Rimfire Soft Drink Match:


February 1, 2012, 03:45 PM
Welcome to the Rimfire Match for the month of February! This match is open to any and every 22 caliber (as well as 17 and 20 caliber) rimfire rifle including the perennial favorite .22LR, as well as the .22Short, .22Long, .22 Mag., .17HM2, .17HMR, and 5mm Rem RF Mag (as well as any oddball rimfires that you might have). This match is meant to be challenging and educational, but most of all FUN. Hopefully it will get you out to the range and shooting your rifle. If you have one handy, make sure an bring a friend too.

There are Two Optics Divisions:
->Iron sights and non-magnified optics and red dots. Shot at 25yds.
->Scopes and other magnified sighting devices. Shot at 50yds.

*Note that the distance is back to our typical range of 25/50.

There are Two Rifle Classes:
->Unlimited/Target Rifles (highly modified rifles, rests, target sights, sub-.20cal. chamberings, high magnification optics- over 10x [in the appropriate division] may be used)
->Sporting Rifles (Includes All Non-Target Class Autoloaders, Bolt Actions, Single Shots, Pumps, & Lever Rifles chambered for any rimfire cartridge .20cal./5mm and larger)

Both classes can be shot from any position. Rests/Sandbags/bipods are permitted in the Target Class only. Shooting stick(s) are now permitted for both classes (either crossed or walking stick style). Use of a sling is encouraged.

25 Yd. (Irons) Target: See image in the link below. Scale to 100% on standard 8.5x11in. paper. The objective is to fire one shot at each soft drink (commonly referred to as soda or pop by ya'll Yanks) containment device. Growing up in NC, the chosen brand was a natural choice (they'd run me out of the state for choosing anything other than Cheerwine, Sundrop, or perhaps Royal Crown). Scored as one point for busting each can/bottle (cutting the edge), and two for a shot lying completely within the oval label for a total possible score of 30pts. BTW, you might want to work your way from the top down to prevent toppling the pyramid. ;)

50 Yd. (Optics) Target: Same as above.


If you enjoyed this match and want a bit more challenge, or just compare your rimfires to their big brothers, check out the concurrent Centerfire Match using a similar target at double the range.

When you are satisfied you've done your best post/attach (or shoot me a PM) a photo or scan of your target with as much of the following information as possible: Forum name (or name you want posted in the results), Rifle, make, model, vintage (if known), Sights/Optics (with magnification if applicable), Ammo, Position, Distance, Conditions (in/outdoors, wind, temperature...). Multiple submissions are allowed (in same or different division/class with same or different rifles).

Self-scoring is encouraged and appreciated. We'll give you an extra day (leap/election year) and make all submissions due by 23:59 February 29th this time around. ;)

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February 1, 2012, 03:47 PM

February 1, 2012, 04:44 PM
I think that this target is big enough to catch all my bullets!

February 1, 2012, 05:52 PM
I figured that I would make it a bit easier after last month's somewhat challenging target. In the process I think I might have made it just about impossible to miss. :uhoh:

February 1, 2012, 06:07 PM
.....BTW, you might want to work your way from the top down to prevent toppling the pyramid.

:D Funny man. :D

Gonna give 'er a try with my Henry lever .22 and Rossi pump .22. I may even dig out the .30-30 ammo and try it with my Glenfield Marlin for the center fire match. Oh, and this may be fun to try with my very old classic Stevens Crackshot 26! ! ! ! :D

I'll likely try it for giggles freestanding but I don't hold much hope of doing much. Likely this'll be a good time to make up a nice set of crossed shooting sticks that click together to form a workable walking staff.

February 1, 2012, 06:28 PM
I don't know how well it would work for a walking stick, but I have been using 4 tent poles shock-corded together (two for each side) and that seems to make a good, compact, lightweight, inexpensive (free if you're like me have old poles lying around) rest. Nothing special, but passable for any instance that I've come across for hunting.


February 2, 2012, 09:22 AM
You couldn't have done much worse than myself, a 13/35...anyway this one should be far less challenging. I expect to see several aced targets this time around.


February 2, 2012, 06:03 PM
That target is deceivingly hard. All that red tends to blur together, and it is difficult to find a place to aim "at".

I don't think I scored well enough to bother scanning my targets. I need to do something about the trigger on my Marlin 25N.

I'm glad you all got me out to shoot today, though. I got two rifles sighted in and burned about 500 rounds. What a blast.

February 2, 2012, 06:27 PM
Figured that might be a problem with irons, but I wanted to have a good many targets to make it a mite bit more difficult. If you'd like, feel free to add a black "X" or circle to better differentiate the individual targets.


