200m High Power Metallic Silhouette Match Results & Video
The first Sunday of every month there’s a 200m high power metallic silhouette match that my coach and I try to make it to as part of the normal circuit in our area. Normal full scale metallic silhouette is done at 200, 300, 385 & 500m. This was a partially scaled course with the animals other than the chickens all down-scaled to maintain 2-3MOA at 200m. Weather was ok with periodic swirling strong gusty wind and cool temps that weren’t cold at all. The wind spent most of the day just toying with our emotions and not affecting shots much. When it did affect them it was full value 20MPH wind which requires holding off the animal to hit it.
During the state match last weekend I managed somehow to tear a tendon in my hip which makes any position other than standing horrendously painful. Walking is a bit of a challenge too but standing is fine other than hurting quite a bit.
I found a glitch with my form during the match by watching another shooter and I fixed that glitch which caused me to pick up another 4 animals over what I might normally do at that range and really dialed in my aim-small-miss-small ability especially when there’s wind pushing on me. That was a major gain for me and I went up about 15% in hit percentage overall and around 500% specifically on my turkey average which I normally have quite a bit of trouble with. I’ll usually hit 1 or maybe 2 out of 10 turkeys unless the day is particularly sparkly or if I’m using a rimfire gun. This time I’d already fixed my form and natural point of aim was easier by far to establish and maintain and target transitions were cleaner and I ended up swatting 7 out of 10 turkeys despite the issue with the tendon in my hip.
In metallic silhouette all shots are taken off-hand, no slings, palm rests, shooting jackets or shooting gloves. In addition to those gear restrictions there are restrictions on rifle configuration (no AR’s basically) and weight. Targets are 2-3MOA steel silhouettes and weigh between 5 and 15lbs for a scaled match like this one. In a full scale match the targets can get up to 50-80lbs on the rams. One of the competitors ended up popping the head off of one of the chickens with a .308. A .308 is kind of a bit much for this game at 200m but is fully accceptible. Breaks happen. I use a 7mm BR which is about as powerful as a .30-30 but with better bullets and range and it’ll never break a piece off unless the target is already seriously damaged.
I shot first place in my class by a LONG way and ended up putting a leg into the next higher class with a score of 20 of 40. One more breakout and I’ll get bumped which is all happening just as I expected time wise. The other winning scores were 24,25,26 with 26 taking the overall match win. My coach shot a 19 which is horrid performance for him. Being only 7 targets from overall match winner is giving me some impetus to work out harder and practice more and to replace the trigger on my match rifle since it’s about 5lbs and gritty as 2 miles of gravel road. The reason I haven’t replaced it yet is I figure if I can do well with a cr4p trigger, imagine what I’ll do with a good one. So I got to be a decent standing shot with first with a bad trigger.
Enjoy the video below. It’s a quick compilation of largely unedited footage.
Thanks to my PRS spotter The Disco Tripper for taking the video through a spotting scope on an iPhone. That was a lot of hard work for him to keep the video shooting during a fast moving match. He had to move the spotting scope from station to station and set up in the 45 seconds they give us to get up to the line and get ready. Not a lot of time and he did well collecting almost 4GB of media. Also thanks to my coach and silhouette spotter Seargent Schulz. His coaching helped me pull in 2-3 hits that I otherwise might not have had without such a good spotter.
A tip for long range shooters: Remember that your spotter tells you where to break the shot and you obey his orders strictly. You are part of the weapon but he is the weapon system commander. Never second guess your spotter or you’ll never work properly together. If he needs second guessing then the wrong member of your team is the spotter. The spotter should be the best shot. The shooter should be the weaker spotter.