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    Mark Johnson-Barbier

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  1. emjbe

    Bullet choice for 200-500yd stages

    I get better results with the hornady 55g SP. I found it shoots good enough for just about any 3gun target in terms of accuracy. It’s #2266 from hornady and sometimes costs less than fmj. You Could also look at the 62g hornady. Several people here are using that bullet since it’s cheap like the 55g fmj but more accurate.
  2. emjbe

    Sub-$400 optic

    Jon49erfan got it right if you go with a low power variable. The Steiner P4xi is as fast as a red dot and can give you magnification. There’s one on eBay now for $500 including the mount. I talked to several people who use the Steiner to replace $1000 optics. I’ve only been shooting 3 gun for two years but I’d sell my Primary arms 1-6 and strike eagle 1-6 in a heartbeat if you are interested. I don’t plan to part with my p4xi.
  3. emjbe

    Ruger AR556 MPR for entry level rifle?

    Look so like a great gun. Choose your optic based on the division you plan to shoot. If tactical then find a used 1-4x or 1-6x scope. Any red dot or irons for limited.
  4. emjbe

    Check list before I leave.

    Here's my list: 3gun gear checklist Eyes - dark and clear lenses Ears Inner belt Belt Pistol mag pouches Shotshell holders Rifle mag pouch Holster Shooting bag Pistol Pistol mags Pistol ammo Rifle in case Rifle mags Rifle ammo Shotgun in case Shotgun ammo Dump pouch Water Cart Cash Hats gloves
  5. emjbe

    I have a problem

    I did/do that a lot but slowly getting better. I can go back through my log book and I see many times where I completely blew past a target or array. What helped me the most was two things: drawing the stage before I shot it and then visualizing AFTER the match. I work with the assumption that a good stage plan well executed is better than a great/efficient/fast stage plan that I screw up. Drawing the stage: Before the stage I would walk the stage and look at targets and draw them on paper (either a printed stage diagram if the match published them or in my shooting log). I picked the EASIEST (not fastest) route through the stage and during the walk through I visualized how each target would look as I came up to it and I pictured my sight/reticle on the target in my mind. Then I would walk away from the stage and think the entire thing through with my eyes closed. If I couldn't picture it in my mind I'd watch another shooter and figure it out. (this didn't work when I was early in the shooting order). I also figure out the pattern of how many targets to engage through each port and I would draw that in my diagram. When I see all the ports and numbers on paper, it's easier to remember (I'm a visual learner and it's easier for me to remember if I've seen it). Before I shoot a complicated stage I want to be able to close my eyes and see the sight/reticle on every target in the stage. Visualizing after match: What helped the most is that when I get home, I refer back to the stage diagram and re-visualize the stage many times (2-20 or more). If it was an easy stage, I might go over it 2-3 times. There was a really complicated stage last month that I've replayed probably 30-40 times since then. Basically it is like practicing the walk-through, but I do it at home after the match. I often dry fire every stage from the most recent match in my garage/back yard when I'm practicing - this helps me identify places where I was slow and that leads me to the things I need to practice. This gets my mind accustomed to learning how to remember transitions and sight pictures and I've found over time that it's easier for me to learn stages and make a plan. I found that a stage videos help me with the parts I forget and watching posts from others who shot the same match is good also. After several matches of doing this, I found I was able to remember stages better. Also, as I re-run each stage in my mind I think of better/faster ways to shoot it both in terms of technique (leaving positions sooner/being ready to shoot earlier) and in terms of different order. For example in the last match I ran the stage like @jh3gun (below ... but I was much slower) but @kitzmiller_3gun pulled the rifle from the trunk first and then got ammo and shot left to right. I've gone through both methods now about 10 times in my head trying to figure it out. I'll replay every stage 5-10 more times this week as I get ready for the 3gun match Sat. I'm not sure if this is exactly what Lanny Bassham had in mind when he talks about visualizing, but it has helped me a LOT with stage planning and execution.
  6. emjbe