February 2, 2012, 10:44 PM
I might have to do that if we get another nice day tomorrow. I can't believe the weather we're having here. I dressed up the sear on my Marlin just a bit with a fine stone and it made a BIG difference. It had some really nasty burs on it.

February 3, 2012, 06:55 AM
Hey Geneseo,
There ARE a few of us who never carried one (other than in basic training) that know what your signature line means -- :neener:


February 3, 2012, 02:11 PM
can you explain "scale to 100%"? when i set the scale to 100%, the target doesn't fit on an 8.5x11 sheet.

February 3, 2012, 03:34 PM
I find it best to open in Microsoft Office Picture Manager go to print, select Full Page Photo and deselect Fit Picture to Frame. I'll convert it to a .PDF later this afternoon to make printing a bit easier.


February 3, 2012, 03:37 PM
It should work if you print it as a "landscape" (sideways) instead of a "portrait".

I tried again today, and still couldn't beat a 13 @25yds w/ a tech-sighted 10/22, prone w/sling. I used little white adhesive dots (the kind you use for your garage sale) over the ovals on the labels, but I still had a hard time differentiating between the individual targets.

I shot the same score at 50 in the same position with my scoped Marlin. That was mostly by accident, though. That Marlin is shooting around 4" @ 50yds. I need to try it with irons and/or different ammo to see if I can smoke out the problem.

I'll hang onto my targets, but I expect we will see much better than 13's, so I won't bother scanning them.

February 3, 2012, 05:08 PM
ahhh, ok, i got it now.

February 3, 2012, 07:40 PM
Sounds good, but just in case others have a similar problem and haven't the software to make it work, I attached a .pdf of the target.


February 3, 2012, 11:02 PM
Lots of nice dead calm winter days around here for the next couple of months. Back just before Christmas I got out for some black powder fun at my local range on one of the nicer sunny and above freezing days. The air was so calm that I finished the 6 rounds and had time to look at the cloud of fog I'd created and then dig out and fire up the camera to get a shot of the "fog of war". What you see below is what it was like a good minute after my last shot by the time I got the camera started and took this picture.

My problem isn't the wind. It's the "old guy" 58 year old eyeballs trying to see the paper. Let alone the labels on the bottles and cans.... :D


February 4, 2012, 01:16 AM
BCRider, it looks as if you started a forest fire. You must have had the ole smoke pole going at a pretty fair clip.


February 4, 2012, 09:01 PM
Patton is credited with that quote, CJ.

February 4, 2012, 09:24 PM
Printed in grayscale since the printer I was using was b&w, so I used a highlighter on the label of each bottle and can to make them stand out a bit.

First up, I had a 4x BSA scope I wasn't using, so I found some rings and mounted it on a little Marlin 915Y single shot my kids have because they've been wanting a scope. It needed zeroing, naturally, so, since I had it out at the range, I gave this target a try from the bench at 50 yards. The target caught all the bullets, but the shooter missed a couple of the beverage containers. This is either an 11 or a 12, depending on if we are counting best hit on the can that caught three (?!) or worst hit.


Then, I decided to try my 10/22 on it. Also 50 yards, scoped, from the bench, since I was checking zeroes today. This is a 19. The bottom left can did get creased. Real can would've gone flying, so it counts according to how I understand the rules.


My new rifle didn't get here yet, so that's all for now. I know some of you guys can totally smoke both of these targets, so let's see'em!!

February 4, 2012, 11:03 PM
Thanks for getting us started, sixgunner455! Barring a convincing argument to the contrary, I think counting the higher score (in the case of your first target) is perfectly acceptable. As far as the second one, all the bottom cans show pretty clear hits from what I can see.


February 5, 2012, 08:53 AM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/BCRider/Gun%20pictures/FogofWar.jpgNice range.

February 5, 2012, 11:46 PM
I'd participate, but I just can't bear the thought of desecrating Cheerwine.. Can I get a Pepsi target or something??

February 6, 2012, 03:20 PM
I'd participate, but I just can't bear the thought of desecrating Cheerwine.. Can I get a Pepsi target or something??They're empty...I drank the Cheerwine and added colored water figuring that nobody would notice. ;)

February 6, 2012, 09:11 PM
Phew! I was crestfallen thinking I couldn't participate.
That original post was really just a way of subscribing so I wouldn't lose this thread before I had a chance to print out my target, lol. Us North Carolinians do love our Cheerwine though :D

February 6, 2012, 09:33 PM
Sure do; I don't always soft drinks, but when I do, I prefer Cheerwine. :D

Oh, and forgive my manners...welcome to the rimfire match, Tim!


February 7, 2012, 04:15 AM
Tim, each month's thread is a sticky until Mav posts the new thread for the next month, so no worries about losing it! :D It's right there at the top of the page, waiting anxiously for more perforated targets to post.

