Ringing In The Weekend @ 600 yards

Swinging Steel Plates at 600 yards

With a second invitation to come and shoot the 600 yard distance in County Tyrone, I put my preparation time to good use by getting 60 fresh once fired 6.5×55 Lapua Brass cases annealed, dried, cleaned, neck sized, chamfered and primed for loading with Vhitavouri N160. The annealing and drying process was a two day operation before loading and bullet seating could begin.

With 60 fully loaded rounds of 6.5×55 waiting at home, I made my way from Dublin in anticipation of a good days shooting to ring steel like a campanologist on a Sunday morning.

6.5×55 @ 600Yrds

Dingers & Ringers

I had an enjoyable morning at the 300 and 600 Yrd range the other weekend.  Up with the Gods in the Sperrins I was hoping the font end of the car wasn’t going to disappear down a shuck or a rock was going to rip open the undercarriage as I weaved my way in convoy to the 600 Yrd Range.

After the inital talk and target setup I began sighting in on 300 yrds from a prone position using a harris bipod with extendible legs to give me the height I needed for the shots to cross the valley.

600 Yards With The 6.5×55

Long Range Shots

I am hoping for good weather this weekend ‘well at least dry weather‘ as I have an invitation to go shoot my Steyr 6.5×55 over a 600 yard distance.  I have around 30 handloaded rounds at home ready and waiting for this little hillside outing.

If all goes to plan over the weekend I will hope to have a few photos and words on my long distance results early next week.

National Champion 2012

National Smallbore Silhouette Rifle Championships

Last weekend was quite eventful.  We held our National Silhouette Championships over two days with three matches in each event.  Unfortunately we did not have our Rams at 100M back in place due to range maintenance but definitely 2013 we will have them back in play but at a shorter distance of approximately 100 yards.

Day 1 opened with sighting in and first shots fired at 10am.  For myself I had a great start with 10/10 chickens but I dropped out on a few Pigs and Turkeys.  A case of opening nerves and a little wind swirling across at 77M may not have helped matters.  Others found the same fate, but some battled onwards and produced a tidy opening round.  The opening match had set the scores to beat.

Sinclair International Online

Goodies Galore In The Online Store

For a shooter it’s a mouth watering experience, this weekend I was online at Sinclair International putting together my Wish List of reloading and rifle cleaning equipment.  I just have to keep my self control in check as not to let the Credit Card take too much of a hit like it was shot with a 50 Cal round.  A few of the lower cost items that I would like to have this year are a bore guide for my .22 Anschutz 54 Action, a few new cleaning brushes, patches and mops plus a second cleaning rod so I can dedicate one rod to brushing out the bore and a second to wet / dry patching out the bore.

Rifle Cleaning Never a ‘Bore’ing Topic

Bore & Rod Guide

You may recall Any Old Rod Wont Do, published in February 2011 and how I would make my decision on choosing a cleaning rod for my firearm.

In that article I mentioned Bore Guides and how one should be used during the barrel cleaning process of your firearm.  Today I would like to talk about the Bore & Rod Guide I use and how it superseeds alot of the rival Guides on the market.

Caliber Specific

This ‘caliber specific’ Guide is for the 6.5×55 SE and I bought it about 2 yrs ago.  I use it with a one piece plastic coated Dewey cleaning rod.

Olympic Adventure #London2012

Olympic Moment

I was lucky to be one of the recipients of an Olympic ticket to Royal Artillery Barracks, many thanks to my brother for getting the ticket during the lottery.

I decided that I would take a week of annual leave and head over to soak up the Olympic fever as the Games will never be so close in my lifetime.  So I flew into Heathrow on August 30th and with a plan to visit many Galleries one per day that London is home too and be amongst the Olympic Spirit while watching the Games live on Big Screens in Victoria Park, Hyde Park and Potterfiled Park.  I knew that I would be witness to a Gold Medal shoot on August 2nd.

Beer The Night Before A Shoot

Mind Altering Beer Goggles

The topic of having a few beers or other alcoholic drink the night or day before a practise session or competitive shoot can be a controversial one.

I personally feel that it is something your body can become acustomed too, in moderation of course, but I guess it’s all down to genetics which go beyond the scope of this post. 

My experience during my last practise session possibly showed that I am better of not having a few ‘bottles of suds’ the day before a shoot.  Maybe there were other factors involved also such as emotional feelings, but I do think that the alcohol did play a part in my focus and steadiness while shooting.