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Topic: Steel & Prairie Dogs
Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Subject: Steel & Prairie Dogs
Date Posted: June/24/2014 at 07:52
All I can say, is that last week was a very busy week.
WY-SHOT is my baby.  Handguns only.  A combination steel field shoot and prairie dog shoot.
The steel match was challenging as I had ten 5" targets, and ten 10" targets, combined with ten in all: 11", 12" 14", and some 10x16" targets.
There were 33 targets to engage from each landing.
The match was shot from the prone position, under limited time with only 1-shot per target.  IF you were able to engage all targets under the allotted time, then you could engage again any targets you missed with the remaining time.  We had good conditions on day one at the closer landing and conditions were hard on the second day at the further landing.  Furthest 5" target was at 820 yards.  
Everyone met that wanted to shoot the steel shoot @ 11:00 and ate some chow.  Folks were shooting pd's from early morning till 11:00.  Shoot steel match then go back to doggin till whenever they wanted to quit or sunset.
Steel match took around 3 hours, as we had 5 stages, and had 3-4 shooters at each stage.  You were either shooting, spotting, timing, and or scoring.   Say you have 6 targets and the yardage of all the targets added up to 2000 yards.  Six seconds per 100 yards then add 1 minute set-up time and that will be the time you had for that stage.  Targets were sometimes spread out from right to left, which made things harder.
Had 16 participants from all over the US.  Awesome group!

For our first shoot we had 16 participants.  An awesome group!
Erik had a personal best, as he wanted to take a pd over 1K.  He got that done pretty quick: 1181 yards.
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It was my privilege to be his spotter!

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The rear-grip XP has been worked on by several excellent gunsmiths, when you consider rail work, action work chambering and such.  Some of the ones you would be familiar with is Gregg Tannel (Gre-Tan Rifles), Eric Wallace (Nawakwa Accuracy), and Chuck McIntosh (Mac's Gunworks).  McMillan stock with weight added, 3" rails, Jewell trigger, Brux 8T barrel, Near 20 MOA base, NF Benchrest 12-42 scope with NP DD reticle, running on a NEO Joystick Rest.

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Aaron Alexander also had a personal best in pd shooting as well (1292 yards).  He used his 6mm Dasher BR specialty pistol for that.
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I was borrowing Steve's Kowa bigeyes and spotting for Aaron, while Steve was roaming and sniping pd's with his 22lr (Charger clone)-KILLED 2 AT 410 YARDS!!!
Aaron and I feel very comfortable and work very well together in the shooter/spotter roles.

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What was really impressive for me was his 8-shot group at 2018 yards.  He was using his heavy bench SP set-up for dog killing out to 2K+.  Once we got on target, he had 8 shots on out of 12-That is pretty impressive if you asked me. Watching it through my Kowa spotting scope was a joy that is hard to describe!
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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."



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Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: June/24/2014 at 07:54
I am going to copy what some of the participants posted elsewhere:

First thing, I want to thank Ernie for putting on the shoot and opening up his home for us to meet up. Deborah and I had a great time meeting and having fellowship with everyone. I'm already planning for the 2015 WY-Shot!!
 Here is a few photos I was able to take, was having too much fun shooting dogs and steel to take many pictures.
  My first shot and first dog, around 160 yards, 17 rem.


  John with one of his many p.d. kills


John and Adam surveying a pd town


one of the valleys we set up on to shoot dogs, what some beautiful country


 letting my barrel cool down from dusting dogs :)):


a few of the guys taking a break before the steel shoot.


a few of the targets scattered across the hill side


Steve and Adam checking out the pd destruction


YEP!!, there are targets way over in them hills! :D


 group picture after the awards


Erik and Chuck having a close personal moment :)):


Our winners, Erik, Chuck, and Shane


2015 can't get here quick enough!!
Glenn

Another participant:

The 2014 WY-SHOT P-Dog hunt was a complete success for Hoggin and me. After a long drive, we made it out to Gillette and met up with Ernie and the crew. We knocked out for a brief nap after the 24+ hour drive and got up and at 'em.

Everyone gathered at Ernie's place and we all had a good meet and greet with everyone. A short time later we all loaded up and headed out to get the steel set up for the steel shoot. This being my first trip to Wyoming, all I can say is that the drive was great heading out to the steel shoot site, The vista was absolutely breathtaking on the drive out.

Here was Hoggin as we rode out........



The view from the car........





Once we arrived, we got a good look at the area as the members set up the steel.....

Sawcarver and Hoggin.....  




sscoyote, Ernie and Hoggin......



rickiesrevenge, Shane and tgp in the background.......



After all the steel was set up, everyone headed back in and we had a get-together at Ernie's and we all got our bellies full and enjoyed some good company. Got to meet a lot of the members and put a face to the name. A good time was had by all, good food and better fellowship!

Afterwards, everyone headed out and we got a good night's sleep in preparation for day one of WY-SHOT. The next morning, everyone met up at Ernie's.......



We loaded up and hit the road to get the day started. Dustmoahunter got Hoggin and me on a good prarie dog town that morning and we sat up to smoke some p-dogs. We made our first set on a well cap and I got the .17 Fireball out along with the .257 Roberts XP Hoggin was toting.......



