WY-SHOT, MOA Long-Range Handgun Match, & Church Steel Shoot

Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior MemberPosts: 7,044 Senior Member
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

"The Un-Tactical"

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    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.
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    John with one of his many p.d. kills
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    John and Adam surveying a pd town
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    one of the valleys we set up on to shoot dogs, what some beautiful country
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    letting my barrel cool down from dusting dogs :)):
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    a few of the guys taking a break before the steel shoot.
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    a few of the targets scattered across the hill side
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    Steve and Adam checking out the pd destruction
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    YEP!!, there are targets way over in them hills! :D
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    group picture after the awards
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    Erik and Chuck having a close personal moment :)):
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    Our winners, Erik, Chuck, and Shane
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    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........

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

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

    Sawcarver and Hoggin.....


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    sscoyote, Ernie and Hoggin......

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

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    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.......

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    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.......

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    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.......

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    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.......

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    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!!

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    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......

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

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    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 out and proceeded to rick up dog after dog with the little fella. He took this brace off-hand and close to 100 yards.......

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    I went to work with the .17 yet again, clearing out several at close to 290 yards. Got two to stay out of the hole for a photo op but lost 8-10 more as they fell into or got back into the holes.......

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    The tally between Hoggin and myself was well in excess of 150 dogs between us for both days. This, was by far, the most fun anyone could ask for!! I managed to cobble a short video together of the hunt here.......

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    I want to say that it was great getting to meet all the guys during the shoot. It was well worth the 24+ hours we drove to get to Gillette. And I want to extend a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Ernie for getting this put together. Another HUGE THANKS to Hoggin and the rest of the sponsors that donated items for the shoot!

    We're already planning for next year and lookin' forward to the trip!!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    Church Steel Shoot.
    I put this on for my congregation once or twice a year, depending on schedule. We had 16 out there on Saturday, some of which were brand new to shooting. Some of the newbies did exceptionally well, with one lady coming in at third place (husband came in at 4th place using my 6.5 Leopard XP-100). Her and another lady were sharing my 6.5x47L rifle.
    Dusty (one of your church members has already posted this, so I am going to save some typing and paste in what he wrote:
    We had our annual Church Steel Shoot yesterday (June 21st). I think it was a huge success. Anyone who attended the WY-SHOT knows the conditions we faced. Yesterday was no different. We shot the same steel. Same distances too. It was a blast. There were 16 of us. We even had a special guest who showed up and shot with us. Len Backus of Long Range Hunting Magazine. He's a super nice guy, and a very good shot.
    Well I just want to give a big "Thanks" to Ernie. Also to the companies that donated prizes.

    Here's a pic of our winners.
    1st place- Lester
    2nd place- Dusty
    3rd place- Brooke

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    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,106 Senior Member
    Looks like y'all had a fun time shooting steel and p-dogs. Those 2K+ shots on steel are pretty amazing. Great shooting with a rifle, and y'all used specialty pistols! What you guys do with those pistols is seriously accurate work. :up:

    The scenery is great out there. Nice pictures!
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • MississippiBoyMississippiBoy Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    That looks like too much fun......
  • Mrs_ChiefMrs_Chief Member Posts: 292 Member
    Wow, great shootin :guns::guns:

    BC
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,664 Senior Member
    Ernie the distances you guys shoot at is barely imaginable to a guy that lives in South Florida and even seeing anything more than a couple hundred yards away is rare. Shooting skills needed for what you do are so far out of my league that its hard to even picture a target that far away. My hats off to you and folks that do what you do.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Much greener this time of year up there.

    Looks like a good time.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    Grass this year is as high or higher than I remember.
    Zee wrote: »
    Much greener this time of year up there.

    Looks like a good time.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Grass this year is as high or higher than I remember.
    That'll be good for the game.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    Thank you.
    Shooting skill is shooting skill, regardless of the distance.
    Wind and topography make a difference when combined, but you would be surprised how easy it can be, with a rig designed to shoot distance and good conditions.
    Diver43 wrote: »
    Ernie the distances you guys shoot at is barely imaginable to a guy that lives in South Florida and even seeing anything more than a couple hundred yards away is rare. Shooting skills needed for what you do are so far out of my league that its hard to even picture a target that far away. My hats off to you and folks that do what you do.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Proud of Erik.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    Me too. For as little as he practices, he does really good. I can't imagine how good he would be if he practiced more. He is very smooth and very fast for a SP.
    He was down 4 points from the lead after day 1--Longest shot was 475 yards.
    After day 2 he made 8 more hits than the man that was in the lead on the first day, which gave him a 4 point lead.
    He was sort of hoping for less than ideal conditions on day 2 combined with the distance-He got what he wanted.
    Zee wrote: »
    Proud of Erik.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Looks like a great time was had by all. I hate I couldn't make it, hopefully next year. I want to hang out with those guys doing all the p-dog shooting. I was pleased to see the Buckmark doing so well.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    For pd's, we had a good mix of iron sights and optics.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    We will be looking for you:group:
    Looks like a great time was had by all. I hate I couldn't make it, hopefully next year. I want to hang out with those guys doing all the p-dog shooting. I was pleased to see the Buckmark doing so well.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    That really looks like a great time. I'm definitely going to try to make that next year.
    There's no such thing as having too much ammo, unless you're on fire or trying to swim!
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