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    World’s Largest Black Powder Target Rifle Match Phoenix, Arizona - March 1-10, 2021 Ben Avery Shooting Facility

    No brag, just fact. For the Black Powder Target rifleman, the Desert International Black Powder Long Range Championship Match was and is the biggest such match in North America and as far as I know, on planet Earth. Muzzleloaders, cartridge rifles and vintage sniper rifles are all welcome. Sponsored by the Arizona Western International Shoot (AZWINS - Bill Loughrige, president), its stated purpose is to provide the competitor with a high-quality shooting experience that is enjoyable and fun to shoot and AZWINS has consistently delivered.

    Having shot Black Powder Target Rifle (BPTR) Long Range at Sacramento, Lodi, Missoula, Tucson, Byers, Raton and Capitan, it is obvious to me that the venue most favorable for such long-range matches is the Middleton Tompkins (1,000-yard) Range at Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF) in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Planning for the 2021 match began during the 2020 competition and continued up until the “green light” was finally given in December 2020, to actually hold the March 2021, match. Needless to say, the global pandemic held up authorization to hold the competition and dramatically affected the ability of many shooters to attend. Without the persistence and expert maneuvering of Bill Loughrige, I suspect the 2021 match would not have taken place. Thank you, Bill.

    Once it was announced that the match would take place, a flurry of entries arrived on a “first-come, first-served” basis and everyone sending in their entry in a timely manner was squadded to shoot. Riflemen came from Nevada, Wyoming, Minnesota, Florida, Indiana, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Oklahoma and of course, Arizona, to shoot in the biggest and best BPTR match there is. There is no requirement to join or be a member of any group or organization to compete. Just show up and shoot.

    Left to right: Don Johnson, Rick Gray line officer, Blair Svihra, Chip Mate, Steve Farringer, Gale Boyle, David Heintz, Dave Gullo, Zack Taylor, Steve Baldwin, Dennis Armistead, Don Harvey, Steve Fogler, Ed Keller, Tim Galligan, Ray Hanson, Jeff Krumm, Jim Dodson, Skip Burks pit officer, Robert Wilkes, Brad Sullivan, Glenn Gipson, Jim Dorrell, Bob Anderson, Rick Reuter.
    Left to right: Don Johnson, Rick Gray line officer, Blair Svihra, Chip Mate, Steve Farringer, Gale Boyle, David Heintz, Dave Gullo, Zack Taylor, Steve Baldwin, Dennis Armistead, Don Harvey, Steve Fogler, Ed Keller, Tim Galligan, Ray Hanson, Jeff Krumm, Jim Dodson, Skip Burks pit officer, Robert Wilkes, Brad Sullivan, Glenn Gipson, Jim Dorrell, Bob Anderson, Rick Reuter.

    The “target building team,” headed up by target builder emeritus Skip Burks of Illinois, also included Chip Mate, Steve Farringer and Zack Taylor, began arriving at BASF five days early to ensure new targets for all competitors shooting in the target matches. Target building continued up until the first day of shooting, with repair and refacing after each day’s shooting. The hallmark of a quality match is good targets, and they don’t get much better than the targets provided to the shooters in this match. Thank you, Skip Burks.

    Larry Wilkes of Flagstaff, Arizona, presided over the two-day BPCR Silhouette match for 30 registered shooters. Conditions were typical for BASF set against a saguaro-studded mountain background. It was a fun match and a great time was had by all, in spite of the infamous “ducking” chickens. Prevailing after two days of shooting was Blair Svihra – 1st (48/80), Steve Farringer – 2nd (46/80) and Jim Dodson – 3rd (44/80).

    Day three of shooting found 22 intrepid shooters gathered on the 800-yard firing line, squinting at some very bright sunlight for the first day of Long Range Target competition, and compete they did. Two strings of 15 shots for record is a maximum score of 300. Leading the pack at the end of the day were three relatively new shooters to BASF and Long Range BPTR shooting; Dennis Armistead – 1st Ironman (243), Steve Farringer – 2nd (241-1X), Steve Fogler – 3rd (239-4X) and Dave Gullo – 4th (232-3X). Imagine, shooting in winds steady at 15-20 mph, gusting to 40 mph. Yep, and what fun it was.

