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  1. You might consider a Ruger Precision Rifle in 243 Winchester as an alternative. Those are going for $999 on places like Gunbroker.com now. They seem to be the least loved of the three RPR models. Handload a 105/107 grain bullet with a slow powder like H1000 or IMR 7977 and perhaps you'll be there right out of the box? Personally, I'm considering this myself and dumping the Samson handguard for longer 18" Midwest Industries. actually, I have a project that could use the Samson 15" to better effect. Hmmm, now that's some serious economy. Anyway, I thought you might want to consider this alternative course of action.
  2. Do they come in anything 7mm Rem SAUM or the like? You might like the ballistics and recoil better in a snazzy 7mm or 6.5mm magnum cartridge, considering the intended use.
  3. I agree that the 500 yard target on the boat was a challenge. I kinda used the Force to determine where I thought it was and sent it. When they said it hit, I sent another to the same spot in the grass.
  4. Scores came out. I was 33 of 38 in the Bolt Action division. Not last, so that was a good thing. I think my best stage placement of the day was 22nd.
  5. Very true about that young man with the RPR. He was doing a solid job every stage. Thanks again for the fantastic opportunity yesterday. I made up for Stage 1 with that truly awful Stage 2, remember? All about learning from my mistakes!
  6. Scores won't post until tomorrow, from what I understand and the format involved some time and then add on time for this and that. My focus was on being safe, being consistent, and making hits....in that order. I always succeeded in #1, got better with #2 as the day went on, and managed hits on all stages. Well I might have had one of eight stages that was all misses. I don't think Steve got everything out of it that he was expecting. Wind later in the day was very strong and extremely variable. Holding for wind at longer ranges would have required a significant change from shot to shot. In the afternoon I could sometimes see the splash on one side at one target then edge over the cross hairs to another neighboring target at the same distance and see the splash on the opposite side of the plate. So, we were getting large wind changes on the order of 7-10 second time scales. Toward the end of the day, on stage 7, I timed out only able to make 8 of 10 shots. But, all 8 were hits. I was setting up on the 800 yard target when time expired. I could have made the hit if another 2 seconds were on the clock to make the shot. Steve's rifle was a sweet shooting stick. He had a nice rifle built right there. His hand loads for me were dialed in perfectly. Also, he was very generous to let me try the sport with his gear. He rolled out the red carpet for me in many ways. And it's always fun to shoot with him. I can't thank him enough. Finally, the experience was very educational. I saw many different rifles and calibers in play. Multiple optics and ammunition choices. Finally, seeing my actual skill level helps me make informed choices about rifle and other equipment if I were to go forward with this in the future.
  7. Seems like it just lets the case pressure reduce some amount more before the extraction process begins. That's all that I'm hearing from users.
  8. They look beautiful!! Thank you, sir. Looking forward to the 14th.
  9. Understood. Thank you. This has been very informative and helpful.
  10. Steve and I are signed up for the Saturday 14 May match. His more recent match exploits, I will leave for him to describe.
  11. My personal experience with a Viper PST 1-4x in shoot houses and out to 400 yards is that it seems like a great scope for that wide range of engagements. Seemed very fast in CQB style shooting and my squadmates thought so also. I have doubts about needing illumination for many situations, but that is only my guess and probably not worth much.
  12. Looks like you've got that dialed in nice and smooth.
  13. Certainly that wouldn't be the only factor, no. Gas system length is definitely a big factor, then other system factors to a lesser extent. I appreciate the comments. Thank you.
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