October Rimfire Match:


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Maverick223
September 16, 2012, 12:11 PM
Welcome to the Rimfire Match for the month of October! 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 of irons div. returned to 25yds.

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 divisions (either crossed or walking stick style). Use of a sling is encouraged.

25 Yd. (Irons) Target: See image attached below. Scale to "fit to page" on standard 8.5x11in. paper. The objective is to fire two shots at each of the 10 targets (including the bullseye target at top left). The target is scored as indicated and any shot that touches both the positive and negative point values is scored as the difference (e.g.: if a shot hits both the 10pt value and -7 point value, it would be scored as a 3). 50 bonus points are awarded for not impacting any of the "friendlies", for a maximum available score of 250pts.

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 larger cousins, check out the concurrent Centerfire Match (now quarterly).

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; all submissions due before October 32nd. ;)

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Centurian22
September 16, 2012, 06:31 PM
WOW!!! This will be a major challenge! I get the feeling this one will be dominated by the unlimited / target class. Nicely done and thank you as always.

KSCCHTrainer
September 16, 2012, 07:32 PM
There's only one problem with that target Mav, it was originally intended to be printed on European A3 size paper which is 11.7" by 16.5". If you try to print it full size in Acrobat you lose targets on both ends of the sheet.

If you print it having Acrobat "fit" it to the page, the targets are a bit smaller. If that's what you intended, I'm fine with that, just wanted to call it to your attention.

Jim

Slapshot
September 16, 2012, 08:03 PM
It is going to be one tough target when it is shrunk to 81/2 x 11. Gonna see what we are made out of.
Elmo

Maverick223
September 16, 2012, 08:14 PM
Glad you caught that; yeah, lets change that to "fit to page". Hope you guys like it...if so, I'm thinking it'll make a good centerfire target beginning next month (in which case I'll probably modify it to just one shot per target to conserve costly CF ammo).

:)

KSCCHTrainer
September 16, 2012, 08:25 PM
Boy you got that right Slapshot, but come to think about it it really isn't too much worse than the dots target from a couple months back. Gonna waste a lot of paper though because if you even nick a "good guy" it'll subtract from the score - have to start over again if you want to get a clean target, let alone a super score - :D Jeez, if it becomes the centerfire target, I'm gonna have to put the 24" barrel back on the .223! The short barrel shoots good, but not good enough for those little 10 ring head shots! That's like taking a head shot on a midget zombie at 500 yards with a 2X scope! :evil::p

Centurian22
September 16, 2012, 09:39 PM
That's like taking a head shot on a midget zombie at 500 yards with a 2X scope

LMBO Jim that was great!

Mr.Revolverguy
September 18, 2012, 04:31 PM
Wow these matches are killing me My HP Officejet is eating up some ink lol. So are we going to move the non magnified in to 15 yards, I printed this target on 8x11 paced off 25 yards in my back yard and with no rifle or anything and it looked like one big ink blot LOL. And I had my physical last month for work insurance and had 20/15 vision. :)

Only joking about the 15yards

Maverick223
September 18, 2012, 05:09 PM
If it really is difficult to see we can move it up. It's been raining here pretty much non-stop so I haven't had the opportunity to set it out and see how easy it is to acquire the targets.

:)

KSCCHTrainer
September 20, 2012, 02:11 PM
Ok, I'll start it off. What a bugger this target is - had to use 18 power, bipod and a rear sand sock. Took 5 targets to even get one I'd post! Still nicked one of the good guys after a good head shot for a 3 on one of them!!! I don't think I'll even try the irons division with this one - really can't see it well enough without optics to do anything more than center-mass on this silhouettes. To hard to keep from hitting the good guys. The .17HMR is the only rifle I have that I'd even trust on those little zombies even if the optics division was at 25 yards instead of 50. - Love it!

Range got busy and had another left hander riight next to me shooting a .300 Weatherby. He was on my left side and didn't like my hot brass landing on him (I was there first BTW) so I just packed up after the last target (one I'm posting). Might not be able to shoot any more this month as they are going to a reservation system pretty soon - all the hunters re-zeroing their deer rifles for the upcoming season.

Class: Unlimited/Target
Rifle: Savage 93R17, 17HMR
Optics: BSA Sweet 17 Side Focus 6-18 X 40 set to 18 power
Range: 50 yards indoors
Ammo: Hornady 20 grain XTP hollow point
2 round per target - total score 168

Mr.Revolverguy
September 20, 2012, 09:10 PM
Jaw Dropped

WOW

Can't run with the big dogs stay on the porch, let me grab a beer and take a seat in my rocker on the PORCH and watch this one LOL.

