Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Shooters News for the Minn Area - Aug 20, 2013


The Week Ahead      
  Traveling shooters who are still ready to go even after long trips to Camp Perry, will be heading down the river to LaCrosse, Wisc this weekend for a Mid Range match.

   Those Multi-talented prone shooters that are left behind will be heading to the Mpls Rifle Club this Sat and Sunday for two great days of top prone shooting
competition at the Outdoor Prone Sm Bore State Championships. Saturday, Aug 24th, shooters will be firing the Iron Sight matches all day, and on Sunday, Aug 25th, shooters will compete using 'any' sights.  Each day the matches will start with the 50yd match -- two targets, 20 shots ea at 50 yds.  Most High masters expect to clean this easier target with a good X count-- 34 Xs might be good enough to take the lead.  Then comes the DeWar match and that means another 50 yd target and one at 100 yds. Now things are getting serious. This is a tough target to clean.  If your position, trigger control and wind reading is not "perfect" on the 100 yd target, you will not get a 10 (don't even think about Xs).  In the third match -- the 100 yd match-- you will find out weather you are good prone shooter or not. This match is two targets at 100 yds, and the wind can mess you up big time.  I'm always happy to get off the line in the 100 yd match with a 395-20x and that won't win the match. The last match is the 50 meter match (or the Meter match as it's called) -- two targets at 50m.  This match is easy to shoot as the targets are a little closer and even old eyes can see good through Iron sights, but this match is very, very hard to excel at.  Only the best of the best prone shooters will clean this target.
                            Click Here for match bulletin    

From George Minerich MRRA Pres. 

      Since there are no High Power matches this weekend in Minnesota, I was wondering if you would please forward out the attached MN Small Bore Prone Championship Match Program to your shooters list.  I am pretty sure that there are a lot of High Power shooters with Small Bore rifles needing exercise!  It’s a fun match with a lot of shooting – 160 rounds a day.  It is a very good way to work on your prone skills.  100 yards in the wind at the Minneapolis Rifle Club range is a special treat. 
Thanks! George    

  Yup, George, there will be some top Palma and Long Range shooters there.  They know they need the practice for the upcoming Mid Range matches and Championships.

River City Rifle Club will be hosting the Iowa 300 yd St. Championship this weekend --  Aug 24-25 --   Click Here for match Bulliten

 Last Week 
Highpower OTC

Mpls Rifle Club hosted the 3rd weekend of their summer series Highpower Over the Course matches over the weekend and was blessed with the great weather we all expect in Aug.  I don't have a match report, but Match Director, Mark Rohmann sent us some results.  
   It looks like Erik Rhode is still on a tear and once again had the top score both days with an . awesome 780 on Sat and a 771-20x on Sunday.  Not far behind in the weekend's agg, was Jim Soderstrom, who came from behind on Sunday to take a well deserved 2nd place. Just a few pts back from Jim was Jim Fernandes, and up and comer from the Duluth whose scores continue to improve match by match. It was good to see Phil Carlson out at a match again after a couple years hiatus.

Regional F-class Championships at Elk River
From: Rick Sievers 
"Elk River Sportsman’s Club held the 1st Annual Midwest Mid-Range Championship this last weekend.  As match director, I wanted to give a special thanks to all that made this event run so smoothly.  Mike Miceli and John Clausen both did a great job running the line and keeping all the guys out of trouble.  If you had seen who showed up you would understand.  Just kidding, we had a great group of guys shooting both days.  A total of 25 shooters shot four matches each day.  The weather was great both days, but the little bit of wind we had made for some tricking shooting at times.  Gary Boham was the “Pit Boss” and did another great job down there getting the targets up and down and repaired.  One of the range attendants even helped out pulling a few targets.  Thanks to everyone that helped make the tournament great. Here are the results to the tournament:
F-TR Champion was:  Scott Brabec          F-Open Champion was:    Ben Winget 
F-TR 2nd Place was:  Mike Lehmeier         F-Open 2nd Place was:      Dan Whalen
F-TR 3rd Place was:   Ron Benner             F-Open 3rd Place was:      Rick Sievers 
If you were in the top three above, you were unable to be the following classification winners.  They also shot great and they were as follows:
High Master 1st Place:   Chris Longley       High Master 2nd Place:   Pat Scully
Master 1st Place :  Jim Lantt              Master 2nd Place:  Dan Larson
Expert 1st Place:  Joel Danielson       Expert 2nd Place: Russ Adamski  
Sharpshooters and Marksmen were put together because there weren't five Marksmen entered in the tournament.
Sharpshooter/Marksman 1st Place:        Dave Ericksen
Sharpshooter/Marksman 2nd Place:       Nick Larson
Thanks to ERSC for letting us have this event, and thanks to the Gun Stop for sponsoring the event.  There was some remarkable shooting this last weekend by everyone.  The scores have sure changed over the last couple of years.  There were ten 200 scores and a lot of 199’s and 198’s.  And lots of X’s.  It was a great weekend with a lot of great shooters and friends.  Thanks to everyone, and see you at the range. 
Rick Sievers – F-Classer " 

