End of 2012 Rimfire Match:


November 1, 2012, 08:21 PM
Welcome to the Rimfire Match for the months of November/December! 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 five shots at the zombie head. The target is scored as indicated with the "alternate" line also counting as 10pts. 10 bonus points are awarded for keeping all 5 shots in the "red 10 zone" without breaking the line, for a maximum available score of 60pts.

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 the year 2013AD. ;)

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November 4, 2012, 09:42 AM
What a fitting target with all the Zombie rage in 2012.

November 4, 2012, 12:46 PM
Didn't even think of that, my motivation was a combination of Halloween just having passed and Midway sending out an promotional e-mail that included some free zombie targets (this isn't one of those, but it got me thinking about the idea).


November 7, 2012, 06:38 PM
Can you elaborate on the alternate line? If you hit the line, you get 10 additional points?

November 7, 2012, 08:05 PM
No, just the maximum value of 10, just like the red bullseye (note that this alternate area is not eligible for the bonus 10pts).


November 11, 2012, 10:47 PM
First submission for the match. Also my first post. I've read THR for a couple years. I created a username a few months ago to compete in this rimfire match (I had just bought the below rifle). This is the first time I've found the time to get out and shoot before the match end.

Savage 93R17 BRJ
Simmons Whitetail Classic 6.5-20x50
Hornady .17 HMR 20 gr. XTP
Harris S-BRM bipod
Standing; bipod rest on hood of truck
50 yds.; outdoors; ~75 F; light, sporadic wind

49 points

Fun times. Thank you, Maverick223, for hosting this match.

November 11, 2012, 11:19 PM
Welcome to THR and the rimfire match, HankWm! Nice rifle and a fine display of marksmanship.


November 16, 2012, 10:53 PM
Marlin 25MN 22 Magnum 1972 Vintage
Bushnell 4-12 AO
48 Points

November 16, 2012, 11:57 PM
...and people say the .22WMR can't make for an accurate chambering.


November 18, 2012, 02:42 PM
Missed out on the hostage target match last month, so I had to submit some zombie entries.

It was pretty cold & windy today, so I shot these on the club sight-in range, which is around 60'ish yards, but sheltered from the wind.

TARGET #1 Optics Class - Score 50
Harrington & Richardson M12/5200 with Tasco 6-24X40mm optic
Wolf Match Target ammo
Shot off the bench with front rest & rear bag


TARGET #2 Iron Sight Class - Score 49
Remington 40X with Redfield Olympic sights
Wolf Match Target ammo
Shot off the bench with front rest & rear bag

This one was pretty tricky since I wasn't able to pick out the zombie head in the iron sights. To get a consistent sight picture I ended up cutting out 6" of the aiming black from a bullseye target and overlaying it on top of the zombie target. Once I had something aim at, the 40X really shined.


November 18, 2012, 07:50 PM
Well done, neighbor.


November 19, 2012, 07:19 AM
Well, the eye surgery on my right (non-shooting) eye came out just fine, but surgeon says no indoor shooting until next month some time. My friend lost his outdoor range due to a commercial developer buying up the property behind his berm and laying out a new housing project. Dang!!!

Guess it'll be a while before I can shoot that Zombie target, but it looks like a fun one.

I've been lurking but nothing worth making "snide" comments over - :D All the shooting on this one has been outstanding.

Speaking of rimfire magnums, I need to find a .17HMR revolver to match up with the 93R17. I have a Taurus model 94 in .22LR to go along with all the .22LR rifles, but haven't found anything I can afford in .17 yet. They are manufactured, but so far the prices have been a bit higher than my budget.


November 19, 2012, 09:04 AM
Bummer on the Doc's assessment, but at least all went well with the surgery. Hope you find a new place to shoot soon.


November 19, 2012, 10:16 AM
Oh I still have the indoor range, just not outdoors. The closest outdoor range that has rifle distances is over 60 miles from here so, with the indoor 100 yard rifle range here, I usually don't bother to drive that far to shoot. Not a big deal, but as you remember, several people (apparently no longer around) used to say I was cheating shooting indoors -- :p:p:evil:

November 19, 2012, 07:44 PM

Great news glad to hear you are on the mend. I can't wait until your back in action.

Jim you and Mav need to know you have been causing me a lot of pain and work. I have been sneaking out to the range to try and be more competitive with you guys and those dang blasted pesky 17's you are shooting.

