Recap of the 2022 “URSA 3000 Yard Challenge”

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16 May 2022 - Recap of the 2022 “URSA 3000 Yard Challenge” (by RD, Lynn Dragoman; build info and comments from Oscar)

URSA 3K Match Results, Best Shooting Ever!

We held our final qualifier on Saturday and had 3 more shooters get qualified (Mahmoud E., Mitch P., and White Mamba). Congrats to all.Sunday started out with 5 mph + winds blowing over the ridgeline but everyone was set-up and ready to go at 7:30, or there abouts, so we drew numbers. RickyRacer87 got the lucky number one position and set the bar with 3 hits with his .338XC. [4 in 10 are required to move to the next distance, 3260 yards.]

Right after my subsequent, sort-of-sad, performance (I did get our only cold bore hit…), Calguns regular Calshipbuilder engaged at 2586 yards and showed us all how it is done. He missed with his 3 sighter shots but was right near the target. His record group started out with a miss but he got a second round hit then shot at a quick pace and ended up with 9 hits out of 10 record shots!!! That is the best score ever at this distance by 3 hits. Calshipbuilder, I’m very proud of how you did it and the equipment you used to achieve that result!!! He has plenty of guns and high-end equipment and regularly shoots in various ELR-type matches. On Sunday he was shooting a Remington 700, with a 26” barrel, chambered in .300 Norma Magnum, with a McMillan prone stock for the highest 2586-yard score in our 7 year history and, yes, that is a .30 caliber cartridge. To put this into perspective, Calshipbuilder drove many hours to reach our match above Upper Lake before 7:30 AM. He had zero shots the day before as he was already qualified to shoot this match. He took a grand total of 13 shots and hit 9 out of 10 on his record string shooting a custom 700 Remington. Way to go Calshipbuilder! I think your 9/10 is going to last for quite a while. Congrats again to Calshipbuilder on a spectacular win!

And congratulations to Rickyracer87 on his Runner-Up finish! [As good a shooter as he is, getting only 3 in 10 adds even more perspective to Calshipbuilder’s 9 in 10. Would have been great to see how things would have turned out at 3260 yards – the next target.]

A big shout out to those that helped setting this up. Oscar, as always, thank you for everything. And a big thank you to Shaun “chainsaw” Brady for getting us gongs out to 3260 and 3700 yards. June is our last match before the deer season closure.

3K stats:

Almost unbelievably, Calshipbuilder was shooting 250 gr Hornady A-Tips out of his Carlsbad-built .300 Norma Magnum with Remington 700 long action, Bartlein 1 in 8 twist, 26”, heavy Palma barrel, McMillan Anschutz® 1411-derived “Prone” stock (link provided since it’s a long-ago-discontinued model), Leupold 5-25x56 Mark 5HD scope, and Hawkins Precision heavy tactical rings on a Nightforce 40 MOA rail.

RickyRacer was shooting 300 gr Hornady A-Tips out of his Billy Goat Machine/BGM-built .33XC with BGM “OVIS” (Defiance Deviant Tactical) action, Bartlein 31.5” barrel, Manners T5A stock, Nightforce ATACR 7-35x56 SFP scope, and ERATAC 0-70 MOA adjustable base/rings.

Saturday qualification stats (achievement points):

Mahmoud was shooting 400 gr Cutting Edge MTHs out of his Billy Goat Machine/BGM-built .375 CT with Stiller TAC 408 (TAC DRIVER) action, Bartlein 37” barrel, Ashbury Precision SABER chassis, Nightforce ATACR 7-35x56 FFP scope, and Spuhr 20 MOA mount on a 20 MOA unidentified (unmarked) rail.

Mitch was shooting 250 gr Lapua Scenars out of his Surgeon-built 338 LM with Surgeon 1581XL action, Bartlein 30” barrel, Cadex Dual-Strike chassis, Nightforce 8-32x56 NXS scope, and Barrett Zero-Gap rings on the actions integrated 20 MOA rail.

White Mamba declined to release his build info (was already at the Novice level, so would have made no difference).

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