October 25th, 2019
IBS Match Report — 2019 100/200 Meter Score Nationals
View by way of 6X scope at 2019 Metric Score Nationals in South Carolina. This is precisely what Jeff Stover’s camera recorded — it is not a Photoshop job.
Match Report by Jeff Stover, IBS President
“You need to have to come shoot with us” mentioned Jim Cline at the January 2019 meeting of the IBS. Jim is each a Match Director at Mid-Carolina and an IBS Vice-President. I, as IBS President, thought of it for a handful of seconds. Practically all of my shooting is quick-variety group, but I wanted to see why IBS Score Benchrest was so hot — and increasing — in the Southeast. “I will be down in October for the Score Nationals” was my response. Bottom line — The occasion was fantastic, and I should really have created the trip years earlier.
The Mid-Carolina Rifle Club is positioned about 35 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina. It sports 20 strong and effectively-developed concrete benches. A good function is the quite deep, behind-the-firing-line roof for cleaning rifles, and chatting with fellow shooters.
The most important competitors at the Score Nationals is for the “Varmint for Score” 13.five-pound rifles. The cartridge of selection is the 30 BR (6mmBR parent cartridge). The added .65″ bullet diameter more than a 6mm aids with the Finest Edge Scoring, but the 30 BR provides practically nothing away to the 6PPC in the accuracy division. As any score shooter can inform you, the 30 BR is an inherently precise cartridge that is somewhat simple to tune.
Firing Line at Mid-Carolina Rifle Club with ample behind-the-Line roof coverage.
It was a dream shoot for me. I do not have a VFS 30 in my gun cabinet, but that was all taken care of. Each rifle and ammo came courtesy of Mike Clayton, one particular of the circuit’s leading shooters. All I necessary to bring had been my rests! Mike’s rifle was a laser which I did not completely exploit. Mike showed correct Southern Hospitality.
Mike Clayton prepared to pull the trigger on his 30 BR rifle.
About 70 shooters created their way to Orangeburg. Additional had preregistered but the threat of Tropical Storm Nestor kept a handful of away. The storm was projected to bring 25+ mph gusts and heavy rain on Saturday. These dire predictions did not materialize. We had somewhat light, but speedily switching, winds and mainly light rain. It was a dreary day for 100 meter competitors but the mood along the firing line was convivial.
Tropical Storm Nestor delivered only rain and switchy breezes alternatively of the predicted gales.
At 100 meters, Brud Sheats led the way with a quite good 250-23X. On his heels had been Ronnie Milford and Jim Cline with 22 and 21 Xs respectively. Jim and Ron are top the Score Shooter of the Year standings. In six-energy class, Jim Cline’s had a great 250-14X for higher score with Dewey Hancock three Xs behind.
Young Lady Shines at Her 1st Registered Match
Above is young competitor Emmalee McMurry (from eastern Tennessee) with her six PPC Heavy Varmint rifle. This was her quite 1st registered match. Her father Bill is her coach and mentor. Making use of her six PPC she shot two actually great targets, a 50-5X and 50-4X. I shot subsequent to her, and was impressed — she has composure and was quite comfy shooting a bench gun. If she stays with it, she could be a future force in Score Benchrest competitors. — Jeff Stover, IBS President
Sunday, the targets and stationary backers had been moved to the 200 meter butts. The climate began as Saturday had completed — light misty rain with some fog and 10 mph switchy wind. By mid-morning, nonetheless, the rain stopped and about lunchtime issues brightened. Following lunch the sun began to make a lot more frequent appearances and the Orangeburg mirage returned. At the conclusion of the 200 meter stage only 3 of 65 shooters shot “clean” — i.e. a 250 score, with a 50 on each target.
Jim Cline aligning rifle. The numerous bolts are for his Light and Heavy VFS rifles and 6X Hunter Class rifle.
Mid-Carolina Rifle Club Extends the Red Carpet with Fine Meals
All shooters had been treated to a no cost grilled chicken and macaroni and cheese luncheon. In the evening, for a compact charge, the Mid-Carolina club hosted a catered prime rib dinner. It was the “real deal” — premium beef carved to order. We had hoped for a pleasant Carolina evening alternatively of poor climate, but the fantastic meals created up for it.
At 200 meters, Brud Sheats lost none of his score-shooting mastery from Saturday. He won VFS 200 with a 250-5X. Ken Habadank followed with a Creedmoored 5X and Miles Gibby was 3rd with a 250-2X. The golden rule of score shooting is “stay clean”. That is, shoot a 50 on each target (5 tens). The Xs are gravy, specifically at 200. Anthony Isner shot a actually good 12 Xs in these circumstances. But a wayward shot price him a point on one particular target. A 250 beats a 249 in spite of the X counts. Possessing won each yardages Mr. Sheats won the 100-200 Grand aggregate with a 500-28X. Ken Habadank’s second spot was six Xs behind. Miles Gibby, the only other 500 shooter, had 17 Xs to total the podium.
So what about the six-energy-max optics rifles? Shooting a six-energy scope at 100 meters is hard adequate. At 200, effectively, it is twice as tricky, specifically in Sunday’s circumstances. Anthony Isner’s 243-4X won the day followed by Maine’s Orland Bunker at 242-3X. In the 6X Grand Agg, Dewey Hancock took the title with a 491-16X, closely followed by Brian Fitch with a 490-16X.
Following Cease Fire is referred to as, competitors show detached bolts to guarantee security.
Excellent Match — With Quite a few Fine Shooters Returning to the Ranks
This was a fine, effectively-run match by any regular. I did not embarrass myself with a score rifle, so that was a plus! I created the trip to see “what’s what”, and was delighted to come across a variety complete of enthusiastic and entertaining competitors. And these fellows actually know how to shoot. I talked to various shooters who have come back to the sport right after years, if not decades, of getting away from benchrest. The PR efforts of Jim Cline, Ronnie Milford and other stalwarts in the area are beating the drum and lots of are answering the get in touch with.
Score Benchrest rifles racked and prepared for the subsequent relay.
30 BR ammo with timer, and bolt lube, on bench.
Tags: 30 BR, IBS, International Benchrest Shooters, Jeff Stover, Mid-Carolina, Varmint for Score, VFS Match