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In This Issue... Product Review: PMA’s Micro Adjuster, by Boyd Allen.............................4 Short Stories about Benchrest Shooters, by Bill Griffith..........................6 Arizona Benchrest’s Southwest Regional Championship...........................8 River Bend’s Fall Classic, by Jim Andress...........................................10 McMillan EDGE Stock for Benchrest Shooters, by Dick Davis.....................12 2015 NBRSA Registered Match Schedule.............................................16 Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest February Match Results, by Dale Arenson......20 Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Association’s 600-yard Benchrest Results.......22 Welcome New NBRSA Members from 2014..........................................23 Benchrest Funnies: Krupa Asks A Question..........................................24 Benchrest Bio: Gary Ocock Enjoys the Journey, by Audrey Brown..............25 Advertising Index........................................................................26 Ranges, Clubs & Contacts..............................................................28 NBRSA News..............................................................................30 Officer, Regional Director & Business Contact Information......................31 On the cover: McMillan’s EDGE rifle stock. Photo credit McMillan USA. Thank you.


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So what, you say. Here’s what. Thanks to PMA Tool, my enthusiasm is renewed. They have done such an outstanding job of designing, and redesigning, an impressive array of loading and cleaning related products.

PMA’s Micro Adjuster by Boyd Allen

Prologue: Back in the day, when I first went to a benchrest match, besides being totally impressed with the accuracy, I was equally taken by all of the finely wrought bits and pieces, Hart rests, fancy powder measures, wind flags, rifles built specifically for benchrest competition, and the sight of virtually every competitor loading right there at the range, between matches. It was truly sensory overload, especially for someone who had only recently graduated from a Lee Loader, powered by a plastic mallet. Sometime after that I saw my first issue of Precision Shooting Magazine, and a Sinclair catalog, both of which had a seemingly unlimited supply of really neat gadgets listed within their covers, lots of things to want, none of which I had. Jump forward a little over three decades, and I now have most of those benchrest toys that I drooled over back in the day; this after having spent some time writing product related articles for Shooters News, a couple for Precision Shooting, and more lately some for what has become accurateshooter.com. My point is that it takes more than run of the mill stuff to get my attention these days. I already have umpteen different powder measures, a similar number of neck turners, two high quality portable reloading presses (and one that is semi-portable)…. and so on, and so on….lots of the bits and pieces that we use to assemble high quality ammunition and shoot it.

The Meat: First, let’s take a look at something that is unique to PMA; their Micro Die Adjuster. Installed on one’s sizing die like a lock ring, it allows the user to easily and conveniently make rapid, precise, repeatable adjustments of his sizing die to a half thousandth of an inch, and even though I am only moderately coordinated, it takes me no more than six or seven seconds to make an adjustment. My days of overshooting the mark on an initial die adjustment are gone forever. All I have to do is unscrew the Micro Adjuster and die assembly about a quarter turn in the press’ threads, loosen the thumbscrew, hold the arm/lower part of the adjuster in place while rotating the die and top half the number of divisions (or fraction thereof) required to achieve the desired change in shoulder bump, retighten the thumbscrew, and retighten the assembly (die and Micro Adjuster) in the press. Gone are the days of guessing how much die rotation is needed to make a .001 change with a 14 pitch thread, or taking the die in and out of the press multiple times as you try different shim pack combinations to work up to the combination that puts you

at your desired initial adjustment, when setting up for a different rifle or barrel. With the Micro Adjuster, you can make series of exact adjustments that will take you to the die setting that produces the shoulder bump that you are looking for, with no risk of accidentally going too far. When you adjust for .001, you get .001. So how does it work? The adjuster is like a lock ring that has two halves, upper and lower, that are connected with a 36 pitch threaded joint. When you unlock the thumb screw, hold the arm that is attached to the lower part, and turn the upper part, you are changing the thickness of the lock ring, moving the bottom of the assembly higher or lower in relation to the die, to which the upper part is connected with a set screw. The reason that you start the adjustment by unscrewing the assembled adjuster and die in the press (about a quarter turn) is to produce some temporary clearance that may be needed to make the adjustment (depending on which way you are going), and of course after the adjustment is made, the assembly needs to be retightened in the press. The other feature that sets this product apart from another that is used in a similar way is that it can be set up on just about any reloading press. It is portable. I can set it up for my Rock-chucker, or either one of my Harrell’s presses (turret or combo). So there you have it. A finely made, affordable ($60) product, that does


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exactly what it claims to do. As per the web site, with the thumbscrew upgrade they cost $5 more, $64.95. With an Allen head set screw the cost is $59.95. Now you have a new toy for your toy chest. Afterthought: On the same day that I am writing this, I am working on learning how to do some video and video editing of a piece about this product for accu-

rateshooter.com. After I had taken the time to set up a die and adjuster on my Harrell’s Combo press, it occurred to me that I needed to do some video shots with the adjuster off of the die, and then with the adjuster disassembled. Not wanting to go through the whole die setup again, and despite my inner voice having told me that I shouldn’t, I had already sized all of my fired brass, leaving me nothing to use to set up with, even if I had wanted to, which I didn’t, so I quickly devised a scheme to be able to reproduce the setup, after taking the adjuster off of

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the die, a way to get back to where I wanted to be, or at least very close. I noted the number that the adjuster was set to (4 ½), measured the thickness of the adjuster (.487”) to make sure that I would be on the correct rotation, and measured from the bottom of the die to the bottom of the top piece of the adjuster (1.180”). Then I did my disassembly, shot the video, and put it all back together, adjusting it for .003 less bump, to allow for assembly error. Walking it down it down that much a thousandth at a time would be quick, no problem at all. So there you have it. I can do one setup per press/die combination, and reproduce them at will, as long as I don’t lose my notes. (Like that has never happened.)


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Short Stories about Benchrest Shooters by Bill Griffith

In the March issue of this magazine the editor invited us to submit “an article of interest.” I thought a series of articles consisting of compilations of short, human-interest stories written by different people about folks they’ve met at matches would be interesting reading, and by keeping the stories short people might be willing to submit stories of their own. I volunteered to get the ball going in that direction--so here goes. As a prelude, I want to give some background. I’ve read many times that benchrest shooters are a great and friendly bunch of people. For the most part, I would agree--if you know them. However, when you’re new to the scene and not likely to be a top-of-the-list shooter it’s easy for the regulars to give you no more than a brief nod of the head or a quick “Hi” as they go about their business. (I guess that’s typical in all group settings.)It’s easy for an outsider to feel like an outsider – and it’s nice when the regulars take time to make a newcomer feel welcome.

Last year, my son attended a registered match (his first); I was excited about him having the opportunity of meeting some of the “names” in the game. He did meet some of them; however, I think he had some of the same feelings described above. The point being, again, it’s nice when the regulars take time to make a newcomer feel welcome. Now, without further ado, I want to share some stories about a few of the folks I’ve met at various benchrest matches. The stories are in somewhat chronological order of when I met the people; there are others that would be included if space permitted. ROGER AVERY Roger is the first shooter I met who is listed on the NBRSA, Hall Of Famepoints list. I met him at Elberton, GA in 2009 when I started shooting benchrest matches. I remember that he won frequently. I started shooting club matches at River Bend (which is about two hours from Elberton) in 2010 and saw some of the Elberton crowd

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there, including Roger. I referred to them as the “circuit riders.” In addition to being a good shooter, Roger is quiet. I remember shooting a two-relay club match at Elberton and I was having trouble closing the bolt on my rifle; Roger was standing behind me watching--not saying anything. One of the other shooters told me later that Roger just walked away shaking his head. He may have thought I was beyond help. At the first match my wife attended, Roger was one of the shooters who I sought out for her to meet. Speaking of wives, he is one of those lucky guys whose wife travels with him to some of the matches and she’s also been known to fix some great food for all the shooters. Sometime along the way I learned that Roger made his own bullets. He was probably the first guy I met who did that. He told me that he used to make bullets to sell to other folks, but now he just makes ‘em for himself. In addition to being a bullet maker, he’s done his own stock work and gunsmith work. He’s amazing! Although Roger seems quiet and reserved, at some point he seemed to warm-up. I remember him congratulating me and seeming happy over a good group I had just shot. I remember him seeming happy to see me and engaging in pleasant conversation at the first Super Shoot I attended. I remember him, later, asking what happened since he had not seen me the last two days of the match. Yes, I could feel the warmth. Roger strikes me as someone who can answer most questions a wannabee shooter like me can ask and I’ve gotten comfortable asking him. In fact, I’ve got some questions for him the next time I see him. Roger lives in Elberton and, in a “prior life,” worked at the Richard B. Russell Dam on the Savannah River.


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JIM ANDRESS & BILL & SCOTT DITTMAN I met Jim, Bill and Scott at the River Bend monthly club shoots in 2010 and have shot with them numerous times since. Not only are they good shooters, they’re nice guys and good for the game. Let me share some of the things that impress me about them. First, each of them gives generously of their time to run matches every month. Second, each of them is quick to lend a helping hand (and accessory or tool if necessary) to solve someone’s problem. Examples follow: 1. At the first out-of-town match my wife and I attended, I failed to bring her earmuffs. I asked Scott if he had an extra set, and sure enough he did and was more than happy to let her use it; 2. When powder spilled into the action of my rifle, Scott was there before I had time to turn around, with a can of compressed air; 3. When my shooting glasses foggedup while the clock was running dur-

ing a match Scott was quick to offer something he had that might solve the problem; 4. On more than one occasion I’ve gotten a bullet stuck in my rifle barrel and Jim and Bill were quick to fetch a brass rod to drop down the barrel to dislodge the bullet; and 5. When a trigger malfunctions at one of the monthly club matches Jim usually gets right in and fixes the problem. In essence, these guys are quick to help and they have the skill, tools and willingness to help. Yes, they are good for the game. One thing that’s particularly noteworthy about Jim Andress is he did not shoot in the first Super Shoot I attended; however, he was there. Why? He came to help his friend Brady Knight negotiate the rough terrain in a wheelchair, and to show support for his friend Bart Sauter at Bart’s HOF induction ceremony. One thing I admire most about the Dittmans; they have a father-son relationship that is very admirable.

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I’ve told Bill several times that I hope he realizes how lucky he is. I think he does. Also, and very important, each of them encourages my son as he “samples” benchrest shooting. Jim is a gunsmith and has his shop at the River Bend Gun Club (where he is also on the staff); in a “prior life” he was a corporate pilot. Bill is like many folks from the North; he came South for college and stayed because of the weather. He is the club manager at River Bend and makes many of the wind flag poles you see at matches. Scott owns a plastic molding and tooling company in the Atlanta area and has a daughter who shot with us at one of the monthly club matches. CONCLUSION In coming months, I hope enough of you will submit stories of your own about some of the folks you’ve met in your benchrest journey so that such stories will become a regular feature of the magazine. I’d enjoy reading each of them.


