I’ll just refer to this Sunday’s match as a “work out the kinks” match for most of us. Seemed everyone was either trying something new, trying it for the first time or trying to figure out what went wrong. The morning started out fairly nice as far as the conditions go at Byers. I don’t think anyone should have had much more than 3-4 minutes on either side of 0 in our all 1000yd match. By the afternoon conditions picked up and were a little all over the place. Left to right, right to left, tailwinds and full on let-offs back to 0. Ten shooters had RSVP’d but life get in the way for 3 of us so we shot with 7 shooters total. 3 shooters were shooting BP loads for the first time at distance. 2 competitors had their front sights come loose, one to the point of mostly coming off. Never a good thing for longrange accuracy. I was busy getting up after most shots using my Wyoming Sight Drifter trying to rezero my rifle. Those tools work really well IF you remember which way you should be moving your front sight. I was not one of those people. For the record, an easy rule to remember is follow the impact of your miss. So if you’re hitting too far left then drift your front sight towards the errant impact. Miss to the left, drift sight to the left. Hopefully I won’t forget next time. With 7 shooters in attendance we ran 4 man relays in one squad and 3 in the other out of necessity. I put myself in the BPTRA Rifleman class shooting by myself without a spotter. Something I enjoy doing but not necessarily with a rifle I’m trying to rezero in conditions. Just about when we finished shooting for the day I think everyone realized what they needed to work on for the next match. Thanks to Gary Baylis for coming out again and shooting his 45-70 with BP for the first time. I think Gary will be a quick study. I noticed he finished a relay with a 10 on his last shot. Always a good way to finish! Also thanks to Steve Fogler for being up and ready early and helping me get the range ready. Steve had all the flags up for the range in no time as I was getting the pits and supplies ready. Steve is very enthusiastic when it comes to shooting these type of matches, we appreciate the support. We also had a Father/Son team come out, which is always a neat thing. Scott Stephenson brought his son Richard out, is was nice to see them shooting together. Our next match at Byers will be August 3rd and 4th. It will be our first BPTRA Midrange Championships. A Position match on Day 1 and a Prone match on Day 2. There has been some improvements to the firing lines at Byers, particularly the 500 and 600 yard line so everything will be nice, level and reshaped for your shooting pleasure. See you on the line! Results: 1st-Robert Garibay 2nd-Kenny Wasserburger 3rd-Scott “Grizz” Stephenson 4th-Steve Fogler 5th-Gary Baylis 6th-Richard Stephenson 7th-Lee Kleidon (DNF) Robert Garibay BPTRA
Bryan Youngberg won the Any Match with a 272-5x and to his right Michael Rix won the Position Match with a 230-1x, and a very nice H.M. Pope book donated by Tom Rowe. All shooters went home with some donated Swiss powder. Vern Fauss was 2nd in the Any match with a 226-3x and Jeff Dierksen 3rd with a 206.
Thanks to everyone that showed up for our all 600 yard match. We had a great day and some good shooting and spotting in some pretty windy conditions.
May 5th, 2019 marked the first ever BPTRA match at Colorado Rifle Club in Byers, CO. Thanks to all that attended and the people who have supported the BPTRA even though they could not make the first match. We had great weather and some great shooting in some tricky conditions.
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