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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Default March Monthly Match at Nampa Rod & Gun Club

It started out cold, about 30F but the day ended up clear with a slight breeze from the north so we were shooting into the wind.

The first match of the day was the Hunter Pistol Smallbore match. There were only three of us there. Tim and Dan shot scoped and I shot metallic sight. I won my match with a 30/40 which is a master score. Dan won the scoped portion with a 31/40. I know, it is hard to feel good about winning a match where there is only one shooter, but it is what it is.

The second match was the Hunter Pistol match. I was trying out a barrel that a guy bought from Ron Striker when he retired from CCI in Lewiston. I guess Ron decided he wasn’t going to shoot any more and sold a bunch of his barrels at the Idaho State Match at Nampa that year. Ron then moved to Tucson, AZ and is managing a range down in that area. If you don’t know Ron, just look at the national long run records for Hunter Pistol on the NRA web sight, he owns most of them. Anyway, I had tried my loads on this barrel on my frame that I use for my hunting barrels and it was hard to close but always did and it shot pretty good. It was really hard to close when I put it on the frame that I use for silhouette shooting and it flew open on the first two rounds so I put my 22 LR barrel back on and shot the Hunter Pistol with that. I shot 7 turkeys, 9 rams, 8 chickens and 8 pigs, but only 3 of the rams fell down so I ended up with a 27 but since I was the only one shooting metallic sights I was the match winner. What a deal!

During lunch, 5 more shooters showed up to shoot Cowboy Rifle Pistol Cartridge and Smallbore. I was paired up with Dan Hawkins of Hawktech Arms. He is a great guy but loves to talk to you while you are shooting. He never shuts up, except when he is shooting. Dan Golden won the match with a 37/40. I started on Turkeys again and wasn’t doing very good but was making some hits. I was shooting my Marlin 94 Cowboy in 357. On the last set, pigs, the “DREDED MARLIN JAM” took me by surprise. Since I have already had this problem with this gun, I put it aside and used my option to change a broken gun for one that works, one time in a match, and finished with my Marlin Mountie. I got the last 6 pigs with it and finished with a 31. Dan Golden got a 37 so he was match winner and I was 1st Master.

The last match of the day was the Smallbore Cowboy Rifle match. I finally got my act together and only missed one turkey and one ram to finish with a 38/40. Dan Golden got a 31 and he got 1st AAA. I was using a box of Remington Cleanbore bulk ammo that I got at Cabelas, just to try out. Even though it was very accurate, I got 2 misfires in one match with it. I will probably buy some more if I get a chance. You can’t be to choosey these days when it comes to 22LR ammo. You use what you can find.

Nampa Rod & Gun Club is located south of Nampa, Idaho on Bennett Road. We are on the web at nragc.org. We have an outdoor range and an indoor range so we shoot both summer and winter.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 03:27 PM
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Sounds like a good time!!!
This weekend will be the first IHMSA match of the season at Holmen WI. I haven't touched a gun since last season, so I'm ready!
What is the Dreaded Marlin Jam you mentioned? We hold lever gun side matches at our IHMSA range in Marathon, WI, and from what I saw, Marlins are the way to go. I want to buy the best for the least, and Marlins seem to fit the bill. Every match we have at least one gun break, and they are always Winchesters... Any advise is appreciated.
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The 1894 marlins have a design flaw that they have never seen fit to fix. There is a sharp edge on the lever that makes a grove in the carrier. When the grove gets big enough, the carrier dosen't go down far enough and allows a round to go under the carrier when the action is cycled. The fix is simple and should be done with any new marlin 94. All you have to do is take a file and put a radius on the sharp edge. After the groove is cut, the easiest fix is to get a new carrier. Marlin could do this with every new 94, but they don't. I called marlin to order a new carrier and the tech that I talked to knew all about the Marlin Jam and didn't have any problem with sending me a new carrier with no charge, although it has to be shipped to a FFL dealer.

I have had Rossies, Marlins, and Winchester 94s and 92s. For pistol cartridge cowboy rifle, I prefer the 92 action.

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Default Re: March Monthly Match at Nampa Rod & Gun Club

glad to see y'all are still going strong

I used to shoot big bore and small bore silhouettes in Nampa in the 80's

rode from Payette with Doc Carney (Mike)

Shot in the Smallbore rifle state championships there too.........or was that at Snake River Sportsman range in Vale OR????


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