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Arizona Benchrest’s Southwest Regional Championship

The Arizona Benchrest Shooters held the Sporter - Unlimited 5 Shot Southwest Regional Championship on January 3rd and 4th, 2015. This Championship included a Sporter Grand Agg and an Unlimited 5 Shot Grand Agg. These will be combined with the February 7th and 8th, 2015 Light Varmint and Heavy Varmint Southwest Regional Championship results to create a Combined 3 Gun Agg and 4 Gun Agg. Thursday and Friday saw temperatures below 40° F. Wind picked up with 18 mph gusts that ripped apart target frames during Friday’s practice. Luckily, by Saturday the wind had calmed down and we had some great shooting conditions. We had a total of 23 competitors for this match, with several newer shooters. This was Chris Baitx third benchrest match ever, and he shot a

very impressive 0.089” group with a bag gun! Lou Murdica shot some great groups on Saturday, one of which measured at 0.039” and has been submitted as a possible Unlimited 100 yard record. He used the same impressive rail gun that his granddaughter had used during the December match, and this earned him the top place for the 100 yard Unlimited Agg. The Agg measured at 0.1262”, which was small enough to be submitted to the NBRSA for a possible record. Walt Berger shot some impressive Sporter groups, landing him in first place in the 100 yard Sporter Agg. The 200 yard matches on Sunday also had great conditions. The cold finally began to let up, and the temperature raised about 10 degrees to a high of 62° F for the day. Lester Bruno took

SW Regional Champion Lou Murdica (center), Lester Bruno (L) & Walt Berger (R)

the 200 yard Unlimited Agg and Lou Murdica took the 200 yard Sporter Agg. In the end, Lou ended up taking the Unlimited Grand Agg and Sporter Grand Agg with a very impressive lead over the competition in both. Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope to see you again next month for the Light Varmint and Heavy Varmint Southwest Regional Championship on February 7th and 8th, 2015. For more information about the Arizona Benchrest Shooters and upcoming matches, visit our website at www. azbrs.com. Sporter 100-Yards Walt Berger......................0.2054 William Marsh.................... 0.2182 Chuck Miller..................... 0.2290 Roy Damron...................... 0.2396 Dan Sutton....................... 0.2448 Lester Bruno..................... 0.2596 Gary Ocock....................... 0.2604 Cassie Cash....................... 0.2636 Stephen Everson................ 0.2666 Lou Murdica...................... 0.2686 Small Group Walt Berger...................... 0.1330 Sporter 200-Yards Lou Murdica.....................0.1908 Larry White...................... 0.2380 Chuck Miller..................... 0.2609 Bud Mundy....................... 0.2616 William Marsh.................... 0.2669 Gary Ocock....................... 0.2687 Lester Bruno..................... 0.2714 Bob Brackney.................... 0.2780 Pete Savage...................... 0.2817 Dave Woodward................. 0.3018


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Arizona Benchrest Shooters at Ben Avery January 3-4, 2014 SP/UNL-5 Equipment List Sporter Class Name LOU MURDICA WILLIAM MARSH CHUCK MILLER LARRY WHITE GARY OCOCK LESTER BRUNO BUD MUNDY PETE SAVAGE WALT BERGER ROY DAMRON Unlimited LOU MURDICA LESTER BRUNO TOM DE BACCO LARRY WHITE ROY DAMRON CHUCK MILLER BOB BRACKNEY WILLIAM MARSH WALT BERGER DAN SUTTON

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Action BAT Marsh Marsh Marsh Marsh BAT BAT RFD Marsh BAT-3

Barrel: Shilen Krieger Krieger Kreiger Krieger Krieger Krieger Krieger Shilen Krieger

Stock Mfg Kelbly Marsh/McMillan Bruno TM McMillan/Bruno McMillan/Bruno BAT McMillan McMillan/Bruno Scarbrough

Stocker Self Marsh/McMillian Ocock Dowling Ocock Lester BAT Self Ocock Scarbrough

Gunsmith Self Marsh Miller Brackney Ocock Lester Self Self Ocock Brackney

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Small Group Lou Murdica...................... 0.2430 Sporter Grand Lou Murdica.....................0.2297 William Marsh.................... 0.2426 Chuck Miller..................... 0.2449 Larry White...................... 0.2571 Gary Ocock....................... 0.2646 Lester Bruno..................... 0.2655 Bud Mundy....................... 0.2696 Pete Savage...................... 0.2774 Walt Berger...................... 0.2835 Roy Damron...................... 0.2845 Dan Sutton....................... 0.2869 Bob Brackney.................... 0.2958 Dave Woodward................. 0.3123 Stephen Everson................ 0.3169 David Hamilton.................. 0.3604 Unlimited 100-Yards Lou Murdica.....................0.1262 Lester Bruno..................... 0.1618 Larry White...................... 0.1664 Roy Damron...................... 0.1678 Tom DeBacco.................... 0.1728 Gary Ocock....................... 0.1812 William Marsh.................... 0.1824 Chuck Miller..................... 0.1960 Bob Brackney.................... 0.1978 Larry Leser....................... 0.2252 Small Group Lou Murdica...................... 0.0390 Unlimited 200-Yards Lester Bruno....................0.1552 Tom DeBacco.................... 0.1571 Chuck Miller..................... 0.1722 Lou Murdica...................... 0.1769 Larry White...................... 0.1821

Bob Brackney.................... 0.1851 Roy Damron...................... 0.1885 Walt Berger...................... 0.2269 Max Maxwell..................... 0.2352 Dan Sutton....................... 0.2522 Small Group Bob Brackney.................... 0.1810 Unlimited Grand Lou Murdica.....................0.1516 Lester Bruno..................... 0.1585 Tom DeBacco.................... 0.1650 Larry White...................... 0.1743 Roy Damron...................... 0.1781 Chuck Miller..................... 0.1841

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Bob Brackney.................... 0.1914 William Marsh.................... 0.2196 Walt Berger...................... 0.2429 Dan Sutton....................... 0.2570 Stephen Everson................ 0.2589 Bud Mundy....................... 0.2630 Max Maxwell..................... 0.2730 Larry Lesser...................... 0.2811 Hector Elias, Jr.................. 0.3171 Chris Baitx....................... 0.3274 Dave Woodward................. 0.3427 David Hamilton.................. 0.3775 Cassie Cash....................... 0.4102 Kelle Baitx....................... 0.4262


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River Bend’s 2014 Fall Classic

into the fifth match there was a different by Jim Andress leader. Don Greene was ahead of Billy by .1793 to .2013 after four matches. Billy’s .116 in the fifth match was enough for him to win the event when Don “stumbled” with a .299. Don shot his second screamer with a .085 in the third match and Bill Greene (not-related) shot the small group of the afternoon with a .065 in the first match. Twenty-eight shooters showed up Billy Stevens won the HV200 on SunSaturday morning for River Bend’s anday morning coming from behind in nual Fall Classic tournament, which the fifth match to win. Scotty Grimes was held October 11-12; twenty-five was ahead of Billy by .2021 to .2151 stayed to finish all four aggregates. after four matches. Billy’s .228 in the The temperatures were mild; midfifth match was enough for him to win 60’s to mid-70’s. Wind was light and the event when Scotty “went big” we only had a few rain showers with with a .454. Official screamer groups which to deal. As you would expect, the usual “sus- were shot by Johnnie Webb (.210), pects” were at the top of the leader board; however, there were some new names up high as well—particularly after the early and middle matches of each aggregate. Terry Leonard won the LV100 on Saturday morning but going into the fifth match of the event we had a different leader. Buddy Ross was ahead of Terry by .1273 to .1640 after four matches. Terry’s .131 in the fifth match was enough for him to win the event, however, when Buddy “went big” with a .343. The wind during the morning was almost non-existent and twelve groups were shot in the first match that measured in the teens or better. Ten such groups were also shot in each of next three matches. Buddy Ross won the small group of the morning with a .070 in the second match and long-time shooter, Johnnie Webb just missed winning small group with his .074 also in the second match. River Bend member Don Greene, shooting in only his second registered match, shot his first official screamer with a .087 in the fifth match. Billy Stevens won the HV100 on Saturday afternoon, but once again, going

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Scotty Grimes (.212), Terry Leonard (.235), Keith Hansley (.226) and Jeff Graves (.238). All of these screamers were shot in the first match. Roger Avery shot a .204 in the second match for small group of the event and the aforementioned .228 by Billy Stevens. Bart Sauter won the LV200 on Sunday afternoon and this time, contrary to the previous events, the winner was not in second place going into the fifth match—he was in third place. Billy Stevens was ahead after four matches with a .2502, Tim Singleton (shooting in only his second registered match) was in second with a .2095, and Bart was a “distant” third place with a .2186. Bart’s .268 in the fifth match was enough for him to win the event when Billy and Tim “stumbled” with a .572 and .790 respectively. Tim won small group of the event with a .234 “screamer” in the fourth match; Randy Mitchell’s .244 in the third match was the only screamer shot in that afternoon. As for the Two Gun, you can see the results of the top finishers; however, it’s noteworthy that the above men-

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April, 2015 Precision Rifleman tioned Don Greene, who finished in the top five, did so in only his second registered match—and only the first one in which he shot all four aggregates! Although some of the regular attendees were absent, we enjoyed seeing Scott Mims back after a long absence and we enjoyed having River Bend member Bryan Griffith, a first time registered match shooter who shot a factory gun. The River Bend Gun Club and Jim Andress were excellent hosts. Thanks to them for making this match available. Thanks also to River Bend members Bill Dittman (range officer) and Jim Andress (scorer and target crew chief) for giving their weekend to helping make the match run smoothly. Special thanks to Bill Griffith for his invaluable assistance with targets and scoring. Very special thanks go to Greg Ellis (chef extraordinaire, who cooked an etouffee with chicken and rice. Charlie and Cheryl Hood (excellent BBQ), Roger and Phyllis Avery (pastries) and River Bend member Bobby Reiber (banana pudding) for providing dinner Saturday evening. River Bend will be hosting another registered match the second weekend of April and we hope you plan to attend. The weather and fellowship will be awesome! Also, the club holds unregistered matches the second Saturday of every month (exclusive of April and October). Feel free to join us for one of those monthly matches.

