Friday, August 31, 2007

7/8 ounce and sporting clays

I shot 100 sporting clays today using 7/8 ounce, 12 gauge reloads.

I've been sitting on the recipe for several weeks and just got around to loading the shells.

1250fps, #8, Clays, W209, and STS hull.

I used the Claybuster gray clone wad and did not have to make any changes to my 9000G. A little tight getting the wad into position over the hull, but if you stay close to the guide bar in the front of the reloader they pop right into position.

I went with STS hulls as I have a number of them and would not mistake them for other shells that I've reloaded. I normally reload AA hulls.

I used various chokes; skeet, IC, and lite mod on 100 targets, 16 stations.

No noticeable difference in hits from what I see when using my 1 ounce loads.

My wife tried them in her Remington 1100 and it cycled with no problem. She commented they were soft shooting.

I'm very comfortable with the load and I'm going with it for an upcoming shoot this Sunday. In two weeks I have a skeet shoot and will most likely give them a try in skeet doubles using #9's.

If you've been following my postings, going from 1oz to 7/8oz gives you two extra boxes per bag of shot or one case for every five bags of lead.

With lead at + $30...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

No referees for skeet?

The problem for many clubs is the shortage of skeet referees, or if not a shortage, the cost associated with paid refs. A number of clubs have either cut back on shoots or no longer offer them because of this.

We've attended our fair share of "target only" shoots where we self refereed. I have not done this at 4-gun shoots.

Self refereeing works to a point!

Most on any squad can give the required push of the button in a timely manner and those who can't are quickly not given the responsibility.

As for rules. I have not yet been on a squad where one or two were not knowledgeable. Matter of fact, I've seen paid referees ask the squad if the correct ruling was made when those odd situations arise that most don't see at every shoot.

The problem I've experienced is with the score pad, not in the pulling or the interpretation of rules.

We have dragged the score pad around and this is not fun, especially when holding a shotgun.

To not have the score pad on the field we've done the following; We used the honor system. We placed hulls for missed targets in a pocket to count at the end of the round. We had someone sit near the field and record hits and misses.

Having someone sit and keep score was the best way to go, but not many are willing to do this over the course of a day, even if offered a few dollars.

Whats the solution?

A podium or lectern.


Located behind stations 2 through 6 for placing the score pad. Stations 1 & 7 stand would be off to the side.

They can be cheaply made and stored off the field when not needed.

Except for the biggest of shoots I can see them being used at most clubs.

I've attended NSCA shoots that were self scoring with no referees in sight. If that group can pull it off, as they realize it was either go that route or not have shoots, then so can skeet. Is it legal in NSCA? From my readings no, but it's being ignored at many clubs, especially by those who have monthly shoots. At least in skeet self refereeing is legal, we just have to solve the score pad problem.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Lens color

I tried out a number of lens colors through the years to find the one that makes orange targets pop under various light conditions and backgrounds.

What happens? I attend trap and skeet shoots where black rim targets are thrown. I also see them on a few sporting clays stations :(

Maybe the tall people can see the orange dome top, but on certain skeet stations all I see is a black streak.

I do know I have to strain to see black targets when skies are dark or a wooded background.

Are shooters suppose to be looking for a lens color that makes black targets pop? If so, I have not seen this advertised by the lens manufactures.

Speaking of lens colors.

Lens manufacturers need to develop a lens that lets you see the shot string.

Just think of the possibilities if you could see the shot string : )

Monday, August 27, 2007

Skeet shoot fees

The fee charged at some clubs to shoot registered skeet makes for good laughs and also some head shaking when talking to various shooters.

Unfortunately, a serious concern among those who do not have large amounts of disposable income or just think they are being taken to the cleaners.

Many shooters have a magic number in there head and some clubs have gone past that number in what they charge per 100.

Cost are climbing and this is not taking into account ammunition, gasoline, motel and food.

What to do?

Fees at various skeet shoots include; Targets, NSSA & state fees, MANDATORY purse, paid refs, paid desk, free medals or trophies, free buffet, and free dinner.

1. Reduce the price per hundred by $2. Yes, less then the member rate, but only by $.50 per round.

2. Oppose all future NSSA & state fee increases. Five guns = ?

3. Make the purse optional. This works in trap, why not skeet? Some shoots are charging $10 per gun. Five guns = ?

4. No FREE buffet or dinner unless donated or charged separately. Let the shooter decide what he or she wishes to pay for.

