Brought a friend out to a highpower match last weekend...


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Quintin Likely
June 8, 2005, 10:23 PM
I finally convinced a guy I used to work with to come out to our local 300 yard reduced course match. He got me started shooting, so what the hell, I figure I'll try to return the favor. We only had enough shooters for one relay, the weather was conspiring against us, I shot offhand and sat the rest out to score and explain what to do and why. 80 shot match, finished up the day with a 419-something, I didn't think it was too bad for a first timer with a stock Colt HBAR shooting Wolf ammo. And the best part? He says he'll be back... :D

I think that was a good day. :)

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BobCat
June 9, 2005, 11:13 AM
Quintin,

Yes, a *very* good day! More Highpower shooters is a Good Thing.

I've had no luck getting people to come out - even for the Garand match, which is low-pressure, more of a clinic than a match. Seems people hear the word "match" and freeze up.

Congratulations on getting another shooter interested in Highpower!

Regards,
Andrew

Jim Watson
June 9, 2005, 01:27 PM
A friend has been taking me to some rifle matches and I have had a good time at a moderate level of involvement. Highpower F-Class so I don't have to wrap up in coat, glove and sling, and BPCR silhouette to give my old Winchester some exercise. (My main game is IDPA, and rifle shooting is a world of difference.)

I have two words of advice for the beginning or casual target shooter:

Don't be intimidated by the word "match." Everybody had to start somewhere and the experienced shooters will be a world of help. Your biggest problem will be sorting out all the advice you hear.

Do make some effort to be prepared. There are clinics and schools, but a regular match assumes you know how your gun and gear operate and that you have sight settings. For a rifle match AT LEAST be spot on at 100 yards with a standard target load in a standard calibre. Then somebody will tell you the "come-ups" for longer ranges that will likely get you on paper.

The last time I shot F-Class a guy had come out with a buddy and brought his new .308 previously shot only at 50 metres and with two entirely different loadings (plus a third borrowed on the spot) and entered the 1000 yard event! The best efforts of his pal, the match director, and about half the pit crew could not get him on the paper at 1000. Well he did get one keyhole, probably grazed the top of the berm, and he did get one crossfire hit on my friend's target. He had not taken the opportunity to tail onto the last relay at 600 to try to find out what was going on. Sad. I hope he comes back with some idea of what is required.

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