I wasn’t sure I was going to have my rifle back in time, but just days before the Tri-County sniper match Goldie from Tornado Technologies called me and let me know my rifle was ready to pick up. My AAC mount/brake wasn’t allowing my can to can attach properly causing it to string shots downward as it heated up, so Mike quickly identified the problem and flogged AAC to get my new brake as well as cut down my barrel from 26 inches to 21.75 inches. The new size is far more maneuverable with a can on it and a little lighter out front which helps me with my offhand shooting. The trouble in paradise is that all of my data, years of logs and range cards are now obsolete and irrelevant. Not a great place to be just before a match. Oh, and did I mention that I also replaced the scope from a MIL/MOA model with a TMR to a MIL/MIL with a Horus 37? I would have liked to taken it out to central Oregon to ring some steel and build a new range card. Unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time so I chronographed my rounds, added a Litz G7 profile (BC of 0.243) to the Shooter app on my iPhone and hoped for the best.
Game on. The match consisted of five stages that a lot of people had been hashing out for weeks to ensure a very fun and challenging day. Stage one was a nice rendition of a “Know Your Limits” stage with various sized targets, down to 4 inches, out to 500 yards. You had 5 rounds to get your hits, the smaller and further out the higher the points you could earn. I figured I could pretty easily hit the 4 inch target at 500 yards and held my H37 at 3.5 MILs and let her go. That really turned out to be a bad decision since I wasn’t really sure about my data. Doughnuts.
Stage two was shooting from a barricade off of a 2×4 screwed to a piece of plywood. 3 rounds and 3 targets, reload with 3 more rounds and a chance to ring the targets again. Easy enough, but didn’t take enough time to get steady and missed the close target.
Stage three was in my opinion the most difficult of the day. You were give a sheet with 6 faces on it and you had to identify two to hit. Starting with 4 round in the rifle, bolt open, standing behind the rifle, the buzzer rings and you drop and the targets spring up on the 200 yard and 300 yard pits. Oh, and you only have 30 seconds to get into position, ready the rifle, dial in or hold over for elevation, focus your parallax, identify and engage your targets. Two strings on this stage. 30 seconds have never seemed so short in my life.
Stage five, five rounds and 5 6 inch bullseye targets from 15 or so yards out to 100 yards. This was basically a stage to test if you knew where your mechanical offset was. On a side note, this stage totally validated my decision to buy the H37 reticle. Simple holdovers to get my hits. Can’t get any faster than that.
All in all a really fun match. I’m not too disappointed with my score considering I zeroed out stage one and didn’t get all of my shots off on stage three. I really can’t complain considering all of the changes that just happened to my rifle. Now the real work begins getting my rifle setup for the big match this summer, but more on that in future posts.