Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shooters News for the Minn Area - April 29, 2015

Next weekend  
Mid Range State Championship  -- Get ready!

 That's right folks - the Minn. Mid Range State Championship is coming up this weekend.  It may be early in the year but you all had opportunity to shoot prone matches last weekend at Eau Claire, and at the Mpls Rifle Club to get practiced up, so no whining!
    Head on down to NorthStar Rifle Club, just North of Red Wing, MN on Hwy 61, Saturday May 2, morning for a 9:00 start on the 300 yd line. This match is a traditional sling shooting prone match.  Each shooter will fire 2 sighters and 20 shots for record at the 300, 500 and 600 yd lines, using "Any sights".

Following the individual matches, there will be a 4 person team match of 20 shots per shooter.  Sunday May 3rd, competitors will again be on the firing line for the "Iron sight" part of this championship weekend. The format will be the same as on Saturday.
Click here  for match program and entry info

Last Weekend 
    Highpower Matches at Eau Claire
   A host of shooters made the short trip over to the Eau Claire Rifle Club for the weekends matches.  31 sling shooters and 11 F-class shooter fired the Saturday Mid Range prone competition.  Morgan "Dead Eye" Dietrich took top honors firing a 794-45x for the win in the sling and Iron sight division. Morgan was followed, just a few pts back, by Steve Knutson with a 792, and then Randal Gregory shooting a 789 for the 4 matches.  Bradley Yliniemi also fired a 789 for a win in the hotly contested master class, and James Fernandez whipped the Expert class like a rented mule with his 772-36x score. I don't think Jim will be sandbagging in the EX class too much longer with that kind of performance.
  The F-class winner was Ryan Pierce 794-32x shooting in the "open" division, followed by Pat Scully 790-35x.   Pat's noteworthy performance at the 2015 Berger SW Long Range Nationals shows shows he can be competitive with the best shooters in the U.S..  Top western F-class shooter Al Rosenthal remarked to me -- "Pat always brings his 'A' game".
  Sunday's Over the Course match was won by Bradle Ylimeni, (master unclassified) who fired a 774-29x, followed by Josh Hanrahan 762-12x, and Jim Schonke 758-12x    

Complete Mid Range match results -- Click Here  
Complete OTC match results  --  Click Here

    Small Bore prone
  From: George Minerich

Minneapolis Rifle Club 200 Yard Smallbore Match Results

  April 28 and 29 brought the first annual 200 yard smallbore two-day prone match to the Minneapolis Rifle Club.  80 shorts for record were shot on Saturday and Sunday.  The match is shot on the NRA A21 target.  The target is a decimal target with 12 inch bull and a 1 inch X ring.  This target is about one-half the size of the SR 200 yard high power target.  A little bit of wind can move you into the 9 ring. 
  Match turnout was light but all the shooters are looking forward to the one day match on October 10, 2015.  Erik Rhode claimed single high target for the weekend with a 200 – 10X and honors as match winner. 

Erik Rhode                          779 - 24X              784-30X                 1563-54X  
Eric Hazelton                      773 -22X                776-5X                  1549-27X  
Jon Speck                           752 -9X                  475-9X                  1497-18X  
Phillip Klanderud                DNF                      760-19X                 760-19X 
I hope to see more of you at the October 10 match.  George Minerich


(1)  From: Capt Bob 
The torch has been mostly passed at Eau Claire National Rifle Club.  Long time runner of matches at Eau Claire, Ron Berg, has passed the torch to Jim Melville.  Jim has been doing programs, squadding & results under Ron's expert guidance for starting his 2nd year in 2015. From what I have seen so far Jim has things well in hand. And Jim's wife has been learning the ropes with posting scores etc.  So it looks like Eau Claire is good to go for another 30 years! 
(2)  From: George Minerich
 Minneapolis Rifle Club High Power Tuesdays

Minneapolis Rifle Club has open NRA match practice on Tuesday evenings, shooting starts at 5:30PM.  The rotating schedule starts off at 200 yards shooting standing and sitting rapid fire (44 rounds total).  The following Tuesday is 300 yard night featuring 300 yard prone rapid fire & prone slow fire on the 600 yard reduced target (MR63) (44 rounds).  To mix up the fun, “Shooters Choice” evenings are offered (44 rounds).  Finally, MRC works with Gopher Rifle & Revolver Club – with the MRC crew traveling to Gopher to shoot 600 yards nights.  Fees are modest.  MRC members pay $3.00/day or $25.00 for the season, guests are $5.00/day or $35.00 for the season.  Come out and join the fun!  The complete schedule can be found at:  Click Here 
(3) Video from the 2015 Berger Long Range Nationals -- "Day one" (600yd match)  Click Here (Videographer unknown)
Features interview with F-open shooter Erik Cortina, and FTR shooter James Crofts
      This match is fast becoming the most popular and best Long Range match held in the US. over 300 shooters participated this year.  It easily has the most sponsorship, and the best stocked prize table of any match in the country. Over the next 5 weeks I will post the day by day video and pictures taken at the 2015 competition.  Stay tuned!
On the firing line at the Berger SW Nats

Two Weeks Out 
May 9 - Small bore 3P at MRC (USA shooting sanctioned)  Click here for match program
May 9 - 1000 yd long range at GRRC  Click here for match program 
May 9,10 - 600 yd Mid Range at LaCrosse, WI  Click here for match program
May 10 - Small bore prone 1600 at MRC  Click here for match program

That's all Folks

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