I whacked several at the first set and Hoggin lit several up to boot. Hoggin tagged a couple with a Walther PPK .32 ACP and got the first double of the day with the XP at 200 yards.......



We later moved on around and made another set where we spent the rest of the day. We took a slew of p-dogs that afternoon with a myriad of different firearms from .22 LR's to the 'Tender and XP.......















The following day, Hoggin and I set up in the same locale as the day before, we sat out solely with the .22's on the begging of day two. Hoggin toted Ernie's MOA Charger clone with a Sightron SIII. We got a quick zero and lit in on the p-dogs, Hoggin with the MOA and I toted my 10" TC .22 match with the 3x12 Burris. Hoggin set the p-dogs on fire with the MOA!!



Hoggin managed three outta three hits at 257 yards with the MOA!! All I could say was WOW!! Two managed to drag in the hole, but we got a photo-op with one recovered dog......



I managed to wear them out with the l'il TC as well, cleaned out and entire mound.......



Later, I managed my personal best with the .17 Fireball MGM, took a double at just over 200 yards and made my longest hit with it at 332 yards. Towards the latter part of the day, we limped over and shot a stage or two on steel and flew back in on the p-dogs to round out the evening.

Hoggin got the Buckmark o

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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: Sparky
Date Posted: June/24/2014 at 09:01
Very Nice! Thanks for sharing!


Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: June/26/2014 at 05:51
Lot of fun.
I have guys in the process of sending me more pictures.


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: 8shots
Date Posted: June/27/2014 at 02:48
Looks great Ernie.
 
You should get yourself over to South Africa and smoke some ass in our field shoots. The setup is very similiar except we engage paper animal targets and steel gongs.
 
We are holding the world championships in Aug, with teams from several countries heading this way.


Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: June/27/2014 at 07:13
If I ever come that far, I will be hunting, not competingBig Grin


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: June/27/2014 at 10:31
Lots of fun for sure, Ernie!

I used to go shoot prairie dogs twice a year every year in NM, but I quit going about 5 years ago once bullets, primers, and powder became harder to come by and I ran out of friends who could afford to go anymore. I need to start going again. I've found no other activity where I could do that much shooting in a weekend!

I've never tried it with pistols before. I might have to build one of those precision hand cannons one of these days. Been trying to buy an old XP-100 off my brother that he never uses, just to salvage the action alone.

Good stuff!


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Ted


Money can't buy happiness... but it's much more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle.


Posted By: budperm
Date Posted: July/24/2014 at 07:37

Most Excellent Ernie!  You'vwe done a stellar job at organizing that Shoot!  Excellent  Excellent  Excellent

 
Looks like abslute TONS of fun and challenge!  Well done sir.  If I ever rob that bank and get rich your on the must do bucket list!!!


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"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
--Thomas Jefferson





Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: July/24/2014 at 08:29
Some guys don't even compete in the steel shoot.
They are just spending all of their time going after pd's (with handguns only of course)Big Grin
Love to have you shoot with us.


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: Kickboxer
Date Posted: July/24/2014 at 23:38
Ernie, you certainly have a demonstrated understanding of how to have FUN.  Great stuff.

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Opinion,untempered by fact,is ignorance.

There are some who do not fear death... for they are more afraid of not really living


Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: July/24/2014 at 23:48
I'm tryingAmerican Flag


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: July/25/2014 at 05:19
Ernie, I have an old XP100 tie bar, if you'd like it just pm me your address, NO CHARGE.

Skip


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When you are dead, you don't know you are dead.It is difficult only for others.

It is the same when you are stupid.


Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: July/30/2014 at 06:48

Ernie:  What kind of optics were most folks running?  Appears to be rifle scopes given the distances they were shooting.

Have another thread about putting glass on a Charger, plus this thread has given me a bug for a Brown 97D or an Anschutz Exemplar in 17 HMR.

Mike



Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: July/30/2014 at 06:59
Primarily rifle scopes, since we were pushing distance.
Chris Rhodes who used my 22lr  clone Charger.  I put a S-III 6-24 Sightron on that.
I ran a couple of FFP 6.5-20 Leupold Mark 4's with ART reticle, Nightforce BR and NXS, and one HS Viper with XLR reticle in FFP.  Also was using the Burris 8-40 XTR-II with the MOA reticle.
Lot of guys used Leupold, Sightron, and and NF.
I should have paid better attention I guess.


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: Ernie Bishop
Date Posted: July/30/2014 at 07:00
Originally posted by Peddler Peddler wrote:

Ernie, I have an old XP100 tie bar, if you'd like it just pm me your address, NO CHARGE.

Skip

ernieemily@yahoo.com
Thanks!


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Ernie



"If you think you are perfect, just try walking on water."


Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: July/30/2014 at 07:40
Got it Ernie.


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When you are dead, you don't know you are dead.It is difficult only for others.

It is the same when you are stupid.


Posted By: Urimaginaryfrnd
Date Posted: December/28/2014 at 20:22
Bump

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"Always do the right thing, just because it is the right thing to do".
Bobby Paul Doherty
Texas Ranger


Posted By: Kickboxer
Date Posted: December/28/2014 at 21:22
Today is the first time all the pictures downloaded for me…  I removed one picture...

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Opinion,untempered by fact,is ignorance.

There are some who do not fear death... for they are more afraid of not really living



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