Long Range Day (Open Range Day) in NC

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October 9, 2011 at 2:34 am #672
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John Babiarz

I poached this from the Carolinashooters forum

Steel targets out to 1050 yards!
This has fun written all over it.

Well I have seen and heard everyone talk about long range meet ups but haven’t seen one happen yet! My shooting partners and I are going to open the range up for an Open Day of shooting.

This is geared towards everyone! New shooters to seasoned veterans. If you are a new shooter, or just lack long range experience please don’t hesitate to pm me with any questions! We would much rather you attend than sit home and watch tv all day.

You don’t have to shoot LR to come out and have fun. You can come out to bang steel at short range too and enjoy some lunch and company amongst like-minded individuals.

5 W’s
Who: Everyone is invited!
What: Long Range Day, shooting from 50-1050yds
When: 16 Oct 2011
Where: 4000 Midway Rd, Maxton, NC
Why: Be cause we can…… duh

Cost: $20 per person (lunch and drinks included)
Caliber Restrictions: nothing over .50
Ammo Restrictions: No armor piercing or steel core ammo shot on steel.
Range Open: 0700hr, 16 Oct 2011
Range Hot: 0800hr, 16 Oct 2011
Cease Fire will be called every half hour or so to replace/repaint targets or as needed
Range Cold: 1630hr, 16 Oct 2011
Range Closed: 1730hr, 16 Oct 2011
Camping Allowed! Come early on Saturday evening/afternoon and camp out if you want.

There will always be cadre personnel on the firing line who are acting as RSO and not firing. We will be in direct communication with our safeties.
If you do not own or have your long range rifle set up you may shoot one of ours. We will have a few out there for you to try.

No need to bring any targets! We will supply everything and have steel set up from 100-1050yds. We will also have some paper targets set up at various yardages for anyone to test their marksmanship and shoot tiny groups!

I’m sure there will be some friendly wagers happening… Maybe someone can bring that dinty moore beef stew and we can take turns shooting at it @ 1000yds.

We may have the pistol area set up for concurrent shooting.

We will provide a lunch off the grill and drinks throughout the day. If we can get a solid headcount from here we will try to get some pig cooking, if not then we will have burgers and dogs.

If you are a newb or are just interested in coming out to shoot with us please send me a PM or email me and we can talk.

The only things we ask
Have fun and maybe try to learn something
If you are a new shooter and want to borrow a rifle for the day or just pump some rounds through one please let me know. I’d hate for you get there and not have one available or no ammo.
If you are a new shooter and want some instruction time, don’t hesitate to ask. We can make the time to sit down with you and help you understand the answers to your questions.
If you plan on shooting one of our rifles you will need to provide the ammo, you can purchase and bring or you can reach me ahead of time and I will provide. If you just want to sample it, just ask, no charge for that.
-Note: If you provide ammo it must be commercial match grade spec ammo. no corrosive, no AP, etc..
Police up after yourselves!
No whining
Refer to #6

Camping is welcome and permitted Saturday night. If you plan on camping bring something to throw on the grill Saturday evening.

ETA: So we can get a good headcount on lunch please post here, email, or PM me. If enough people show up we may get some pig cooking!!!

My Email
Address: 4000 Midway Rd, Maxton, NC
If you punch in the address it will get you close, just remember its right by the intersection of Midway and Townsendville Roads.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

October 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm #674
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Dave Whitson

Shounds like a great time !!!

PD Practice !!!

October 20, 2011 at 2:42 am #730
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John Babiarz

——–After Action Report——–
(with comments and observations)

What a great freakin’ weekend!!!!!

Started Saturday off with a little bass fishing.
Perfect weather, couldn’t ask for better conditions on the water.
Caught 5 or 6 nice bass, the largest being the attached.

On the way to the range, I checked out Uwharrie National Forest.
Big time public hunting lands, that looked most promising.
BTW: There’s been Big Foot sightings in the Forest.
An episode of “Monster Quest” was filmed there.
hmmmmm…. So would a bear, deer or pig tag be used on a Sasquatch???

The range…
It was cool meeting folks with common interests, BSing around a camp fire till the wee hours of the morning whilst enjoying some beverage and spending the entire day casually blasting things at very long distances.



One of my objectives for the day was to validate ballistic tables, based on the solutions from that Russian Droid app.
They were pretty much not worth the effort for distances out to 300 yards. With a 200 yard zero, just aim a little high beyond 200 to past 300 and it’d hit.
At 300 to 450 (500 for the .308) the tables were spot on but my wrist got sore turning the scope knobs that many rotations.
Beyond 500, they simply reduced the number of shots it took to walk up a hit.

With the two prairie dog pieces (Rem 700 & upbarrelled AR, both in .223), up to 300 yards consistant hits on the plates were very doable. 300 to mid-400 were less consistant. 500 & beyond were optimistic at best. 1000… yeah, right…

An ex-South African Army officer and I spotted for each other. I finally got to see a projectile trace, through his Kowa. Pretty dang cool. His comments with that SA accent on the 400+ yard trajectory (or lack there of) of the little 40gr’ers coming out of my Rem700, made me chuckle.

~40 rounds were through my Win 70 in .308. That thing was on but the scope was somewhat lacking at 400+. It has a 4-14x mil-dot lower end Nikon. 180gr SMK’s move a plate at 550 yards quite nicely. A big difference in reach-out-and-touch ability between the 180gr’ers and those little .223′s.

The 7mm Mag regularly tagged plates in the mid 300′s from the sitting position, using a set of shooting sticks. Full on hunting situation practice.

From the prone supported with the 6.8SPC, anything out to 200 yards was a gimme’. Being a new rifle and has never been out in the woods, that was a real good confidence builder for the upcoming deer season.

October 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm #734
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October 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm #746
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Jeff Michaels

Very Cool Read sonds like it was a blast

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