Steel challenge match results

Despite having a cold I participated in a Steel Challenge match yesterday. I shot two different guns (not at the same time). Here are the results:

Main Match

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 SC-103 Smoke & Hope
2 ?? Saving Ammo
3 SC-106 Pendulum
4 SC-108 Roundabout
 
Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Steve M 32 A86909 OPN 64.17 64.17 13.65 14.48 20.21 15.39   Senior
2 Alexander W 6 3362 OPN 73.46 73.46 13.51 19.08 25.79 14.64   Junior
3 Bradley M 2   PROD 79.62 79.62 15.09 22.28 24.85 16.96   Junior
4 Connor P 8 A87260 PROD 86.28 86.28 14.18 19.97 33.08 18.61   Junior
5 Daniel C 17   PROD 93.81 93.81 20.04 23.59 28.99 20.75    
6 Heather S 38 TY86040 PROD 98.51 98.51 17.79 28.38 29.87 22.03   Lady
7 Michael M 44   PROD 102.00 102.00 23.53 25.67 28.46 23.90    
8 Joe H 28 TY29386 ISP 102.79 102.79 19.16 35.86 28.66 18.67   Senior
9 Matt H 40   PROD 110.62 110.62 19.43 32.85 32.52 25.38    
10 Jeffrey K 30 A84426 PROD 110.77 110.77 18.51 34.77 31.42 25.63   Senior
11 David B 39   PROD 111.37 111.37 19.05 41.60 29.01 21.27    
12 Earl B 24   ISP 111.51 111.51 16.23 39.53 34.23 21.08    
13 Greg M 41   PROD 112.41 112.41 19.15 29.37 36.90 26.55    
14 Brad M 11   ISP 112.94 112.94 20.68 34.57 33.23 24.02    
15 Dan P 13 A87261 ISP 123.24 123.24 17.44 47.69 32.99 24.68    
16 Theresa D 43 TY65454 OPN 125.78 125.78 22.97 33.72 42.37 26.28   Lady
17 Tod R 12   ISP 127.72 127.72 20.13 43.36 37.89 25.90    
18 Jim S 14 A91246 ISP 131.87 131.87 22.29 30.58 48.01 30.55    
19 Bob L 10   ISP 136.66 136.66 20.05 45.77 39.12 31.28    
20 Jesse P 1   PROD 143.77 143.77 22.04 52.61 37.64 31.04    
21 Jason F 25   PROD 147.80 147.80 21.22 48.26 48.55 29.33    
22 Susan E 16   PROD 150.20 150.20 22.55 43.04 56.38 27.79   Lady
23 Daniel C 15   OPN 216.63 216.63 52.23 52.68 57.26 54.02    
24 James W 19   PROD 236.98 236.98 58.67 50.62 90.49 39.79   Senior

 

Rimfire Pistol

Stage # SCSA ID Stage Name
1 SC-103 Smoke & Hope
2 ?? Saving Ammo
3 SC-106 Pendulum
4 SC-108 Roundabout
 
Place Name Comp SCSA Division Aggregate Total Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 DQ Additional
1 Alexander W 5 3362 RFPI 49.07 49.07 11.35 10.26 15.96 11.50   Junior
2 Bradley M 3   RFPI 55.05 55.05 17.07 10.54 13.95 13.49   Junior
3 Cel A 21 4893 RFPO 57.28 57.28 12.18 11.24 21.81 12.05    
4 Joe H 27 TY29386 RFPI 74.63 74.63 13.30 22.70 22.50 16.13   Senior
5 Theresa D 42 TY65454 RFPI 75.38 75.38 13.91 13.70 28.96 18.81   Lady
6 Earl B 23   RFPI 82.38 82.38 13.23 24.32 25.86 18.97    
7 Addison L 9   RFPI 82.50 82.50 14.54 23.10 30.01 14.85   Junior
8 Heather M 26   RFPI 248.60 248.60 49.06 53.69 87.78 58.07   Lady

 

I’m not sure shooting two different guns was a good idea. The trigger pull on the two was quite different and several times my new STI went off before I expected it to and I missed the targets. I also had problems with jams on the new STI. The cartridges would just start into the chamber and then stop. There were also some rounds that were very tight in the chamber. I suspected my handloads were the problem.

When I got home I looked at the ammo. I think I don’t have enough crimp on my handloads. The factory ammo has a noticeable crimp. My handloads are crimped just enough to have a straight case wall. I also know that not all my handloads would pass the case gauge. If they didn’t I would test them in the chamber of my old STI and throw them into the ammo can anyway. Since that barrel is history I need to run all my rounds through the case gauge again. I probably should crimp them a little more too. I’m going to the International Steel Shooting Association Washington State Championship (ISSA is different from the Steel Challenge Shooting Association) on Saturday so I need to get my gun working this week.

Despite not feeling well, the trigger pull issue, and the jamming problems I did manage to decrease my times on Pendulum and Roundabout. Previously I had times of 30.87 and 23.43. This time I achieved times of 28.66 and 18.67. Smoke and Hope was slightly worse with 19.16 when I had a time of 18.76 in March. I also won my division with the STI.

I wish the club would use some different classifier stages. I need 5 to Go, Showdown, Outer Limits, and Speed Option before I can really know my level compared to other people.

3 thoughts on “Steel challenge match results

  1. Not bad, Joe.

    I noticed that the loading manuals warn us NOT to crimp the case of a cart, such as the 40 S&W which headspaces on the case mouth, to the point that it impinges into the bullet jacket, but then I noticed that factory ammo quite often does just that. Sometimes it’s the same company that made the “over crimpped” ammo as warned us, in their own manual, against doing it.

    Reloading isn’t for kids. Making loading dies for reloading isn’t for kids either.

    Why does all factroy ammo in caliber x fit my gun, whereas the ammo I made exactly to the loading manual specs doesn’t? Again; not for kids. Oh wait; they have that side bar in the manual;
    Note; It has come to our attention since manual number x, that some guns have a shorter throat and won’t accept this bullet…”

  2. I claim no expertise in .40, but putting a Lee Factory Taper Crimp Die on the Dillon solved almost all my 45ACP reload problems.

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