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Last weekends tournament at the Boone Valley Ikes club outside of Webster City, Iowa is in the books.

Saturdays HBR 100-200 started out chilly with temps in the high 40's but the shooting was hot for the 6 power shooters. With sixteen 6 power guns on the property, Wisconsin resident and long time HBR competitor Craig Nagel hammered out a 250-19X for the 100 yd. win. Randy Robinett pushed Craig hard with a 250-17X for second place followed by four more 250's.
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In the afternoon's 200, it was another Wisconsinite, Steve Rosendale, on top. Steve rapped out a dandy 248-4x for the 200 yardage win with Craig Nagel and Iowan Dean Walther right there with 247-6X and 247-4X respectively.
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The HBR 100-200 Grand Agg shook out with Craig Nagel winning with a 497-25X followed by Dean Walther's 497-18X.
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In Sunday morning's VFS 100, Russ Stiner put down a tidy 250-21X for the 100 yard win followed by 5 shooters bunched up with 250-20X's. By the third match at 100, the Webster City quirks were starting to surface and quite a few experienced competitors found themselves looking at a '9' when the flags showed the shot should have dropped right in there.
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For Sunday afternoon's VFS 200 yd. event, South Dakota resident Al Nyhus shot the single 'clean' with a 250-6X followed by Brett Stiner. Russ Stiner's 10X's was pretty impressive for those conditions at 200.
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The VFS Grand came down on Al Nyhus' side of things with a 500-26X for the Grand Agg. win.
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In the Two Gun, Dean Walther showed how consistency matters by snagging the title with a 994-46X. Dean won without winning a yardage witch is a testiment to a true solid performer that there's at the top every time. Well done, Dean! smile
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A couple shots over my bench of the the range before the VFS 100:
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Chad Hilton and his son playing some catch over the lunch break.
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We were fortunate to have a nice young couple there shooting BR for the first time. Eric and Wendy impressed everyone with their desire, positive attitude and in general just being nice young people to be around. Mike Bigelow and Randy Robinett provided each of them with a gun, rests, ammo, flags...in short, everything they needed...and coached them on Friday's practice day and on Saturday and Sunday's tournament days. Hats off to Mike and Randy for stepping up and mentoring the next generation of BR shooters, Well done!

Good shootin' -Al


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A great day on the range!
Good shooting.

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Great shooting, Al!


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Great shooting Al. Congrats!

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Good stuff Al.

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good shooting !!!!

Is James Dowling kin to Dan the fella that used to ''smith'' in Colorado? Dan built my first BR rifle around '90.

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I don’t believe they're related. I'll ask Jim when I see him at the NBRSA Wisconsin State Championship tournament. -Al


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Those HBR scores are very impressive to me. I never shot a lot of Hunter and never came close to a 250. I shot 250's in VFS but never a 500. That takes some real concentration. In my case, if I shot a 250, I would back it up with a 248 or worse. Good Shootin'. GD

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One prolific poster on this site told me I was full of it when I said I could consistently shoot well below moa using "only" 6x. grin

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Originally Posted by mathman
One prolific poster on this site told me I was full of it when I said I could consistently shoot well below moa using "only" 6x. grin

I shot the HBR (6 power) guns for quite a few years...winning two IBS National Championships along the way.

The thing that people don't realize is that while you give up the precise holding of a high powered scope, the large field of view with a 6X scope allows a competitor to see all the wind flags through the scope....which is a huge advantage over the 'big' scopes where you have to watch most of the flags with your 'off' eye.

The round target also lends itself well to lower powered scopes. Good HBR shooters can shoot sub .250 five shot groups at 100 yards in decent conditions.

Good shootin' -Al


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There was a time, in Canada anyway, when Hunter was fired for group. The record agg, at 100 yd, was in the low .4 range and was fired by Jay Winfield. I don't recall what he was shooting.
The small group record was held by Al Mirdoch and was a .125" group. Al fired this from a factory Remington 700 Varmint rifle .308. This was an exceptional rifle and Al steered it pretty well. He shot his own 168 grain bullets and used a sissy bag to absorb some of the recoil. GD

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I've always thought that a 'HBR Group' class would be a good addition to the IBS/NBRSA programs. There would be a nice mix of all calibers. -Al


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Several years ago I rebarreled my 6mmBR to 30BR for the local club Varmint for Score matches.

It worked very well as expected but It almost felt like cheating

I put a 6x Burris mini scope on with small crosshairs and a dot and I was learning again.

They thought I was nuts but I was competitive with it and having more fun than anyone.


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A lot of familiar names on those sheets....I kinda miss it.....

Good shooting on the VFS side Al.

Great to see Dean plug along and take all the marbles.

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Originally Posted by aalf
A lot of familiar names on those sheets....I kinda miss it.....

Good shooting on the VFS side Al.

Great to see Dean plug along and take all the marbles.

Dean knows how to win....shoot steady and kill 'em in the Grand Agg.

I don't shoot the 6X class any longer...trying to keep my BR life a bit simpler. I believe it was Thoreau that said "Simplify, simplify, simplify".

Be great to have an O.G. badazz like yourself back again. smile


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