Church Steel Shoot

Discussion in 'Long Range Competition' started by Ernie, May 20, 2013.

  1. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    This past Saturday we had our Church Steel Shoot. This is the fourth shoot we have had.
    Depending on schedule we do this once or twice a year. I like to do this for our church family
    We had our largest group ever with seventeen shooters.
    Two adult women shooters, four college shooters of which two were girls, four were Junior High and High School students, and the rest were men.
    It was great seeing all of these young people beside their parents shooting.
    We shot at distances from around 330 yards to 775 yards.
    Twenty targets in all with each person shooting twice at each target.
    Targets were yellow or white that have one or two red dots painted (Dots are the size of a lid of a spray paint can).
    Points are 1 point per hit and 2 points if you hit the dot. Each shooter engaged 21 targets.
    Of those targets, 2 were bonus targets (4 points per hit).
    I didn’t shoot, but spotted, called correction, and kept score.
    We had two AR’s, a variety of bolt guns, and one SP (My son shot that).
    Cartridges: 223 Rem., 243 Win., 25-06, 6.5x47 Lapua, 6.5-284, 264 Win Mag., 270 Win., 7mm SAUM, 308 Win, 300WSM, and 300 Win Mag.
    A mother and her teen daughter used my AR-15 with the 6-24 Sightron S-III scope. One of our young married men used my 40X in 308 Winchester with the Mueller scope, and one of the college girls used my LH Rem. 700 in 6.5x47L (She was also left handed) that has the Burris Eliminator 3. I found out afterward her dad helped teach their local 4-H rifle shooting.

    High Score was 48. My son took top score. He did well with the 7 SAUM XP.
    The college girl who used my 6.5x47L took second. There was quite a bit of interest in the E-3 scope.
    A junior high boy who used his dad’s custom 6.5-284 took third.
    The man in his late 20’s used my 40X 308 took fourth.
    Because of schedule conflicts there were 7 who didn’t make it.
    Some of the guys who couldn’t make it Saturday plan to go out this week for some “men’s fellowship time” to pick up the steel.
    I can promise you there will be some more shooting at that steel before it gets taken down.

    On a side note, while we were setting up, I lasered a hillside with my tri-pod mounted Vectronix Terrapin and it went out to 3036 yards:D

    I am real impressed with this LRF!
    I don’t have pics of the shoot yet, but as soon as I get some I will post them.
    Everyone had a lot of fun, some picked up a new hobby in LR shooting and shooting guns in general.
    I bought a power inverter that I can put in the cigarette lighter or hook up to the battery and took my laptop and printer with me. Made it a lot faster printing up drop charts after chronoing multiple loads.
     
  2. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    My goodness, that sounds like a lot of fun!

    What model is your LRF and what chronograph do you use?

    Gotta see those pics! Nice!
     
  3. Joel Russo

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    Way to go Ernie!
    Can't wait to see the pictures.
     
  4. Ernie

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    Oehler 35P
    Vectronix Terrapin

     
  5. Ernie

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    Well, I am going to brag a little bit about my son:D
    The funny thing with Erik is that he hasn't shot distance for about a year or so (College and such).
    Each of his misses at regular targets, which was 3 times was due to forgetting to zero his wind turret at least 2 of those times (maybe each time-I will have to ask). All of those misses were at the 600+ distances. We did have some switching winds.
    I was glad it happened during the shoot, and not while hunting.
    I teased him about it some, and he just gave me his classic smile [​IMG]
    He never missed a target under 500 yards and hit 6 bulls (diameter of spray can lid). At 600+ he hit 1 bull. I placed some of the bulls at the edge of the targets [​IMG] and he was wise at the further distances and went for center hits.
    That 7mm SAUM XP is just wickedly reliable and accurate [​IMG]
    It is his go to XP for distance.

    For those who know Erik, he really wasn't trying to win. He was hoping either the Jr. High boy or the college girl would win. He wasn't going to throw the match, but that is the way he is wired.

    I didn't know anything about LR shooting when I was his age:)
     
  6. Ernie

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    Five of us went out late this afternoon to pick up steel from the church shoot we had this past Saturday.
    It had been to wet to get out there till this afternoon. So we went out to shoot some steel and hopefully some unsuspecting pd's.
    Two men and one high school boy had been unable to make it on Saturday, so we set up on the second landing and started working over the steel. Video was from my IPhone.
    7mm SAUM XP-100, Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20 FFP with ART reticle, 162 A-Max
    Left-Hand Rem 700 6.5x47 Lapua, Burris Eliminator 3, 130 Berger
    Rem. 40X 308 Winchester, Mueller 4.5x14, 168 A-Max
    My son set up on the 7SAUM while his friend used the 6.5x47 Lapua
    Derrick shot the 40X
    First couple videos they are shooting together @ 775 yards. We noticed especially with the wind that the 130 grain Berger was the hardest to hear, and if they shot at the same time, you couldn't hear it on the video for sure.
    3rd video is with the 308 and the 4th one is the 6.5 @ 515 yards (You can hear the hit much better).
    The SAUM has a Gen 1 Holland Radial brake, 6.5x47L has a Mac Brake, and the 308 has a Gen 2 Holland brake.
    Everyone had a good time!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPd3bBNGbTw]3 guns @ 775 yards - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiABA2Qylso]7SAUM, 6.5x47L, & 308 Win @ 775 yards - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtIWcUBO_SM]Rem 40x 308 Win @ 775 yards - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgthp7uzPi0]6.5x47 Lapua at 515 yards - YouTube[/ame]
     
  7. Ernie

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    Church Steel Shoot - Pics Added

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  8. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Well-Known Member

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    Nice pictures Ernie. Why do I see you behind the lap top, and in the spotting scope but not on the trigger...:)
     
  9. Ernie

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    This is one of those times where I don't shoot, but call shooters up, give correction, and score. If I had another helper/spotter/scorer, then I would get down and shoot, but I wouldn't compete.
    When I have had help before, I would make one shot per target.
    I would rather give others more time to shoot.
    I have other opportunities for shooting, so I sure don't mind spotting.
    Nothing wrong with giving.:)
     
  10. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely agree with the giving..

    The last few years I have found myself in the glass calling the shots and not pulling the trigger. Somehow, I find it more of an accomplishment, and individually satisfying, to guide others in our sport.
    Giving back is more gratifying.:)
     
  11. Ernie

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    good for you.
    Agreed!