Tks Rick for that Report.  I know a lot of the guys were out at the F-class world Championships in Raton, NM this past week.  I hope we get some good news from out that way.  I did get this note from F-classer, John Chilton.
 "Great first day of the USA F-class Nationals is in the bag, Shot my first clean at 1000yds this morning   150-7x. ended up 2nd in the Agg. today dropping 8 pts for the day. Thank you Sawtooth Rifles for a great gun"

Small bore At MRC

It was a pretty good turn out this past Sunday at the MRC SB 1600 even with most folks being burned out from the Nationals.  Long time Gallery shooter, Bill Roos was there working out his favorite M52B Winchester.  While we were trying to shoot a 10 on the 50 meter target from the prone position, Bill was shooting Standing, and using his Unertl scope.  I can't even imagine what my wobble would look like through a scope, standing, on that target.  My hats off to you, Bill.
    Jason Jarvis and Nick Learn

  Jason Jarvis came down from Fort Francis, Canada on his annual trip to shoot with us Southerners.  Jason runs the Prone in the Wilderness Blog when he is not shooting, working, or coaching his Cadet Sm bore team.

The 50 yd match went to Emily Quinar who did indeed clean the target with 34 Xs, while every one else dropped 2 or more pts--- that is except Sub Junior, Norman Lilyerd who watched the switchy wind better than the rest of us and fired a 399-25x.  Again in the DeWar match, it was Emily who showed us how it is done, winning with a 398-25x.  At this time Jim Biles started getting rid of all those bad shots he had saved up at previous matches -- matches that he didn't shoot any bad shots in.  Jim got rid of 15 more of those bad shots in the 100 yd match for a new personal low record score. Jim said "well that's done, now I can get back to some good shooting at next weeks State Champ match"  I also got rid of good number of bad shots in that match, so I'm looking good for next week also. By this time Stacey Tamulinas had settled into 2nd place a few pts behind Emily.  I finally shot clean on the on the 2nd target of the Meter match so I got to go home happy as I have only cleaned the Meter target very few times in the 100s of times I have shot that target.  I didn't win the match though because I got rid of 3 more Bad nines on the first target and Stacy took that match with 6 Xs more than I had - 397-25x,  -- awesome score for the tough target and the wind that was changing 2 or 3 times a minute. That's his target above (nice groups!)   Good shooting on the last target wasn't good enough though as Emily had whipped us all like a rented mule throughout the whole day and earned the Match win with a great score of 1590 and 107 Xs --- that's right 107 Xs, 43 tens, and 10 nines!. She does it shooting Irons when the rest of us are shooting scopes for half the match.
  Stacey came in 2nd with a 1585-96x.  Your's truly got the 2nd loser spot, another 6 pts and a bunch of Xs back.  Junior shooter, Nick Learn was nipping at our heels all day and will be passing us by sooner than later.  (I think that kid has grown a foot since last summer)  

More From Camp Perry    
From: Jay Johnson
     Brian Mrnak did an awesome job in the Palma Championship match.
The winds were out of the NNW and very switchy which really played into Brian strength, wind reading.
When people like Nancy Tompkins and John Widden are dropping 5 points at 900, (Widden shot 2-8’s) Brian is staying ahead of the wind and  dropping only 2.
Brian cleaned 800 and went to 1000yd only 2 pts down.  Again the winds were brutal on everybody but Brian kept it all together and only dropped 2.
I was scoring for Brian and we both knew this was going to be a very good score for the day.  When we heard Green and Cooper both shot 445’s it looked like Brian would take the whole thing.  Then we heard about Hendricks’s shooting a 446-26X which bested Brian by a few X’s.  It wasn’t until we checked the official results during the challenge period did we find out Hendricks used an 'ANY' rifle and Brian was the National Palma Indiviudual Champ.  It was a great day for Brian and fun to be part of it. 
Shirley McGee also ended up High Woman and 4th overall in the National Championship Agg. 
Brian Mrnak (446-18x)  and Stacey Tamulinas (444-14x) both made the Palma 20 as well.
I managed to take 15th in Leech Cup and 20th in Wimbledon Cup (Shooting IRON’s sights  along side the scopes for a 199-10x!) 
Morgan Dietrich (200-10x) was 10th overall in the Band of Brothers Trophy  
Capt. Bob coached some teams but not sure how they ended up.
Regards, Jay" 
Tks for the pictures, Jay, and Hey!  That was good shooting yourself !   Congratulations on that.

Two Weeks Out       
Aug 31, Sept 1  -  600 yd Mid Range Prone at Eau Claire - click here for match bulletin
Sept  2              - M1 Garand, and M1A matches at Eau Claire - click here for match bulletin
Sept  7,8            - 9/11 Mid Range Prone (sling) St. Championship at Duluth Click here for match bulletin

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