    At this point and going forward, we need to remember two very important considerations when shooting a long-range black-powder target rifle. First, is that the wind is your friend and it is up to you to make friends with it. Second, is that the only way to learn how to shoot well in the wind is to shoot in the wind.

    Steve Rhoades Memorial 1,000 Yard World Championship (left to right): AZWINS President Bill Loughrige, match winner Steve Farringer and his spotter Zack Taylor.
    Steve Rhoades Memorial 1,000 Yard World Championship (left to right): AZWINS President Bill Loughrige, match winner Steve Farringer and his spotter Zack Taylor.

    Day four also dawned bright and those 22 hardy souls reported to the 900-yard line ready to take on the challenges of the day. Again, two strings of fire for record, 15 shots to the string, maximum possible score 300. Apparently, “Mariah, the Goddess of Wind” was displeased with the success the shooters achieved the day before and she started shaking her skirts (wind flags) early. Not to worry folks; several shooters cozied up to Mariah and distracted her long enough to shoot some respectable scores considering the conditions of strong gusts with fishtailing winds; Steve Farringer – 1st (255-3X), Dave Gullo – 2nd (247-1X), Don Johnson – 3rd (236-3X) and Chip Mate – 4th (234-3X).

    Onward and upward to day five and the first day of the Steve Rhoades World Championship 1,000-Yard Match. Three strings of record fire, 10 shots each, for a possible score of 300. It was another one of those days for sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen. Such is March in Phoenix, with temperatures rising into the mid-80s. There were 23 intrepid souls assembled early on the 1,000-yard line in hopes of catching a fairly good relay at least once during the day. When the smoke finally cleared, Dave Gullo placed 1st with a 243, Steve Farringer – 2nd (232), Dennis Armistead – 3rd (221-3X) and Don Johnson – 4th (206). You guessed it, Mariah showed up early and stayed late, treating everyone to a cloud of dust.

    Day six of shooting was day two of the Steve Rhoades World Championship 1,000-Yard Match. Again, three strings of 10 record shots each, fired from 1,000 yards. Not intimidated in the least by Mariah’s rudeness from the previous days, all shooters arrived with big smiles and wind straps on their headgear. Surprise, surprise; Mariah teamed up with her sister “Mirage” to put on quite a show for shooters and spotters alike. Both took on the roles of quick-change artists and Mariah, in particular, put up such a ruckus that verbal communication between shooter and spotter was difficult. Not to be denied, all shooters held fast to their shooting mats and spotting scopes until the last shot was downrange. From the dust and flying gravel emerged the winners; Steve Farringer – 1st (223-2X), Dave Gullo – 2nd (214), Chip Mate – 3rd (209-1X) and Don Johnson – 4th (201-1X). The windage adjustment screws really took a beating! I want you to know folks, that those four shooters are some of the very best trigger pullers around, so that fact should give you a pretty good idea what day six was like.

    Now for day seven and the third and last day of the Steve Rhoades Memorial 1,000-Yard World Championship. Rules are that the first shot to hit paper is sighter shot number one. The maximum number of sighters is three and shot four is the first record shot of 10 record shots. The time limit for two alternating shooters is 45 minutes. The shooter has no spotter, only a scorekeeper. Two strings of 10 record shots equals a maximum of 200 points toward the championship aggregate. As an old Wisconsin dairy farmer once commented, “This is where the cheese gets binding.” As Rick Gray called, “Rifles to the line,” one could feel the anticipation. This is where the Black Powder Target rifleman demonstrates his abilities, and for several shooters present, a world championship hung in the balance. Wouldn’t you know it, Mariah played hob with the conditions as did Mirage, which caused several riflemen to struggle mightily just to stay on paper. When the final scores were tallied and long before the dust settled, the numbers were added, checked and rechecked. Emerging in 1st place (no surprise here) was Chip Mate with a 166-1X, Steve Farringer – 2nd (164-1X), Dave Gullo – 3rd (160-2X) and Zack Taylor – 4th (141-1X).

