16-18, 2008

                   ****************************************
                                 FINAL RESULTS
                               MATCH  2  Sat. PALMA
       
            -------      F   -------  
RON HERMS         S   FOP F  149-6   138-2   145-3   432-11   1F 
GLEN TAYLOR           FOP F  138-3   146-4   139-2   423-9    2F 
MONTE MILANUK         FTR F  145-5   137-1   138-1   420-7       
TANNER FURNISS        FOP F  146-5   134-0   137-3   417-8       
JEFF P WILLIAMSON     FTR F  139-1   141-3   134-2   414-6       
JESSE THOMSON         FOP F  139-0   132-0   134-1   405-1       
TOM HINES             FOP F  133-2   131-2   137-1   401-5       
GREG SWEZEY           FOP F  139-3   135-1   125-1   399-5       
RORY RUSSELL          FOP F  139-1   135-1   125-0   399-2       
ROBERT STOREY     S   FOP F  135-2   129-0   133-0   397-2       
DONNA JENSEN       W  FTR F  125-0   120-2   126-0   371-2       

                   WASHINGTON STATE PALMA RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
                        Tri Cities Shooting Association
                        Rattlesnake Range, Richland, WA          May 16-18, 2008

                   ****************************************
                                 FINAL RESULTS
                               MATCH  3  Sun. PALMA
 
            -------      F   -------  
RON HERMS         S   FOP F  146-3   143-4   122-2   411-9    1F 
JESSE THOMSON         FOP F  142-2   132-1   132-1   406-4    2F 
TOM HINES             FOP F  143-3   137-3   124-0   404-6       
RORY RUSSELL          FOP F  143-3   131-0   128-0   402-3       
GLEN TAYLOR           FOP F  147-4   134-2   118-1   399-7       
JEFF P WILLIAMSON     FTR F  144-4   127-0   126-0   397-4       
MONTE MILANUK         FTR F  147-3   132-1   115-1   394-5       
GREG SWEZEY           FOP F  141-1   129-0   122-0   392-1       

                   WASHINGTON STATE PALMA RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP
                        Tri Cities Shooting Association
                        Rattlesnake Range, Richland, WA          May 16-18, 2008

                   ****************************************
                                 FINAL RESULTS
                                 PALMA    Team Match
                   ****************************************

         ONE SHORT                                 F  1133-23 
    Capt.: Monte Milanuk / Coach: 

                      FFF F  139-3     DNF     DNF   139-3   
STEVE PODLESKI        FTR F  137-3   137-3     DNF   274-6   
MONTE MILANUK         FTR F  146-1   142-3     DNF   288-4   
GLEN TAYLOR           FOP F  144-1   148-5     DNF   292-6   
RON HERMS         S   FOP F    DNF   140-4     DNF   140-4   
                   ****************************************

         "F" TROOP                                 F  1104-17 
    Capt.:  / Coach: 

GREG SWEZEY           FOP F  143-4   136-2     DNF   279-6   
TOM HINES             FOP F  145-6   136-0     DNF   281-6   
JESSE THOMSON         FOP F  132-0   139-2     DNF   271-2   
RORY RUSSELL          FOP F  141-2   132-1     DNF   273-3

Last edited by milanuk; 05-19-2008 at 09:52 AM.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:01 AM
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Strange how those knobs get left in the wrong place!!!
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:42 PM
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That was a great but tough intro.. Between sweating and cratering primers, I had fun that Saturday. I got a real taste of what Rattlesnake is all about, and why its notorious.

Wished I could have made it for all of the days.

Hey Monte, are you gunna post Burden Memorial results?? Specifically Saturdays

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