Light Varmint 100-Yards Terry Leonard...................0.1574 Buddy Ross....................... 0.1704 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.1738 Roger Avery...................... 0.1750 Billy Stevens..................... 0.1792 Jeff Graves....................... 0.1896 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2014 Don Greene...................... 0.2098 Steve Lee......................... 0.2180 Scotty Grimes.................... 0.2180 Light Varmint 200-Yards Bart Sauter......................0.2017 Billy Stevens..................... 0.2188 Don Greene...................... 0.2208 Charlie Hood, Jr................. 0.2280 Tim Singleton.................... 0.2466 Scotty Grimes.................... 0.2468 Dan Honert....................... 0.2528 Johnnie Webb................... 0.2543 Buddy Ross....................... 0.2546 Roger Avery...................... 0.2573 Light Varmint Grand Billy Stevens....................0.1990 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2016 Terry Leonard.................... 0.2119 Buddy Ross....................... 0.2125 Don Greene...................... 0.2153 Roger Avery...................... 0.2162 Scotty Grimes.................... 0.2324 Johnnie Webb................... 0.2371 Jeff Braves....................... 0.2454 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.2476 Heavy Varmint 100-Yards Billy Stevens....................0.1842 Don Greene...................... 0.2032 Terry Leonard.................... 0.2062 Jeff Graves....................... 0.2102 Keith Hansley.................... 0.2192

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Steve Lee......................... 0.2324 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2362 Scott Mims....................... 0.2422 Roger Avery...................... 0.2434 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.2452 Heavy Varmint 200-Yards Billy Stevens....................0.1949 Scotty Grimes.................... 0.2071 Roger Avery...................... 0.2150 Jeff Graves....................... 0.2185 Terry Leonard.................... 0.2195 Gary Sullivan..................... 0.2230 Danny Morgan.................... 0.2355 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2363 Bill Greene....................... 0.2409 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.2436 Heavy Varmint Grand Billy Stevens....................0.1896 Terry Leonard.................... 0.2129 Jeff Graves....................... 0.2144 Don Greene...................... 0.2268 Roger Avery...................... 0.2292 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2363 Steve Lee......................... 0.2443 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.2444 Bill Greene....................... 0.2460 Gary Sullivan..................... 0.2521 Two Gun Billy Stevens....................0.1943 Terry Leonard.................... 0.2124 Bart Sauter....................... 0.2189 Don Greene...................... 0.2210 Roger Avery...................... 0.2227 Jeff Graves....................... 0.2299 Joe Bougard, Jr................. 0.2460 Scotty Grimes.................... 0.2489 Bill Greene....................... 0.2545 Gary Sullivan..................... 0.2613 Steve Lee......................... 0.2691 Danny Morgan.................... 0.2697 Keith Hansley.................... 0.2712 Randy Mitchell................... 0.2774 Johnnie Webb................... 0.2786 Scott Mims....................... 0.2793 Dickie Land...................... 0.2807 Tim Singleton.................... 0.2832 Buddy Ross....................... 0.2877 Charlie Hood, Jr................. 0.2982 Dan Honert....................... 0.3104 Greg Ellis......................... 0.3221 Brady Knight..................... 0.3249 Kenny Housh..................... 0.3455 Bill Griffith....................... 0.3931 *Pictured on p.10 Back row L-R: Don Greene, Joe Bougard, Roger Avery, Buddy Ross. Front: 2014’s SER Shooter of the year, Terry Leonard, Billy Stevens & Bart Sauter


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The floating design of our neck turner and the universal floating case driver allows the case mouth (bore) to run on the arbor absolutely concentric. Therefore allowing O.D. to be turned concentric with I.D. The tail-stock creates a horizontal inline support for the base of the case. Also allows the operator to keep both hands on the power screw driver or drill. This makes it very easy to control feed rate of the cutting operation, generating a very fine turned finish. Case holder drivers are designed to be the most gentle driver, yet providing an adequate hold. DOES NOT DRIVE OFF THE PRIMER POCKET NO PRIMER POCKET OR CASE DAMAGE. Driver shaft is hexed to use power screw driver or drill. 17cal. Fireball to a .416 Rigby. Also 50cal. www.21stcenturyshooting.com 260-273-9909


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McMillan’s EDGE Stock for Benchrest Shooters Form follows function to produce the shape of success

Benchrest competition has long been the laboratory for firearms innovation. Desirable engineering qualities in a benchrest stock include stiffness, low torque, strength, superior handling, and shot-to-shot repeatability -- all within a weight limitation imposed by rules. The McMillan EDGEŽ benchrest stock exemplifies the concept of form following function to produce an innovation that makes a true contribution to the sport. At first glance, the McMillan EDGE looks very different than traditional rifle stocks. The EDGE’s radical forend is engineered like a structural beam for extra stiffness in the vertical axis. Vertical side walls reduce flex 30% in the vertical axis compared to traditional wedge-shaped forends on benchrest stocks. Since a percentage of the weight of the firearm is resting on the front bag via the forearm, reducing flex in this area can lessen the bag bounce that all firearms experience during a shot. The McMillan EDGE stock is designed with an ultra-low center of gravity, placing the bore axis as low as possible to the front bag. This not only helps to minimize vertical elevation forces, but it also reduces side torque forces during a shot. By placing the bore 10% lower than traditional benchrest designs, the EDGE geometry seeks to better align recoil forces directly to the rear, which improves stability and handling. To increase stiffness of the forend,

by Dick Davis

the barrel channel is molded into the stock. This is an important point. Fiberglass stocks derive most of their structural strength from an outer shell of fiberglass cloth. The fill material within the outer shell contributes to strength, but it is the outer shell that provides a majority of the structural integrity. On most stocks, including traditional benchrest stocks, this outer shell wraps around three sides of the forend, leaving the top open for inletting the barrel channel into the fill material. On the EDGE, the outside structural shell wraps completely around the

stock because the barrel channel is molded into the structural shell. The result is a much stiffer stock that is also lighter than traditional designs. The EDGE barrel channel will accommodate the largest barrel contour that benchrest rules allow. The outer shell on the EDGE LV is 100% graphite. Compared to fiberglass cloth, graphite is stronger, stiffer and lighter. At 22-26 oz., the McMillan Ultralight Benchrest EDGE LV is 1/3 lighter and much stiffer than a traditional benchrest stock. The EDGE HV is similar in dimensions and design, however


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its shell is made from fiberglass cloth and has a minimum weight of about 2.5 lbs. As for the fill material inside the structural shell, the EDGE utilizes a proprietary composition that is lighter, yet stronger than most other stocks. Again, the goal is increased strength with reduced weight. A fill of different formulation is used in the action area where recoil forces impose harsh conditions for strength and rigidity. There is a 1/2″ flat on the buttstock, which is tapered to meet the minimum angle required by both the NBRSA and the IBS. Competitors report that the 1/2" flat improves handling and reduces torque compared to the minimal tracking surface offered by traditional wedge-shaped buttstocks. The buttstock end is finished and does not require a buttplate, saving precious ounces. The EDGE LV and EDGE HV feature an adjustable weight system molded inside the buttstock. The optional adjustable weight system comes with five weights totaling seven ounces. This lets you fine tune weight and balance, but it is not designed for converting from light varmint to heavy varmint. The molded-in buttcap containing the weight tube eliminates the need for a recoil pad. The length of pull is 13 inches. The pistol grip is streamlined based on input from competitive shooters. The goal is to facilitate proper hand positioning while keeping the knuckles clear of the trigger guard during recoil, especially for bag squeezers. This not only improves shooter comfort, but also improves shot-to-shot repeatability. Several versions of McMillan EDGE benchrest stocks are available. The EDGE LV utilizes a graphite shell and the EDGE HV utilizes fiberglass. The EDGE HBR is similar to the EDGE LV but with the forend


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narrowed to 2.25" by removing the lower rail from the EDGE stock, leaving a solid platform with 1/2" tall sidewalls. The EDGE HBR .22 Sporter has a 2.25" wide forearm and is designed primarily for Anschutz速 54, 64 and 1700 series rifles. The forearm and bottom of the buttstock have the required slight convex curve underneath per rimfire benchrest rules. Since the EDGE was introduced, it has become one of the most popu-

lar styles on the competitive benchrest circuit and routinely shows up in the winners' equipment list at major national matches. In a sport where the competitors are not only extremely competent marksmen, but also extremely vocal about their likes and dislikes, the EDGE's success is a sign of a product design that has met widespread acceptance in a demanding field.

McMillan EDGE stocks are available inletted or un-inletted from many dealers nationwide or can be ordered directly from McMillan Fiberglass Stocks. For more information, visit the McMillan website at www.McMillanUSA.com. Dick Davis is the general manager of McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, a company which offers a wide selection of custom fiberglass stocks for the industry.


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2015 NBRSA Registered Matches SOUTHWEST REGION

Oct 3-4

LV/HV

100/200

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters

Apr 4

VFS

200/300

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Long Range Benchrest Match

Oct 3-4

LV/HV

100/200

Arizona Benchrest Shooters Arizona State Championship Leg 1

April 11

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

Oct 10

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

Apr 11-12

LV/HV

100/200

Arizona Benchrest Shooters Season Ender

Oct 11

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Turkey Shoot

Apr 12

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

100/200

LV/HV

100/200

Visalia Sportsman Assn

Oct 17-18

UNL5/UNL5

Apr 18-19

Visalia Sportsman Assn California Unlimited Invitational

300-yds

Palomino Valley Gun Club

LG/HG

600-Yd

Sloughhouse Long Range Benchrest Sloughhouse 600 *4/22 sign in

Oct 24-25

4GUN

Apr 23-24

Nov 7-8

100/200

Apr 25-26

LG/HG

1000-Yd

Sloughhouse Long Range Benchrest Sloughhouse 1000 *4/27 rain date

HTR/VFS 2-Gun

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club SW Regional Championship

Nov 7-8

SP/UNL5

100/200

May 2

VFS

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Glitter Gulch

Arizona Benchrest Shooters Arizona State Championship Leg 2

Nov 7-8

LV/HV

100/200

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters

May 2-3

SP/UNL

100/200

Central Utah Benchrest Utah State Championship Leg 1

Nov 14

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

Nov 29

LG/HG

600-Yd

Sloughhouse Long Range Benchrest

Dec 5

VFS

200/300

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Long Range Benchrest Match

May 2-3

LV/HV

100/200

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters

May 9

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

May 10

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

Dec 5-6

UNL5/UNL5

100/200

May 16-17

UNL5/UNL5

100/200

Visalia Sportsman Assn Visalia Unlimited Challenge

Arizona Benchrest Shooters Arizona Invitational

Dec 12

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

May 23-24

LV/HV

200/100

Palomino Valley Gun Club Nevada State Championship Leg 1

Dec 13

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

May 24

LG/HG

600-Yd

Sloughhouse Long Range Benchrest

June 6

VFS

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Silver State Shoot-Out

June 6-7

SP/UNL

200/100

Palomino Valley Gun Club Nevada State Championship Leg 2

June 6-7

LV/HV

100/200

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY REGION April 11-12

HV/SP

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis Missouri State 4-Gun (Part 1)

Apr 19

HTR/VFS

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis

May 3

HTR/VFS

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters

May 9

HTR

100/200

Van Dyne Sportsmens Club

LG/HG

600-Yds

Columbus Sportsman’s Assn

June 13

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

May 16

June 14

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

June 6

HTR

100/200

Van Dyne Sportsmens Club

LG/HG

600-Yds

Columbus Sportsman’s Assn

June 20-21

HV/UNL5

100/200

Visalia Sportsman Assn California State Championship #1

June 6 June 14

HTR/VFS

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis

July 4-5

4-Gun

200-Yds

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters Sloughhouse 200

June 20

LG/HG

600-Yds

Columbus Sportsman’s Assn

July 11

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

June 20-21

LV/HV

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis East-West Show-Me Shootout

July 12

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

July 4

LG/HG

600-Yds

Columbus Sportsman’s Assn

Aug 1-2

HV/LV

100/200

Central Utah Benchrest Utah State Championship Leg 2

July 11-12

HTR

100/200

Van Dyne Sportsmens Club Wisconsin State Championship

Aug 1-2

LV/HV

100/200

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters

100/200

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

July 18-19

HTR/VFS

Aug 8

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis Buford Seabolt Memorial

Aug 9

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

LG/HG

1000-Yd

Sloughhouse Long Range Benchrest

UNL5 or HV/LV

100/200

Aug 23

July 25-26

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis Missouri State 4-Gun (Part 2)

