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Off Topic / Re: New guy from Qu├ębec
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:57:32 PM »
Bienvenue au forum Phil.


Centerfire Discussions / Re: BR 101
« on: May 27, 2012, 07:34:28 AM »
Pic of firing line

Centerfire Discussions / Re: BR201 - Jack Neary - Calgary
« on: April 01, 2012, 02:34:06 PM »
Thanks Jack for coming to talk to us. Tanks Rick and the sponsors for organizing and making this possible. Sooooo glad I attended.

BRSC - Benchrest Shooters Canada / Re: BRSC Canadian Benchrest Records
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:00:06 AM »
So, how do we resolve the issue and get all benchrest shooters in Canada to be parts of the same organization and follow the same procedures and rules? How do we vote on it? How do we let everybody know?

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Tips and Tricks
« on: February 07, 2011, 04:13:03 PM »
One thing for new shooters to understand is. In Benchrest It's ok and accepted for a new shooter to shoot beside a world champion at the same match. Here's another tip. Never take your eyes off your flags. I am still working on that one.

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Tips and Tricks
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:54:30 PM »
The first time I ever shot or even seen a Benchrest rifle was at the Kelbly Supershoot. I got talked into going by Hobbie Bond, One of the organizers.  I got to know him through another rifle build and mentioned to him my interest in benchrest. I wanted to go and be a spectator but he would not have it.  He insisted I shoot and would gladly lend me a rifle and all the stuff necessary. So instead, I called up my gunsmith in Virginia and he offered to build me a rifle and made shure it was ready by the Supershoot. I went for it not knowing what to expect. I showed up the evening before the match start day. My flight was delayed. I was really nervous. I went to see my gunsmith and he showed me the rifle. We immediatly went to the bench and I shoot 2 groups. Fortunately for me he got a good load ready for me. I borrowed a press, a rear and front rest. Purchased powder, primers and bullets that evening. I sat down in the loading shed between team Australia and team Finland and introduced myself. I told them my situation and they helped me out the whole week. Not knowing where to eat, Hobbie Invited me for supper during the whole week at his house and I was treated like a king. What was great about these suppers is that MIke Ratigan and Walt Berger and other great shooters also regularly ate super at his house. I got a ton of good information during those evenings at the supper table.

So, my point to this story is that you shouldn't wait to get good at Benchrest to start going to benchrest matches. Just go for it and not worry about it. For me now, every match I go to I way less stressfull than the first match I ever attended. Some people wait a lifetime to go to the Supershoot, I did the process backwards and am glad I did it . I think I am a better shooter because of it. So what if I finish in last place at a match. There's always next time. The biggest worry to new shooters is what if?, what if? what if?. Just go out there and have fun. If you surround yourself with shooters that are way better than you, then the learning curve is way quicker.

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Medals for Canada
« on: February 06, 2011, 08:13:16 PM »
I think this team was very well chosen.

BRSC - Benchrest Shooters Canada / Re: Lethbridge BR dates?
« on: January 26, 2011, 05:49:42 PM »
Working on it, give me more time. Should know soon.

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Tips and Tricks
« on: January 26, 2011, 05:43:53 PM »
My goal is to think of nothing else than reading the wind and bench thechnique during the whole match. #1 Stay positive.   I think the only way to get better at keeping it that simple is to compete a lot. Practicing at home by yourself and shooting competitively is completely different.


Off Topic / Long range shooting pics
« on: September 11, 2010, 08:14:32 PM »
Today I went with some friends and shot some far and away steel plates. Nothing beats trying to shoot steel at long range and seeing your buddy's bullet trail through your spotting scope.

The targets were set from 525 to 800 yards. Being super windy today or succes rate was not as expected but we still had great fun.

The steel is on the hillside. The target that you can easily was our sighter. There was a 6" disc at 525 yards that would rotate and make lots of noise when you hit it. That was real fun. The others are on the bottom of the hill but you can hardly see them.
The last pic was from 800 yards.

Well that is why I mentionned the Supershoot. I would like to go to next year. We should organize a group trip.

Centerfire Discussions / Re: Pictures
« on: September 03, 2010, 07:00:33 AM »
I just wanted to know, never said I wanted to go.
If you look at the folks who made the USA shooting team. Its a David and Goliath scenario.  


Centerfire Discussions / Re: Pictures
« on: September 02, 2010, 08:21:06 PM »
So, I was looking at the USA world team qualification points standings . I was wondering what process we use to qualify for the Canadian World Championship team?


Club Events / Lethbridge Fish & Game 2010 summer score shoot results.
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:34:17 PM »
Well, another score shoot season is now over.
The matches are held over June and July for 100 and 200 yards. 4 Evenings at 100 and 4 evenings at 200 yards. WE score 2 targets per night. WE also hold 4 evenings of 300 yard score in August which is counted separately. It is a great opportunity to get to shoot in different conditions every night. We have 3 classes to make it fair for everybody.
Hunter, Hunter Varmint and Open.

So here are the results.

100/200 Yards, 800- 80x

- Mike Darlow   800- 31x (Range Record)
- Tom Sekura   793- 14x
- Louis Ravoy   790- 15x
- Dave Fisher   788- 19x
- Jim  Penny     771- 8x
- Randy Smith  766- 4x


- Louis Ravoy     789- 17x
- Brian Crump     761- 12x
- Mel Koehler      759- 13x
- Dean Laurie      753- 11x
- Dave Laurie      748- 7x
- John Horvath    746- 9x
- James Richards 740- 1x


- Dave Fisher       719- 1x
- Floyd Joss         613- 3x
- Sam Kadoyama   581
- Trevor Goulet     548
- Glen Payne        367

300 yard, 400- 40x

Mike D.  398- 5x
Jim P.    383- 1x
Tom S.  380
Mel K.    375- 1x
John H.  375
Dean L.  363
Dave L.  354- 1x
Dave F.  343- 1x
Sam K.   286- 1x

Good time were had, the after shoot Chinese food was also a good opportunity to talk about shooting.


Great Seiber, that would be great. You might be surprised how well you'll do.

Rob, are you doing the Supershoot and other USA matches in the the month of may or june?


Great Bill, I would like to see the pictures.

We have tons of black canvass from swathers and straight cut combine headers at work. I think that might work.

I received a email from the range booking guy and he says all of may and june are presently open so would you rather have a match in june? It would not get in the way of the Supershoot in May if anyone wants to go (maybe myself)....

Well there is a few things I will need help with but in the mean time. How high would you like the targets to be? The 100 yard is flat.
What type of backer motor would you recommend. We have 120v power. I can build a back and forth backer system if you think its best.


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