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Offline MuskratMike

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February Postal Match
« on: February 02, 2024, 12:08:32 AM »
I know this isn't everyone's favorite target but in the honor of St. Valentine's Day lets have a go at it. To be shot at 25 yards off hand, seated or bench as long as there are no artificial supports, cross sticks, sand bags etc... Five shots at the target half ball rule applies. Since some of our shooters don't have blue skies sunshine and 59 degrees like we have let's limit it to 3 targets. Post your best or all, best one counts. To pint it go to: NMLRA.org/downloads you will see the target I believe on the main page. If it helps you may stick on a colored circle over the "X"-circle only. Maximum score this month is 50 5X. Good luck to all.
When you are out with friends, wives or girlfriends on the 14th, don't ever make this toast: "Here's to wives and lovers, may they never meet".



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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2024, 12:39:19 AM »
I am the Lead Historian and a Firearms Specialist at Rock Island Auction Co., but I am here out of my own personal interests in muzzle loading and history.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2024, 12:55:24 AM »
Thanks, Seth. Appreciate all the help I can get.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2024, 12:59:14 AM »
 ;D

I might actually get out and shoot this one this weekend given the unseasonably warm weather forecasted although the melted snow has made everything real soggy out there.
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Offline duca

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2024, 06:39:33 AM »
I got to enter one of these. Maybe this is the month. All these years and never participated

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Offline Daryl

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2024, 09:49:16 PM »
Targets printed so now we'll see what the weather holds for us.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2024, 03:25:30 AM »
My targets are printed and ready. May have give this a go with my little.32..........worst I can do is miss   :)

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2024, 04:04:26 AM »
Hope you can shoot it, Moleman. It appears by the mid month, our weather is going to warm up again so Taylor and I can shoot it.
Daryl

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Offline MuskratMike

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2024, 04:55:24 AM »
Tuesday we may get a break in the nonstop rain. Will try and get out and give it a try.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2024, 12:17:02 AM »
Got no excuses it was a slightly overcast day, zero wind and no rain. I shot my Kibler .40 caliber using a .395 ball, .015 ticking patch with spit for lube and 45 grains of Goex 3F.
I score them as: #1 a 38 1X, #2 a 49 0X, and #3 a 46 0X. Shouldn't take much to beat this. I shot off a bench using only elbows and hands for support.





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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2024, 04:59:58 PM »
I had to look at November's postal match which you won Muskrat. You had some impressive scores in the November match using the same rifle and the same load. The only difference is that you shot November's match offhand. Elbows on the bench may not be better than offhand for you.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2024, 07:32:01 PM »
I agree, but had the foot issues and had a hared time with my balance. Those SMR's and Soddies with those deep crescent butts are ment to be shot offhand.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2024, 08:54:05 PM »
Got the .36 Bedford out for this one. I have a left shoulder injury that just wonít heal, so had to touch my elbow to the tractor seat to be able to hold the rifle up. Only had one target left from last time and no printer here at my cabin. Shot better than I thought I could with the sore shoulder, but did better last time free hand. Hopefully will get more targets and maybe the shoulder will feel good enough to shoot fully offhand.

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2024, 09:33:46 PM »
Nice!!!
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2024, 10:00:03 PM »
...and we have a new leader with a 49 1X. good shooting
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Offline Daryl

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2024, 03:45:40 AM »
Nice and with more than a little windage problem.  Good group, elevation wise, barely 2 balls high.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2024, 05:08:08 PM »
Nice and with more than a little windage problem.  Good group, elevation wise, barely 2 balls high.
Actually was elevation. I shot the target hanging that way. If I hold more than a couple seconds, with the pain in my shoulder, I tend to drop my arm a little. Working on exercises to fix that. Always somethingÖ.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2024, 07:05:38 PM »
I know this isn't everyone's favorite target
When you are out with friends, wives or girlfriends on the 14th, don't ever make this toast: "Here's to wives and lovers, may they never meet".




I like it.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2024, 12:11:58 AM »
Well the good news is that a may have 24 points free hand with my smoothie, bad news is that cupid is no longer with us......my last shot took him out clean.

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2024, 06:53:35 AM »
Moleman: No worries you still have 2 more targets to shoot.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2024, 06:34:15 PM »
Moleman,
I do not print off targets so don't shoot these events,   but if I Did, I would be Soooo tempted to put one right in his fat little butt!

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2024, 08:44:14 PM »
I thought it was about time that I give it a try.  25 yds offhand
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Offline Daryl

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2024, 04:59:28 AM »
Well done, Tony. 1/2 ball lower and you'd have had a 49 1X.
Daryl

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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2024, 10:36:25 PM »
I got a few targets shot today. 25 yds, offhand. Looks like a 46, 2-45ís, and 0x.
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Re: February Postal Match
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2024, 04:17:03 AM »
Nice shooting everyone. I'm still working on a load for my smoothie but I'm getting closer.
I'll get my last targets shot yet this week.