Tonasket silhouette match for February 2011
Around here Spring can’t seem to make up its mind whether to spring or not. The temperatures have been hovering around the high teens, low twenties for the last two weeks. As well as rifle and ammunition selection for silhouette shooters, fashion should be at the fore front of their thinking. I’m reasonably confident I committed a serious fashion faux pas today. I was betting it wasn’t going to warm up to 48 degrees by10:30. Arctic Carhartt coveralls and insulated pacs was a very bad choice. I did however layer under all that. Cleat just wore his same old suit and gave me that ‘just do it’ look. On a positive note I selected a fine Marlin rifle in 38-55 with standard barrel leaf rear and (Skinner) post front sights.
The rifle was zeroed at 50 yards and could just reach 200 with those sights and the 240 grain Laser Cast bullet sized .380”, over ten grains of Unique. I think on a couple of the long shots the bullets actually stopped for a snack and then continued on their way. When they arrived, there was no question, critters fell. I paired up with Dave K and we started on rams. Nine died. Dave, shooting a reproduction Winchester 1895 in .270, was right there as well. Rotated down to chickens and killed ten. Dave was with me. I was now really starting to sweat. Dang. Pigs went fairly well too. Dave shot over a few and I missed a couple. I hate missing a pig!
On to turkeys. While Dave was down setting targets, I’m trying to get down to a t-shirt. I’m glad Wet Dog wasn’t there with his propensity to video odd behavior. There’s still several inches of ice under several inches of slushy snow on the range, and all in all, it was slick. It required careful squirming and minimal gyrations on my part to keep from falling on my butt whilst disrobing. I was cooling off which was a relief but the sun picked that time to make a full-on appearance. My shiny new rear leaf sight reflected its brilliance and made it impossible to get a sight picture. More turkeys survived than fell. Dave experienced the same reflection impediment on his rear sight and an equally dismal results.
Another lesson learned. I’ll figure a way to matt the rear surface of that sight. Another fun silhouette match. Missed you Wet Dog. Here are a couple pix. Best Regards. Wind