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Posted 15 March 2011 - 01:22 PM

My son Dan and I just got home from a .50 BMG rifle tournament in Shreveport La. We have attended this shoot in the past, was a great time and beautiful weather. Learned a lot more about this sport, there were some very serious shooters there, but the really neat thing was, to a man/woman, they were all very much willing to share any info/insight they had about shooting extreme long ranges with the .50s. The tournament lasts 2 days, with 30 total shots fired ( in groups of 5 ) by each competitor. Plaques are awarded for high scores and also best groups in 4 different classses, ( hunter, light gun, heavy gun, unlimited). One thing that was really fun, during Friday, which was a sight in day, was letting curious spectators step up and shoot competitors guns. Unlike what some might think, the actual recoil is not bad. We had small framed women spectators try them, and after laughing a little, encouraged their husbands by saying,"honey, that was fun,we need to get one!" . Anyway, we had 2 .9 moa groups, and none larger than 1.6 moa ( first time we had broken the 1moa barrier in competition) and although we finished about 9th out of 19, we were extremely pleased with our results. We did have some gun issues, the firing pin was striking the primer but sometimes not hard enough to fire ( we are working with the manufacturer on a possible spring issue). One lady shot a .43 moa, another girl in the junior catagory shot a .53 moa, The girls outshot the men lol. Some people were shooting solid machined brass bullets called Bore Riders, designed to be extremely accurate, the current world record 5 shot group was set with these, although now people who have used them are switching back to using A MAX bullets, seems the bore riders reduce barrel life and the A MAX seem to be more consistant. I dug some of the bore riders out of the target embankment after the shoot, very little bullet deformation, most looked like they could be shot again. Most shooters seemed to be watching the wind flag at 400 yds, I was told that the wind during the first 400yds was more critical than the wind farther out. I asked why, and was told that when the bullet leaves the barrel, it has a slight wobble to it, but by 400 yds, it stabilizes, so the wind has a greater effect on it before it becomes totally aerodynamic. This is a very serious hobby/ passion for some, Quantico hosts 2 shoots a year, and a lot of info is shared with the military there. Obviously, .50s are not a practical caliber for the general hunting public, the thrill of shooting a very big bore projectile a very long way very accurately is what drives most. For those interested, here are some match rules http://www.fcsa.org/...chRules2009.pdf Also, while there, Dan and I managed to try some food at a Buffet at Binions Horseshoe Casino, just loved the catfish,smoked oysters, crab, and shrimp. Believe it or not, it was the first time I entered a casino and did not play. I must have been tired,lol. Next up for us, the shoot at Alliance Neb.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 07:23 AM

Great job! Sounds like alot of fun.



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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:38 AM

good job! 9th out of 19. not alot of people competing, eh. i wish we had something like that around here, not that it needs to be that big of caliber. Just a regular sized caliber that everyone would have. I should check into it.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:51 AM

Last year in June I would have had the opportunity to shoot that caliber but due to just having cataract surgery I had to decline. Eric did shoot it and said the felt recoil was about a 30-06 level. This was a 38 pound gun and a really big muzzle break that flattened the grass out to about 20 yds. Sure hope that guy brings his gun this year and I get a chance to fire a shot from it. The guy really takes his time with each person that wants to shoot that big mully grubber.

A couple of years ago I went to a 1000 yd competition and was surprised to see many women on the firing line and one was a 14 year old girl that if you did not shoot MOA at that distance she would clean your clock. I think that women make better students at the shooting bench because most of them do not bring preconcieved ideas with them and they actually listen to what the instructor says.

Congratulations on your fine shooting with that behemoth caliber.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:32 PM

good job! 9th out of 19. not alot of people competing, eh. i wish we had something like that around here, not that it needs to be that big of caliber. Just a regular sized caliber that everyone would have. I should check into it.



Actually, there were 59 shooters from 11 states and 1 foreign country(Brazil), there were 19 that shot in our class. 1 guy came from Alaska, My son and I drove from Minnesota/Wisconsin (1000 miles to shoot 1000yds lol) , 2 were from Pennsylvania (about 1000 miles also). Several competitors brought multiple guns to shoot in different classes. As for shooting smaller calibers, check out your local gun club to find out what they have to offer.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 06:35 PM

Yeah Jeff, I shot a 50 last fall and just about fell in love, LOL. Good to hear you and Dan out doing stuff like this together.
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