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GUNS Magazine August 2012 Digital Edition - Page 54
C Jacob Gottfredson aught between cold fronts and rain, the 2-day match at Rifles Only dawned a bit chilly but presented the shooters with beautiful skies and relatively mild winds as many of the world’s premier shooters fought it out in fast-paced rifle and pistol events. Over the many years Rifles Only has held these matches, they have continued to become more difficult. I remember years ago, when any score hovering around 50 percent made it into the top 10. Now one better be well above 60 percent to be in the money. Sounds like it has become easier? Not so. The shooters and their equipment have become much better! Well over $70,000 in manufacturer’s donated prizes lay on the table at the end of the match. Expensive rifles, scopes, ammo, and myriad other goodies were handed out to every competitor on the line. More than 60 donors contributed. For competitors to finish one of the many running gun events, they had to run about 600 yards total. They had to run over a berm, grab one round, return and shoot at a 3/4" dot at 100 yards. Easy, except they had to do it 25 times under a time limit. Photo: Sean Hardy moSt PoPulaR PaRtS oN CuStom RifleS Actions: Surgeon, Stiller, Accuracy International, Remington BArrels: Broughton, Krieger, Shilen, Hart, Walther stocks: Accuracy International, McMillan, Manners triggers: Remington, Jewell scopes: Leupold, Nightforce, Schmidt & Bender, Unertl, Premier, Horus Vision cArtridges: .260 Remington, .308 Winchester, .243 Winchester, David Tubb’s 6XC, 6.5 and 6mm Creedmoor, .300 Winchester Magnum Shooters from all over the country, and sometimes from other countries, including some of the best in the business come to test their skills. This year seven active-duty Rangers competed. Many others were vets from various military organizations, police officers, and civilians. And the gear most of them brought would buy a good car. The ground after each event was littered with cases of several sizes from .300 Winchester Magnum to 6mm Creedmoor and smaller. Top quality tactical scopes of Doc Sean Hardy shoots the 400-yard kneeling position using a conventional technique. Of 72 shooters, Sean was eighth overall in the 25 events. 54 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • A U G U S T 2 0 1 2