5. No FREE hats, shirts, or pins unless donated.

6. No FREE anything unless it's really free.

7. Some clubs still offer proofs. At what cost to individual shooters?

8. Consider purchasing a computerized shoot program as a one time cost to the club, instead of hiring out the job of running the desk at premium prices and charging shooters accordingly.

9. Club members volunteer to pull targets for Friday’s doubles, instead of paying referrers for three days. Volunteers may even be persuaded to pull on one designated field throughout the shoot.

10. Snail mail listings pruned each year. Postage fees and programs are a shoot expense and can be decreased greatly.

11. Maintain email listings and post shoot programs on the Internet. Notify via email when the program is available. 90% of the same shooters attend your shoot each year. Why go to the expense of snail mail for those shooters?

12. Not an easy thing to do, but find a sponsor. When is the last time representatives from the club went around to the local businesses or even asked club members if they might be interested in making a contribution?

Valleyfield weekend

The weather cooperated and but for a bit of wind, a pleasant weekend except for maybe Sunday morning where it started out on the cool side.

A well attended shoot, even with a number of cancellations. I don't know if the cancellations were due to the thunderstorm and rain forecast, but ...

Field #3 was a mess on Saturday with the low house Winchester machine given a number of broken targets. Three different people worked on it and the machine did settle down, but an occasional broken target was thrown.

I think it had to do with the looseness of the machine, as on Sunday afternoon the machine was throwing every third or forth target a yard or two to the right. Made station 7 a little more interesting, especially with the .410. It may have even cost a shooter a target or two on station 8, depending on the shooters hold point.

A number of first time visitors with six from the Kingston, Ontario club.

A number of 100 straights and a few first 25 straights were shot.

Scores were post promptly.

I waited a few times before I shot to let the Monarch butterflies clear the target flight path. A long way to Mexico.

The club throws black rim Lawry target and what you find at a number of clubs in Canada. When you hit them they break.

A topic for another discussion, but not what I can say about White Flyer bio targets. I take a number of photos and see a lot of shooting. A few weeks back at the Rhode Island sporting clays shoot I saw shooters get more white dust than I've seen in some time. You almost think you need to shoot 7 1/2 or go with with a tighter chokes for a shot of any distance. I'd love to walk the fields after a shoot where bios were used and see how many holes were in the targets.

Three or more and I would say we have a major problem in regard to target hardness.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Skeet @ Valleyfield

Five shoots in the region this weekend...

Take your pick; skeet, trap, sporting clays, 5-stand, and a skeet/trap fun shoot.

Heide and I are taking in the 4-gun skeet shoot at Valleyfield, Quebec. One of those shoots that is locked into the schedule and anything else takes a backseat.

I ran up today with Bill Price and shot doubles.

Bill and I have been having a friendly doubles rivalry this year and today he came out on top.

Just as we finished it rained for about ten minutes.

Looks like thunderstorms Saturday afternoon with a high of 88.

The weatherman says windy at times. I assume that means dancing targets.

An early morning start for the 12 gauge event, so we should not have any weather issues. 28 gauge in the PM.

The club is giving out dark blue Skeet Shooting hand towels to those who attend.

Just like those used by golfers, but with a broken clay target and Skeet Shooting displayed on the towel.

Your pick of chicken or steak on Saturday evening, $15.

The club is looking good. Grass freshly mowed, replacement of fences completed and a major cleaning of the clubhouse accomplished. The clubhouse had been a holding area for machines requiring repair or what have you.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

12 gauge reloads, 7/8 oz

With the thought of keeping the price of practice ammunition within reason, I will reload 7/8 ounce loads over the fall and winter and see how it goes.

Dropping down from 1 ounce to 7/8 ounce gives two extra boxes per bag of shot, or one case per five bags of lead.

I have all necessary components to include the charge bar.

Reloading for $3.36 a box using Winchester primers.

I was told by a shooter when I was at Rochester Brooks that he had best results in regard to pattern when using 7 1/2 shot. I will shoot 8's to start, but also load a few boxes of the other.

I've read in a few postings that staying in the neighborhood of 1250fps will give the best pattern. The load I will start with, playing around with powder drop until I'm satisfied.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Shoot attendance

I was asked if attendance was down at the various clubs I visit.

