This the story of the first Benchrest match I have ever attended. It all started a week ago on Friday when I by accident discovered that there was a 200/600yd match at a range just less than 100 miles from me (Heartland Shooting Range, just West of Grand Island, NE) Saturday the 18th. I really had nothing ready to shoot but have been wanting to go to a match for a long time. Still hadn’t finished the stock on my Lawton 7500 and only had a few 6mm Talldog cases formed which I also had a Savage 12 single shot chambered for. I decided I didn’t have time to form more cases so last Sunday I pulled the barrel off the Savage and ran the 6BR reamer on in .100" to make a standard 6 BR (no case forming necessary). Thursday A.M. I was able to shoot a ladder test I picked what I thought was the best and loaded a few rounds and tested them, OK good enough I thought. I made it to the match this morning the directors decided to shoot the 600yd first as it was already getting windy (16 gusting to 30 from 6:00). I was actually surprised with the 70 gr bullets (1-14 twist) that I was able to get all 10 record shots on target. Then came the 200 yard event in the afternoon. Oh I didn’t mention I only brought 50 rounds and had 7 left for sighters plus 10 for record shots for the 200 yd. I shot 5 on the sighter and went to the record. Man what happened that looks terrible I thought as I finished the 5 record shots on target 1. I then collected myself and went to target 2, watched the conditions and fired 1 sighter , Looks good I thought and went to record and put 5 shots in it. As I looked at the second target I thought that’s better too bad I didn’t do better on target 1. At least I did end up with 1 bullet left. Then they distributed the targets someone shot a 1.144 and .612 for an agg of .878, who was on bench 3? Holly cow that’s me. Boy was I surprised, I won the 200 yd group. Savage 12 SS-S Pac-Nor 4 groove 1-14 twist super match grade Savage VLP stock Sightron 6x24x42 scope 6mm BR .272 no-turn neck Sierra 70gr MK My 600 yd 10 shot agg was 10.837 Score was bad. The winner of the 600 yd group was shooting a tight neck 6.5x55 Ack on a Bat action. The winner of the 600 yd score was shooting 180gr Burgers in a 7mm WSM on a Savage action and I believe a tensioned barrel. I didn’t catch what the winner of the 200 yd score was shooting but did notice it looked like a Rem. action with a sleaved bolt. That’s my story and I sticking to it. Can’t wait to get the Lawton up and going with a real BR stock. In hindsight it would have been better if I had placed further down the list.