Aug 29-30

SP/LV/HV

100/200

Visalia Sportsman Assn California State Championship #2

Aug 29-30

HTR/VFS

100/200

Holmen Rod & Gun Club, WI Roy Oines Memorial Match

Sept 5-6

LV/HV

300/200

Palomino Valley Gun Club 2015 LR Varmint Nationals

Sept 14-19

4-Gun

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club St Louis 2015 NBRSA Group Nationals

Sept 12

LG/HG

1000-yds

Sahuaro 1000-yard Benchrest, AZ

Sept 22-26

LV/HV

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club St Louis WBSF Championship

Sept 13

HTR

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Nevada State Championship

Oct 4

HTR/VFS

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis

Sept 26-27

LV/HV

200/100

Palomino Valley Gun Club

Oct 17-18

LV/HV

100/200

Bench Rest Rifle Club of St Louis Mississippi Valley Regionals

Oct 3

VFS

100/200

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club Short Range VFS Championship


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2015 NBRSA Registered Matches MID-CONTINENT REGION April 18-19

LV/HV

100/200

Okie Shooters’ OK State

April 25-26

HV/VFS

100/200

Council Bluffs Rifle & Pistol Club Midstates Shootout Top Gun Leg 1

Apr 26

VFS

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

May 9

HTR

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

May 9-10

LV/HV or UNL

100/200

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club

April 18-19

HTR/VFS

100/200 & 300

Mill Creek Rifle Club Score Match

April 25

HV

100/200

Ouachita Sportsmen’s Assn, AR

April 25-26

LG/HG

600/1000

Colorado Rifle Club

May 16-17

HTR/VFS

100/200

Casper Score Shooters Wyoming State Championship

April 25-26

LV/HV

100/200

Land’s End Benchrest Club, CO HV leg of Land’s End 4-Gun

May 17

HV

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

May 24

VFS

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

May 2-3

LV/HV

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Group Match

May 30-31

HTR/VFS

200/300

Lincoln Izaak Walton Club, NE Score Two Gun

May 16-17

LG/HG

600/1000

Colorado Rifle Club

May 30-31

UNL10/SP

100/200

Prairie Dog Target Club, SD NC Region Championship Leg 1

May 2-3

HTR/VFS

100/200

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters

200/300

LV/HV

100/200

Whittington Center Benchrest Best in the West

June 6-7

HTR/VFS

May 23-24

Casper Score Shooters, Casper, WY 2015 Long-Range Score Nationals

100/200

HTR/VFS

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Kansas State Two Gun

June 13-14

LV/HV

May 30-31

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club Minnesota State Championship Leg 1

June 14

HTR

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

June 6-7

SP/HV

100/200

Okie Shooters Leg 2 OK State

June 20

LV

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

June 8-12

LG/HG

600 & 1000-yds

Colorado Rifle Club 2015 Long Range Nationals

June 27-28

HTR/VFS

100/200

Boone Valley Ikes Iowa State Hunter & Iowa State VFS

June 13-14

LV/HV

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Group Match HV Regional

June 28

VFS

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

June 13-14

SP/HV

100/200

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters SP Leg of NorCo 4Gun

July 4-5

LV/HV

100/200 & 300

Prairie Dog Target Club, SD NC Region Champ Leg 2 & Prairie Dog

June 20-21

SP/UNL or HV

100/200

Whittington Center Benchrest New Mexico State 1st Half

July 11-12

LV/HV

100/200

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club Don Judd Memorial Championship

July 11-12

UNL10/ UNL5

100/200

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters UNL is 4th Leg of NorCo 4Gun

July 11-12

HTR/VFS

200/300

Lincoln Izaak Walton Club, NE Two Gun Score

July 11-12

LV/HV or UNL

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Group Match

July 12

HTR

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

July 19

HV/UNL

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

July 18-19

UNL/SP

100/200

Lands End Benchrest Shooters 2nd & 3rd Leg of 4Gun

July 25-26

LV/HV

100/200

Boone Valley Ikes Iowa State Group Championship

July 18-19

LV/HV

100/200

Whittington Center Benchrest Muchas Gracias

July 26

VFS

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

Aug 4-7

HTR/VFS

100/200

Aug 1-2

HTR/VFS

100/200

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters

2015 Short-Range Score Nationals Boone Valley Ikes, Webster City, IA

Aug 1-2

LV/HV

100/200

Ouachita Sportsmen’s Assn, AR

Aug 8-9

100/200

Aug 15-16

LV/HV

100/200

Whittington Center Benchrest The Rattlesnake

LV/HV or UNL

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club Minnesota State Championship Leg 2

Aug 9

HTR

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

LV

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

Sept 5-6

LV/HV

100/200

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters Firewalker & 2nd & 3rd Legs of 4Gun

Aug 16 Aug 23

VFS

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

Sept 5-6

LV/HV

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Kansas State Championship

Aug 29-30

HV/VFS

100/200

Council Bluffs Rifle & Pistol Club Midstates Shootout Top Gun Final Leg

Oct 3-4

LV/HV

100/200

Lands End Benchrest Shooters Purple Haze & LV Leg of 4Gun

Aug 29-30

LV/HV

100/200

Oct 3-4

LV/HV

100/200

Mill Creek Rifle Club Group Match

Prairie Dog Target Club, SD South Dakota State & Butch Kimmel Memorial

100/200

LV/HV

100/200

Rio Grande Benchrest Shooters, NM Tumbleweed

Sept 12-13

HTR/VFS

Oct 17-18

Boone Valley Ikes Two Gun Score Grand Championship

Sept 26-27

LV/HV

100/200

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club Jerry Simison Memorial Match

Sept 27

HV/UNL

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

NORTH CENTRAL REGION Apr 12

HTR

100/200

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club, WY

April 19

LV

100/200

Oak Hill Gun Club

SOUTHEAST REGION

April 18-19

LV/HV

100/200

Minnetonka Game & Fish Club

April 11-12

LV/HV

100/200

River Bend Gun Club


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June 13-14

LV/HV

100/200

Unaka Rod & Gun Club

Aug 15-16

LV/HV

100/200

Unaka Rod & Gun Club *Format may be changed

Oct 10-11

3GUN

100/200

River Bend Gun Club *Format subject to change

NORTHWEST REGION

Oct 18

LG/HG

600

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports

Nov 17-22

LG/HG

600/1000

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Northwest Regional

GULF COAST REGION March 21-22

LV/HV

100/200

Tomball Gun Club Crawfish Invitational

Mar 29

VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club

April 18-19

VFS

100/200

Tomball Gun Club San Jacinto & TX State Championship

May 2-3

LV/SP

100/200

Central Texas Benchrest Shooters Texas State Championship Leg 1

May 16-17

UN/HV

100/200

Seymour Stool Shooters Texas State Championship Leg 2

May 24

VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club

Apr 4-5

LV/HV

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club Allen Bench Trophy

Apr 11-12

VFS/HTR

100/200

North Cascades Sportsman’s Club

Apr 18-19

HTR/VFS

100/200

LeGrande Rifle & Pistol Club

Apr 25

VFS

100/200

Tri Cities Metallic Silhouette Club

Apr 26

HTR

100/200

Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club, WA

May 30-31

LV/SP

100/200

North Texas Shooters Assn Gulf Coast Regional Championship

May 2-3

SP/HV

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club Manley Oakley Trophy

June 13-14

4-Gun

200-yds

North Texas Shooters Assn Texas Showdown

May 2-3

HTR/VFS

200/300

Whittecar Rifle & Pistol Club Montana State Long Range

June 27-28

HTR/VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club HTR GCR & GC Championship

May 9-10

VFS/HTR

200/300

North Cascades Sportsmans Club

June 27-28

HV/SP

100/200

Midland Shooters Association Texas Shootout

May 23-24

HTR

100/200 & 300

LeGrande Rifle & Pistol Club Oregon Trail Classic

July 11-12

UNL/HV

100/200

Seymour Stool Shooters Gulf Coast Regional Championship

May 23-24

HTR/VFS

100/200

Yellowstone Rifle Club

July 19

HTR/VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club Louisiana State Hunter Championship

May 30

HTR

100/200

Tri Cities Metallic Silhouette Club

July 26

VFS

100/200

May 31

VFS

100/200

Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club

North Texas Shooters Association Margarita Challenge

June 6-7

HV/UNL

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club Northwest HV Regional

Aug 29-30

LV/HV

100/200

Midland Shooters Association The Buffalo

June 13-14

VFS/HTR

100/200

North Cascades Sportsmans Club Washington State VFS Championship

Sept 20

VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club Louisiana State Championship

June 14

HTR/VFS

100/200

Whittecar Rifle & Pistol Club

Oct 18

VFS

100/200

Southwest Louisiana Rifle Club

June 20-21

HTR/VFS

100/200

LeGrande Rifle & Pistol Club Oregon State Championship

EASTERN REGION

June 27

VFS

100/200

Tri Cities Metallic Silhouette Club

June 28

LG/HG

600

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Assn

June 28

HTR

100/200

Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club Idaho State

June 27-28

HTR/VFS

100/200

Yellowstone Rifle Club Mac Clark Memorial

July 3-5

UNL

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club WA State UNL Champ & Sniper King

July 4-5

HTR/VFS

100/200

Whittecar Rifle & Pistol Club

July 11-12

HTR/VFS

100/200 & 300

North Cascades Sportsmans Club Bob Miller Memorial Match

July 18-19

HTR/VFS

100/200

LeGrande Rifle & Pistol Club Northwest Score Regional

July 25

HTR

100/200

Tri Cities Metallic Silhouette Club

July 25-26

LV/HV

100/200

Yellowstone Rifle Club Montana State Championship

Aug 1-2

SP/LV

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club Northwest SP & LV Regionals

Aug 16

LG/HG

600

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports

Aug 22-23

LV/HV

100/200

Yellowstone Rifle Club

Sept 5-7

SP/LV/HV

100/200

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club WA State 3Gun & Ed Frombach

Sept 27

LG/HG

600

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports

Apr 18-19

LV/HV

100/200

WWCCA Spring Tune-Up

Apr 25-26

LV/HV

100/200

Holton Gun Club President’s Cup

May 2-3

LV/HV

100/200

Fairchance Gun Club Hog Roast

May 16-17

LV/HV

100/200

Chippewa Rifle Club Super Shoot Warm-Up

May 20-23

LV/HV

100/200

43rd Annual Super Shoot Kelbly’s Rifle Range

June 6-7

LV/HV

100/200

Holton Gun Club MI State Champ.