    However, as Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.” With the last shot downrange for the Steve Rhoades Memorial 1,000-Yard World Championship, the scores stacked up like this for the aggregate: 2021 World Champion, Steve Farringer from Columbia City, Indiana, with a 619-3X, followed uncomfortably close by the world-famous Dave Gullo from Sand Point, Idaho, placing second, with a 617-2X, while third place went to Chip Mate from Elgin, Arizona, with 566-2X and fourth place was Don Johnson (intermittently from Idaho or Arizona) with a 546-3X. That’s right friends; after three days of intense competition, only two points and one “X” separated the two front runners, with a rifle in .45-70 rising to the occasion.

    That night, the awards presentations and banquet were held at Manuel’s Restaurant in Phoenix, where we shooters were accommodated in grand style and feasted on traditional Mexican food with a grand time had by all.

    Over? Oh no, it is not over. Not yet. Still on the agenda was day eight and the .22 Target Match and, of course, days nine and 10 to decide the Ironman Champion.

    On day eight, when gathering on the 200-yard firing line, the .22 targets looked almost close enough to reach out and touch compared to what we had been seeing the past five days, even though the scoring rings were only a fraction the size of the long-range targets. Most of the shooters assembled had never shot these reduced targets simulating the 200-, 300- and 600-yard midrange targets, yet all shots are fired from the 200-yard line. The 200-yard winner: Dave Gullo (200-10X), the 300-yard winner: Jim Eckard (187-3X) and the 600-yard winner: Zack Taylor (187-3X). The 60-Shot Aggregate winners were: Sherman Brownlee – 1st (566-12X), Zack Taylor – 2nd (563-8X), Chip Mate – 3rd (562-11X) and Dave Gullo – 4th (552-15X). All shooters totally agreed they wanted the .22 match added to the 2022 match schedule.

    Now, starting down the home stretch, on day nine, the 500-yard M-65 reduced scoring ring target was on the menu for day six of the Ironman Match. The match was three relays of 10 record shots with only three sighter shots each, from 500 yards, and both Mariah and Mirage promised that this day would be memorable, and so it was, as wind flags began pointing upward early. By relay two, winds from seven to five o’clock at eight to 12 mph steady and gusting up to 22 mph. But, when I took my rifle out of the case to shoot relay three, measured gusts were up to 42 mph. About that time, I was on my third record shot, the winds picked up dramatically and began blowing small gravel. Presently, I felt my rifle case hit my feet, roll up my legs and over on to the next shooter’s mat and then downrange. Lots of equipment was travelling downrange and when I finished my last string of fire and went to retrieve my wind indicator and rifle case, I had to struggle to walk against the wind and back to the firing line. It is conditions like this when a dead wind zero pays dividends as you keep passing zero in one direction or the other about every shot; and it is in conditions like these when your spotter earns his keep. First place was won by Blair Svihra (263-5X), Steve Farringer – 2nd (263-4X), Dave Gullo – 3rd (260-4X) and Zack Taylor – 4th (254-4X).

    Now, the grand finale. On day 10, (day seven of the Ironman Match), it is time for the familiar 600-yard midrange target. Again, three sighters before 10 record shots, repeated three times for a 30-shot aggregate and the final leg of the Ironman. After yesterday, we were all hoping Mariah and Mirage would “sleep-in” today. But no, they just couldn’t resist tormenting the assemblage on the last day. Once again, the prestigious championship hung in the balance until the last relay of the last match on the last day. What a horse race it turned out to be! On this last relay, I was spotting for Steve Farringer and we had whittled down the rounds in his cartridge block to only two remaining when Mariah and Mirage pitched a fit. Two shots were left and we both knew that they had to be good because at the moment we suspected Steve was not in the lead. Patience, patience – wait, wait – then it became clear it was time to shoot and show. Wind guessing took over and we agreed on a sight setting. Boom, target up, pinwheel “X.” Oh my, now what? The conditions changed. Very little time left on the clock. I gave Steve my best guess, Steve looked at me quizzically, put on the sight change and broke the shot. It seemed forever and time ran out as the target came up and it was a 10…hard into the 10-ring. Jubilation, as we knew with his last two shots being an “X” and a 10, Steve was still in the race and relieved that it was finally over. In the final analysis, from 600 yards: Chip Mate – 1st (265-3X), Dave Gullo – 2nd (261-3X), Steve Farringer – 3rd (259-3X) and Blair Svihra – 4th (250).