Maverick223
September 20, 2012, 09:45 PM
Fine display of marksmanship, Jim!

:)

KSCCHTrainer
September 21, 2012, 06:58 AM
That ear nick on the good guy target is what I get for buying one of those dang cheap Savage rifles - :evil:

Gun show coming up this weekend in Wichita. Gonna have to get me some more Hornady 20 grain .17HMR ammo. It's the only thing that 93R17GVL likes. The 17 grain stuff will group ok at 50 (1/2") but opens out to over 3/4" at 100 yards. The 20 grain HP's will usually hold around 1/8" at 50 yards unless I get a bad lot (has happened). My stock of the 20 grainers is down to just over 200 rounds and they are all from a good lot #.

Centurian22
September 21, 2012, 08:45 AM
Wow is right!!! Very impressive Jim! Mr.Revolverguy: I might have to join you on that porch with a beer of my own. Lol.

MrBorland
September 21, 2012, 10:49 AM
Fine, shooting, Jim. I haven't tried it yet, but I think I'll need a scope this time. :p

Mr.Revolverguy: I might have to join you on that porch with a beer of my own. Lol.

Naw - Having the bar high raises your game. You either win, or learn something about shooting better. It's a win/win, in my book. :cool:

KSCCHTrainer
September 21, 2012, 12:26 PM
Mr.Revolverguy: I might have to join you on that porch with a beer of my own. Lol.


Can't run with the big dogs stay on the porch, let me grab a beer and take a seat in my rocker on the PORCH and watch this one LOL.

Naw - Having the bar high raises your game. You either win, or learn something about shooting better. It's a win/win, in my book.

Thanks MrBorland, the rest of you guys give up too easy - that's only 168 out of a possible 200 - there's still 32 points to be had and better rifles than mine to do it with!

Judah Ben-Hur
September 21, 2012, 09:41 PM
Thanks MrBorland, the rest of you guys give up too easy - that's only 168 out of a possible 200 - there's still 32 points to be had and better rifles than mine to do it with!

Don't forget to add another 50 point bonus for not hitting a friendly.

Maverick223
September 21, 2012, 10:56 PM
Yep, there's still plenty of chance for improvement, despite Jim's prowess at the range.

:)

Mr.Revolverguy
September 22, 2012, 06:42 PM
Thanks MrBorland, the rest of you guys give up too easy - that's only 168 out of a possible 200 - there's still 32 points to be had and better rifles than mine to do it with!

It was a good reason to have a beer :) I was out at the range today but it was only to sight in my Henry 22 after putting a new Marble Bullseye rear sight and HiVIZ front sight on it.

Mr.Revolverguy
September 23, 2012, 05:58 PM
Savage MKII TR
Nikon Target EFR Rimfire 3x9
Sandbag Front Rest
50yards Outdoor 68degrees windy it took me 5 tries to get this score.
The savage has about 200 rounds through it
Score 167
I really surprised myself on this one. I nicked the good guy top row last target. Next to the last on the bottom row looks nicked but the paper splintered I had no card board backing. If you hold the paper flat the silhouette is clearly in tact. No doubt the percussion hitting the bad guy would have made the good guy shart his pants. :)

Now back to the porch and my rocker with a cold beer :)

http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/SavageNikon.jpg
http://www.dayattherange.com/weapons/Savage50yrd.jpg

Maverick223
September 23, 2012, 06:53 PM
Good shooting, Mr.Revolverguy.

I noticed that you replaced the stock weaver rails on the Savage with an aftermarket 1-pc. P-rail (I did likewise, replacing it with a EGW 20-MOA rail). Did you have much trouble removing the stock ones on yours? Mine was a bear to remove, even tried heat (in the event that red LocTite 271 was used), but I ended up stripping the heads (using the proper size allen fitted to a torque wrench) and had to send it back to the factory for removal (which they did without question and even threw in a free magazine for my trouble).

:)

KSCCHTrainer
September 23, 2012, 07:42 PM
Doggone good shooting - if that had been a .17 instead of a .22 you likely wouldn't have nicked that GG. Especially good shooting since it was outside in the wind.