    AR triggers (2018)

    If you are looking for a comparison, I have an older (circa 2008) JP trigger with a speed hammer on a 308 and I use the Hiperfire ECLiple on a 3gun rifle. I like them equally well. If not for the different width of the shoe, I'd have a hard time distinguishing between the two. No pre-travel, both break very clean and crisp, no over-travel, short reset on both of them. for me the installation difference would come down to adjustments vs simplicity. The JP has more screw adjustments to get right, the ECL has the extra springs on the hammer. either of these can be done by anyone who wants to learn. There are some mechanical differences in lock time and hammer force. If those things matter to you then use that as a decision point. I've never had either fail to ignite any primer, but in the 308 I've only ever used match or good hunting ammo. I've used tula/wolf with the ECL and haven't had any trigger related/ignition problems.
  7. emjbe

    choosing 1-6 scope help

    I agree - great 3gun scope. Perfect if it had a daylight bright dot right in the middle (@Leupold - if you are listening I'd prefer just the center dot not the entire horseshoe). Is that discount still available somewhere? I've seriously been considering getting a 2nd VX6
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    Options for a 52" multigun bag

    Used mine for the first time 2 weeks ago. Definitely big enough to hold everything I needed for 4 stages and more. Heavy walking between stages but nice.
  9. emjbe

    Nightforce NX8

    This post is worth the time to explain the NX8 vs ATACR: http://forum.snipershide.com/threads/just-released-nightforce-nx8-ffp-1-8x24mm-30mm-tube-atacr-f1-1-8x24mm-34mm-tube-models.6798633/page-4#post-6927319
  10. emjbe

    choosing 1-6 scope help

    +1 - my Steiner is on the 14.5" light rifle and it fits the function perfectly - I don't think I'd put the vortex on that gun. My VX-6 is also on a 14.5 rifle and it works great - this is my go-to rifle and can do anything. Vortex is on the heavier 18" rifle - slightly better at long range and glass fits the function of that rifle To add one thought on this comparison - In my opinion the C-More would be better glass and less weight than the PST if you can get the discount so they are about the same price. Check the reticle though ... that TJ reticle is great for 55g 3100fps, but the numbers on strelok weren't at all close for a 69g-77g match load @2500-2600fps.
  11. emjbe

    choosing 1-6 scope help

    +1 for the advice on using Strelok. Put in your load and see exactly what it will look like on any reticle. Your 75/77 load must be similar to mine - that VMR-MOA reticle was very close, but I had to change my zero to get it right on. My Vortex is zeroed at 150 yards which puts me within 2" from 10 yards to 200 yards. After that the hashes line up within 15 yards of 300/400/500. For me the 1-4x is more about the size of the target and the contrast. I found 1-4x to be fine even to 545 yards when it was a black target with a white backer. when the target didn't contrast with the background it was harder to see on 4x.
  12. emjbe