    Now to compile the Ironman scores. Combining 800 yards, 900 yards, three matches at 1,000 yards, along with 500 and 600 yards; seven days of black-powder target rifle matches to determine who wins the prestigious Ironman Match. By the time the last shot was fired, we were forced to retreat to the pits to escape the ever-increasing winds and await the official tabulation of scores.

    Steve and I were correct; those last two shots at 600 yards were the “make it or break it” shots for the Grand Aggregate. The Ironman winner: Steve Farringer – 1st (1,637-14X), Dave Gullo – 2nd (1,617-13X), Chip Mate – 3rd (1,534-14X) and Don Johnson – 4th (1,454-13X).

    The Desert International Black Powder Long Range Championship is scheduled at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility March 21-31, 2022. The course of fire may be similar to 2021, but will be principally determined by those that shot the match in 2021. Come on down!

    Equipment List:

    Midrange Competition

    Top 10 Shooters:

    Steve Farringer: 1874 Shiloh Sharps .45-70, 32-inch Shiloh barrel, 1:16 twist, 540-grain Buffalo Arms grease groove Money bullet, 1:12 alloy, SPG Lube, 57.5 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Starline brass, 8x DZ Arms scope.

    Chip Mate: Remington Hepburn .45-90, 34-inch Badger barrel, 1:18 twist, 450-grain Buffalo Arms grease groove Money bullet, 1:20 alloy, SPG Tropical Lube, 80 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 210M primer, Starline brass, Montana Vintage Arms sights.

    Zack Taylor: 1878 Sharps Borchardt .44-90 Remington Straight, 32-inch Krieger barrel, 1:16 twist, 515-grain Buffalo Arms grease groove bullet (447520M2), 1:16 alloy, NAPA lube, 68.5 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Starline brass, Montana Vintage Arms rear sight, Distant Thunder aperture front sight.

    Tim Galligan: CPA Stevens 44½ .40-65, 32-inch Badger barrel, 1:16 twist, 415-grain Paul Jones grease groove Money bullet, 1:20 alloy, 50/50 beeswax/olive oil lube, 60.5 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Starline brass, 8x Montana Vintage Arms scope.

    Brad Sullivan: CPA Stevens 44½ .40-65, 32-inch Douglas barrel, 1:16 twist, 420-grain Buffalo Arms grease groove Money bullet, 1:20 alloy, SPG Lube, Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Starline brass, 6x Montana Vintage Arms scope.

    Glenn Gipson: 1874 Shiloh Sharps .45-70, 32-inch Shiloh barrel, 1:18 twist, 520-grain Buffalo Arms grease groove bullet, Knoell lube, Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Starline cases, Montana Vintage Arms rear sight, J. Vanwey front sight.

    Don Harvey: 1885 Browning High Wall .40-65, 30-inch Badger barrel, 1:16 twist, 410-grain Saeco 740 bullet, 1:20 alloy, SPG Lube, 60 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Winchester cases, Montana Vintage Arms sights.

    Ed Keller: 1885 Browning High Wall .40-65, 30-inch Badger barrel, 1:16 twist, 410-grain Brooks grease groove bullet, 1:25 alloy, Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, Remington brass, 6x Montana Vintage Arms scope.

    Jeff Krumm: Remington Hepburn .40-65, 30-inch Remington barrel, 1:14 twist, 400-grain grease groove Accurate Molds bullet, 1:20 alloy, 62 grains Swiss 1½ Fg powder, Federal GM 150M primer, mixed cases, Montana Vintage Arms rear sight, Baldwin aperture front sight.

    David Heintz: 1875 C. Sharps .45-70, 30-inch Badger barrel, 1:18 twist, 520-grain grease groove Saeco bullet, mixed alloy, 71 grains GOEX powder, CCI-200 primer, Starline cases, 6x Montana Vintage Arms scope.