June 13-14

LV/HV

100/200

WWCCA Wolverine Challenge

June 27-28

LV/HV

100/200

Shelby Cty Deer Hunters Assn Briar Hail Memorial Match

Aug 8-9

LV/HV

100/200

Fairchance Gun Club Two-Gun

Aug 15-16

LV/HV

100/200

Kane Fish & Game Club Pennsylvania State Championship

Sept 5-7

LV/HV UNL

100/200

Fairchance Gun Club Three-Gun Championship

Oct 3-4

LV/HV

100/200

WWCCA Fall Classic

Oct 17-18

LV/HV

100/200

Shelby Cty Deer Hunters Assn Fall Finale

100/200 meters

Club de Tir du Castellas La Fare Les Oliviers, France

EUROPEAN REGION Oct 10-11

LV/HV


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Sahuaro 1000-Yard Benchrest by Dale Arenson

Sahauro 1000-yard Benchrest Three Points Range, Tucson, AZ February 14, 2015

We had a good turn out with 14 shooters; 12 of those competing in the NBRSA match. As close to perfect weather that can be expected in February, in the northern hemisphere, in the early twenty first century. Temps in the 60's at the 8:00 AM starting time, and warming to 78 degrees by noon, when we were done and putting everything away. Conditions were reasonably mild, light winds and clear skies. Mirage did not really show up to create problems like in the last match. Just enough to reliably show the wind direction. Out of twelve shooters in Light Gun, the top six (on that day) all had subMOA aggregates. Consistent winner Steve Everson had two six inch groups for a 7.94'' aggregate, and he still came in third in group. Bill Warner shot a 3.87'' group and a 7.69'' aggregate. Very nice, but along came Ross Herrick with his Lazzaroni 7.82 (.30 cal) Patriot, and shot a 3.50'' and a 3.43'' group, then a 6.81'', to end up with a 4.58'' aggregate, winning the Light Gun group. (Not to mention Ross shot the highest single target score of 49x and his 3.43'' group was the smallest in Light class and of the match. Ross’ performance reminds me of a quote Ronald Reagan said while debating Jimmy Carter, “There you go again!”

In Light Gun score, Jeff Billotte prevailed with a 138, Steve Everson was second with a 137, and Jeff's brother Mike was right behind with a 136. Close competition! That is part of what makes it fun down here. The other part, of course, is the characters that are doing the shooting, and of course, the character that runs the match every month, making this all possible. That would be Match Director extraodinaire, Karl Hunstiger. Heavy Gun had the top two shooters, out of ten, putting in sub MOA agg's. Pat Billotte, again, one of Jeff's brothers, (I'm not sure how many more brothers Jeff has stashed away that he is going to bring out to beat the rest of us), put in a sub MOA aggregate of 9.17''. But as usual, it was not enough to beat Ross Herrick's 6.73'' agg. (How does he keep doing that?) Ross also had smallest group with a 5.37''. By the way, in case you don't know, in Heavy Gun, that is 30 shots for score. Three targets of ten shots each. Ross shoots one gun, period. His Lazzaroni 7.82 Patriot is light enough to make the 17 pound weight to compete in Light Gun, and he shoots the same gun in Heavy. That's 45 shots for score in each match, not including sighters. Barrel wear builds up quick under those conditions. I suspect he is getting subsidized on his barrels by DARPA, the secret agency of the federal government. But, that is just a rumor you understand...

Either way, you've heard the saying, ''Beware of the man with one rifle, he probably knows how to use it''. If you look that saying up in a dictionary, you will see Ross's picture. In score, Bill Warner, shooting his 6.5284, in the more difficult conditions of relay four, turned in an excellent 2805X to win for Heavy Gun score. Bill also won high score of 96-3X. Steve Everson's 6.5x47 was second with a 272 and Ross was third with a 266-4X. By noon or so, we had everything at the range put away and were on our way to Cindy Lou's for burgers, gyro's and...uh...whatever, where we picked up the usual interrogation of each other, to find out what the winners are doing to clobber the rest of us. Hoping to find out the slightest tip to help us shoot better the next month. Let me share some of these valuable notes with you...Oh Crap, it looks like I left my notes on the napkin at Cindy Lou's. There goes next month! Light Gun Aggregate Ross Herrick......................4.58” Bill Warner........................ 7.69” Steve Eerson...................... 7.94” Dale Arenson...................... 8.29” Mike Billotte...................... 9.13” Small Group Ross Herrick..................... 3.4375” Heavy Gun Aggregate Ross Herrick......................6.73” Pat Billotte........................ 9.17” Jeff Billotte...................... 10.35” Bill Warner....................... 10.83” Dale Arenson..................... 11.17” Small Group Ross Herrick...................... 5.375” Light Gun Total Score Jeff Billotte....................... 138 Steve Everson..................... 137-X Mike Billotte...................... 136-X Ross Herrick....................... 131-X Dale Arenson...................... 130-X High Score Ross Herrick........................ 49X Heavy Gun Total Score Bill Warner......................280-5X Steve Everson..................... 272-X Ross Herrick...................... 266-4X Dale Arenson...................... 264-X Jeff Billotte....................... 263-X High Score Bill Warner........................ 96-3X Pictured L-R are February Sahuaro winners, Bill Warner, Ross Herrick & Jeff Billotte.


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The Girl Can Shoot! Canada Cummins Takes the Two-Gun at Rogue Valley

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Assn February 22, 2015 600-Yard Benchrest Results

Curt Mendenhall showed he has the right stuff by taking the Two Gun Score at 600-yards during the RVSSA February match. Alongside him is Canada Cummins winning the Two Gun Group and besting thirteen competitors for the win. Congratulations to both. Light Gun Score Richard Sulffridge..............136-3X Curt Mendenhall................... 131 Bruce Bangeman.................. 124 David Wilson..................... 120-1X Canada Cummins................ 120-2X Katlin Sulffridge................... 112 Bill Johnston..................... 111-1X Chris Sheehan..................... 109 Bob Dorton......................... 106 Raymond Garric................... 105 Richard Heinsohn................ 94-1X Chris Warren........................ 91 Carl Hansen......................... 75 High Score Richard Sulffridge.................. 48 Light Gun Group Bruce Bangeman...............3.1457 Canada Cummins................ 3.4113 Bill Johnston..................... 3.6727 Richard Sulffridge............... 3.9970 Curt Mendenhall................. 4.1797 Bob Dorton....................... 5.4157 Katlin Sulffridge................. 5.6453 Chris Sheehan................... 6.6517 David Wilson..................... 7.4040 Raymond Garric................. 7.8457

Chris Warren..................... 9.2037 Richard Heinsohn............... 9.9797 Carl Hansen..................... 19.3397 Small Group Bruce Bangeman............... 2.1440� Heavy Gun Score Canada Cummins...............263-6X Curt Mendenhall................. 261-3X Bill Johnston....................... 249 Chris Sheehan..................... 242 Bob Dorton......................... 242 Richard Heinsohn................. 219 Richard Sulffridge................. 204 David Wilson..................... 202-1X Bruce Bangeman................ 194-3X Raymond Garric................... 183 Chris Warren....................... 181 Carl Hansen........................ 170 Katlin Sulffridge................... 167 High Score Canada Cummins................... 97 Heavy Gun Group Canada Cummins...............3.6007 Bill Johnston..................... 4.0230 Bob Dorton....................... 5.4617 Curt Mendenhall................. 5.5367 Richard Sulffridge............... 5.8050 Richard Heinsohn............... 6.6033 Katlin Sulffridge................. 7.5175 Chris Sheehan................... 7.6667 Chris Warren.................... 10.2627 David Wilson.................... 10.6347 Raymond Garric................ 11.8323 Bruce Bangeman............... 17.6360 Carl Hansen..................... 21.9657 Small Group Canada Cummins............... 3.3150� Two Gun Score Curt Mendenhall................392-3X

Canada Cummins................ 383-8X Bill Johnston..................... 360-1X Chris Sheehan..................... 351 Bob Dorton....................... 348-2X David Wilson..................... 322-2X Bruce Bangeman................ 318-3X Richard Heinsohn............... 313-1X Raymond Garric................... 288 Katlin Sulffridge................... 279 Chris Warren....................... 272 Richard Sulffridge............... 204-3X Carl Hansen........................ 179 Two Gun Group Canada Cummins...............3.5060 Bill Johnston..................... 3.8478 Curt Mendenhall................. 4.8582 Richard Sulffridge............... 4.9010 Bob Dorton....................... 5.4387 Katlin Sulffridge................. 6.5814 Chris Sheehan................... 7.1592 Richard Heinsohn............... 8.2915 David Wilson..................... 9.0193 Chris Warren..................... 9.7332 Raymond Garric................. 9.8390 Bruce Bangeman............... 10.3908 Carl Hansen..................... 20.6527


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2014 New NBRSA Members

Back by popular demand, we would like to welcome our new members to the NBRSA organization and competitive benchrest shooting. Last year we mentioned everyone by name, so here we are this year. It’s nice to know that it takes a full page to accommodate all the names of our newest members. Congratulations to them on joining this special organization devoted to precision and accuracy in rifle shooting. --Let the good times roll. Eastern Region Linwood Lipscomb.................ER John Bosley.........................ER David Croft..........................ER Steven Jones........................ER Paul Krokovic.......................ER George Kohler......................ER Kevin Donalds, Sr..................ER Kevin Donalds, Jr..................ER Craig Barnett.......................ER Timothy O'Mara.....................ER Eric Brown..........................ER Robert Morris.......................ER Don Lerner..........................ER Ryan Robins.........................ER Arthur Chevrette...................ER Earl Dyer............................ER Harlan Terry.........................ER Michael Mastroviovanni...........ER Bob Blaine...........................ER Thomas Shumar....................ER John W Anderson...................ER Gary Eichhorn......................ER Howard Tucker.....................ER Dale Hanselman....................ER Lacy Tilley...........................ER Anthony Durante...................ER Ralph Morrison......................ER Daniel Delea........................ER Gulf Coast Region Jay Parchman.......................GC Charles Moore......................GC Matt Wilkinson......................GC Michael Davis.......................GC Larry Saavedra.....................GC Rod Scobee..........................GC Ludwig Rohde.......................GC Harold Snowden....................GC John Bradley........................GC Randy Cheek........................GC Sprague Mulikin....................GC James Giles, Jr.....................GC Scott Haywood.....................GC

Jimmy Hempel.....................GC Jimmy Guillory.....................GC Phillip Gillard.......................GC Charles Kubala......................GC James Patrick.......................GC Bryan Goodwin.....................GC Mid-Continent Region James McNeil...................... MC Nick Christo........................ MC George Dykes...................... MC Craig Hatch........................ MC George Von Rose.................. MC Arthur Stuarty..................... MC James Morris....................... MC Eric Stafford....................... MC Joseph Forster..................... MC Jameson Torrez.................... MC Leon Noel.......................... MC Mississippi Valley Region Rick McKee......................... MV Dustin Martin...................... MV Matthew Hon...................... MV Phil Verville, Jr.................... MV Vinnie Livieratos.................. MV Charles Kostichka................. MV Rob Gascoigne..................... MV David Johnson..................... MV Brian Messerschmidt.............. MV Jay Gorski.......................... MV William Zaborowski............... MV Edward Stankowski............... MV Anthony Barres.................... MV Ralph Zaborowski................. MV Reid Zaborowski................... MV James C Hanson................... MV North Central Region Jim Franzen.........................NC James Johnson.....................NC Russ Stiner..........................NC Brett Stiner.........................NC Bevan Everett......................NC Dan Williams........................NC Paul Whitmore......................NC Dennis Kecker......................NC William Van Osdel..................NC Bill H Mills...........................NC Michael Durbin.....................NC Rodney Dewey......................NC Jay Butler...........................NC Bud Larson..........................NC LK Larson............................NC Joe Morgan..........................NC Ted LeDoux..........................NC Northwest Region Scott Stevens...................... NW Don Downey........................ NW Michael Cobb...................... NW Daniel Winship..................... NW Clint Fulfer......................... NW Larry Muller........................ NW

