I was born and raised in California. In 1964 I enlisted in the Marine Corps and retired in 1994. After retiring from a second career, I settled in Gardnerville, Nevada.
I began hunting and shooting at the age of 5 with a BB gun. My first “real” rifle was a Stevens single shot .22 that came as a Christmas present when I was 7. In 1957, my dad ordered a M1903A3 at a cost of $17.85. The rifle is in the gun safe along with my Dad’s ’03. Dad was a competitive pistol shooter and took the time to teach his children responsible gun ownership, safety, and shooting accurately.
Prior to entering the Marine Corps, I shot in club matches with a pistol. For some reason the older men didn’t like a young teenager cleaning their clock on the range. While in the Marine Corps my shooting was limited to qualification with rifle and pistol. Qualifying as a rifle and pistol expert wasn’t all that difficult.
In preparation for retirement, I started shooting bench rest matches in SOCAL. This competition taught me a great deal about rifle accuracy, reading conditions, and the importance of precision reloading. My best group in match competition was a .101” and that was backed up by a .115”.
Bench rest set the standard for all of my hunting rifles. In 1993, Rifle smith Bob Sutton built my dream rifle; a switch barrel 280 Ackley Improved, 338-06 Ackley Improved based on a Winchester M70 action. The 280 is deadly accurate; 300 yard groups of less than 1” are common in good conditions and the 338-06 isn’t far behind. In 2007, the 280 harvested a very nice Nevada Mule deer at 440 yards, in windy conditions. A follow-up shot was not needed. My comfort zone with this rifle is inside of 500 yards.
My current projects are a 300 RUM and a 270 WSM. The 300 is being set up for long range Elk. 100 yd groups are just a little over .500” shooting 180gr Nosler @ 3300fps. This rifle and ballistics for the load will extend my comfort zone to 800 yards for Elk. The 270 WSM needs some work, starting with a new Jewell trigger. Factory loads are shooting a little over 1”.
The rifle is built on a Remington 700 action (checked for true), lugs lapped, SS barrel, Timney trigger set to 3#, H&S Precision Stock, Holland muzzle brake, Leupold VX-III (4.5 – 14 X 50 LR, M1 Dials) from custom shop . Brass was been neck turned, primer pockets worked, flash holes de-burred, and sorted by weight, Rutumbo Powder, 180gr Nosler AccuBond. Chrono recorded 3300 fps, ES @ 8 fps. Ballistics Explorer (v 6.4.0) used for creating ballistics chart.
I am an avid shooter from Southwest Virginia, where I make my living as a nurse. I have always had an interest in shooting, hunting, and archery, and have over the last ten years or so, been addicted to long range target shooting. One of my best friends, is a gunsmith, and owner of Vestals Custom Rifles. Needless to say I have learned a great deal and have had some awesome help along the way. My furthest shot too date is 2033y with my custom 338 Norma, however I am very proud of my back to back hits, with a 212 Savage Slug gun at 633y on a 14x14 steel! I am happy shooting about anything, and we really enjoy making some steel sing in SWVA!
I'm Emery. I'm a newbie and am doing some homework before I start spending money. Long range shooting has been on my mind for years and now I'm retired I figured this would be the skill I'd be able to do in old age. I'm looking for ranges somewhere near Philadelphia and I'm researching guns and calibers. 260 looks good.