    Smithmoor .22 Offhand Target Championship
    Smithmoor Range
    Carpenter, Wyoming - February 20-21, 2021

    Cody Smith

    Left to right: Division One winners – 3rd - Lee Wolff, 2nd - Steve Anderson, 1st - Jack Odor; and Match Winner, Cody Smith.
    Left to right: Division One winners – 3rd - Lee Wolff, 2nd - Steve Anderson, 1st - Jack Odor; and Match Winner, Cody Smith.
    The Smithmoor .22 Offhand Target Championship held February 20-21, was a great success! It was a two-day match with 50 record shots per day on the 100-yard German Ring Target from SPG Sales (blackpowderspg.com). Wyoming Schuetzen Union rules were used. We had shooters travel from some distance to share in the fun and competition. Coralee, Grace, and Momma Lorraine whipped out some great meals for us and the weather wasn’t even half bad for Wyoming in February. Lee Wolff, Ed Himelhoch, and Sheila Jackson also brought a bunch of great goodies to share. Ed’s “Death by Chocolate” brownies are to die for!

    We limited the number of shooters to 20 and the match had been full for some time. I was really excited to see this kind of interest and support for this match, as it has been my dream for some time to hold a real Schuetzen match here in Carpenter. It turned out to be, for sure, a real Schuetzen match! The match went quicker than I had expected and I think next year we may add a fifth relay.

    My grand experiment that I had not seen at other Schuetzen matches was to divide the shooters into two separate classifications based on skill level. We used the day one scores as a qualification and anyone above a score of 875 was placed into what I called “Division One.” Others would be placed in “Division Two.” As I was hoping, there was a bit of a natural break in the scores and I think my division line worked out well.

    As match director, I reserved the right to place shooters where I thought their abilities were and I did have to use it with Jim Rodebaugh. Jim shoots with me weekly and often turns in some super scores. He thought he would try out his new Schuetzen buttstock with a hooked buttplate at the match. It proved to be a bad decision and he switched back to his regular silhouette stock for day two.

    This brings up two very good points. First, don’t try new equipment out at a big match and expect to do well. Second, you don’t need a hooked buttplate, fancy Schuetzen stock, or palm rest to shoot good scores at these types of matches. Use what is comfortable.

    For our course of fire, we first shot three, 10-shot targets and then came back later in the day and fired on the other two targets. As per Wyoming Schuetzen Union Rules, only 10 shots were fired at each target and you were not allowed to return to the sighter after starting your string of fire on each target. We used 12-inch round, black gongs for sighter targets. I have experimented with other ways of having a sighter target, and I think I like this best. Shooters seemed to get along with it pretty well.

    Day one turned out to be quite a nice day. With very slight breezes and relatively warm temperatures well into the 40s, it made a great day to shoot. We still kept the wood stove burning hot. We received a nice donation of a couple of outdoor patio propane heaters, like you see at outdoor restaurants. One of these on each end of the firing line really helped keep the chill off. We used the tradition followed at Butte with awarding a $20 bill to the first “25” in each relay. The spotters shout “Twenty-five!” whenever their shooter smacks a bullseye. It really adds to the fun. We also had a $50 bill for the high target in each division for each day. In Division Two: day one, Bryan Youngberg placed 1st with an 839, Greg Bybee placed 2nd with 832, and Greg Tryon placed 3rd with 823. In Division One: Jack Odor placed 1st with 1,013, Steve Anderson placed 2nd with 952, and Lee Wolff was 3rd with 948. As for myself, Cody Smith, I was the Overall Match Winner with a 1,038. Jack Odor received the $50 High Target award in Division One with a smokin’ 225! Greg Bybee and Bryan Youngberg both shot solid 189s to tie for the Division Two $50 High Target. We used the worst shot score on the target to break the tie and Greg came out ahead.

    Day two’s weather was not nearly as hospitable as day one. Strong winds and cooler temperatures made for some challenges. The shooting shed stayed fairly comfortable, but posting targets was definitely less fun. Division Two, day two: Bryan Youngberg placed 1st with a solid 879, Jay Sittig placed 2nd with 867 and 3rd place went to Ed Himelhoch with 846. The $50 High Target went to Jay Sittig with a super 204. In Division One: Jack Odor shot a good 1,019 to claim 1st, Jim Rodebaugh shot a solid 968 for 2nd and 3rd place went to Steve Anderson with a 962. My 1,030 score made me the match winner. Jack and I tied for high target with 214s and I came out ahead using the worst scoring shot tie breaker.

