Shot my first Silhouette Match today


October 23, 2010, 11:13 PM
I went to my first Smallbore Silhouette Match today. It was a blast. I didn't do so good, 12/40 and 9/40, but on the second time I noticed that my scope was loose, but I had a great time. The people were very nice and friendly (men and women). The main problem was that the wind was blowing about 20-25 mph crossways. Even the experts were having trouble. I was just having trouble standing.:what: But needless to say, I am hooked. I can't wait till the next match. One of the first things I did was to go to "the toy store" and buy a silhouette scope for my rifle, a Marlin Model 60.

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Ruger GP100 fan
October 24, 2010, 12:22 AM
I may check it out after I get more range time on my rifle. Right now I'm just having a ball loading ammo and shooting paper.

October 31, 2010, 07:18 PM
Randy, congradulations!! Happy you are having fun and sounds like you are surrounded by a great bunch! Have fun as that is what it is about. I got started April 2009. Our season is April thru September. I have learned a great deal from our long time silhouette shooters. You are always surrounded with advise for any questions you might have. Good luck

November 1, 2010, 02:37 AM
Congratulations Randy for stepping up to the line!

12/40 is a respectable score for a 1st match, esp. in a gusty wind with a scope that was probably starting to loosen up. Please give us a match report after you compete with the new scope under better conditions.

Btw, what scope are you getting?

RugerGP100fan - imo, waiting for more range time (i.e. getting better) only delays a shooter's development. I've seen new guys come to a practice to check the sport out and leave their rifle in their car because they need more 'range time'...

November 1, 2010, 07:41 PM
Were you shooting NRA or IHMSA silhouette?

What class?

I used to shoot a lot of IHMSA silhouette from 1976 - 1983. Loved it.

I shot one NRA Field Pistol match here in Florida, but I couldn't get anyone to spot for me. They'd hardly talk to me. Most unfriendly bunch of shooters I ever heard of.
I was shooting a 6" M-29 with .44 Spl plinking loads that I hadn't sighted in past 25 yds. I won the match. That tells you what the level of competition was like.

Anyway, have fun. Sounds like you have a good group at your club.

The Wiry Irishman
November 1, 2010, 11:55 PM
I just did my first IHMSA match last month, shot a 27 in production and had a great time. Shot the last one of the year a week or two ago and didn't do so well, 22 in production and 25 in production any sights. (with my iron sighted production gun) Its a boatload of fun, and I'm going to practice hard with my .44 over the winter, I want break 30 next season and classify international!

November 2, 2010, 09:13 AM
Japle, I compete NRA Silhouette rifle hunter class which I took up last year. I never shot any firearms up until 2007. I bought a Marlin 39a and joined a local indoor club 2007, which you had to be an NRA member and shot my rifle a couple times. Then I learned about the Beloit Rifle Club, Beloit, WI, just 10 minute drive from my house. I had read about chickens, pigs, turkeys, rams and decided to visit the Beloit Club one evening late 2008. One of the fellows I met shooting trap that evening, was also encharge of the Silhouette league, small bore rifle. I shot with them, indoor, over the winter and joined the club in February. I was a class B all of 2009, May-Sept participating every Thursday eve. I came in second state class B with 2 score total of 23/80 in 2009. 2010, I picked up my rifle twice a month over the summer as we did a lot of traveling for 3 months. Mid July, when we were home for 2 weeks, I decided to try the state match again, won class B, with 32/80 and moved into low class A at the same time. That is where I am now with my Marlin 39a which gets a lot of looks and people want to try it. It is not the most accurate, but get dime size 40m, nickle size 60m, qtr @77, and 1.5in at 100m, with CCI Blazer off sand bags. I found cheap ammo that shoots the best. Two weeks ago, I bought a new Vortex Viper 6.5-20X44 to replace my second hand Simmons 6.5-20 that got me started for $50.00. The Vortex is of small Target Dot which I thoroughly like! For indoor, I have to use the Simmons as parallax goes down to 50ft. Vortex is 50 yds. We start to shoot indoor for fun, mid January through mid April, once a week. I plan to practice more often with 2 indoor ranges within 10 minutes. Get a little more serious, you might say. We have a great group of fellows. When we move indoor in January, we have 4 fellows from the Cowboy Action Group, that join us using their pistols. We shoot rifle and pistol silhouette paper. Wife and I are thinking about spending a couple months in FL., February & March. I have not looked up any rifle ranges if in and around Fort Lauderdale. Done.

November 2, 2010, 10:14 AM
Sounds like you had a good time.

I started shooting competitively when I was maybe 12. Smallbore Silhouette with a Winchester 52.

I still shoot it when I have the time. For me it is one of the most relaxing yet intense games there is.

I have a few XP-100s and two Freedom Arms 83 (41 Mag and 22LR) for IHMSA and an Annie 1827 and 1913 for smallbore rifle.

I wish I had more time and that there were more matches near me. However I think the sport is dying locally.

November 5, 2010, 08:41 PM
I went into the Hospital and just got out tonight. I am a kidney transplant patient (almost eleven years). I bought a BSA Sweet 22 scope. I put it on my Marlin Model 60 stainless I had in the safe. I made a quick trip to the range last week. After sighting in it shot 3/8" groups 50 fifty yards off bags. Better than I can shoot. Ha Ha. Last month was our last match untll May. Some said we will have pratice matches on nice weekends :neener: :neener:

November 5, 2010, 11:53 PM
Glad the new rig is working out for you.

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