I refuse to let the cat out of the bag until I get it all dialed in and get my final review posted to my website http://www.dayattherange.com

Just so you know I am not just kidding --- here is a sneak preview of a target I will be including in my final review of ammo testing I have been doing.
50 Yards 52 degrees 6mph winds west to east
In my final review I will post a larger picture of the target without the ammo so you can see the groups better.

I hope you and the others here at THR competing in the matches feel good about yourselves. To shoot two targets like this with the different ammo it took me 4 hours which again will all be explained in the final review.

I just hope you all feel good about this :)

November 20, 2012, 03:02 AM
Got a chance to shoot this one the other day.

My trusty Remington .17HMR, BSA Sweet 17 off some sand bags. Pretty gusty wind that day but it didn't seem to hurt me to bad. Score:48


And my new Henry Repeater .22LR, Irons, shot off some sandbags. Score:47


November 20, 2012, 06:50 PM

Great news glad to hear you are on the mend. I can't wait until your back in action.

Jim you and Mav need to know you have been causing me a lot of pain and work. I have been sneaking out to the range to try and be more competitive with you guys and those dang blasted pesky 17's you are shooting.

I just hope you all feel good about this :)

Hey man, my new coffee cup from Cracker Barrel sums it up perfectly, "Chaos, Panic and Disorder. My work here is done." :evil:


November 23, 2012, 09:05 PM
Day1 22LR Accuracy Test: Ultimate Kidd 10/22 Build – CZ452 Varmint (http://www.dayattherange.com/?p=2384)

So what do you think?

Hopefully one of these platforms will allow me to be a little more competitive.

November 24, 2012, 04:30 PM
Mr.Revolverguy, I think the Kidd is the one to pick up when you're willing to spend the loot on the more costly ammunition (where it shows a fair advantage in your testing), whereas the 452 clearly proves itself to be consistent even with average SV ammunition. As for me, I'd not shun either, they're both good little rifles that exhibit excellent accuracy...however, if forced to choose only one it'd be the 10/22 custom due to versatility and uniqueness.


Cee Zee
November 24, 2012, 08:24 PM
Maverick, I read the comments of yours on the Kidd 10/22 vs. the 452. I would make the other choice. A good 10/22 is certainly a nice rifle to own but a CZ generally increases in value or at least they have over the past few years. Even if you make great improvements to a 10/22 it's often hard to convince others that you did make things better if you should choose to sell your rifle later on.

Both are excellent choices. But as you might have guessed from my name I own a CZ but I don't own a Ruger. I own the 453 American. I like the much more adjustable trigger better than the trigger on the 452. People instantly recognize it for being a high quality rifle. With a modified Ruger sometimes people assume the opposite if you're trying to sell it. They think it's easy to mess up a modification and you probably wouldn't be selling a really good rifle. Of course if you plan on keeping your rifle forever then none of this matters much except for the chatter at the beginning of a shooting match (or after).

I guess deep down I trust CZ to have sold me all quality parts too. That may not be true of a Ruger. They have been known to cut a corner or two at times. That may not be fair but it's something I think. IMO a CZ is a lifetime rifle while a Ruger might not be. I tend to think of Marlins as being the lifetime rifles of the semi-auto category or maybe a T/C but of course those are gone now. Yes I know they live on with another name but again can we trust that new company to deliver the quality we saw before?

I have no doubt that some Rugers are really accurate rifles. But some get a lot of money invested and the accuracy doesn't improve a lot. Those are the ones that make people question the value of any modified Ruger on the market. I just wish Ruger sold a really top notch rifle based on their own design. I'd like to see one that shoots as well as I know some 10/22's shoot but with all Ruger parts on it. Maybe Ruger would kill off the aftermarket for their product by doing that but I would tend to trust in a product that a company was standing behind completely like they would have to do for a rifle of that nature.

November 25, 2012, 01:03 AM
Maverick, I read the comments of yours on the Kidd 10/22 vs. the 452. I would make the other choice.To each their own; I doubt many here would find either unsatisfactory in most regards.


November 25, 2012, 06:53 AM
Glad to see the Matches are still going on.
I havent been able to participate as I had to make some tough choices on employment and it has left me with no time at all at the range:mad:
Hopefully I will get to join in again someday soon
Good shooting guys

November 26, 2012, 09:02 AM
Orlando, things have been pretty hectic for me too, but I'm going to keep this'n going as long as I'm able...the CF match I'm not so sure about (it might become a rare affair as it seems to be waning in popularity). Anyway, hope your fortune changes and you are again able to enjoy a little range time.


