It's been a while since I've been target shooting. Almost 6 mos.
I've been doing a lot of tactical and defensive hand-gun stuff of late, but, have really missed the bench-rest gang and atmosphere. So I loaded up some shooters and headed up the road for a sit in and a shoot.
The weather was nice and cool- a little too foggy for me and my eyes but, eh, what ya gonna do. The crowd was really thin, it was Monday, and I got set up and settled in for some fun with little or no wind.
Started off with Ugly Betty, my M-59 7.62x39....it's been ages since she's been out and was still on target right out of the box. Clanging a steel pig at 200y was a 7/10 ordeal....not too shabby for a 50 year old battle rifle in as issued condition and a dark, pitted bore. It's a great shooter and I love it.
I had a range supplied PVC pipe target frame at 100y with an 8" Shoot-n-C on it so I could try some reduced loads in my 10.5" SBH. They let me on the hi-power line with same due to the long tube.
I consider it an honor to sit in with the big boys and all those beautiful BR shooters, hunting rifles and more.
I managed to forget my pistol rest, and, had to make do with my home-made rifle rest.
It's made of foam rubber, duct tape, it's fat, ugly and I hide it under a towel for a reason. But, it was free, it's light and it works so...
Anywho, I pulled out a box of 200gr X-treme CPFP over 5.2gr of 700x I'd been using for combat focus shooting in my Alaskan. Super mild stuff and I wondered how it would fly out of the longer tube'd SBH. It was sighted in for 200y at the time of my last shoot back in January so it was a lil high. Meh, I'm on the paper so back out to 200y for the small steel piggy we go.
I'm painting it in a corner pretty good, tagged the post it was on, really squinting in the flat light and through open sights. I can't seem to hit it.
So I try again with some firmer loads. 240gr Nos JHP over 21.5gr of H110. Pretty much the same thing.
I'm holding as well as I can and should have clanged the thing by now.
So I try again at 100y with the 200gr load, I'm off the paper. Then I shattered the frame and pieces are flying everywhere. Couple of guys clapped. I just hung my head.
Aaaand there goes my $4.00 frame deposit.
I kinda sat there for a second wondering what happened. How bad did I jerk that one?
Then I saw some smoke trickling up from the front of the bench.
The towel I had covering the rest was smoldering.
Seems during recoil things moved, then the towel started flapping and the net result was a nice big blast hole in my range towel. The rifle rest was unaffected. Pretty funny really. At least everyone watching thought it was.
I'm thinking the big Ruger didnt like that 200gr recipe, and, the recipe didn't like shooting through my towel either.
I don't like being humiliated, but, what ya gonna do.
So I grabbed both my pistols and headed over to the pistol range to kill some swingers and get some redemption. Felt good too wrapping up some chains at 35y and 50y with full house stuff outta that Alaskan. There's nothing that thing can't cure.
$4.00 for a blasted target frame later, lesson learned. Don't be a cheapo and I'm renting a rest next time (if) I forget mine.
Hope ya'll is doing well and get a little chuckle at my expense.