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On October 13, 2019 we held the final match of the Suburban Mid-Range Prone League for 2019.  We had seventeen (17) competitors on a cool, breezy day.

Marcel Bollinger lead the F-Open Shooters with a 598-32X.  John Pierce was high F-TR with a 594-22X, and Ray Gross fired a 597-38X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 5

Our next match is the Halloween BSA Charity Match on November 2, 2019. Program is here:  2019 Halloween BSA Charity Match

Attached is the 2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series program.

2019-2020 Snow Country English Match Series

There are a number of changes for 2020:

  • There are three aggregates:
    • Metallic Sights
    • Any Sights
    • F-Class
  • Shoot-off percentages will be based on a twelve person (12) shoot-off.  The relative number of competitors in each shoot-off will be determined by the total numbers in each category.  For planning purposes assume that each category will have four (4) shooters.  However, that number will be adjusted if necessary.
  • As in the past the high four (4) scores will count for the aggregate, and Shoot-Off eligibility.

This is the final program (at least as final as anything else in life is...).

It was just about a perfect day to shoot.  Somewhat cool, somewhat overcast. Temperature was hanging around 70.  Winds were gentle (in fact I shot all three strings without ever looking at the wind, it was almost like shooting gallery).

Unfortunately, no one shot clean for the sixty shots, and the only twenty shot clean was fired by John Pierce shooting F-TR.  Also, John had the high score for the day a 597-30X shooting F-TR.  The high F-Open shooter was Jim Weinrich with a 590-26X.  High any rifle shooter was Leo Cebula (me) with a 595-26X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 4

Our next league match is October 12, 2019.  The program is here:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship

On a sunny, cool beginning of Labor Day weekend, thirty competitors took part in the 2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship at the Midland County Sportsman's Club.

The day resulted in some outstanding performances.  Jack Abrams won the Any Rifle (Any sight sling shooters) with a 595-29X.  Jack used a scoped rifle with LoaderMonkey ammunition.  In second was Steve Bair with a 595-19X using an iron sighted Palma Rifle.  A great performance by both.

In the F-TR Category, Sydnie Lipski, a Junior from Hubbard Lake bested the field with a 590-30X, beating second place shooter Austin Nelson with a 589-26X by a single point and four X's.

F-Open was won by repeat winner Marcel Bollinger with a 595-29X leading Ed Gostomski's 590-24X.  Notably, the conditions must have been worse that last year, Marcel had posted a clean 600, a year ago.

We had a few bumps in the road during the match, but we may have learned from them.  At 300 yards, we were unable to open the file folder on the running access point.  So there was no way to see past strings.  We were concerned that this might be the precursor of worse things to come, so we switched over to another access point for 500 yards.  Unfortunately, for reasons that we suspect, but have not yet been confirmed, that access point was displaying shots 20-30 seconds after the round was fired.  At 600 yards we went back to the original access point and performance once again jumped to 1-2 seconds for each shot.  We still couldn't open the files folder, but the performance was excellent.  We are exploring with the Shot Marker manufacturer why that might be.

Way on the right on target eight, Ray Gross and Leo Cebula were getting wide unexplained shots at 500 yards.  Since I'm old enough (Leo) to not always see well, I attributed it to my vision.  However, Ray was using a scoped AR, and had no trouble seeing.  After a little detective work we realized our bullets were penetrating the lower foliage of the tree on the far right of the range.  Ray removed some lower branches and leaves before the 600, and I (Leo) was able to shoot a decent 600.  Ray, firing an AR, that was likely not as flat as my 80.5 Bergers at 3050 fps, shot his string on target 3.  Both of our scores were dramatically higher.  I think this means its time for some more landscaping at Midland.  At least on Target eight.

2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship

Our next Suburban Mid-Range Prone League match is on September 21, 2019.  The program is here:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship

On a bright, sunny day, seventeen shooters gathered for the third match of the 2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone League.  Three (3) sling, seven (7) F-Open, and seven (7) F-TR shooters enjoyed the gentle winds and pleasant temperatures.

High Sling (Any Rifle) shooter was Peter Church, with a perfect 600-33X.  Pete can really shoot his "ratgun" (.223 Remington).  High F-Open was Marcel Bollinger with a 598-26X.  In the F-TR category, Tom Fisher almost had another clean, but got caught for a single nine in the third stage.  As such, he completed with a 599-39X.

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 3

Our next match is the Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship scheduled for August 31, 2019.  Program is 2019 Michigan Mid-Range Prone Championship.

It was an odd day.  It looked like it wanted to rain, so we put out the rain canopies. So I suppose that is why it didn't rain. We had a good turn out (for a league match), of twelve (12) competitors.

Of note was a new shooter, Bruce Clothier, shooting F-Open who finished with a 600-36X.  An outstanding score!  High F-TR was Scott Burr with a 593-31.  Ray Gross was high Target Rifle (Sling) shooter with a 598-34X.  Compete results below:

2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Match 2

On May 25, 2019 the Michigan Fullbore Rifle Prone Championship was held.  We had twenty competitors who chanced a poor weather report and came to shoot. Fortunately, we had nice weather, some overcast, gentle winds.  However, it did rain.  Shortly after the targets were put away we had some sprinkles.

Of the Twenty (20), we had nine (9) F-Open Competitors, four (4) F-TR, and surprisingly seven (7) Target Rifle (sling) competitors.

The Winner and State Champion for F-Open was Marcel Bollinger with a 445-18X.  F-TR was won by Steve Goyette with a 437-14X.  Target Rifle was won by Leo Cebula with a 447-21X.

Championship plaques will be available at the Suburban Mid-Range Prone June League Match on June 15, 2019.  Program is available:  2019 Suburban Mid-Range Prone Championship

2019 Fullbore Rifle Prone Championship