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SFTG - AAR
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:28:05 PM »
 

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Thursday afternoon, 3/17/16, my traveling partners - Robert Pugh and John Griswold - and I hit the road headed for Woodward, Oklahoma. Sight in for our first Precision Rifle Series shoot of the year, "Shoot for the Green" started on Friday at 1pm so we decided to break the 12 hour trip into two days. Friday morning we woke up in McCook, NE to four fresh inches of snow. Crazy to think we'd left 70's a day earlier and were heading south into snow!

We rolled through Woodward at noon, grabbed a bite to eat, and headed out to the ranch where the shoot was to be held. After unpacking our rifles and grabbing a handful of ammo we all laid down at the 100 yard sighter board and proceeded to smash the center out of a few 1" dots. To verify that our Kestrels with Applied Ballistics were still tracking with the dope we'd gathered at home we each picked out a couple rocks from 660 to 1040 yards to pick on. Everyone met back at the ranch house for a brief rules and safety meeting before breaking for the evening.

Luckily I had packed a good supply of warm clothes as the thermometer on my pickup showed a chilly 22 degrees as we neared the ranch again Saturday morning! 113 competitors gathered around the scoreboard trailer at first light and together we honored our nation in singing the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. From there we broke into 10 squads of 10-12 shooters and headed towards our designated stages.


Similar to last year, the shoot consisted primarily of prone shooting on troop line stages. The troop line stages would have 5 targets scored 2 points for a first round impact, 1 point for a second - max of 10 points per stage. There were a handful of positional stages thrown in as well including a tire pile, 4x4 PRS barricade, and tic-tac-toe barricade on the first day.





I started off a little slow on the first day, but quickly picked up and I was able to clean some stages. I finished the first day sitting second with a score of 65. The leader was a fair stretch ahead at 71.


The second day started pretty chilly again at around 20 degrees. Again, the second day was primarily troop lines with a rooftop stage, tank barricade stage, and barrel stage. I started the second day very strong only dropping 5 points on the first five stages. It wasn't long and the wind picked up, giving everyone fits and driving the scores down on the remaining stages.



I was able to make a good run at first place but fell one point short! I had an awesome squad to shoot with all weekend that really pushed the pace. Just from our squad we had 2nd place, 5th place, 7th place, 13th, 16th, and 21st. The scores were stacked tight at the top with 140 taking first, 139 second, 138 third, and 137 fourth. South Dakota had a very strong showing and were well represented. TS Customs shooter Rob Pugh finished seventh with a score of 131 and John Griswold took 12th with 126.

The way the scoring broke down further enforces the fact that EVERY SHOT COUNTS!
I can easily think of a few places where I now wish I had slowed down a bit and made a couple more hits.

My round count and conditions for each day are outlined in my GunHive range reports for my 6BRX.
https://www.gunhive.com/firearms/55c3573a442f54a53d8b4567/



I can't thank the match director and RO's enough for putting on an excellent shoot!
 

Re: SFTG - AAR
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2016, 11:52:56 PM »
 

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I like the way you've got the bipod mounted so far back and are using it to brace the front of the rifle.  I'm going to have to give that a try.  Did you just mount a rail section back there, or are you doing something like Jim See does?
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2016, 08:00:11 AM »
 

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I like the way you've got the tripod mounted so far back and are using it to brace the front of the rifle.  I'm going to have to give that a try.  Did you just mount a rail section back there, or are you doing something like Jim See does?
The bipod is mounted on a picatinny rail that is bolted up with the bottom metal. Little do-dad Hawkins Precision and I came up. It'll be an option on his new generation bottom metal.
The tripod is simply used as rear support by grabbing the leg and resting the butt of the gun in the support hand.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2016, 09:26:11 AM »
 

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I like the way you've got the tripod mounted so far back and are using it to brace the front of the rifle.  I'm going to have to give that a try.  Did you just mount a rail section back there, or are you doing something like Jim See does?
The bipod is mounted on a picatinny rail that is bolted up with the bottom metal. Little do-dad Hawkins Precision and I came up. It'll be an option on his new generation bottom metal.
The tripod is simply used as rear support by grabbing the leg and resting the butt of the gun in the support hand.