February 8, 2012, 11:46 PM


February 9, 2012, 12:04 AM

February 9, 2012, 08:51 PM
I can NEVER get the target to print at proper size. I'll get my tech guy (read as "oldest son") to drop by and fix this for me. :D


February 9, 2012, 11:43 PM
Hardtarget, try the .pdf in post no. 16, that should print a little better for you.


February 17, 2012, 10:08 PM

New rifle. :D Savage MKII FV. Yes, the stock is ... interesting, but improvable, and replaceable when funds permit.

Shooting to find something it really likes before I submit a target for it. I did shoot one target this morning, but I was mostly just messing around testing ammo, and it didn't really like what I put in the magazine when I decided to shoot at the Cheerwine. It made some nice groups after that, though, and kept the bank of swingers on the 50yd berm dancing with just some Fed Automatch, so there is hope.

I'll try again before the weekend is out.

February 18, 2012, 10:09 AM
Nice rifle, sixgunner455. I think it's a best buy in the rimfire market, find what it likes and I think you'll find it to shoot as well as anything (in stock configuration) within $300.00 of it's price bracket. Hope you enjoy it.


Chief RID
February 18, 2012, 06:24 PM
Glenfield Model 25. Remington LR Target Ammo. Banner 1.5 to 4.5 . Bench and sandbags. 50 yds. I will try to score the thing. I had 2 bullets that did not make the target. I have lots of excuses but mainly I think "I'm just a poor shot".

I shot a lot of 22 Short CB loads before I shot the target and I think I got the chamber crudded up. I did get those CBs to shoot MOS (Minute of sguirrel) before I quit. I was getting smoke and blow back out the bolt all day. I could barely get the bore snake through it when I got home.

Pretty day. 65 and no wind to speak of.

I guess the score is 11. Nope I think it is a 9.

February 18, 2012, 06:28 PM
I think you were right the first time, Chief...looks like an 11 to me.


February 19, 2012, 07:50 PM
I thought it was a 13 lol
Im gonna have to break out the a-bolt and 39a and get to the range

February 19, 2012, 08:39 PM
Yeah...that thing is way harder than it looks. From the looks of the leaderboard, I may have to scan my targets when I get home...

February 20, 2012, 02:35 PM
The horses were in the barn this morning so I got to use my friend's range rather than shooting indoors.

This one was a challenge and took over an hour to shoot waiting for favorable conditions on each shot!!! Had to use lots of thumbtacks to keep the target on the plywood.

Class: Unlimited Target
Rifle: Savage 93R17, .17HMR
Scope: BSA Sweet 17 4-18 side focus
Ammo: Hornady 20 grain hollow point
Range: Measured 50 yards
Position: Prone, bipod, rear sandbag
Environmental conditions
Temp 47 degrees F
Wind South, 25 gusting to 35, blowing directly toward target - measured with a Caldwell Wind Wizard.

Shot 5 targets, posting the best 2 which were the last 2 I shot.

Left hand target really heavy wind and shot all 15 fairly quickly, score 22.

Right Target is the one I'm submitting for record with a score of 25 took 20 minutes to shoot waiting for the lightest winds. That little 17 caliber pill does get blown around a bit even if it is really fast.


February 20, 2012, 07:45 PM
nicely done, sir!

February 20, 2012, 09:04 PM
nicely done, sir!
Thank you sir.

Now, you get back out there and shoot a 30. That rifle looks like it could do it. Does that thing have a suppressor can on it or just a super heavy barrel? I have an older Mark II in .17Mach2 that is a real tack driver too and I have an older Sweet 17 on that one as well but it's only a 4-12.

I could have easily done a 30 if I'd gone to the 100 yard indoor range we have here in Wichita, but that 93R17 with the accu-trigger will give me 5 shot, 1 hole groups at 100 yards indoors using the 20 grain Hornady hollow points.

I was playing around the other day using a 50 foot airgun target at 100 yards and if the Sweet 17 scope had any thicker cross hairs I wouldn't have been able to see the targets. I managed to stay in the black circle on all 10 targets. Only got one center bull, but at my age (70) and eyesight I thought that was pretty fair.

I was showing off for the younger set in there shooting their AR-15's with the EOTECH holo sights at 25 yards. I was getting tighter groups at 100 yards with the .17 mag than they were at 25.

It all started when they began ragging on me for shooting what they called a "wimp" gun. Them was "fightin words" to steal a quote from some old movie.

One of these days they're gonna learn that shooting 55 grain FMJ Wolf, steel case, mil-spec ammo out of a 16" 1 in 9 twist barrel ain't gonna group worth a hoot. Now, if they were shooting some of the 62 grain FBI surplus match ammo I got from Midway when they had it on sale, I might be singing a different tune. It does 3 shot one hole groups that look like 1 single .308 hole at 100 yards out of my Savage 10FLP Tactical with Nikon glass on it. That rifle loves those 62 grain FBI rounds and also my 69 and 75 grain handloads with the 69 grainers giving the best accuracy.