Nice looking rifle too. Did it come with that bolt handle knob or is that an aftermarket one? My 93R17 is a left hander and I've been looking for a similar bolt handle for it.

Mr.Revolverguy
September 23, 2012, 10:06 PM
Good shooting, Mr.Revolverguy.

I noticed that you replaced the stock weaver rails on the Savage with an aftermarket 1-pc. P-rail (I did likewise, replacing it with a EGW 20-MOA rail). Did you have much trouble removing the stock ones on yours? Mine was a bear to remove, even tried heat (in the event that red LocTite 271 was used), but I ended up stripping the heads (using the proper size allen fitted to a torque wrench) and had to send it back to the factory for removal (which they did without question and even threw in a free magazine for my trouble).

No Problems at all with removing mine.

Mr.Revolverguy
September 23, 2012, 10:09 PM
Doggone good shooting - if that had been a .17 instead of a .22 you likely wouldn't have nicked that GG. Especially good shooting since it was outside in the wind.

Nice looking rifle too. Did it come with that bolt handle knob or is that an aftermarket one? My 93R17 is a left hander and I've been looking for a similar bolt handle for it.

On the Savage MkII TR rifles this bolt handle is standard.

MrBorland
September 24, 2012, 07:38 AM
Score 167

Outstanding! You earned that beer. ;)

offroaddiver
September 27, 2012, 09:37 PM
I won't be able to shoot till next month. local watershed that the range is at is closed for hunting season right now. I had this target before from a free site so this seems like it will be fun. I'll have to give it a shot (pun intended)

KSCCHTrainer
October 2, 2012, 08:31 AM
I may be done for a while too. Having some more vision correction work done and not sure just how long recovery is going to take. Going in for pre-lim's tomorrow (Wednesday).

If all goes well, I should be back close to 20-20 and won't need glasses except for reading and real close-in focus.

Jim

Maverick223
October 2, 2012, 11:10 AM
Wish you well on your procedure, Jim. Hope your back to 20-20 and have a quick recovery.

:)

Mr.Revolverguy
October 3, 2012, 08:57 PM
Jim

We wish you a speedy recovery and that you end up with better than 20/20.

Centurian22
October 4, 2012, 03:41 PM
Best of luck Jim.

So disappointed that between my honey-do-list and weather conspiring against me, I was unable to get to the range to shoot this one while I was home. We'll see if I can get out to the range in November; THAT depends partially on how well I shoot in the field at brown furry antlered targets.

leftyz
October 4, 2012, 04:15 PM
Ok, I'll start it off. What a bugger this target is - had to use 18 power, bipod and a rear sand sock. Took 5 targets to even get one I'd post! Still nicked one of the good guys after a good head shot for a 3 on one of them!!! I don't think I'll even try the irons division with this one - really can't see it well enough without optics to do anything more than center-mass on this silhouettes. To hard to keep from hitting the good guys. The .17HMR is the only rifle I have that I'd even trust on those little zombies even if the optics division was at 25 yards instead of 50. - Love it!

Range got busy and had another left hander riight next to me shooting a .300 Weatherby. He was on my left side and didn't like my hot brass landing on him (I was there first BTW) so I just packed up after the last target (one I'm posting). Might not be able to shoot any more this month as they are going to a reservation system pretty soon - all the hunters re-zeroing their deer rifles for the upcoming season.

Class: Unlimited/Target
Rifle: Savage 93R17, 17HMR
Optics: BSA Sweet 17 Side Focus 6-18 X 40 set to 18 power
Range: 50 yards indoors
Ammo: Hornady 20 grain XTP hollow point
2 round per target - total score 168
Great shooting but I'm not sure how you come up with that score...

Unless I am reading the instructions wrong, in which case I apologize.

The target is scored as indicated and any shot that touches both the positive and negative point values is scored as the difference (e.g.: if a shot hits both the 10pt value and -7 point value, it would be scored as a 3).


EDIT: Sorry, my eyes aren't so great, I thought all the values in the black were negatives. Thank goodness for ZOOM!

Judah Ben-Hur
October 5, 2012, 10:21 PM
The positive numbered targets are the ones with the white dot on the head. They are the target hiding behind the good guy. The good guy target has the all black head. Negative scoring when hitting him.

I thought Jim's target probably could add another 5 points on that lower right target.

Edit: Mine aren't so good either because I didn't see your edit. lol

Maverick223
October 6, 2012, 10:44 AM
Just to clarify, some of the black areas (ones on the BG targets) are positive point values, all on the "friendly/bystander silhouette" are negative point values.

