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First F class shoot in months

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Yesterday, three of us from the range got together and shot the first F Class match since hurricane Michael shredded the area. Not a big turnout mostly due to people dealing with storm damage issues or being displaced.The facility is a little beat up, but not anything that can't be dealt with. Overhead flapping in the breeze and some pine tree litter laying in the grass. For the most part, the worst has been policed up. Weather was great, sunny  and in the 60's, some wind from right to left, but not really bad.

 

The match is shot using reduced F Class targets at 300yds. The 10 ring is 2.85" and the X ring is 1.42". Like shooting into the mouth of a tea cup. I've been shooting the match with a RPR in 6.5 Creedmoor topped with an Athlon Ares BTR 4.5-27x50, using hand loads that duplicate the Hornady match rounds. Not much to say about the RPR, they are what they are a precision rifle. On the other hand, there is much to say about the Athlon optic. For what it cost, it is a very good optic, which I would put up alongside a similar product from Vortex. The glass is clear, the reticle is outstanding and the focus controls do their job. It does have one issue that can be addressed in one of two ways. The turrets do not have a distinct click when changing settings. This is caused by a greased o-ring under the turret caps. You can either clean them and find a slicker lube or remove them. Removing the o-rings does nothing to change the waterproofing. You can read up the scope in the link below.

 

The match is shot in three stages of fifteen rounds each. The rifle may be supported by a bipod, rest or bag in the front and a bag in the rear. You are given fifteen minutes to shoot each stage. Targets are changed after each stage and you can shoot as many spotters as you like, before the match. I used eight spotters to get the scope back to where it should be, after cleaning up the issue with the turrets.

 

The first few rounds of the first stage caught me by surprise because I had the rifle in the 10 ring with my spotters. I paused and checked things and found that the cheek rest had dropped slightly, changing my position behind the optic. This is actually the second time I have this issue, when shooting the RPR. Seems I really need to pay attention to the lever that locks the riser in place, while it's resting in the rear bag. Not a bad string, but it could have been better. The 9's didn't help.

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The second stage turned out to be my best, missed a 150 by 1 point. Should have thrown a click of windage in there, might have picked up some more X's.

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Link to Athlon website: https://athlonoptics.com/product-category/rifle-scopes/athlon-optics-rifle-scopes-ares-btr/

 

 

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Nice!

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Excellent shooting brother!

 

How often, or have you ever shot F-class out to 1,000?

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On 1/13/2019 at 12:34 PM, newbe said:

Excellent shooting brother!

 

How often, or have you ever shot F-class out to 1,000?

 

I've never shot further than 500yds. and that was with an FAL. We don't have any long range shooting in the area. There is a group working on a 1000yd. range about 40 minutes away, but that's a ways off. There is another range about two hours away, that I might hit up if I can con someone else into going. I have someone in mind and he has the gear to shoot.

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