Most accurate rifle I've ever owned, bar none!



February 20, 2012, 11:23 PM
It's just a heavy barrel. Had to add some weight to that hollow stock to get it to balance at all. Savage makes one with a 16" threaded barrel, but everyone was out of stock, and I'm only sort of interested in getting suppressor, so I decided to save the money and get the long barreled rifle.

We've done a couple of bragging groups so far, but we're still getting used to each other. Had to help someone move a safe today, and my parents are coming in to visit the grandkids Wed, so I've been getting the house ready, so no shooting today, and probably not until Saturday unless I sneak out of work early or go in late one morning.

Just might do that early morning thing.

February 21, 2012, 10:40 AM
Guys please forgive my neglect, I have a great deal going on at the moment...fortunately most is of that has been resolved.

Some fine shooting, KSCCHTrainer.


February 21, 2012, 11:12 AM
Thanks Mav,
No apologies necessary. Work happens! (To paraphrase a politically incorrect cliche.) - :evil:

February 21, 2012, 11:13 AM
Thanks, KSCCHTrainer.


February 28, 2012, 01:55 PM
Havent been able to get to the range but wanted to shoot this months Match
Went to a buddies house and shot of a cardtable in the backyard.
After a few fair attempts this is the best I could come up with. I know the rifle is capable of much better so just figured it was me.
Cleaning up I noticed I grabbed the wrong ammo, meant to bring SK Match but picked up SK Standard Plus :banghead:
With the weather getting nicer everyday, am looking forward to next months match
Thanks for all your work on this Mav!
I think its a 23 ?
Unlimited/Target division
Kimber 82
Off table
Sightron 16 power scope
No wind
47 degrees

February 28, 2012, 03:30 PM
Hey Orlando, that Kimber shoots dang good even with crappy(?) ammo. No apologies needed for that target at all, especially off a table and 47 degrees out even with no wind.

The only .22 rifle I have is a plinker grade Savage Mark II and even with RWS Match ammo off a bipod it won't come close to that. The only really competitive rimfire rifle I have is my 93R17 heavy barrel .17HMR.

Love to get your Kimber up against my Savage 93R17 on the 100 yard indoor range here. I'd bet we would have to shoot a couple hundred rounds apiece before flinging one out of the bull. :D


February 28, 2012, 03:41 PM
Thanks for the kind words
I wouldnt call SK Standard Plus crappy ammo, just not as tight as SK Match
Its been a long winter and I have really been itching for some range time
I do enjoy shooting her at 100yds if I can get a day with no wind.
I find myself shooting her more than any of my other rifles anymore

February 28, 2012, 05:01 PM
Sorry I can`t get in on the fun with you all..I`ve been spending all my time on my little centerfire..It looks like I`m not even going to get it ready this month.Hopefully,I can tear you all up next month,,LOL,I enjoy looking at what you are shooting.

February 28, 2012, 05:30 PM
Orlando, I think you have a 24 there. I'd call that pretty darn good, no matter what you put down the pipe.

Hopefully,I can tear you all up next monthLooking forward to it. Of course it doesn't take much when you're shooting with me. ;) FWIW, some 40gr. Sierra Varmint bullets sounds like it'd be a worthwhile experiment for your .218Bee.


February 28, 2012, 10:25 PM
I agree..i just now ordered a box of forty gr.Sierras and a box of the vMax thirty-five grs.Tomorrow, I will try different distances off the lands.

February 29, 2012, 09:59 PM
Nice, Orlando! I tried Sat, but I was shepherding kids more than shooting, and I just didn't get my head together when I did shoot, so ... I'll have to try again next month and keep shooting this new rifle.

What a chore! :D

February 29, 2012, 10:18 PM
Don't feel bad, 6-gun'r. I didn't even have a chance to shoot in either match at all (and only made a few outings at all, mostly with new shooters)...just too much going on ATM. Hoping that next month is a little less hectic.


February 29, 2012, 10:37 PM
Shot this on Sat afternoon. 25m prone unsupported with my CMMG 22LR upper.

Getting back into the range following my PRK surgery. Shot horrible on the couple of rimfire match targets I tried that day, this was the best one and I've got at least 4 complete misses on there. Just couldn't seem to get settled into a good position, and of course you have to shift your NPOA 15 times on that target.

February 29, 2012, 10:44 PM
I think it's about time for a new leaderboard:


March 1, 2012, 04:01 PM
New RF (and CF) match is up and running...check it out here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=646778).


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