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Regina Hoffman................... NW Katlin Sulffridge................... NW Richard Jette...................... NW Chris Warren....................... NW David Wilson....................... NW Southeast Region Mike Coffey......................... SE David Matthews.................... SE Barry Roberts....................... SE JC Winkler.......................... SE Tim Singleton....................... SE Cieara Parker....................... SE Matthew Walker.................... SE Michael Kuchinos................... SE George Smith....................... SE Horace Fidler....................... SE Jim Holian........................... SE Carroll Kisser....................... SE Thomas Suswal..................... SE Sheldon Hayes...................... SE John Geiselbreth................... SE Steve Kirby.......................... SE Southwest Region Joseph Pehanick................... SW Jess Van Winkle................... SW Travis Olsen........................ SW Mark Roth.......................... SW Mike Billotte....................... SW Jonathan Fratis.................... SW David Hamilton.................... SW Mike Noumov...................... SW John McGaugher................... SW Mark Avakian....................... SW Joel Batix.......................... SW Brian Jones......................... SW Scott Elliott........................ SW Bruce Newell...................... SW Sam Barr............................ SW Michelle Gallagher................ SW Cassie Cash......................... SW Ryan Neal.......................... SW Melesia Cisneros................... SW Annetta Rooney................... SW Lisa Luna........................... SW Tom Kotlar......................... SW Stephanie Quick................... SW Ryan Robertson.................... SW Angel Sedgwick.................... SW Stephen Brown.................... SW Larry Mather....................... SW Robert Fulfer...................... SW Lanny Taylor....................... SW Michael Nelson.................... SW Angelina Gonzalez................ SW European & International Heinz Kostner.......................EU Ivan Piani............................EU Pascal Fischbach...................EU Fred Hattingh....................... IN Sue Gavin............................ IN


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Benchrest Funnies: Krupa Asks A Question What is the coldest temperature in which anyone can remember shooting a benchrest match? I saw that there was a benchrest score match at WWCCA last weekend. It was unregistered (and not sure if two guys shooting constitutes a "match"), but supposedly it was -16F at the start. This morning it was -14F when I drove into work. Saw it was -24F at Cadillac, Michigan (actual temperature, not windchill).

Once I shot a score match at WWCCA when it was near zero. I remember getting in my truck and it showed -2. On the way to the range, it went to zero and I remember saying to myself "great, it's starting to warm up". Anyway, what is coldest anyone can remember trying to shoot a match in? At WWCCA, we stand inside the clubhouse and when the Match Director says "commence fire", we run out and shoot five or so shots and run back inside (at least that's what I do). Some guys even load at the range when we hold these Winter matches! I pre-load and hope the tune is somewhere close. Also, I shoot exclusively 133 in these moronic cold shoots, and find that I don't even need to clean the gun between targets. Fifty shots and when I get home and clean the gun there is virtually no fouling. I've shot at St. Louis when the heat index was 105F in the loading barn and shot at WWCCA when it was zero. That's 105 degrees of "separation". Anyway, what is the record anyone can remember?

John from Grand Rapids, MI responds... “Joe, for me it was WWCCA also, but it was not as cold as last weekend. I was shaking so bad I had no idea how much powder was in the case by the time i got the bullet seated. I had to stop checking to see if there was any powder in it because my nose was dripping so bad I would get my powder wet. It would have been a great day to have come preloaded as it definitely would have improved my score.” Glenn Chism from Duncanville, Texas writes that he remembers attending a match at New Braunfels,TX; the Dietz Range, several years ago... “It was during the month of April or May. Everybody and I mean everybody showed up Friday before the match, wearing short sleeve shirts. It was typical Central Texas weather in AprilMay; mid 70’s. Real pleasant. Some of you may remember. We woke up Saturday morning to a surprise cold front. Temperatures had dropped into the mid 30’s. Nobody brought jackets. We shivered through the day on Saturday. Runny noses, numb fingers,watery eyes. Accidently breathe on the ocular lens of your scope and you’d spend most of a seven minute match trying to clear off the condensation. At the end of the day, on Saturday, everybody skipped supper and stampeded to the nearest sporting goods store to find some heavy jackets. The weather forecast predicted the same for the next day (Sunday). To everybody’s dismay, the Sporting goods stores in the area had put away all the winter clothes,in anticipation for warm spring weather. So we were just SOL. Some of the local shooters heard about this misfortune and gathered up all the jackets they could find at home and brought them to the range on Sunday for the Out-Of-Towners. Size didn’t matter. Bill Dorsey is a pretty big guy. I can see Bill now walking around wearing some kids jacket with sleeves extending half way down his fore arm. On Sunday,it never got above 40. Coldest match I’ve ever attended. I keep a jacket behind the seat in my truck just in case.


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Benchrest Bio: Gary Ocock Enjoys the Journey by Audrey Brown

Gary Ocock turned down an opportunity to be on WBC-13’s Team USA. He qualified with sufficient points to be one of the top twelve but opted not to attend the St Louis event. He’s a great shooter. He has been for many years. The following is a mini-biography from Gary on his start in benchrest. I hope you like it... How did you become interested in shooting benchrest matches? In 1971, I was stopped at a traffic light on my way to work. On the corner there was a magazine and newspaper stand and the owner had some of the magazines in a movable rack on the sidewalk. While waiting for the light to change green, I looked over and saw a magazine in the rack called Precision Shooting. I turned the corner parked the car and bought the magazine. In it I read about the split of the Eastern shooters from the NBRSA; they were forming a new organization called IBS and if you joined now you would be a charter member; so I joined. It was the end of the shooting season. I read about group shooting did some research, called up Hart Rifle Barrels; spoke with Clyde Hart and ordered a HV .222 rifle. It was a rem 700 with a 12 inch round sleeve in a 3 piece wood walnut stock. I received the rifle in 1972 near the end of the shooting season. There was one more match left at Council Cup run by Clyde's brother Bob Hart so I decide to shoot the match. I preloaded and shot just the HV and

finished 18th. When I got the shoot report I studied the results for hours. I've always been a numbers guy and so I looked at where the top shooters were compared to where I was and day dreamed what I would have had to do to beat them. Well I saw that even at 18th I still beat guys that won at other ranges at other times. I was hooked. That winter I ordered a sporter from Clyde in 6x47 so I could shoot both SP and LV. I got lucky as my sporter shot really well, at that time the 6x47 could be a tricky cartridge to tune. That same winter I ordered a set of bullet making dies from Clarence Detsch. He made them in Boat Tail and from that day on I shot my own bullets in the 6mm in

a BT configuration. Since I didn't like the cold and I was living in Penna. I would make 6mm bullets during the winter for not only myself but I would sell some to other shooters. Doing this allowed me to not only shoot good bullets, but I made some money off the sale of the bullets and this allowed me to buy new benchrest equipment and travel to benchrest matches without taking money out of the family coffers. Since I participated in sports in jr and sr high school as well as a couple of years in college, I had my share of a competitive attitude at the time. I had hunted some as a teenager and when I was in the Marines I helped train 2nd Lt's on the rifle range at Quantico, VA. So by the time I got started in benchrest I had fired thousands of rounds. While at Quantico I was able to discover what made me a better shooter. I discovered that I was recoil sensitive and so I worked at trying to manage this. A consistent hold, good aim and


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follow through did it; however it was always a work in progress. Taking up benchrest, I started out shooting the same way; in so doing I learned to shoot benchrest by holding on. I've tried free recoil, but when I make a mistake it's always a doozy. Where do you usually shoot and in what regions? Living in Arizona for the last 27 years, it's mostly at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. We had a range locally that was a very good range to test and fine tune equipment, but it was shut down about 10 years ago so all my practice is at Ben Avery. The BA range has changed over the years as more and higher berms were put in for safety. I've shot all over the US, as for a while when I was working in sales I would schedule sales meetings to coincide with

matches at ranges where I wanted to shoot. It worked out well for 7-8 years as back then it wasn't a pain to travel with guns and shooting equipment. What are your favorite ranges to shoot at and why? I favor lollypop ranges; ranges where if you make a mistake it won't kill the aggregate. Visalia, CA is one of those ranges. Most recently I've gone to Tacoma, WA for their 4th of July Unlimited match. This is another range that doesn't hammer you for a mistake. What equipment do you use, rifles, rests, sandbags, etc? My equipment is basic stuff. I started 40+ years ago and I'm still using much of what I started with. My front rest is a Wichita with no adjustments. My rear bag is a softer heavy sand filled bag

that looks 40+ years old but it's not. Jack Snyder (Edgewood Bags) makes new ones for me as every once in a while I seem to be hard on my bags. I wear them out prematurely. I've changed rifles often. I started building my own 30 years ago; so it easier to switch to the latest and sometimes the greatest. What do you contribute to your longevity in shooting benchrest? First I like to shoot and I like to shoot accurately. Early on I was very competitive and that coupled with the fact I liked shooting was made for competition. I enjoy the aspect of try-

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Pictured Left: Gary Ocock at Tacoma Rifle Club winning the Sam Wilson Memorial Trophy. Page 25: Gary at Holton Group Nationals ing to get better. I also enjoy doing things a bit differently than most and benchrest allows me explore this. You never beat the conditions or shoot the perfect group so I always had something to work for. What advice would you give to a new shooter? Practice, Practice, Practice. Learn what your good at; learn what your not. Be honest with yourself and work on your weakness'. You don't have to do it the way Joe Blow does, but if Joe wins a lot, look at what he's doing and adapt to your style. Also it helps

to have a chip on your shoulder. When Joe says he's gonna kick your butt, bear down and use that as motivation to get better. What do you attribute to your success in benchrest shooting? Joe told me he was gonna kick my butt. He did the first year but I got him some time later. Seriously, it's the joy of me beating me and the fact I enjoy the competition and shooting. If you don't have the competitive attitude benchrest will eat you up. There is an awful lot of opportunity for failure in benchrest shooting and little oppor-

tunity for success; unless you put it (benchrest shooting) in its proper perspective. Set realistic goals and have some fun in the process. Two days after the match is over almost no one cares what you did or how you did it, so it's all for you. Enjoy the journey. *The concept behind the Benchrest Biographies is credited to NBRSA shooter and Gulf-Coast Alternate Regional Director, Mike Bryant. As time and space permits, more excellent shooters’ biographies will be published for your reading enjoyment. Thank you Mike for your stellar idea.