    The big prizes were saved for the Aggregate. Coralee and I were proud to offer some nice prizes. In each division, 3rd place won a $100, 2nd place received $200, and 1st place won $300 and a beautiful Seiko wristwatch with the Smithmoor Range logo on the dial. I thought they were really cool and hope the shooters liked them. Division Two: 3rd place went to Greg Bybee with 1,657, 2nd went to Jay Sittig with a 1,689, and 1st place went to Bryan Youngberg with a 1,718. In Division One: 3rd place was earned by Lee Wolff with a respectable 1,836, while 2nd place went to a very pleased Steve Anderson with a 1,914, and Jack Odor shot a very good 2,032 to take 1st place. I was honored to be the match winner with a 2,068. A huge “thank you” goes out to Wyoming Sight Drifter for awarding one Sight Drifter to each division for 2nd place High Spotter. Bill Acklin and Lee Wolff both received one of the brand new, improved versions. Let me tell you, they are cool! Check out wyomingsightdrifter.com to purchase one for yourself.

    Greg Tryon very generously made a King Target for our day two match. It was a Wyoming bucking horse with a red target dot in the lower right hand corner. It was a tough target! Right out of the gate, the first shooter up, Steve Anderson, put one right into the red dot! No one else came very close the rest of the day. Congratulations to Steve, and “thank you” to Greg for the thoughtfulness and helping out. Remember, it’s up to Steve to bring one for the match next year.

    We also had some great items to give away in a drawing, thanks to some very generous donors. SPG Sales sent some nice items to give away, as well as Robert Garibay brought a $50 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops, and Larry Kearns donated one of his super offhand stands. Larry hand makes them with a clamp to secure it to your bench, a padded foam lateral arm to rest your rifle muzzle on and a bracket to attach your spotting scope. Michael Jackson was pleased to receive it. The big news was Roger Buechler brought a bunch of really great handmade (by himself) wooden ammunition line boxes and a super cool 1950s vintage shooting box. The box had been used by Roger’s mentor back in the day. He was a top shooter in the South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota region and I am sure he is happy to know the tradition carries on. Bill Acklin was elated and honored to be the recipient of such a treasure.

    We would like to thank all of our very generous supporters; SPG Sales, Wyoming Sight Drifter, Roger Buechler, Larry Kearns, and Robert Garibay. Their generous support really helped make the match great.

    Although, I am sure he doesn’t like the spotlight, I do want to especially thank Roger Buechler for his support of this match and our range. Roger was the one that got me off center on putting this match together. It would not have happened without him and his selfless donation of time and money are greatly appreciated. Roger, I am truly honored to know you and call you a friend, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support.

    We hope to make this match a February tradition and plan on taking 25 entries next year. Look for it the third weekend in February again. Get your entries in early, as I am sure it will fill up.

    Keep your rifle clean and your knife sharp.

    Equipment List
    Greg Bybee: .22 LR CPA Stevens 44½, 26-inch barrel, Norma Tac ammunition, DZ scope, Jim Rhodebaugh gunsmith.
    Jay Sittig: .22 LR Winchester Low Wall, Eley Target ammunition, Leatherneck 6x scope.
    Bryan Youngberg: .22 LR Shiloh Sharps 1874, 26-inch Douglas barrel, RWS 50 ammunition, MVA B5 scope, Jimmie Summerfield gunsmith.
    Lee Wolff: .22 LR Stevens 44, Stevens barrel, SK ammunition, MVA iron sights.
    Steve Anderson: .22 LR C. Sharps Arms Low Wall, 28-inch Shilen ratchet rifling barrel, Lapua Center-X ammunition, DZ 8x scope.
    Jack Odor: .22 LR Miller Low Boy, 28-inch barrel, Federal ammunition, Unertl scope, Kyle Miller gunsmith.
    Cody Smith: .22 LR Winchester High Wall Schuetzen Model, 28-inch Winchester barrel, Lapua Midas ammunition, MVA Schuetzen rear sight, Baldwin front with aperture insert.
    Jim Rodebaugh: .22LR CPA Stevens 44½, 28-inch Douglas barrel, Norma Tac and Lapua Center-X ammunition, DZ scope.
    Bill Acklin: .22 LR Remington Hepburn, 28-inch Shilen barrel, Midas Plus ammunition, DZ scope, Dan Zimmerman gunsmith.
    Michael Jackson: .22 LR CPA Stevens 44½, 28-inch, 1:14 twist Shilen barrel, Lapua Center-X ammunition, MVA 10x scope, Dave Crossno gunsmith.
    Gary Smith: .22 LR CPA Stevens 44½, 26-inch barrel, Lapua Center-X ammunition, DZ scope.
    Carl Eliason: .22 LR CPA Stevens 44½, SK Red ammunition, MVA iron sights.
    Logan Eliason: .22 LR DZ Hepburn, Crossno barrel liner, SK Red ammunition, MVA rear sight, Baldwin front sight.
    Greg Tryon: .22 LR Ballard striker action, 31-inch Ron Smith gain-twist barrel, SK Biathlon ammunition, Hammond Rogers rear sight, W.R. front sight, Greg Tryon gunsmith.
    Dean Scott: .22 LR Stevens 44, 22½-inch barrel, SK Standard Plus ammunition, iron sights.
    Robert Garibay: .22 LR Lone Star Rolling Block, 28-inch Douglas barrel, RWS ammunition, MVA iron sights, Jimmie Summerfield gunsmith.
    Roger Buechler: .22 LR Ballard, RWS ammunition, MVA scope.
    Don Hubbard: .22 LR Ballard, Eley Target ammunition, MVA scope.
    Ed Himmelhoch: .22 LR Low Wall, 26-inch barrel, Lapua Center-X ammunition, MVA 6x scope.
    James Sedman:
    .22 LR Winchester Low Wall, 28-inch barrel, Lapua Center-X ammunition, MVA 6x scope.