A tough question and the answer is based on observation.

Many clubs will always have a sold out shoot, but the others...

I already know before I attend certain shoots that numbers will be down based on past experience and prices charged. This year I have not been wrong on my expectations.

As prices rise, whether for the shoot and/or gasoline and motel, clubs that had issues in the past are seeing lower number of shooters.

When I say issues, I’m talking quality of targets, machine maintenance, management, and fees charged. A well run club can offset some issues, but only up to a point!

I’ve said it in the past, a club has to charge what the shoot is worth, whether skeet, trap or sporting clays.

At certain price levels I expect a Holiday Inn experience, not a night at Motel 6.

At a reasonable priced shoot I can take a few hiccups, but as the price of the shoot rises and the distance from home is more then a few hours, fewer hiccups are tolerated, especially if the club has a past history of problems. I think most think that way, especially if they are expected to shell out big bucks.

I passed on two skeet shoots this year, one based on on-going machine issues and the other on price per target charged.

I did shoot at Hartford this year with the price on the high side, but will go back, as we had a good experience and it was a well run shoot.

On the other hand. I had to swallow hard on the price for an upcoming shoot. I enjoy shooting at the club, but most likely next year only attend for one day, as the price per target is more then I'm willing to pay for skeet.

I’m passing on a few trap shoots next year because of price and the return of money or prizes to shooters.

I was embarrassed for a club this year when awards were given. It was not a local one day shoot and the price per target was on the high side. You want to charge big bucks per target, be prepared to offer a decent payout or quality prizes. Shooters won’t return if you don't.

Sporting clays has price issues at a number of clubs, but great targets can overcome higher prices.

Unfortunately, some clubs don’t get it when it comes to target setting and forget what audience they are trying to attract. Others don’t bother to move machines or stands, or if they do its just one or two stations.

I shot sporting clays and FITASC at Addieville this year and paid a premium, but would recommend the shoot to others as it was a Holiday Inn experience. Every club is not Addieville but try to charge Addieville prices.

Shooters can’t be expected to drive outside there region to attend a sporting clays shoot and when they arrive find all they need is skeet choke or on the other hand have to use modified choke at each station.

From what I seen clubs that go to the extreme on target setting except for certain shoots are losing shooters. A fine line, but many clubs seemed to have figured it out.

That's my take on why attendance is down for various shoots, no matter the discipline.

Club management has there own reasons why shoot attendance may be down, whats yours?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sporting clays weekend

We shot La Roue du Roy in Hemmingford, Quebec on Saturday.

A pleasant day but it started on the cool side. Very windy.

16 Stations. Two separate 50 target courses with plenty of variety and two automated machines at each station.

A few clubs like to have a rabbit in your face and it's said the La Roue du Roy was the first to do so in this region. A tradition going back many years and this years shoot was no exception.

Heide taking a shot. A report pair with an out goer from the left side.

An early start on Sunday if I wanted to arrive at the Northeast Kingdom at a decent hour to attend the Vermont State Sporting Clays championships.

The 6:05 ferry to Vermont pulling in (Plattsburgh, New York).


Arriving at the club I find it's 47 degrees but warming.

I walked the course but some of the smart people made sure they had transportation. Not the course for you if you have a disability and no transportation.


My friend Brice Duponsel from Montreal was HOA with 89x100.



If I remember correctly, I met the President of the Florida Sporting Clays Association. If not the president, one of the directors. He seemed like a decent sort and we talked about a few clubs in Florida and the ever famous Okefenokee Sporting Clays located in southern Georgia and the fine meals they serve, whether for a shoot or just on any day they are open.

I also in the last month keep running into a person visiting various clubs in Vermont who writes for one of the clay target magazines. He told me he keeps hearing about the Lost Target web site from various shooters during his travels.

Thanks to everyone who gave a mention...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Pavillion shooting vest

***UPDATE: The company no longer seems to be in business. ***

My Pavillion USA mesh vest arrived from Grrr Gear today.

Grrr Gear measured me for a FITASC line while at the shoot last week and promised to mail it to me once they returned home and did the required sewing. I also had them add my name.

I had not noticed when trying it on, but the vest comes with a pocket for those who wish to insert a recoil pad.

I checked out the web site and it makes no mention of this pocket, but it is a new addition and a small notice comes with the vest stating same.

