Long range Benchrest Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Long Range Competition' started by blipelt, May 1, 2013.

  1. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Sloughhouse NBRSA Nationals 600 and 1000yd. benchrest

    Myself, Richard, and Terry traveled 1600miles one way to compete in the NBRSA nationals in Sacramento Calf. Five days of shooting is exactly what the doctor ordered after a long winter. Terry also had to take back the 600yd. traveling trophy.

    I really didn't know what to expect since this was my first time shooting benchrest. I have to say it was far better than any shooting school or local match you could ever attend. The best of the best were out in full force. All living NBRSA Long Range Hall of Fame inductees were present at the match.


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    Don Neilson Jerry Tierney Billy Copelin new inductee Richard Schatz

    The people that I read about I was walking amongst and carrying on conversations with. Talk about an experience. If you think they aren't willing to share their knowledge and experience with you well THINK AGAIN!!!!! Without the experience and help from other experienced shooters I would have never done as well as I did.

    In the week we shot 26 targets for group and score in 600, 1000F-bench, and 1000yd. So I needed about 350-400 rounds to compete. Not having enough brass, I would be reloading in the hotel for later matches. [​IMG]

    Some of us were more prepared than others and he spent his evenings doing this:
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    Which couldn't of been all to bad because at the end of the 600yd. match he was accepting this:
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    Richard now holds both the NBRSA and IBS 600yd. Two gun National titles at the same time. I finished 15th which wasn't to bad for my first outing with the big boys. Would have been better if I wouldn't have done this on my last target.
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    I missed the switch and got myself 18" of penalty on my agge. The group was 3.279"+18" penalty and well you get my drift. Some of that experience I was talking about. My agge. for 90 rounds was 6.472"

    Brent
     
  2. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Our next match was F-bench at 1000yds. and to say the least it was a blast. Jerry Tierney took the match with a 393 16X. He was shooting a 284 if I recall. With my 6Dasher I was at 364 5X for a 22nd place finish.

    The 1000yd. was much the same. Jerry Tierney won the two gun Nationals. I ended up 22nd with a agge. for 90 rounds of 10.13"

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    I learned volumes about reloading, first hand experience and instruction on reading the wind my week competing. I would strongly urge anyone who is interested in it to give it a try. You don't have to know everything and your equipment doesn't have to be the best either. People are always willing to help you. I figured I would go home empty handed, but all the kind sponsors like these guys donated some get prizes and I went home with one of these

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    Night Force will be on my rifles just because of all of their support to the shooting sports. What a great experience and I am hooked on longrange benchrest.

    Brent
     

  3. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a great time, I shot a 600 f-class last Saturday and LR regionals is in Lodi this week-end. Should be a fun time.

    So this bench f-class is it shot with pit service I assume??

    My one gripe about f-class on my belly is I get pretty bad neck pain after a week-end of shooting, but that is worsened by the long strings in position from some old neck injuries.

    That on the bench shooting looks way easier on the neck.
     
  4. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    One of the best times I have ever had shooting. Great people and the conversations were full of good information about reloading, shooting, and experiences.

    Yep F-bench is pretty much the same as the F-class I shot in earlier years without laying on your belly. Lodi Calf? Man Terry who went with was from Madison Wisconsin. 11hours to us and then about 24hours to Sacramento.

    The NBRSA is trying to get the F-bench going. They give awards for the top five places and then patches to 10th.
     
  5. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    No Lodi Wisconsin, about 1/2 hour drive from Madison, north.

    Has Terry ever shot at lodi, they have a 1200 yard range.
     
  6. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    I would love to get to meet Richard one day, he has forgotten more about reloading and precision shooting than i will ever know. He is not to far from me, about an hour drive and i go to Bismarck about once a month. Maybe i will get lucky.....
     
  7. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Sorry thought you meant Lodi Calf.
    Jim not sure if Lodi is the range Terry has been working on. They have put a lot of time and money into a local range so he can shoot registered IBS, NBRSA benchrest matches. I am planning on shooting that range and Elbow Lake MN along with the Nationals.

    branesuser28, you want to meet Richard. Get ahold of me when you are coming to Bismarck and we will try to work something out. Work in the same place and similar shifts. He is currently down in Walbash IN. shooting this weekend. Pretty much left right after we got home from Sacramento. Lucky guy


    Brent
     
  8. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    Brent, he is probably helping at a new range in Columbus, about 1/2 hour NE of Madison, they are holding some BR matches there this summer.
     
  9. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Brent, where do you work? You can PM me if you'd like. Did Nate build your 6mm Dasher? He just built me a 284 win and is working on a 30/375 S.I. for my Dad right now.