1-27-2002 Bridgeville 600 Yard BBQ Pork Shoot
Sunday January 27th, the Bridgeville Pistol
and Rifle Club held its second 600 Yard Shoot. This time
it got serious. Big boys with big guns showed up from
out-of-state, with the full intention of putting the local
yokels in their place. As has been the rule this winter,
the day of the shoot was gorgeous, with clear sky and
bright sun, spring-like temperatures, and light but switching
winds. Format was the same as Decembers Oyster Shoot;
two five-shot groups with only the smallest group from
each person (or rifle) counting.
As can be seen above, turnout was high, with a total of about 30 shooters, necessitating four relays. At the bench in the foreground is Bill DR Barwick shooting his slow twist .243 Ackley. Bill managed to put four shots into 1.7". Unfortunately for Bill, it was a FIVE SHOT match! (And we all know what a tiny 4-shot group and 99 cents will buy.)
Shown here is 3rd place finisher Larry Bryant. Larry likes big cartridges (as anyone who has shot IBS Score at the bench next to him learns the hard way!). Larry shot a sub-three inch group with his 7mm Magnum.
Speaking of guys who like Big Guns, shown here is Bud Collison letting one loose with his 450 Nitro Express. Whoa . . . . . . Down Boy!!!!! I guess hes not shooting this rifle free recoil J
Speaking of Big Guns . . . Heres a shot of the target of the target pit. In the foreground is Robert Ritchie, one of the invaders that drove in from the VA 1000 Yard Club. Robert shot a 17-ish pound 300WSM to 8th place. Next in line is Marylands own Chief Red Neck and precision shooter Kenny Bell. (Yes, he laughs like he looks!) Further down the line are Ed Davis (more on Ed later) and Bridgeville club member, High Power shooter and 5th place finisher Chet Stanchie. Shooters rotated from the firing line into the pits, which was a great learning experience and a lot of fun for those that hadnt done this before. Although one couldnt help flinching each time another 400+ gr. bullet slammed into the metal number plates suspended above the target pit!
As is now becoming expected at the Bridgeville shoots, the food was excellent. Chefs Bud and George cooked up and served about 45 pounds of BBQ pork. Awesome! If you come to one of Bridgevilles 600 yard shoots, you wont go home hungry!
Thanks to Chef George Calloway!
Shown below is 2nd place finisher, Karl Young. I believe Karl hails from VA, and shot a 2.258" group with a 6.5 Sandy. A 6.5 what????? Nice shooting Karl! Karl was the top shooting 1000 yard regular.
When the VA guys first got to the range, they looked at the targets wayyyyy down there at 600 yards and were heard muttering among themselves. Seems they are not used to shooting at targets so close you can read the (5 foot high!) target place numbers on with the naked eye!
Youll notice just about everyone shown in these images is smiling. Thats because everyone had such a great time. But no one had a grin like Ed Davis. Big Time! And for good reason. Benchrest Newbie Ed sat down for his first relay, carefully watched the windflags, and proceeded to rip off a 1.8" group at 600 yards! Great shooting? Yeah. Awesome? You better believe it. Ed was shooting a 6PPC! (100-300 yard BR shooters, this is a guy to watch out for!)
1st Place 1.800" Group
As with the last Bridgeville 600 Yard Shoot, a great time was had by all who participated. Special thanks go to the Bridgeville Club and crew for hosting these fun shoots, with special kudos to head honcho for the meet, Bill Truitt (below).
I think the VA 1000 yard guys are smarting a little from their 6PPC whuppin at the hands of Ed Davis, and are anxious to even the score. Theyll get a chance on Saturday February 23rd, when Bridgeville hosts their next 600 Yard Shoot. Its sure to be a blast. Pit Beef and other(?) will be served. (Perhaps other is a little crow the VA guys intend the local shooters to eat!) Drag out whatever rifle you have, and Cmon out and join the fun! For more information, contact Bill Truitt by email at email@example.com, or at (410) 742-0042 at Bills Accuracy Shop. See Ya There!
Top 10 Finishers:
Note: The top ten results shown here are slightly different than the ranking provided by Bill. They have been re-ranked to reflect placing by the smallest group shot by each competitor for each rifle.