I was curious if the women's line also had this feature, so I called Pavillion USA and made an inquiry.

I was told no pocket at this time, but mostly likely to be added in future production runs.

If this feature is important, women should call first or email prior to making an order.

Several vest makers for women have this feature or will add it upon request.

I also see Pavillion is selling women's shooting gloves.

If your interested in clothing for women, may I suggest the following Lost Target link.

Women Clothing & Shotguns

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My bead for my barrel also arrived. Simple to install.

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My wife and I shot at the La Roue du Roy today, getting in a little skeet practice for a shoot we will be attending August 25/26.

I was passing on the Sporting Clays shoot at the La Roue du Roy this weekend as I was attending the Vermont State Shoot on Sunday, but Ricky (owner) talked me and my wife into attending on Saturday.

Should be an interesting weekend.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New side event proposal

With the downtime seen at shoots, it may be time to expand the number of side events offered.

Saturday Evening Events

Push cart races.

Motorized and Battery divisions.

Contestants would be required to take one loop around the main course.

Relay races could also be considered.

: )

Monday, August 13, 2007

Odds & Ends (Aug 13)

Addieville

After the rains at Addieville on Friday, rooms visited at the motel looked like a Chinese laundry.

Wet clothing and towels hanging throughout. Guns torn down and cases left open to dry.

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Squadding

On our squad was a young gentleman (Paul) from Boston. It turned out he was originally from Ireland and had the accent to prove it.


As in most cases, he turned out to be one heck of a nice guy. I just hope he felt welcomed. It can be intimidating to shoot on a squad when you do not know any of the shooters.

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Shooters

With four days at a shoot you really get time to mingle. For the most part everyone was very friendly.

If you were willing to listen, a wealth of knowledge in regard to shooting and clubs visited.

All seemed down to earth and we all had the love of shooting in common.

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Photographs

One lady asked me to take a photo of the youth squad attending from California. I also was approached by several others asking for group photos.

I was talking to someone Sunday and he said I sure posted a huge number of photos from Saturday's action. All I could say was I did not want to miss anyone.

I spent some time getting a few photos of George Digweed, but my main thrust other then recording the shoot is getting photos of kids and women shooters, as that is what's needed to promote the shooting sports and put a civilized face on shooting.

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James Towle

We saw a cart with American flags and a gentleman with press credentials. It was James Towle.

I took a photo of him for my site and he took and photo of me and Bob Howard for his. We got a laugh out of it.

Jim was covering the shoot and also doing a radio interview with George Digweed.


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Brownells

I ordered my bead today for my barrel and have already received confirmation it has shipped.

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Battenkill

The New York club only hosted one shoot and then closed that part of the operation, but in the last two weeks I've met a number of shooters who attended and had fond memories of the shoot and it's facilities.

The club is a hunting preserve and you could see elk and animals of that nature off in the distance, on the other side of the fence that surrounded the shooting area.

Two or three of us would be talking about the club and someone would pass by and say they also attended the shoot. Al from Grrr Gear said that is where he first ran into me. A small world!

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Vermont State Shoot

The shoot is this Sunday.

I overheard a group of shooters discussing the shoot and one said he would most likely not attend, as it was a two hour drive.

If I only had to drive two hours to attend sporting clays shoots of that nature.

Addieville was 4.5 hours, Rochester 5 hours, and the Vermont state shoot will be a three hour drive (without stopping).

To top it off, I have to catch the ferry to Vermont to cross Lake Champlain.

Addieville, Day #4

Four days was to much for me...

I was dragging on Sunday, maybe to much sun or not enough sleep.

At one point I dozed off while sitting on a bench, waiting on machine repairs.

The shoot saw A and B squads. Any machine problems impacted the shoot.

It was not unusually to find 20 people waiting to shoot, with the next two stations void of shooters. It was not as bad as it sounds, as I'm only talking a couple of stations a day, but it did slow things up a bit.

Both days I was on the fields for three hours. Sunday was the warmest, with it being 88 in the shade.

The targets settings were definitely at a higher level then seen on Saturday. They left you wanting to stay on a few extra days and shoot them in practice.

One station saw a hawk overlooking the station, sitting in a tree, just to the right of where the target was being thrown. The hawk did not seem to mind, but it did cost the first shooter a target, as he was worried about hitting the hawk. Not even close but we did wonder if the hawk was going to swoop down and grab a target.