:)

prid93
October 9, 2012, 09:59 AM
Haven't frequented the site in a long time...something I am regretful of. I hope to add at least one target to the iron sight division...although this looks like a real tough one. I see Jim is still running things on the marksmanship side...I'll be hoping just to stay in the positive numbers!

Maverick223
October 9, 2012, 12:09 PM
Welcome back, prid93! We all get busy from time to time.

:)

waterhouse
October 11, 2012, 02:44 PM
I used a CZ 452 American in .17 HM2, Leupold 18x scope from a bench. I shot 4 targets, but my best was actually my first. Others had better groups and more hits, but I managed to hit a good guy on all but the first one.

Working on drying the target off enough to get pictures that show the holes:

Target -- Score
1 -- 19
2 --10
3 --15
4 -- 5
5 -- 10
6 -- 19
7 --19
8 --10
9 -- 5
10--10

Raw score of 122, 172 with the bonus.

Maverick223
October 11, 2012, 03:00 PM
Well done, waterhouse.

:)

KSCCHTrainer
October 16, 2012, 02:00 PM
Hi gang,
I was hoping to be able to compete in this month's match, but I just had eye surgery this morning to correct a vitreal membrane/retinal "pucker". The membrane was attached to the retina in multiple places it should not have been and causing severe distortion in what I could see with my right eye. It was coincidental to an auto accident where I was rear ended a bit over a year ago and then appeared to be aggravated by cataract surgery in that same eye. Turns out it was just that, coincidence.

On recommendation of my regular optometrist, a local Opthalmic surgeon used one of those really fancy Zeiss laser scanners to do a cross sectional examination of the back of my right eye and discovered the real problem. He performed surgery on that eye this morning and according to him, all went as close to perfect as possible. Took about an hour, I was awake the entire time and I'm back home after my wife and I had breakfast at Cracker barrel.

I'll get the patch off the eye tomorrow morning and the Dr. says it's my call, but I should be able to drive by Thursday and the vision in my right eye should be really improved to the point I'll need a prescription change for the right lens in my glasses. Sure hope so as I've spent a year having to mostly keep the right eye closed to be able drive or to see anything close to normal.

I'm left handed and left eye dominant so I'd be able to see to shoot anyway but I'm not allowed to shoot for at least 2 weeks so that the instantaneous pressure wave caused by the muzzle blast (of even a .22) doesn't mess up the healing of the incision in the eyeball. Guess I gotta stay away from the range for a while.

Jim

Gregaw
October 16, 2012, 04:35 PM
Jim,

Glad you won't be out of commision for too long! I was afraid that they were messing with your shooting eye. First afraid of complications that could adversly affect your shooting and secondly afraid of improvements to your eyes that could cause you to beat us all even worse than you do already! ;) Take it easy and get healed.

KSCCHTrainer
October 16, 2012, 06:48 PM
Hey Gregaw, thanks - I appreciate the sentiments. Having learned marksmanship in the Army many years ago, my object here is not really to beat everybody, but challenge you guys enough to improve your marksmanship to the point you consistently beat me regardless of what some have said trying to make me out as an egotist that can't stand to be beaten in these matches.

It's all good clean fun and to paraphrase what someone once said, "A bad day at the shooting range is still infinitely better than a good day at work." :)

I'm 70 and do have a cataract developing in my shooting eye that will eventually have to be addressed. Fortunately it isn't bad enough yet that they want to work on it. I do have problems shooting with iron sights even at 25 yards and do much better with optics. Good thing the optics categories aren't shot at 25 yards though as even the worst gun I have (the little Crickett .22 LR I made a survival rifle out of) will pretty much put decent ammo into one ragged hole at that distance - not quite so good at 50.

The Savage 93R17 .17HMR will put 'em into roughly 1 hole way out to 100 yards if pretty much ANYONE just points it in the right direction. That thing is scary accurate. With those Hornady V-max bullets ya don't dare hit a squirrel in the body or all you're gonna bring back is the tail. Shoot 'em in the head and you might not even have to clean 'em, just skin 'em.

Might have to spring the bucks for a suppressor though, them little buggers are getting smart. Even as subdued as the .17HMR report is, first BANG and that's the only one you're gonna get for a couple of hours around here.

