Black Powder Match
Muzzleloaders try to gather weekly, year around, weather permitting (50 degrees or higher in cold season). They mostly shoot late 1700's to mid 1800's style flintlock and caplock rifles and pistols.
The preferred gathering day is Tuesday.
Using pure lead patched round balls and black powder they usually shoot falling steel silhouettes at ranges of 40 - 100 yds (small bore) and 50 - 200 yds (large bore) in accordance with URGC range guidelines.
Shoot organizer is Denis Ratliff, Denis.L.Ratliff@gmail.com
Black Powder Cartridge Rifle (BPCR) Shooters
The BPCR group has concluded another successful year of competition. There were consistently high scores in BPCR and we also added a .22 rimfire single shot rifle competition.
We had an average of fifteen shooters which included men from French Broad Muzzleloaders and Cherokee Gun Club joining us. Good shooters, even better men, and strong competitors. Always welcome.
We gained some new shooters whose prior experience enabled them to be competitive in our matches.
Our competition again consisted of a bullseye event of 10 shots from the bench at 200 yard target. First-3 points, Seconf-2, Third-1
Additionally, some shot offhand at a steel chicken -5 shots at 200 yards. One point for each hit
For those not shooting offhand, scopes took five shots at a 3" paper disc from the bench at 200 yards. 1/2 point for each hit for a max of 2 1/2 points.
Vernier sights would shoot at a 4" steel disc from the bench. 1/2 point for each hit and max of 2 1/2 points.
The new .22 Rimfire Rifle Match was ten shots from the bench using the 100 yard large bore rifle target(2" ten ring, 1" "X").
Both vernier sight and scope shooters turned in very impressive scores. As many as twelve shooters competed.
First year winners in .22 Rimfire:
Vernier Sights-Jim Grant Scope-Richard Martel
Second Jonathan Price Randy Frankin
Results for BPCR: Vernier Scope
First Jim Grant Randy Franklin
Second David Abernathy Jonathan Price
We lost one man Jerry King due to complications from diabetes. Always pleasant, tried hard to stay active and compete. Will be missed.
There was very little overall difference in scope versus vernier sights scoring. Good shooters keep It close.
Several of us have switched to using scopes to see better and get more consistency. It is not an easy transition.
We had one female shooter this year and through her perseverance and dedication earned my vote for
most improved-Congratulations Melanie Koenig.
Jim Grant has separated from most of the vernier sight shooters.
Jim Beery, Randy Franklin, Richard Martel, and Jonathan Price have taken scope scoring to a consistently high plateau.
Most of us try but are not as dedicated as these top shooters. Several have the ability to join these people but will they make the effort.
I enjoy the fellowship and try to appreciate all the knowledge people have acquired.
Competition has been serious but not intense. I had a good time and think everyone else did too.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT BPCR COMPETITIVELY-WE'VE GOT IT!
IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT BPCR AND LEARN AND IMPROVE-WE'VE GOT IT
IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT BPCR-WE'VE GOT IT
IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT .22 RIMFIRE SINGLE SHOT-WE'VE GOT IT
We have had a tough couple of years with the pandemic and we still have to be very careful. As they say about aged animals, Hope we all make through the winter.
All our BPCR matches are fairly informal. We charge no fees, award only ribbons, and only collect 2 dollars for target costs.
If you have some interest and would like an introduction to BPCR shooting-come out and we'll get you started.
For more information contact John Harris at email@example.com