I shot with a missing bead on my gun all this week. I think it must have broken off at Rochester last week and I had not noticed it until I first mounted my gun on Thursday. I was able to have the stud drilled out, but no replacement was on hand. I know your not suppose to look at your beads, but I sure knew it was missing. A photo of my barrel being worked on.


Most of the shooters were first class. I did hear of one or two shooters getting in a one sided pissing contest with the girls running the Make the Break. Some people can be really jerks. Money does not buy class, you either have it or you don't...

I was taking a few photos of George Digweed shooting Make the Break practice on Sunday and one shooter almost pushed me off the steps, as he was trying to get close to George and no one was going to get in his way. Not even a sorry...

George good naturally took a few shots shooting from the hip on a friendly side bet. Just like what you would see at your home club at the end of the day. If he has any issues, getting along with shooters is not one of them. If you did not know who he was and just started talking to him, he would give you his undivided attention.

The people working the shoot were some of the nicest people you could meet. From the refs, to the people serving the food, or keeping the grounds clean.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Addieville, Day #3

Beautiful day. Sunny and in the mid 80's.

We used a cart today. I don't normally rent a cart, but for a four day shoot I thought it might be the wise thing to do come Saturday. A sound plan...

Once again very good targets and all hittable. No short windows, but you did need to keep your gun moving and head down.

I made a deal with a gentleman who sold me ten cases of Rio shells. As I understand it they just went up 10%, but I managed to get them for his old price. I'm always looking for a deal. Anything that helps keep down the cost...

World Champion George Digweed put on an exhibition using the Make the Break field.

He was breaking targets shooting from the hip.

His last act of showmanship had him starting at the base of the springing teal machine, with the machine set to throw targets straight up.

After every hit, he would move back ten yards. Mostly center hits.

His last hit was at 110 yards...

I had a chance to talk with George just before he did a radio interview. We chatted for about ten minutes. He got a kick out of why my site is called the Lost Target.

An excellent dinner. Lobster or steak and all the fixings.

The club puts on a fireworks display and by my watch it lasted 30 minuets.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Addieville, Day #2

Rain and cool...

A light rain for the AM FITASC but it poured at the beginning of the 1pm preliminary.

By 2:30 the heavy rain for the most part had passed, but on and off (mostly on) showers for the remaining of the day.

A seven minute drive in my van from the club house to the parcour staging area.

Good FITASC targets, fair and hittable.

It was the type of day where instead of water on the course you wished they had hot coffee.

I keep using the word good and nice, but the preliminary targets were good and nice!

A few machine problems in the PM.

George Digweed did not stop by to see me and other then seeing his posted score of 96 in the preliminary, I would have not known he was in attendance.

I stopped by Grrr Gear and purchased a new vest. I will receive it in the mail after they get home and add my name and a FITASC line.
Grrr Gear Owners

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Addieville Lobster Shoot

A 4.5 hour drive to Addieville East Farm. A pretty straight forward drive until the last few miles. I had no idea that this area of Rhode Island was so rural.

The GPS does not take you to the entrance, but to what I gather is the bird raising part of the farm. You can follow that road and eventually it will take you to the club house, but your better off staying on the main road until you see the sign that designates the entrance. Several others who used a GPS also had this experience. At some point I'm sure a sign will be posted.

The property is over 600 acres and it seems you drive forever to go from point A to point B.

Registration was not a problem and all was in order. The only choice I had to make was if I wanted to shoot the 28 gauge today or on Friday. I went with today as tomorrow we have two parcours (FITASC) in the AM and preliminary in the PM.

We shot the 28 gauge on a nice little course and then shot the first half of the FITASC event.

From what I heard, parcour #2 is the hardest and of course that is where we started.

Parcour #1 was a pretty neat course and probably the most "fun" of the two.

Good targets on both parcours...

I took a look at the practice 5-stand. A good warm up for FITASC. The people shooting warm up were taking no prisoners.

A number of shooters from both Quebec and Ontario were in attendance and I even meant someone from Texas.

At the end of the day we stopped at Parente's Restaurant. AAA rating in my book and the prices were very reasonable.

We ran into Ed Couture who happened to pick up a few medals at the Worlds FITASC last month. Ed and I had both shot at Bradford in Florida and we spent some time talking about some of the clubs in that region.

