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Saturday saw high winds. Sunday saw on and off rain at the 1st Annual Autumn Classic hosted by the Rochester Brooks gun club in Rush, New York.
We shot the sub-gauge event Saturday AM. I imagine target presentations were not what the target setter had in mind, as very windy. Being honest, only one station, maybe two where the wind caused me problems. It was what it was and we had a good time.
The sub-gauge course is set on it's own course, separate from the prelim course. Fair target presentations were thrown. The pump and SxS shooters shot on the prelim course at designated stands.
Saturday PM (Prelim) saw no let up in the wind. One station saw a lot of no bird calls, as the wind kept pushing a target into an unsafe direction. A nice presentation of targets where thrown.
Sunday came the rains. Not raining all the time, but seemed to hit us every third or forth station.
Scores rose and fell accordingly. Rains seemed to bring limited target visibility on some stations. Instead of seeing a spot of orange, just seeing a gray streak. Just the way it at my age. Always hoping for a bit of sun when shooting, but not always getting it. We had a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of us and couldn't delay are start time, hoping for better weather (European start). I shot a 73 and happy with the score, but sure wishing I hit a few more targets!
As always, very knowledge refs working the shoot. Machine problems caused little delay. A designated crew taking care of problems quickly.
A polished crew working the desk!
Neat looking trophies were presented. Glass balls were thrown many years in the past....
The club has one PAT rap and a purchase of a second is under serious consideration.
A short video of the new single lane rifle range at the Huntingdon club, as I think not something you see every day, and may be the answer for clubs that wish to put in a range, but have limited property!
Club members (and a few non-members) were out in force and the club held another successful shoot at the Underhill Gun Club, Westford, Vermont.
An NSCA shoot. Monies raised were donated to Hope Lodge.
A cool start to the day with rain threatening. An on and off rain hit the third rotation hard.
A nice rabbit presentation was thrown. I've never seen the rabbit machine set up on this part of the property before and hopefully it will be the machines permanent home. Saying that, the two stations in the woods on the other side of the property would be well served if a chain saw removed a tree or two.
The ladies working the desk did an outstanding job!
The club is lucky to have so many members that volunteer to work the shoot. Several clubs that I shoot at have cut back significantly or no longer hold shoots, as volunteers are a rare breed in 2014!
Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club, Brockville, Ontario
A long drive, but worth it!
For those who don't attend shoots held at smaller clubs your missing out on a good time. Just something about the family atmosphere you find at such shoots. Doesn't take long to meet everyone and usually all are very friendly, especially at the Golden Triangle.
Two-man teams, 75 targets, shot across three fields.
Plenty of help on each field!
You only needed a gun that held two shells.
With team shooting it's a good idea to coordinate with your partner on who's shooting at what target before you call pull. A few hiccups on my part (shooting my partners target) but overall talking out who was going to shoot what worked well. We came in forth.
Nice to see a number of young shooters taking part!
An excellent lunch served (included in the price of the shoot).
Seemed to be lucky draw prize for most if not all. Thanks to the sponsors!
By the time we were ready to depart the club didn't look like a shoot was held. Fields were back to normally and the clubhouse and kitchen had undergone a major cleaning.
Hat's off to Kingston Skeet & Trap Club shooter Tony Raponi. He always encourages participation from the younger shooters from his club (and the older shooters) at such shoots and I'm always seeing new faces when he's in attendance.
Had to slow down for a small herd of deer when driving to the shoot and almost came to a complete stop on the way home, as a deer was looking to cross, but couldn't make up it's mind.
Going into Canada we had to stop at U.S. customs to do the paperwork on one gun. Took only a few minutes and no delays when entering Canada. On the return, the serial numbers on all firearms were checked upon entering the USA.
One of the bridges at the Cornwall crossing is no longer used (been replaced by one that is much closer to the water).
The abandoned bridge may be a problem for travelers when it comes time to tear it down. At a minimum they will have to reroute traffic.
A toll is charged going both ways (they will take US or Canadian funds)!
- police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond.
- Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.
- One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.
- "You did not see "police restraint" overnight. You saw police reluctant to act.
- mostly well-behaved crowd broke in a convenience store
A 51-year-old man was injured Friday while target shooting when the barrel of his shotgun blew out.
The Indianapolis resident was shooting at the Indiana Gun Club in Fishers with his 12-gauge over-under break-action shotgun, when a preliminary investigation indicated an obstruction in the top barrel may have caused the side of the barrel to blow out when it was fired.
