That’s for sure a very large part of it.Wind
The difference is that the dudes using cheap clubs on the public courses never get to even qualify for the U S Open.Ha ha, I don't think custom gunsmiths have anything to worry about. All those fancy rifle shooters at some point or another have had factory rifles in their hands and know what they can do. They still opt for the custom stuff for a reason. But hey... if you just happen to have one that shoots great with you behind it, why not use it? It's like when some dude who golfs on a public course wins the U.S. Open. That's not the place where you find most of the talent which is why it's such a great story. Me... I don't have 4 years and 8 thousand $ to wait on a custom build. I can't even justify the cost of the chassis he used which is fine cause I don't have the chops anyway. It's nice to know though that if I did have the chops, I could piggly-wiggly something together that I could afford and show up with the rest of 'em.
IMO, a story worthy of all the attention it receives.
I've owned and shot a much higher percentage of custom rifles with mediocre performance or significant manufacturing faults than I have factory rifles. In fact, if I can find factory rifles in the chambering or configuration I'm looking for, I'd pick that any day over a custom. I've thrown too much money away on "premium" work over the years, only to get a finished product back that didn't perform as well as the franken-guns thrown together in my garage or put together by some no name local smith or just a guy with a lathe.I have talked a load of people out of my rifles and to learn the sport by getting them set up with a good factory rifle with good optics and tell them to use good ammo, practice shooting and prove their drops and many are happy. Still, most, over time, come back for a full custom rifle and not one that has done that has ever said, man, i wish i was still shooting a factory rifle after they have experienced the results of a good, top quality custom rifle.
Obviously this factory rifle shoots but please do not make it sound like custom rifles are a waste because todays factory rifles are so good, that is certainly not accurate, especially when you look at a decent number of factory rifle samples. A very significant percentage of them are very poor quality and it shows in their down range performance.
This has been my experience with my own rifles. I’ve went through a few reputable builders only to be let down. Now I’m not saying a factory is “better” than a custom, I’ve just had too many problems on the custom side. The cost hasn’t been acceptable to the reward as a whole. I’m getting to where I’d rather just do a Savage or Remage on my own. 4 of the last 5 factory rifles I’ve messed with have shot exceptionally well, as in 1/2 moa and below out to 800 yards (some with factory ammo). The one exception of late is a Rem 700 Long Range in 7mm mag. It is a buddy’s rifle he wants to get ready for a cow elk hunt coming up. It is shooting most every factory ammo into 1 to 1.25 moa groups out to 600. Than will serve him fine until he starts loading his own.I've owned and shot a much higher percentage of custom rifles with mediocre performance or significant manufacturing faults than I have factory rifles. In fact, if I can find factory rifles in the chambering or configuration I'm looking for, I'd pick that any day over a custom. I've thrown too much money away on "premium" work over the years, only to get a finished product back that didn't perform as well as the franken-guns thrown together in my garage or put together by some no name local smith or just a guy with a lathe.
A skilled shooter can make even a mediocre gun look good, and that's what happened here.
The significance is this WASN'T shooting all day at a wall of steel to make a hit, it was three consecutive on-target hits from a cold bore. And I agree with you, the settings where they are allowed to walk them in or just get lucky are completely uninteresting.get real tired of seeing these WORLD RECORD hits at extreme range where they have a wall of steel at 5000 yards, shoot all day and accidentally have a bullet tumble into the steel and call it a world record. I call that a waste of time, money, components and barrel life personally.
I have always said an moa group at 2k would impress me much more then any single HIT at 5000 yards.
There are guys going back to back records, look at 1000 yard IBS.Well again no intent on slighting the shooter or the accomplishment here.
But the fact is that every match has a winner.
But winning a match or even lots of them, isn’t the same as setting a world record.
And the fact remains that no one has ever duplicated their own world record or beat it.
It matters very little actually as to being the so called best and using the so called best in order to set a new record.
It’s a thing called proper timing, with it we could win, without it we lose.
And it’s true with most things in some form.
we’ve all had bad days. Many times I’ve said things that I shouldn’t have. Thankfully it hasn’t been permanent damage. I wasn’t there and did not read those words. Permanent delete just dosent feel right to me. A wealth of knowledge just gone. Maybe a few more folks just headed to the hide for infoHe “mouthed” Len and told him to delete his profile, so Len obliged.
I do agree he had some good input and on the post you mentioned, but think it could have been articulated a bit better. Saying we need to stick together and then F-U you d-wad, are a little contradictory. Not that I’m above thinking that, but saying that in someone else’s house gets frowned upon.