November 26, 2012, 12:57 PM
I'm going to keep this'n going as long as I'm able...the CF match I'm not so sure about (it might become a rare affair as it seems to be waning in popularity).

I think what's going on with the CF match is that with the current political climate, etc, everybody is sort of hoarding their CF ammo just in case the supply dries up or becomes ridiculously scarce like it did just after the previous election.

I'm noticing that Walmart around here is already rationing ammo again so I'm picking up as much RF ammo as I can to add to the stock already on hand. My only CF rifles are all .223 now and I have a goodly stock of components & powder so If I don't shoot any more practice sessions than I need to to maintain proficiency l should be able to weather the apparently coming storm.


Cee Zee
November 27, 2012, 04:28 AM
I'm still stocked up from the last shortage. I won't go through that again if I can help it. But I will admit I've been holding off on shooting certain kinds of ammo because I think it might be hard to replace. And that includes my really good centerfire stuff.

December 17, 2012, 02:57 PM
Marlin 81DL Vintage 1949
OOOLD Tasco 3x9
Sandbag rest

I decided to get out and give it another try, but this time with my old past me down trusty dusty Marlin 81DL which I got from my mother who passed it on to me after my grandfather passed away.

This is a Marlin Model 81DL from 1949 According to my grandfathers receipt, which I had to make copies of because the ink is fading fast :) It has a cheap Tasco scope not sure of the history of it. What I like most about this one is it is my grandfathers and at the age of 8 he taught me how to shoot my first rifle it is still going today and it doesn't require high dollar target ammo. As a matter of fact Eley, SK, Wolf Target it shoots all over the place. But load it up with some American Eagle 40gr red box and it does well.


5 Shots at 50 Yards from sandbag rest on bench, the one flyer is me I am sure. After all these years the trigger is still really stiff and requires 6pounds to pull.

December 20, 2012, 07:18 PM
Had a chance to get out today to give this a whirl with my CZ452. It's got BRNO aperture sights on it, so I'm in the non-magnified, target rifle division. Shot prone, 25 yards, CCI SV ammo. Score = 50. Close, but no cigar on the 10-point bonus. :o

Thanks for another tough match.


December 23, 2012, 03:30 PM
Very well done, MrBorland!


December 29, 2012, 02:49 PM
Awfully glad to see you guys are still going strong with the rimfire matches!! I too had to drop off the grid for awhile due to work. I had to take on a couple of service contracts for my shop to keep my head above water which included weekends and after hours.
Working's a bitch! LoL , Anyway, I hope to be able to join in again when things slow down a little. Great shootin guys. keep it up!

January 1, 2013, 12:12 AM
Happy New Year, guys! I've been swamped lately (mostly family/personal stuff and the like), but I'll try to get the new year's match up and running sometime tomorrow...er...later today.


January 1, 2013, 09:50 AM
Same to you Mav.

January 1, 2013, 11:21 PM
I have a ton of stuff to do in the morning so the wrap-up and new years match will have to wait till tomorrow afternoon. Sorry for the delay guys, it's just been one thing after another.


January 2, 2013, 01:33 PM
Happy New Year everybody -- Boy, ammo prices including rimfire have gone totally berserk here in Kansas. Walmart is rationing again so I'm going to have to stop shooting these matches until the panic settles down and people get back to some semblance of normal!

I've got about 10K of .22 and .17 left, but at current prices, I'm going to have to pretty much hoard what I have as I can't afford to replace it right now!

Same goes for the centerfire matches. Don't have nearly enough .223 on hand and it's all but dried up right now and that includes reloading components.

Prices were totally ridiculous at last weekend's gun show and the stupid paranoids were paying them!

I guess I'm going into hibernate mode for the winter.

I'll keep reading these threads and post when I have some sort of comments to make, but shooting is going to be relegated to popping the occasional rabbit or squirrel, not punching paper.


January 2, 2013, 08:12 PM
Alright guys, finally got around to tallying the results...here goes:

Non-Magnified Division - Target Class:
1st: MrBorland - 50
2nd: nbkky71 - 49
3rd: Texas4x4hoe - 47

Magnified division - Target Class:
1st: nbkky71 - 50
2nd: Tie HankWm & Mr.Revolverguy - 49
Honorable Mention: Texas4x4hoe (48)

Great shooting guys, stay tuned in for a new match (thinking a quarterly match might be in order due to the ammunition shortage as of late). Additionally, I think I'll discontinue the centerfire match indefinately (we'll start back when ammunition becomes more available thus allowing for greater participation).


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