Yeah, I meant bipod.  Posted from my phone.  For some reason it thinks there's no such thing as a bipod and everything has to be a tripod.  LOL
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2016, 09:59:26 AM »
 

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I like the way you've got the tripod mounted so far back and are using it to brace the front of the rifle.  I'm going to have to give that a try.  Did you just mount a rail section back there, or are you doing something like Jim See does?
The bipod is mounted on a picatinny rail that is bolted up with the bottom metal. Little do-dad Hawkins Precision and I came up. It'll be an option on his new generation bottom metal.
The tripod is simply used as rear support by grabbing the leg and resting the butt of the gun in the support hand.

Yeah, I meant bipod.  Posted from my phone.  For some reason it thinks there's no such thing as a bipod and everything has to be a tripod.  LOL

Haha I heard what ya meant.
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2016, 08:58:30 AM »
 

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Congrats on your finish Travis.

Hope your barrel dies in Nebraska like it did last year in the middle of the New Mexico match, give us Colorado guys half a chance, Ha!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2016, 04:11:51 PM »
 

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Congrats on your finish Travis.

Hope your barrel dies in Nebraska like it did last year in the middle of the New Mexico match, give us Colorado guys half a chance, Ha!!!

I don't wish ill of anyone, but I wouldn't mind having a bit of a chance in NE..   ;)
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2016, 09:45:15 PM »
 

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It was great shooting with you Travis, as well as The rest of the guys on the squad. I learned a TON from shooting with you guys and I think it actually helped bring my score up. I've always been a firm believer that doing anything with people that are better at it than you will bring your performance up, and this was no difference. Thanks for that, to you Robert, Justin, Aaron, and the rest.

Ever since getting headed home from the match all I could really think about is exactly what you said about ever shot matters. Literally 2 points would have moved me up 5 spots in the standings. Not having a complete meltdown on those fricken barrels alone could have moved me up to knocking on the door of the top 10 and that's just a single stage, little mistakes here and there really add up and After seeing that, I'm really looking forward to Albuquerque and Nebraska to see if I can eliminate the little things and shoot to my full abilities and see where that puts me.

Lastly another huge thank you to you for your sponsorship of the match and putting that certificate on the table that I was lucky enough to pick up. Now I just gotta wear out another barrel on one of my rifles and decide what to put on it next hahahaha. But after seeing your new magazine kit, I'm really thinking hard about a BRX or a Dasher.
 

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2016, 03:47:31 PM »
 

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As soon as my action comes in, Travis will be doing one for me.  Leaning brx right now, but I still have some time to choose.  We'll talk about it at NE or SD.
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 06:37:39 AM »
 

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Good review. It sounds, and looks like it was fun. If you are going to be in NE for the Battle I look forward to meeting you.
Eric
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2016, 06:52:26 PM »
 

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It was great shooting with you Travis, as well as The rest of the guys on the squad. I learned a TON from shooting with you guys and I think it actually helped bring my score up. I've always been a firm believer that doing anything with people that are better at it than you will bring your performance up, and this was no difference. Thanks for that, to you Robert, Justin, Aaron, and the rest.

Ever since getting headed home from the match all I could really think about is exactly what you said about ever shot matters. Literally 2 points would have moved me up 5 spots in the standings. Not having a complete meltdown on those fricken barrels alone could have moved me up to knocking on the door of the top 10 and that's just a single stage, little mistakes here and there really add up and After seeing that, I'm really looking forward to Albuquerque and Nebraska to see if I can eliminate the little things and shoot to my full abilities and see where that puts me.

Lastly another huge thank you to you for your sponsorship of the match and putting that certificate on the table that I was lucky enough to pick up. Now I just gotta wear out another barrel on one of my rifles and decide what to put on it next hahahaha. But after seeing your new magazine kit, I'm really thinking hard about a BRX or a Dasher.

I couldn't agree more about shooting with guys better than you. I always wanna be top dog on the squad, but I want to be there because I shot my ass off against some other great shooters.
Looking forward to spinning that barrel up for you! Can't go wrong with BRX or Dasher!
 

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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 06:53:07 PM »
 

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Good review. It sounds, and looks like it was fun. If you are going to be in NE for the Battle I look forward to meeting you.
Eric

It was a ball! Looking forward to meeting you in NE as well!
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2016, 06:56:06 PM »
 

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Congrats on your finish Travis.

Hope your barrel dies in Nebraska like it did last year in the middle of the New Mexico match, give us Colorado guys half a chance, Ha!!!

I'll just be hoping the targets are big if it does! 1500 rounds on this tube, I should be good for a spell yet.