    Yellowstone Rifle Club
    Billings, Montana
    BPCR Gong Match - Range 2A January 17, 2021

    Ron Vanden Brink

    At our January match, we had 12 shooters including some from as far away as Sheridan and Frannie, Wyoming, as well as Harlowton and Livingston, Montana, that showed up to the first Black Powder Cartridge Rifle (BPCR) gong match of 2021. The weather was threatening, so we decided to forego lunch and shoot on through to the end. Ron Vanden Brink took 1st place with
    a 34 total, with five out of five on the offhand match, claiming the pot money. Kyle and Dave Vanden Brink were tied with a 33 and one offhand, but Kyle won 2nd place with a higher score on the Little Round Top, pushing Dave into 3rd place. Steve Martin posted a 32 and three offhand for 4th place, followed by Duff Sweeney who shot a 30 with two offhand. Stan Morris was experimenting with loads, but still came in with a 30 and one offhand for 1st place in the Scope Division, followed closely by George Jordan with a 29 for 2nd place, and Ed Schleichardt took 3rd place Scope Shooter. Everyone remarked that the winds were much friendlier than last month’s hurricane conditions.

    Equipment List:
    Ron Vanden Brink: .45-100-2.6 C. Sharps 1874, 32-inch heavy barrel, 530-grain Brooks New Postell bullet, 1:16 alloy, Jordan No. 10 lube, .060 Walters Wad, 88 grains Swiss 1½ Fg, .250 compression, Federal Large Rifle primer, 1,355 estimated velocity.
    Kyle Vanden Brink: .45-90 1885 Winchester High Wall 34-inch barrel, 540-grain reduced 1st band Brooks Creedmoor bullet, 1:20 alloy, .030 Walters wad, newsprint wad, 79 grains Swiss FG, .155 compression, Federal 215 primer.
    Dave Vanden Brink: .45-70 Browning BPCR, 535-grain Money bullet, 1-20 alloy, .060 Walters Wad, 72 grains Olde Eynsford 1½ Fg, .340 compression, Winchester Large Rifle Magnum primer.
    Stan Morris: .45-100-27⁄8 Shiloh 1874, 34-inch barrel, 1:18 twist, 550-grain Jones-style bullet, 1:16 alloy, Ace of Spades Black lube, .060 poly wad, 85 grains Swiss 1½ Fg, Auto BP trickled with 30-inch drop tube, .027 compression, Norma brass, Federal 215 primer, Montana Vintage Arms 6x scope.
    George Jordan: .45-100 C. Sharps 1874, 34-inch barrel, 1:16 twist, 545-grain Money bullet, 90 grains Olde Eynsford 1½ Fg, Remington 9½ primer, Montana Vintage Arms scope.


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