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2014 Sniper's Hide Cup winner, Bryan Morgan.

2014 Sniper’s Hide Cup winner, Bryan Morgan.

I know, sounds like a spaghetti western right? Not really. But I did nearly step on a rattlesnake and I did pull hundreds of cacti needles and burs out of my body and several times I had to decide if I should shoot the steel target or the perfectly positioned varmint I spotted through my scope. This all added up to a super fun match in the middle of nowhere in NE Colorado. Not to mention we lucked out on the weather. As tornadoes and storms rocked Denver we were warm and dry 1 1/2 hours north of there. The match was situated on a ranch/long range shooting facility near Weldona, CO by Trigger Time Gun Club  and hosted by Frank “Lowlight” Galli of Sniper’s Hide. The prize table was huge and I will get to all of the sponsors at the end of this. First of all I’d like to congratulate Bryan Morgan of K&M Shooting Center who took 1st Place. Second place went to Trostal Dorgan, and third to Wade Stuteville. I was not feeling so alone at this match as I have at others. There were a record 5 women competitors including myself. We were missing 3 others that will be there next year and hopefully by then we will have recruited many more. Congratulations to Jaime Dowd for taking High Lady. She and Jessie Dussart of Team Steiner were neck and neck. And the lucky new shooter Sarah Beard won a complete rifle set up by APO. She has no choice but to keep shooting!

The Cup was 2 1/2 days which provided 5 “Areas” with 4 stages in each. You covered one Area in the morning, broke for a provided lunch and then went to another Area

Ben and Dino Area B

Ben and Dino Area B

after lunch. BTW, this was the first time I have been to a match that stopped for and provided lunch. I think the guy who ordered the pizza on day two was a bit ambitious. There must have been 50 leftover boxes. Although I have only competed in about 5 matches, this was the easiest one to get around. We were always near base camp. Only Areas A & B required hiking and it was minimal. The other three we were able to drive to. Thank you Frank for providing the porta-potties near the stages. The girls especially thank you. The ranch had plenty of land and allowed for most of the match to have long distance targets. Several stages were from 600- 1100 or so yards. Two stages included handgun. We had one moving target stage. Thank you to Bryan Morgan for spotting and coaching for me during this. I had only shot a moving target a couple of times and most were much closer than the 450 yards of this one. There were two unsupported position shooting stages. I learned I have some practicing to do. My precision rifle is much heavier

Awesome photo provided by Snider's Hide. The car stage with snipers.

Awesome photo provided by Snider’s Hide. The car stage with snipers.

and longer than my Across The Course AR. Unsupported stages are the one and only time I feel sorry for those shooters with suppressors. The added weight and length makes offhand and kneeling a real challenge. But otherwise I was very jealous of those that used one. Especially when I was in the culvert with my huge brake.

It wouldn’t be a match without a shoot house and they did not disappoint. You had to show off your weak side skills and slanted, slippery roof top skills. For me the most challenging stage was the electric pylon/pistol stage. We had to shoot from one of the legs or bases of the pylon. It was very awkward positioning your rifle through or around the angle iron on the small round cement base. If you were not very tall you had more of a challenge and some had to move rocks around to stand tippy-toed. (Photo at left shows Ben from my squad on this stage. Being 6’6″ he had no issues.) I did not have that problem either. I did however lose sight of my targets just as soon as the timer started. What a rookie move. I had my targets sighted all through prep time and then spent what seemed like 45 seconds trying to find them again when the timer started. I was chatting with someone and looked away as I inserted my magazine. When finished shooting from the base

Melissa of APO and I.

Melissa of APO and I.

you slung the rifle and made your way through a pistol stage that traveled about 50 yards, jumping over a dead rattlesnake, with one target at 90 yards. I hit it! I brought my Sphinx 9mm compact which I have never used for competition. What a great gun! I am waiting for them to bring the Standard over to the US which they say will be this year some time. I had learned many lessons this match. Especially to not get greedy on the Know Your Limits. Of the 5 of us shooting I was the only one that hit the first and second. I should have stopped but I figured I was there to shoot. Of course I just missed the third. Zero points. Perhaps I forgot what my limits were. We were able to shoot up a couple of cars. The targets were “snipers” set on top and in a door of one car. You had to hit the tiny “scope” he was aiming back at you. Unfortunately all 4 of these sniper targets, two of which were on another stage, broke. The target company that provided them will need to beef up the quality. The cars took a beating as well. All of the 2014shchaystackswindows and tires were blown out. We had one competitor from Germany named Oliver. The RO let Oliver shoot out some tires. He loved that.

