I made a few minor technical corrections. Other than that this is word for word from an email I received from Brian K. about his first visit to Boomershoot:
“Go ahead, shoot a few rounds!”
A kind offer from the Boomershoot attendee I was spotting for.
His spotter had to cancel last minute, so I had the novel pleasure of walking this gentleman in at 700 yards.
Now he was spotting for me!
“I should start at the 375 yard targets,” I attempted to wimp out.
“I’m already sighted in at 700 yards. Just go for those” he insisted.
Remembering everything Appleseed taught me, I fired my first round at a 7″ explosive target almost a half mile away.
Miss. But less than 10 feet off, so not terrible.
Miss. Miss. Miss. Am I going to hit *anything*?
Miss. Miss. Hit!
700 yards is so far that you can bring your eyes up from your scope, see the detonation, and let out a holler of joy before the sound reaches you.
I scored a few more hits at 700, including a single first round hit.
I learned two things at my first Boomershoot:
- I am capable of far more accuracy that I know
- I need to practice far more than I do
Thankfully Boomershoot is just three months away and there is still space on the Sunday firing line so you can discover how well you fare vs small explosive pizza boxes at half a mile.
Great story, I loved it. Recalling my first Boomershoot, I was just off a great trip with a co-worker out to Wyoming to shoot prairie dogs. First time I had ever done that. With a .223 and a great hand load that my friend gave me, I got one at 460 yards. Hooked on long distance was the easiest way to describe it. By chance, I saw the Evening Magazine coverage of Boomershoot. Now I knew I would have two addicting challenges. Went to Boomershoot the next year with my son. He shot my .223 with my ballistic tip prairie dog loads while I shot a .243 also with ballistic tip bullets. What an amazing time. The .223 was killing the 375 yard targets while the .243 was in the thick of it at 600 to 700 yards. The next year, it was my son and me along with three of my brothers. The year after that, we added my son’s wife and my wife. What a fantastic family experience. It is really difficult to put into words the exhilaration that comes with successfully hitting those targets but is it ever fun!
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