Jim

Samclrk
October 16, 2012, 08:28 PM
KSCCHTrainer,,I`ve been following your posts with the eye problem...I`m really glad you`re doing ok.....
Sam.

Maverick223
October 22, 2012, 02:11 PM
Jim, wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Take it easy for a while...there's plenty of time to whoop-up on us in the coming months. ;)

KSCCHTrainer
October 22, 2012, 07:33 PM
Thanks guys, came through the surgery just fine - I'm seeing much better out of the right eye now and won't be able to shoot anything until probably middle of next month. Gonna need a new lens prescription for the right eye too, but it's going to continue to improve for at least another month, so gotta wait for that anyway.

Fortunately I'm left eye dominant and it was the right one that got worked on so current shooting vision isn't changed. The developing cataract in the shooting eye isn't quite ready yet so probably have to wait until next year before I can get the left eye matched up with the right one.

Meanwhile, I'll watch what everyone else does here and make snide remarks when called for - :evil::neener: or maybe even if they aren't.

Maverick223
October 22, 2012, 11:13 PM
Meanwhile, I'll watch what everyone else does here and make snide remarks when called for - or maybe even if they aren't. Wouldn't be the same without it. :p

Centurian22
October 23, 2012, 02:05 AM
Glad all went well Jim. Mav is right it def wouldn't be the same without you.

prid93
October 23, 2012, 09:50 PM
Went to the range this weekend with Savage FVT. I was hoping to come back with a target (that would most likely have been worthy of Jim's snide remarks :p) but the smallbore range is 50 yds...and due to the fact that its a Westchester county public range, the range officer was having none of my request to move one of the targets to 25 yards. My weekends are full for the rest of the month, so unfortunately I doubt I'll get a target in for October.

I really need to join a private range.

KSCCHTrainer
October 24, 2012, 06:53 AM
[snide remark]You could always get a BIG scope and shoot @ 50 yards -- :neener::p [/snide remark]

Might be cheaper than joining a private range in your neck of the woods.

prid93
October 24, 2012, 08:20 PM
I will never abandon my irons :D. But I probably should invest in a scope for one of my rimfires.

A private range may not be worth it for small-bore alone, but considering they charge $12/h for large bore (which consists of a 100 yd range at which you must be seated at a bench with no more than one round in the rifle at any time), I am greatly inclined to look.

Centurian22
October 24, 2012, 11:01 PM
$12/hr for a 100yd....?!?!?!? Ooohhhhhh you live in New York my condolences. Lol. I pay $40 Per Year for an outdoor 25 yrs pistol 25,50,100,200 yard rifle unmanned do whatever you want as long as its within the basic safety rules and doesn't interfere with other people shooting.

You mention irons, do you compete in the target/unlimited or sporting class usually? I have one irons one scoped both sporting.

prid93
October 25, 2012, 12:07 AM
$12/hr for a 100yd....?!?!?!? Ooohhhhhh you live in New York my condolences. Lol. I pay $40 Per Year for an outdoor 25 yrs pistol 25,50,100,200 yard rifle unmanned do whatever you want as long as its within the basic safety rules and doesn't interfere with other people shooting.

You mention irons, do you compete in the target/unlimited or sporting class usually? I have one irons one scoped both sporting.

$40 per year sounds absolutely wonderful. I have a friend who lives way upstate who belongs to a range comparable to that, but here downstate shooting ranges aren't too easy to come by. My biggest gripe about the range is that I can't even practice shooting prone or standing. I have been wanting to get into vintage rifle competitions with my K31. It's not like I see myself winning anything, but I would at least like to be able to practice before entering anything.

The rifle I generally use for this match (I haven't been a part of it for months, but plan on being a regular from here on out) is a savage with williams peep sights, so I believe that puts me in the target/unlimited class.

Maverick223
November 1, 2012, 08:36 AM
Thinking of extending this one for an additional month (same for the next few matches in the colder months) to promote viewership/participation. Anyone have any thoughts?

EDIT: upon further consideration I think it's best to close this one up as it's already run for 1.5mo. and start a new one that will close out the year. Hope yawl had a happy Halloween!

:)

Maverick223
November 1, 2012, 08:33 PM
Magnified Division - Target Class:
1st: waterhouse - 172 (photo pending)
2nd: KSCCHTrainer - 168
3rd: Mr.Revolverguy - 167

Fine shooting folks. Check out the new match in my signature line...and invite some friends, we need some shooters!

:)

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