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I haven't been able to shoot any Silhouette since November or try out the new to me Marlin 1897 Cowboy so when I found out about the Machias match I was very motivated to go. It is a wonderful facility and a very well run match.



The weather was clear and cold. I was paired up with Shawn - great guy and an excellent shooter - for both the rimfire and pistol caliber matches. We started on Turkeys and I struggled a little bit but still managed to tip over six. I did a little better on the Rams but stunk up the chickens - it seemed it was not my day for the feathered. Swept the Boars though :)

Managed to squeak into the money with a 30. I'm pretty confident it was more of a matter of learning the sight settings/pictures for the various ranges than the rifle. Of the many Marlin 39 variations I've owned this one is my favorite. I know I've said it about the Mountie, the 39 Ltd and the TDS... but this time I really mean it. ;)



The Federal 40 grain solid is this rifle's prefered bullet. In the second to lowest notch on the elevator a leg hold works well on the chickens, a just touching the bottom edge of the boar's belly is right on for them and I need to cover the turkeys with the bead. The Rams take a two notch up position on the rear elevator and that gives me a right on hold.

MAN do I ever LOVE that long octagonal barrel. It just seems to hang on the target. This 1897's trigger is quite good and if I do my part breaks just at the right time.

I'm still working up loads for the 32-20 so it stayed home on this trip. Next time maybe.



Please excuse this conceited indulgence but I'm still in a celebratory mood as this was my best ever silhouette performance.
The second match - pistol caliber: I used my Marlin 1894 Cowboy Ltd in 45 Colt and it went WAY better than I could have ever expected. Started on the Turkeys again, managed seven which is good for me. I've done WAY worse, so putting seven in the book was somewhat of a relief. 8 rams, swept the chickens and missed the 9th Boar for a total of 34 which to my surprise put me in a tie for the match lead. The other guy had won the earlier match with a 37 and had a bad run in the pistol caliber. The shoot-off was on the turkeys; best out of five. I shot my first, he shot his, I shot my second and third before he shot his second to put a little pressure on him. I tipped over my fourth and he missed his third so all I had to do was put my fifth turkey down and the match was over. Man did that bird look small but I put the bead right in the middle of him and squeezed it off - HIT!!!! Five for five in the showdown. That totally rocked!!! Not that I expect that to happen but man when it does, it feels mighty good!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;D

The bad part about all that is now I can't never go back or they'll find out what a fluke that all was. :p


As a side bonus I got a start on my grand slam which is a goal for this year. I've never managed to sweep the Rams but I'm thinking the 1897 and the 1894 are up to it.

Wind - Dan S says howdy and he hopes to stop by one of these days when he's over visiting his son.
 

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Hey there Wet Dog -- There is something about the Machias facility that just feels good and comfortable. Kinda like an old Carhartt coat. That feeling seems to enhance ones shooting. And it was great shooting on your part as well. Nice job!! Tell Dan the next time you see him it would be good to see him over here. Invite him to the March match here why not? Hope you can make it as well. Best regards. Wind
 

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A good many of the Machias shooters were interested in the Tonasket Match, especially Rifle Caliber Silhouette since they don't shoot that there. That may tempt a few into making the pilgrimage.

I'll tell Dan. I've been seeing him fairly regularly at MRC.
 

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Outstanding! I've shot at the Machias range, but only in the prone 500 yard Highpower matches. Great club.

Congrats on some mighty fine shooting!

Guy
 
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