Just shot my first "DMR" match, Clinton House Plantation in SC

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  1. ny32182

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    Just throwing this out there in case there are others within range who would have liked this match; it is the first match of its kind they have had and they might have some more in the future. It was organized and MD'd by the PSA guys.

    I have extensive history in USPSA and pistol stuff, and have done a couple club level 2 gun type things here and there with hoser rifle targets, but this was my first long(er) range rifle match and actually the first time I've ever shot a rifle past 300 yards.
    It was sort of like pistol Pro Am scoring in that you have a par time and a number of targets to shoot, and your score is the number of targets you hit in the allotted time. Then there is one stage scored on time that serves as the tiebreaker.
    The times were very generous; that might be tweaked, but anyhow, on to the shooting.

    Each stage started with a few knock down pistol plates, then on to rifle. Targets were mostly a mix of 6/8/10 inch plates, and IPSC A and C zone targets at ranges from 150 to 500. Shooting positions were a mix of "improvised" field positions including from inside vehicles, a tree-stand-like elevated platform, off a "tank trap" barricade, etc. All required some skill for a good hold, no solid covered range benches here.

    A couple stages had a limited round count on the rifle in addition to the par time. I'm pretty glad to say I was able to connect on every rifle target within the (generous) par times, although it was close on one as it took every last one of the allowed 20 rounds on that stage.
    Target ranges were supplied ahead of time so I was able to create a "dope card" the day before and this worked well for me. I would have been lost without it. A couple folks in our group appeared to just not have a good enough knowledge of their zero/load/ballistics down range and it cost them a lot of plates even with plenty of time available.

    Things I learned: 1) Get a gun-mounted card holder so I'm not looking down at a piece of paper every couple shots. 2) A general purpose bag can be very helpful with various improvised field positions... I borrowed one several times. 3) I was doing all my holds off my reticle marks which are only .5 mil, so if my hold was 2.7mil or something, I was holding out in space and had some misses where I think this could have been a factor. Next time I think it would be better to zero-reset the turrets and then dial into some of the intermediate numbers with the .1 mil clicks. My only hesitation on that is that I currently swap this scope between rifles a lot, and I have notes on where each is zeroed relative to the original dead center of the scope adjustment travel. I don't know if there is a way to find that original dead center reliably once the turrets are zero-reset to a specific rifle.
    I shot a 16" Lead Star AR with a 1:8" nitride barrel and a Wylde chamber, handloaded 77gr SMK, and the scope was a Trijicon Accupower 1-8x.
    Anyhow... If this sounds good to you and you are anywhere near central SC, just keep an eye on Practiscore and there will likely be another one hopefully early next year.
     
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  2. z7

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    To play the game the best, you gotta make choices on gear for sure - maybe the gamer AR gets it’s own dedicated optic!

    nice write up for sure.

    we’re any targets (rifle) inside of 50 yds? Maybe a 2-10/3-15 optic would play that game a bit better?

    Mia this going to be a periodic match? I need to check how far I am from it and maybe drive up
     
  3. ny32182

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    There was one, probably 4" plate at about 60 yards, that was the closest rifle target.
    2-10x would have worked fine I think, but also I thought 8x was plenty. Just guessing that I probably could have hit everything at 3-4x. The 8x was nice on the furthest targets though for sure.

    I'm trying to sell one of my ACOGs right now and would like to replace it with another quality FFP LPVO. Maybe the Vortex 1-10x.

    It is currently an outlaw match, so only so much you can really commit to it specifically, but I do believe they will have more. I think their current goal is roughly about quarterly. I can post a link here if and when there is another one!
     
  4. DMW1116

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    I have family near there and I’d at least be up for watching a match. I’ll keep an eye out for the next one.
     
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