I was one of about 20 competitors shooting 308. The Cup did have a category for it. The winner of the 308 class was in 60th place overall. Obviously a caliber that can’t compete against it’s flatter shooting cousins of 6mm or 6.5s. I thought I was clever in using 308 since I am after all 30CalGal. Yea… no. I was not even half way home to Seattle when I contacted Ken Hagan who built my rifle, H&H Precision, that I wanted an upgrade. I am deciding between a 260 and 6.5 Creedmoor. To me these are a toss up. I would say the benefit of Creedmoor over the 260 is that in a pinch you can buy it off the shelf. Better yet I just realized my sponsor2014shcareaa

Nosler makes that ammo. I may have just answered my own question there.

Thank you again to all of the RO’s, Frank and Paul and Zach of Trigger Time. A shout out and huge thank you to my sponsors and then I will list the Cup sponsors as soon as Frank posts the official list. My awesome sponsors for this game are; H&H Precision, Tactical Ammunition, Accu-Grip, Leupold, Nosler, ESS, Triple Aught Design, Huber Concepts, Lantac USA, Froglube, McRee Precision

 

 

2014 Sniper's Hide Cup base camp

2014 Sniper’s Hide Cup base camp

Shoot house roof top

Shoot house roof top

The kid on the left? Oh, that's Frank.

The kid on the left? Oh, that’s Frank. 🙂

 

12 Responses to “2014 Sniper’s Hide Cup – Cacti, Snakes and Prairie Dogs”

  1. Mark

    Have you thought of 6.5 Grendel, I have a ASA AR in 6.5 Grendel. I like the side charging handle.

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  2. Jeff

    Another good reason to have a rilfe chambered in 6.5mm – the .308 shooters were having a tougher time getting the boomers to detonate at Boomershoot than the folks shooting 6.5 Creedmoor or .260 Remington – at least this year. Who knows what next year will bring.

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  3. Bill

    I’m a Grendel guy, I own three of them, but at these distances beyond 600 yards it isn’t in the same class as the .260 or 6.5 Creedmoor. Anette you are correct that they are essentially identical performance wise. The .260 has the advantage of Lapua brass. Hornady Creedmoor brass is soft and primer pockets loosen after 2-3 firings at competition level. If Nosler provides unlimited brass or ammo, though, Creedmoor is the better route. Thanks for the writeup!

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    • Jeremy

      Hornady Creedmoor brass isn’t soft. I have 8 firings on mine right now and the primer pockets feel like they are brand new. I do anneal every 4 rounds. I also shoot precision rifle matches and run them at the upper limit. A buddy of mine who is a sponsored shooter got close to 30 firings on his before he junked them. YMMV

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  4. Tim

    Anette, how many shooters were using AR-type rifles compared to bolt guns? The AR’s from JP or GA Precision in 260 or 6.5 Creedmoor look pretty interesting.

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    • 30calgal

      Hi Tim, This was the first match I did not see any semi-autos. But that does not mean there weren’t any. John of JP Enterprises swears by them as an advantage. His rifles are amazing. In some cases I agree. But there is the age old argument of accuracy between the two. You can start wars with that subject. Usually I will see one or two.

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  5. Bill

    I have had the privilige of shooting a .260 from GAP and a Grendel from JP. The .260 GAP is a laser, but the semi-autos suffer when you start to push loads to the ragged edge, like most competitors do with their bolt guns. You simply can get away with loading hotter in a bolt gun. The Grendel was also incredibly accurate, and I had first round hits on 8″ steel out to 700 yards. The Grendel DOES allow you to watch your own impacts, because recoil is so low. I did shoot a 6.5 Creedmoor at Boomershoot that was suppressed, and it was like shooting a quiet .22. Almost no recoil, and also laser accurate. It was actually almost cheating at 400 yards. Out to 1000 yards, perhaps 11-1200, the low recoil and great BC’s of the 6.5/.260 will be a huge advantage. Beyond that, you better go bigger! (Unless you’re at 5000+ feet, where you can stretch the .260/6.5 platforms a bit further. )

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    • 30calgal

      Yes, I think I have decide to go with .260. I use a bolt action anyway for this game.

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