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Ranges, Clubs, and Contacts ER—Eastern Region Chippewa Rifle Club

www.chippewarifleclub.com GPS: N40 56.820 W81 44.583 Contact: Bob Denk 440 596-7238 7728 E Linden Ln, Parma, OH 44130 robertsdenk66@gmail.com Contact: Pat Metcalf 419 886-3467 528 Alexander Rd, Bellville, OH 44813 plmohio@aol.com

Fairchance Rod & Gun Club

GPS: N39 48.704 W79 47.179 Contact: Bill Reahard 724 323-5044 PO Box 156, McClellandtown, PA 15458 reahard@verizon.net Contact: Jerry Van Sickle 724 569-2216 181 Guthrie Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478

Holton Gun & Bow Club

6201 Crystal Lake Rd, Holton, MI 49425 PO Box 128, Holton, MI 49425 www.holtongunandbowclub.com 231 821-9608 GPS: N43 23.742 W86 05.2566 Contact: Bruce Torrey, 231 288-4769 3951 Molly Blvd, Muskegon, MI 49444 Alternate: Nancy Scarbrough 231 638-6775 544 N Buys Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445 stocksunlimited@comcast.net

Kane Fish & Game

Dwight Rd, 1 mile N of Kane on SR 321 www.kanefishandgameclub.org Steve Timpano – Group 814 837-9644 stimpano@verizon.net Ed Hanes - Group 814 837-9868 hanes329@comcast.net

Kelbly’s Rifle Range

7222 Dalton Fox Lake Rd N Lawrence, OH 44666 www.kelbly.com GPS: N40 52.9836 W81 40.6218 Contact: Jim Kelbly 330 683-4674 jim@kelbly.com

Shelby County Deer Hunter Assn

7988 Johnston-Slagle Rd, Sidney, OH 45365 937 492-2972 Contact: John Petteruti 937 654-7950 jpetteruti@woh.rr.com

WWCCA

6700 Napier Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170 734 453-9843 http://wwcca.com Contact: Dana Raven 734 748-5394 10930 Old 27N, Frederic, MI 49733-9734 dana_raven@yahoo.com Contact: Bill Gammon 519 453-6734 387 Speight Blvd, London, ONT N5V 3J8 Canada Bill.gammon@rogers.com

GC—Gulf Coast Region Austin Rifle Club

www.austinrifleclub.org PO Box 141399, Austin, TX 78714 Contact: Virgil Howarth 512 447-8968 2704 Inridge Dr, Austin, TX 78745 vhowarth@sbcglobal.net

Central Texas Benchrest

Minnetonka Benchrest Assn

Midland Shooters Association

Oak Hill Gun Club

GPS: N29 44.695 W098 14.141 421 Range Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132 Contact: Wayne Young 210 288-3063 391 Berry Oaks Dr, Bulverde, TX 78163 830 612-1277 or 67 wayne@swmco.com 4108 East County Rd 160, Midland, TX 79706 432 682-2332 www.midlandshooters.com Contact: Mike Conry 3212 E County Rd 136, Midland, TX 79706 432 528-8718 or 432 683-1332 MEConry@suddenlink.net

North Texas Shooters Association

www.shootntsa.com GPS: N33 19.351 W97 08.938 Contact: Michael Stinnett 214 794-8006 6651 Blackjack Oaks Rd, Aubrey, TX 76227 mkstinnett@gmail.com

Seymour Stool Shooters

448 Hwy 283 South, Seymour, TX 76380 Contact: John Horn 940 636-9984 924 Peterson Rd S, Iowa Park, TX 76367 John.Horn44@gmail.com

SW Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club

www.swla-rifleandpistol.org Contact: Mike Guillot 337 249-3712 1600 Cappy Dr, Lake Charles, LA 70605 Guillot4555@suddenlink.net

Tomball Gun Club

Contact: Dwayne Pullum: 281 684-9004 Richard Pullum by email: richardpullum@embarqmail.com

NC—North Central Region Boone Valley Ikes

Contact: Ronnie Berg 515 210-7772 104 S Dalander St, Madrid, IA 50156 mrberg@iowatelecom.net

Buffalo Outdoor Rifle Club

462 N Burritt, Buffalo, WY 82834 Contact Pete Eisele 307 217- 1155

Casper Score Shooters

2330 N Station Rd, Casper, WY 82601 307 265-2535 www.stuckenhoffshooterscomplex.net Contact: Tim Naugle 307 237-7185 1926 S Walnut St, Casper WY 82601 tnaugle@bresnan.net

Council Bluffs Rifle & Pistol Club

www.cbr-pc.org GPS: N41.39083 W95.37891 Contact: Gary Flury 712 328-0301 PO Box 1042, Council Bluffs, IA 50502 garysflury@gmail.com Contact: Ron Lee Miller 402 393-4536 8081 Dupont St. Omaha NE 68124 ncnbrsa@cox.net

Lincoln Izaak Walton League

10801 S 134th St, Bennet, NE 68317 Contact: Mike Shapoval 402 420-5763 mike10shapoval@windstream.net

8310 Hill n Dale Dr, St Francis, MN 55330 www.mgfc.org GPS: N45 23.42 W93 29.29 Contact: Scott Moser 612 961-6761 10412 Abbott Dr, Brooklyn Park MN 55443 samoser@comcast.net 12364 Coon Hunters Rd, Blue Grass, IA 52726 563 381-2677 Contact: Cecil Peterson 563 359-1988 2260 Cromwell Cir, Davenport IA 52807 peterson1@mchsi.com

Prairie Dog Target Club

Contact: Don Deckert 605 288-1919 HC 54, Box 3, Porcupine SD 57772 pdtc57772@yahoo.com

MV—Mississippi Valley

Bench Rest Rifle Club Of St Louis 2280 Kohn Rd, Wright City, MO 63390 www.shootingstl.com GPS: N38 53.353 W091 04.763 Scott Pieper - Group 636 745-2454 2280 Kohn Rd, Wright City MO 63390 pieper@shootingstl.com Wayne Corley - HTR/VFS 636 928-0882 2 Sheffield Ct, St Charles, MO 63304 waynecorley@sbcglobal.net

Columbus Sportsman’s Assn

W10924 Bryer Road, Columbus, WI 53925 www.csa12.com tabalding@gmail.com Contact Terry Balding 608 577-5193 1777 W Main St #203, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Holmen Rod & Gun Club

W7503 County Road T, Holmen, WI 54636 www.holmenrodandgunclub.com Contact Jim Knower, 608 526-3151

Van Dyne Sportsmen’s Club

www.vdsc.org or info@vdsc.org Contact: Dick Baier 920 688-2433 PO Box 8, Van Dyne WI 54979

NW—Northwest Region Wenatchee Benchrest Club

2800 #2 Canyon Rd, Wenatchee, WA www.wenrrc.org, zaccs@televar.com Contact: Dan Zaccanti 509 733-1003

Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Assn 6900 Kershaw Blvd, White City, OR 97502 Contact: Phil Grammatica 714 749-7216 philgrammatica@yahoo.com

Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club

27007 South Tom Beall Rd, Lapwai, ID 83540 280 843-2987 www.lcwildlife.org Contact: Paul Gylling - HTR/VFS 40102 State Route 195, Colfax WA 99111 PGylling@gmail.com 509 553-1118 Denny Andrews - Group andrewslaw1@gmail.com 509 243-7039

North Cascades Sportsman’s Club PO Box 1721, Chelan, WA 98816


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Ranges, Clubs, and Contacts http://www.chelangunclub.com Contact Dan Zaccanti 509 733-1003

Tacoma Rifle & Revolver Club

8503 Chambers Creek Rd W University Place, WA 98467 www.tacomarifle.org Contact: Jeff Lewis 206 407-8299 32310 6th Ave SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 varminthunter1@comcast.net

Tri-Cities Metallic Silhouette Assn Hwy 12 to Pasco-Kahlotus Rd www.tcmsa.org Contact: Rick DeGroat 509 308-7213 or 509 396-3166 rem10x308@aol.com

Whittecar Rifle & Pistol Range

578 Blodgett View Dr, Hamilton, MT 59840 www.whittecarrange.com 406 363-7078 Contact: Jeff Jetter 406 777-5326 4168 Foxy Ridge Rd, Stevensville, MT 59870 JLJ4HBR@msn.com

Yellowstone Rifle Club

7212 Molt Rd, Billings, MT 406 656-2775 www.yrc.org Contact: Ryan Lienemann 406 245-4056 1124 Horn St, Billings, MT 59101 lienemannbr@gmail.com

Le Grande Rifle & Pistol Club www.lgrpc.com Contact Gary Vanlier 208 965-1992 or 208 461-0315 gwvjake1@msn.com

SE—Southeast Region

Middle Georgia Gun Owners Assn www.mggoa.com GPS: N32 24.3732 W82 53.0574 PO Box 4096, Dublin, GA 31040 Contact: Matt Walker 478 304-2749 mggoa1@gmail.com

River Bend Gun Club

588 River Bend Gun Club Road Dawsonville, GA 30534 770 893-3502 www.rbgc.org GPS: N34 20.198 W84 14.819 Contact: Jim Andress Group/Score PO Box 7, Marble Hill, GA 30148 benchrest@rbgc.org, jim@precisionrifles.co 770 876-2351 or 770 893-3319

Rockingham County Gun Club

572 Long Branch Road, Reidsville, NC 27320 www.rockinghamcountygunclub.com GPS: N36 25.536 W79 31.864 Contact: Roy Darnell 336 595-9110 4811 Camp Betty Hastings Rd Walkertown, NC 27051 DarnellRM@embarqmail.com

Unaka Rod & Gun Club

90 Furnace Rd, Johnson City, TN 37601 423 926-0221 www.unakarodandgun.com Contact: Matthew Keller 423 202-6932

1013 Washington College Station Rd Limestone, TN 37681 mk6ppc4@yahoo.com

MC—Mid-Continent Region Colorado Rifle Club

76099 E 96th Ave, Byers, CO 80103 303 238-5696 http://crci.org Contact: Nick Hoier 719 499-0246 or Nate Miller 719 648-5334 524 E McCullough Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007 namiller1979@gmail.com

Land’s End Benchrest Shooters

4 mi East of Hwy 50 on Reeder Mesa Rd Contact: Tom Stiner 970 257-9160 1521 Divide Rd, Whitewater CO 81527 TSTooling@hotmail.com

Mill Creek Rifle Club

7215 Gardner Rd, DeSoto, KS 66018 www.millcreekrc.org Contact: Don Creach - Group 816 586-9475 dcjcreach@aol.com Contact:Ronald Shultz - Hunter/VFS 913 557-9879

Northern CO Benchrest Shooters 38967 CR 51, Eaton, CO 80615 www.wcfw.org Contact: Bud Schalles 970 224-3740 PO Box 83, La Porte CO 80535 budschalles@aol.com

Okie Shooters Range

Contact: Rex Reneau 405 787-8529 7409 NW 28th Terrace, Bethany OK 73008 405 623-6019 or rreneau1@cox.net

Ouachita Sportsmen’s Assn

Contact: John Henry 870 326-5509 278 Maquire Ln, Pencil Bluff AR 71965

Whittington Center

34025 US 64, Raton, NM 87740 575 445-3615 www.nrawc.org Contact: Ed Adams 505 401-5071 7923 Victoria Dr NW, Albuquerque NM 87120 trished5@comcast.net

SW—Southwest Region Arizona Benchrest Shooters

4044 W Black Canyon Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85086 GPS: N33 27 12.22 W112 37 12.20 http://azbrs.com Contact: Melesia Cisneros 714-441-7220 4275 N Palm St, Fullerton, CA 92835 melesia.cisneros@bergerbullets.com

