It has been a good week for conversations about LR shooting, even if it has involved "rifles" from time to time. Had a friend who is seriously interested in 1K BR (using a rifle) and he was asking how big the targets are. I had folded up the ones Erik and I used @ Missoula and put them in the garage. I grabbed the closest one unfolded it (it happened to be from my HG relay) and then showed him how the guys working the pits, plot your group on a 8.5x11 piece of paper so you will know the order and placement of your shots. As I looked at the sheet noticed how close my first five shots were, so I went back to the actual target and they looked pretty good. I grabbed a tape measure that was handy and my first 5-shots out of ten grouped below 6.5 inches (my first two shots were an inch apart horizontally), then the other 3 began to progessively string upward. I had actually reached one of my goals that I made for myself back in 2004 and didn't realize it until almost a week and half later. I was so surprised, I didn't know what to do but grin from ear to ear. This XP is my 17" 1-8 twist Krieger barrel, rear-grip 6.5-284 (McMillan BR stock), shooting 140 grain A-Max's. Before the match I was wondering to myself if the barrel was getting close to retirement-I Don't Think So!