We picked Ed's brain for a few shooting tips and I only wished I had been taking notes.

At the motel lobby I meant Vermont shooters Todd and Jane Murphy. I had just mailed in my registration for the Vermont State Shoot that is being held next Sunday and Todd happens to be the NSCA director for the state. A small world.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Reloading cost

Friday I purchased components.

Lead $30.49, 700X $87.95, Winchester primers $131.45.

My current cost to reload a box of 1oz shells using 700X and Winchester primers is $3.60 or $36 a case.

This was picking up supplies direct and does not include tax.

If you went with cheaper primers you could lower your cost to $3.40 per box.

Or, if you dropped down to 7/8oz for 12 gauge practice, $3.36.

If you did both, your looking at $3.18 a box.

Gander Mt. in Rochester was selling lead for $49.99. Winchester primers were going for $40 per thousand. Not a place to be purchasing reloading supplies.

Cost to reload has gone up, but if you shop smart you still keep the cost reasonable.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sunday @ Rochester Brooks

Warmer then Saturday, but low humidity.

A more technical course then Saturday, but not many shots that required more then IC.

A number of targets were shot below your feet.

Most were pleased with the target presentations, but I don't think any one station over the course of two days separated the B class shooter from the master class shooter.

Except for one machine today that gave a few broken targets, no problems that I was aware of.

The refs once again were on top of there game and each took time to point out the location of each machine prior to giving show birds and in detail telling you what to expect. I think every ref that I made a point of asking said they were shooters. Many of the young ladies that you see in the posted photos, if not all, are shooters.

Obviously, much effort went into preparing both main courses for the shoot and it showed. No short windows and no trees along the flight of the target that could interfere with your effort to break a target. At no time was the sun a factor.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Saturday @ Rochester Brooks

Low 80's and no humidity.

We had an 8:30 start. The sun was not an issue.

An IC course and a few times I had in my skeet chokes. I already have my Lite Mods in for Sunday, as I know they are going to up the course a notch or two.

Plenty of bottled water on the course and one young lady was also bringing around water and apples.

No problems with machines and the refs were knowledgeable.

The small gauge events are being held on a 5-stand.

For me, I think in the future I will pass on small gauge events run on a 5-stand. I rather walk in the woods or down a path. It's the excitement of what the next station will bring and that aspect is missing when shooting off a 5-stand.

It's not that I'm a top shooter or what have you. I shoot mainly for fun and enjoy the various presentations you find on a sporting clays course. 5-stand just does not do it for me...

Friday, August 03, 2007

Rochester Brooks NSCA State Shoot

New York State NSCA Championships - Rochester Brooks - Rush, New York

We departed Friday morning. A five hour drive, not counting stops.

I stopped off at the regional shooting supply distributor in Rochester before hitting the motel and picked up hard shot for $30.50 a bag (before tax).

Last April at the same business, shot was $26 a bag.

I also picked up primers and powder.

Going to the club from the motel we found a bridge was closed and had to detour. Instead of ten minutes to the club, maybe a fifteen or twenty minute drive.

My pre-registration paperwork was in order and all that was required was that I write a check.

A hat and shirt was given to the first 200 entries. The shirt seemed high quality and the hat had a neat logo.

I had not planned on shooting the 5-Stand, but allowed myself to be talked into it.

A very nice 5-Stand. As it was for the state championships, they were running an A & B stand.

Target presentations were what you would see at 90% of clubs in New York, but lacked a rabbit or tower presentation.

A very fair course, not like last years state shoot where we had parcour #1 and parcour #2 and thought I had been transported to England to shoot world FITASC targets.

Thanks to Rochester Brooks for not going overboard and not setting a course that could only be enjoyed by AA and Master Class shooters.

To many broken birds on the A stand.

It had been a long day and hot, well into the 90's.

I drank a quart of water before we went out and was still thirsty.

I shot like a dork. Twice I failed to load my gun!

We had a two or three hour wait before we shot and instead of taking it easy, we stayed in the sun and visited. I guess it just did me in...

Saturday is the first 100 for the main event and I'm told they put in a new course just for this shoot.

Also, shooting the 28 gauge in the small gauge event in the PM, but on a 5-Stand. I don't know if I care for that, but I'm willing to give it a try.

We hit the local Pizza Hut for dinner and I ordered a 2 quart bottle of pepsi. I did not finish it, but close....