Central Utah Benchrest

Contact: Dave Tunbridge 801 571-6755 966 Stacie Ave, Sandy UT 84094 drtunbridge@gmail.com

Desert Sportsman Rifle Club

12201 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 702 642-9928 www.dsrpc.net GPS: N36.1498 W115.3653 Contact: Keith Myers - VFS keithmyers@yahoo.com or 702 217-3591 Contact: Howard Bloom - HTR

1964.usmc@att.net or 702 368-0568

Ojai Valley Gun Club

www.dock.net/ovgc Contact: Barry Bluhm 805 798-2473 608 E Oak St, Ojai CA 93023 TwiLiteZ585@hotmail.com

Palomino Valley Gun Club

Washoe County Shooting Facility 21555 Pyramid Lake Hwy, Reno NV 80502 palominovalleygunclub.homestead.com GPS: N39 51.374 W119 40.046 Contact: Robert Hoppe - Long Range PO BOX 4251, Sparks NV 89432 RobH@saturnnet.com 775 827-8679 or 775 397-3358 Contact: Steve Archibald - Varmint 5017 Pleasant View Dr, Sparks, NV 89434 775 356-5850 (h) or 775 742-1153 (c) nevadaswa@aol.com

Sahuaro 1000-Yard Benchrest

www.tucsonrifleclub.org Contact: Karl Hunstiger 602 971-4400 2901 E Cortez St, Phoenix AZ 85028 wfo13@aol.com

Sloughhouse Benchrest Shooters www.sloughhousebenchrest.com Contact: Craig St Claire - Long Range galtshtr@gmx.com or 209 744-2274 Contact: Dan Lutke - Short Range 408 241-9759 lutke5@sbcglobal.net Contact: Bill Mellor - Short Range 916 354-1782 rollem11@att.net

Visalia Sportsman Association

7398 Avenue 328, Visalia, CA 93291 599 651-3063 www.visaliasportsmans.com Contact: Dennis Thornbury 559 432-4401 PO Box 105, Visalia, CA 93279 559 280-6243 gunhandler@gmail.com

EU-European Region Benchrest Dolomiti

Via Alemagna 1/a, Dobbiaco, Italy 39034 info@alpenfuchs.it Contact: Americo Angaran americo.angaran@gmail.com

Club de Tir du Castellas

Route de Vautubiere, La Fare les Oliviers, France 13580 bench-rest@ctcastellas.com Contact Jean-Marie Deletang at redneckbr@neuf.fr or Andre Feraud at nagemar@vanadoo.fr


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New 600-Yard World Record

Attention Long Range Shooters. It’s happened again. Bill Bonser has bested the 600-yard world record in Light Gun with a 1.8030” 3-target group aggregate. This agg was set at Ojai Valley Gun Club on January 18, 2015 and supersedes that set by Dick Colyar on April 16, 2012 which was 1.8404”. Congratulations Bill on some fine shooting!

Howard Dietz

Howard Dietz from New Braunfels, Texas passed away in early February. Mr Dietz is a Life member of NBRSA . He and wife, Sammye had run the Dietz Gun Shop & Shooting Range for many years. Our condolences to Sammye and the Dietz family on their loss.

Roger Rose

Roger Rose from Oshkosh, Wisconsin passed away about six months ago according to his wife. Mrs Rose notified the NBRSA office in February of Roger’s passing and said he was a long-time benchrest enthusiast and life member of NBRSA. We extend our condolences to his wife and surviving family on their loss. He will be missed.

Bill Zeik

Life member William D Zeik passed away on February 19, 2014 at the age of 79. Bill was a benchrest shooter from the Eastern region. He and his wife lived in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. Our condolences to Mrs Zeik and the family on their loss.

Clay Martin

With great sadness we learned that Clay Martin passed away at his Waterloo residence on February 16, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Clayton Martin was the loving husband of the late Eleonore Helga Martin (1985). Clayton was an active outdoors man from youth and spent considerable time with his father, brothers and friends; fishing, hunting and camping, especially in the far

north. He shared this love with his own family and they spent much time together in the woods or on a lake. Later in life he pursued his interest in marksmanship as a competitive benchrest shooter and gunsmith. He competed internationally and throughout Ontario and the northeastern US until his 89th year and was still winning. As much as he enjoyed the competition, it was the friendship of his many competitors that he truly appreciated. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Camp Perry Port Clinton, OH September 22–26, 2015 Benchrest World Championship St Louis, MO As they add dates for the year, Jim Kelbly will update the benchrestcentral.com Forum.

Wenatchee Benchrest Moves to North Cascades Sportsman’s Club

A great big thank you goes out to NBRSA members Dale Dillingham and Frank Hasecuster for their kind assistance in providing a copy of every issue of the various magazines in which NBRSA matches have been printed. Thanks to their kindness and dedication to benchrest, the NBRSA office now has a full and complete periodical library with matches in print since our organization’s inception. Frank had kept the magazines safe all these years and was in the process of downsizing. This was no easy task as it involved several large boxes full of magazines that needed to be transported from Michigan to Wyoming. Since many issues are very old, it would not have been prudent to mail these, not to mention the expense involved in doing so. Dale contacted the business office and delivered them to the manager during the 2014 Holton Group Nationals. Together, these gentlemen kept the magazines in good condition and ensured their safe passage to their “happy benchrest stomping grounds” here in Sheridan, Wyoming. Thank you Dale & Frank for your kindness and dedication to NBRSA and benchrest.

Northwest region Director, Dan Zaccanti notifed the office that the benchrest matches originally planning to be held at Wenatchee, Washington have been moved to a new range location for 2015 and beyond. The matches will now be held at North Cascades Sportsman’s Club in Chelan, Washington. Please see the 2015 Registered Match Schedule under the Northwest region for details as well as Ranges, Clubs and Contact Information on preceding pages.

Kelbly-March Road Tour

People have been asking where the Kelbly rifle and March scope tour will be this year. The following are some dates that have been scheduled. As always we are looking at new venues for several reasons. One is to hopefully bring in new shooters to events Kelbly’s and March are involved in. The other reason is these events are not familiar with Kelbly Rifles or March Scopes. We invite anyone interested in seeing Kelbly Rifles or actions and March Scopes to stop by the events we are going to: June 22–28, 2015 US Open Sporting Clays Hainesville, IL July, 2015 (tba)

2014 Southeast Region Shooter of the Year Terry Leonard 2014 Eastern Region Shooter of the Year Jack Neary A Big Thank You


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Regional Directors Eastern Region

Staff Exp 2016

Jack Neary 6204 Wild Oak Dr, North Olmstead, OH 44070 H: 440 716-0600 C: 336 542-8711 jrneary@hotmail.com

Gulf Coast Region

Officers Dennis Thornbury, President 1114 S McAuliff St Visalia, CA 93292 H: 559 732-4401 C: 559 280 6243 gunhandler@gmail.com Term Expires 2014 Don Nielson, Vice President 20456 Hart St, Winnetka, CA 91306 H: 818 883-5866 pkin@sbcglobal.net Term Expires 2014 John Horn, Financial Officer 924 Peterson Rd South Iowa Park, TX 76367-7237 C: 940 636-9984 Term Expires 2014 John.Horn44@gmail.com

Committees World Records Committee: Group Gene Bukys, Chairman 2111 Silver Moon Trail Crosby, TX 77532 281 324-2605 egb243@msn.com Kent Harshman, Committee Member Ron Hoehn, Committee Member Lowell Frei, Committee Member World Records Committee: Score David Halblom, Chairman 515 556-5833 4315 Ashby Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310 DavidHalblom-BugTyer@att.net Dan Zaccanti, Committee Member Rich Carpenter, Committee Member Randy Perkowski, Committee Member Tom McPhee, Committee Member International Representative Wayne Campbell 264 Benchrest Ln, Concord, VA 24538 H: 434 993-9201 C: 434 665-2066 wcppc@icloud.com Varmint For Score Representative (Southwest Region) Keith Myers 702 217-3591 keithmyers@yahoo.com Long Range Measuring Committee Karl Hunstiger, Chairman 602 971-4400 wfo13@aol.com

Mississippi Valley Region Exp 2016

Bud Mundy 5956 Old Hickory Trail Hillsboro, MO 63050 C: 314 805-1313 bcmundy@earthlink.net

Exp 2015

Terry Meyer PO Box 52, Thornton, IA 50479 H: 641 998-2860 C: 641 425-3397 tdmeyer6ppc@gmail.com North Central Alternate Rodney Brown PO Box 7218, Sheridan, WY 82801 C: 303 378-6085 rbrown@vanaire.net

Mid-Continent Region

Exp 2015

Butch Fjoser 7 Summerfield St, Woodward, OK 73801 C: 580 334-2643 W: 580 254-9764 butchsguns@yahoo.com

North West Region

Business Manager, NBRSA Editor, Precision Rifleman Magazine Advertising Sales Contact Audrey Brown PO Box 6770, Sheridan, WY 82801 W: 307 655-7415 C: 307 217-1966 nbrsa.manager@gmail.com

Exp 2015

Scott Hunter 1612 Buchanan St, Wichita Falls, TX 76309 H: 940 723-5147 C: 940 631-4545 Shunter@NTS-online.net Gulf Coast Alternate Mike Bryant 7761 FM 592, Wheeler, TX 79096 806 826-5958, mike@bryantcustom.com

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Dan Zaccanti 1542 Tacoma Ave, Bridgeport, WA 98813 C: 509 733-1003 zaccs@televar.com North West Alternate Paul Holland PO Box 1498, Big Fork, MT 59911 406 837-5583 plumbing@centurytel.net

South East Region

Exp 2016

South West Region

Exp 2016

European Region

Exp 2016

Wayne Campbell 264 Benchrest Ln, Concord, VA 24538 H: 434 993-9201 C: 434 665-2066 wcppc@icloud.com

Tom Libby 74056 Aster Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760 774-5256 tomnbrsa@outlook.com South West Alternate David Woodward 34 W Dessert Knoll Pl, Oro Valley, AZ C: 307 455-2296 or 520 219-0189 dwoodward@dteworld.com Jean-Marie Deletang 15 Rue des Martyrs, Beausoleil, 06240 France redneckbr@neuf.fr

Legal Representation

Elliot Law Office Al Elliott, 325 387-3529 albertelliott@mail.com

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Printed in the USA Publisher: NBRSA, Inc. Printed By: Lithotech, Phoenix, AZ 85009 Advertising, Classifieds & Membership: Audrey Brown, Editor 307 655-7415 Precision Rifleman (ISSN 1061950X) is published monthly by NBRSA Inc PO Box 6770 3647 US Hwy 87 Sheridan, WY 82801 Phone: 307 655-7415 Email: nbrsa.manager@gmail.com for the benefit of its members. Membership dues is $60 per year US of which $40 is designated for a magazine subscription. Canadian postage add $25/ year. All other International postage add $60/year. For Membership inquiries call 307 655-7415. Copyright 2013, National Bench Rest Shooters Association. All rights reserved except where expressly waived. Periodicals Class Postage paid at Sheridan, WY & additional offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Precision Rifleman, PO Box 6770, Sheridan, WY 82801.


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