The man was shooting with his son — who was using a 20-gauge shotgun — and the man was carrying both 12-gauge and 20-gauge ammunition at the time of the accident.
“While it has not been determined that this was the cause of the incident, there is an enhanced risk of barrel blow-out when carrying 20-gauge ammunition while firing a 12-gauge shotgun, as a 20-gauge shell can slide far enough down the barrel for a 12-gauge shell to be loaded behind it,”
Easy enough for it to happen. Maybe just a long day. Sometimes we don't pay attention. Sometimes it's just are everyday routine. Just grabbing shells like we do 1000 times in the past, but this one time your talking, joking, having a good time and your routine is off.
I'm sure not the first person to carry shells for another shooter, especially if the other does not have a pouch or vest and your teaching him/her the ropes or only shoots a few times a year and doesn't have there own gear.
If you shot a small gauge event in sporting or shooting the 4-gauges in skeet, a good practice to check your vest and/or pouch before moving on to the next event.
With a persistent powder shortage and small gauge reloading almost at a standstill due to the shortage, it's surprising that shot prices have remained steady and not fallen.
Small qualities of powder is available from time to time, to include 700X for 12 gauge re-loaders. I've seen Promo for sale and heard of small qualities of other powders here and there. I've not seen powder for small gauge.
A club that I belong that receives monthly deliveries of targets, shells, and components has reported NO POWDER on the truck for the last six deliveries.
For many, it's to much work to be beating the bushes for powder and they have either cut back on shooting to stretch there supplies or started buying the cheaper brands of shells. A few have stopped shooting altogether. Shooting has always been an expensive sport and the lack of powder has them spending dollars on factory ammunition they just can't afford.
I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters. Not necessarily the best price.
Some of the most enjoyable fun shoots that I've attended in recent years have been held at skeet/trap clubs.
Basically, taking two or three fields and converted them into hunting fields, with as many as three stands per field. Buddy shoots, shooting with a partner!
A few extra machines per field is a must if the club is going to do it properly.
A local outfitter or club members can provide the stands and decoys. The more decoys on the fields the better.
At the Valleyfield club listed below, one of the stands is a boat!
As for target presentations, use your imagination!
Also, a good opportunity for a club to reach out to shotgun owners who don't shoot clay targets. Advertise via your local Ducks Unlimited chapter, hunting clubs, and gun stores. Not unusual to pick up a good number of memberships at such an event. Maybe free rounds can be some of the prizes.
Invite outfitters and local merchants to set up booths at the club.
Don't sell yourself cheap. Don't be afraid of making a few bucks for the club.
Expect a big crowd and plan accordingly! The Ontario club listed below broke a club shoot attendance record last year. Many in attendance were hunters, who if they shot at clay targets at all, it was off of hand thrown targets in a field somewhere!
Many people own shotguns, they just don't shoot clay targets, they hunt. Those are your future club members if you can get them to the club and they have a fun time!
A word of caution. You may want to provide the ammunition, as non-clay target shooters may bring ammunition not suitable for shooting at your club. Price it into the price of the shoot. A number of shooters you will see only hunt a few times a year and the shotgun is stored until the next time. You want to have plenty of experienced shooters working each field (safety).
Both of these shoots are in Canada. No clubs in my part of New York or Vermont is offering this type of shoot.
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I've been remiss in doing a complete teardown of my Remington 1100 for thorough cleaning. It's been shooting well, but just a matter of time before I start having problems.
I found the trigger needed major cleaning, not just a wipe down.
The action spring tube needed cleaning. I ran the patch several times before it came out clean. Also, anytime I have the stock off I change out the Action Spring, a $5 part, if it needs it or not. I usually change it once a year, as what's $5?
You shouldn't have to change this spring for many years, but if I have a problem I know it's not the Action Spring.
The magazine spring looked like new, but the Magazine Follower (orange) had a buildup on it and after a cleaning was looking good. The tube itself was pretty clean.
Remington recommends shooting dry, but I've seen many soak them in oil and shoot them that way.
I use Break-Free to clean all my firearms. I apply a coating and let them sit for several hours, usually over night. I wipe the parts down as best I can. No additional oil or what have you. At a shoot when putting the gun away, I will wipe down the receiver and barrel with Rim oil.
Nothing appeared broken and no cracked parts. A good idea to give everything a close look. Last winter I found a cracked Breech Bolt Assembly.