    choosing 1-6 scope help

    I have the Vortex 1-6x ii-e (VMR2-MOA), the Leupold VX-6HD Multigun (CM-R2), and the Steiner Px4i. Here's my thoughts after using all of them in our local multigun and black rifle matches: VX-6: Had this one the longest. So far neither the Vortex or the Steiner has been better. Bad - It has only 2 faults: not daylight bright dot built-in throw lever. I lost two of the standard throw levers on that scope ... and they were torqued on. We use dump barrels in matches and I saw the second lever in my go-pro video on the ground the week before SMM3G. It hit the side of the barrel and came off. I bought a switchview and solved that problem. I will say that you could go without a level like some of the USAMU team and be just fine - the zoom knob is smooth on that scope. Not really a negative vs the others because you'll still pay more for a throw lever. CMR2 is not Daylight bright ... so I just leave it turned off when shooting. I did use it one time when we had an overcast day and it was nice. I asked one of the national champions here that is sponsored by Leupold about this - he was using an older VX-6. He said he never found illumination to help beyond 50 yards and the more I have used a dot, I agree. After turning on the dot on the vortex to full power and trying to shoot a 6" plate at 380 yards and not being able to see the target through the red dot, I realize he was right. The dot is nice in close range blasting, but not a necessity. If Leupold were to offer a daylight bright reticle for this scope, it would be the perfect 3gun scope. I'd probably only use illumination on close blaster stages, but it would be nice to have. Good Weight - best by far in this class Eyebox - best by far ... it's noticeably better than the Vortex. I have more motion side-to-side and can get closer to the scope without a tunnel vision Turrets - I like being able to use these. I can change zero for my two loads and they lock in place Reticle - this is the ideal 3gun reticle. It matches my long distance ammo nearly perfectly and I REALLY like the numbers next to the hash showing distance. The circle makes it easy to see paper and close-in targets - not as well as a red dot, but still pretty good. Auto-off time/auto-on motion reticle illumination ... even though I don't use the illumination, I turn it on before storing it just in case I need it at night. Every scope and red dot should have this feature. Vortex Love this scope also ... just the standard 3 things that you already know as negative: weight, weight, and weight. I bought this because every forum and review said it had the biggest eye box, but that isn't the case for me. It's big enough for 3 gun - I've shot this in 3 multigun and 2 black rifle matches and haven't had any problem finding the targets due to eye box blacking out on me. Red Dot is very nice - makes it easier to call your shots on close paper when you are going fast. I got the VMR2-MOA only because the reticle matched nearly perfect with my loads - the first hash is 310, 2nd is 400, 3rd is 495 ... so 300, 400, 500 easy. In the match yesterday I actually forgot to turn the dot on for the stages with long range targets and didn't feel like it was slower. In fact, one of the stages had 9 IPSC paper and it was easy to call shots ... the red dot would have helped but it didn't slow me down. Steiner Great glass - almost as good as the two above. Price is the best reason for this scope - low enough price and good enough glass. It has daylight bright dot. The reticle is great although doesn't match my long distance loads perfectly, it's close enough to get on target. Weight is good enough also. I used this for a 3gun and a black rifle late last year. It was fine on the 3gun stages out to 300-400 yards with bigger targets. The black rifle match had a dark blue painted target in front of some green bushes and I just couldn't pick out the steel at 4x. It worked great for the black silhouettes and plates at about 200 yards. Someone else mentioned the c-more scope with the discount code. That's probably the best deal I've seen. I haven't shot the scope in a match, but I spent some time dry-firing it. The guy who showed it to me unapologetically calls himself a "glass snob" and uses Swaros and every other good scope you can imagine. He told me the C-More glass is as good as Swaro. If the TJ reticle worked better with my load I would have bought that instead of the vortex and saved $500. If you run a 55g bullet it's a very good option for the price. I'd still like to get one of these ... maybe some day. If I had to go with 1 scope, it would be the VX-6. Eyebox is the single most important factor for me and that one wins. weight is my second criteria and it wins there. If there were a daylight bright dot in the middle of that CMR2 reticle, it would be perfect for 3gun.
  13. I was at a range yesterday with steel at 200 and 300 yards and had time for some testing of two 9mm loads. From a JP barrel my hand loads (Berrys 124g target hollow point over TAC) made a 6" group at 200 yards and was hitting 300 yards about 50% of the time. I switched to some white box federal and couldn't hit the target at all - with the same holds the factory ammo was falling at about 150 yards. We figured out the hold to get on target with elevation, but the splash was about 1-12 feet to either side of the target. So ... it appears that 9mm load accuracy varies much more than I've seen for rifle ammo.
  14. Just came across this PCC load development document from JP https://jprifles.com/document_pdfs/PCC Load Development Article.pdf It says they were getting about 3MOA in past testing but didn't do any specific accuracy testing.
  15. emjbe

    Stock length help

    One other thought- which grip do you use? In your original post you said The BCM grip with a step angle reduces the amount of bend needed in his wrist so that night help a little also.