2018 Rimfire Challenge

  • 2018 is here and spring is rolling in soon, if not already there where you are.

    I wanted to shoot today, and unlike many days... I didn't hesitate on which one to grab. The Anschutz 54.18 MSR spoke to me and we needed a bit of time together. I grabbed the lot number of center X I know it likes and shot a couple challenge targets. The targets were all warped and snowed on... so I don't much care about the score. The conditions were poor as it's still snowing and terrible here.

    The snow was actually covering the target, and for several bulls I guessed where they were beneath the snow and shot. Turned out alright all things considered! Someone had to get this year's challenge started!

    Lets see those targets folks! Don't be that guy talking about how your 22lr can shoot a gopher in the eye every time at 100yds. Print some targets and see what they can ACTUALLY do!




    For those of you not familiar with my Annie MSR... here's a pic:

  • I’m gonna have to build a box and fill it with sand so I can shoot these at home.

  • http://amzn.to/2GPxL2d

    I bet that thing would work well enough.

  • I might have to try that.

  • @rhyno I have one and it works great for 22. Except my daughter shot up the clip.

  • My target for today. Some wind. About 800 if I counted right.


    5 shots from a few nights ago.


  • ujjBJGfh.jpg


    Wind was rough. 1:00 to 2:00 and 5-12mph. About when I thought I had it pegged, it would shift and I'd break the 100 into a 50. :( Such is 50yd rimfire. It's rough on a guy. hehe

  • I took a break and went to the range yesterday for a go at the challenge. The wind was 22 SSE gusting to 30 almost at my back at the benches where I shoot. The range faces almost due north so I had a slight cross wind but better than a full cross wind. I took my Savage and the 513 I have been messing with. The Savage was slinging lead all over the place, I have done better on calm days and a slow rate of fire but there was no waiting on the wind yesterday so it is what it is. The heavy Remington did it's job but I couldn't do mine. I got a couple of 100's and they aren't really clean but I will take them. Out of the case I dropped the first shot but got adjusted and carried on. Probably shot the fifteen rounds in four minutes and then fired the two five round sighter targets as fast as I could ignoring the wind. I like the Nikon scope on the 513 but it has a BDC reticle that is like a German #4 with holdover rings. It almost covers the entire center of the targets being so large so I might swap the scope again for a finer cross or dot.

  • Rifle: Remington 40X Repeater
    Optic: S&B 5-25x56 PMII GenIIXR
    Position: Seated @ bench
    Rest: Bipod & rear bag
    Ammo: RWS R50
    Distance: 50yds

    Time: 5:00 PM
    Temp: 35f
    Wind: 15-22mph @ 2:00
    Lighting: Overcast

    Score: 1010

    No sighter allowed. Half a mil of wind was perfect, but I held too low when trying to compensate for aerodynamic jump. Next round I went too far the other way. Split the difference and finally started hooking up. Second row the wind died off after the first shot. Stayed close with it after that. Whole target was shot in less than a minute.

    I prefer calm conditions... but sometimes those conditions are not present.


  • Rifle: Ruger Precision Rimfire
    Optic: Bushnell Trophy 4-12x 40
    Position: Seated @ bench
    Rest: Bipod & rear bag
    Ammo: Center-X
    Distance: 50yds
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Temp: 76°F
    Wind: 3-7 mph @ 7:00
    Lighting: Sunny

    Just got this rifle about 3 weeks ago and this is the 3rd time I've been out with. Am getting it broke in and trying to get a feel for it. It's shooting pretty well and I can really tell without looking at the result when I screw up like on targets 4 & 9.



  • @straightshooter1 pictures not working. Use Imgur.

  • @orkan

    Finally figured it out. ;-$

  • @orkan
    I only had one five round magazine for my old Remington but I found a ten rounder at Midway so I can shoot the challenge with one reload. Three reloads takes a while with the greasy Center X. I try not to smear it all over the place and maybe it doesn't matter but it's put where it is for a reason. Next try I'm going to hit the stopwatch and see actually how much time I am burning up. This should be an eye opener for sure.

  • Yeah, center X is greasy. I keep a microfiber cloth handy for my hands afterward.

    I will load 3 magazines with 5 in each and do 2 mag changes. Thats pretty much my established protocol.

  • Rifle: Remington 40X Repeater
    Optic: S&B 5-25x56 PMII GenIIXR
    Position: Prone
    Rest: Bipod & rear bag
    Ammo: RWS R50
    Distance: 50yds

    Time: 4:45 PM
    Temp: 29f
    Wind: 1-10mph @ 9:00
    Lighting: Overcast

    Score: 1150

    That round way right from the first target was from earlier... too lazy to go hang another target. It was wet, sleeting, cold, and generally shitty... so bleh. I got some video of this run for you guys too. The wind was absolutely horrendous today. Huge fluctuations from dead calm to 10mph plus. It was really shitty. Field shooting without wind flags and crappy conditions like this is where you need to be able to really send rounds quick.


  • You made that look awful easy haha

  • @bull81

    It wasn't always that easy.


  • H7yjsZd.jpg

  • 1025


  • Went to close up the barn & the conditions were too perfect not to shoot. I grabbed a target & set up a flashlight so I could see the target & away I went:



  • @gash
    Very nice

  • Great shooting!

  • @gash said:

    Went to close up the barn & the conditions were too perfect not to shoot. I grabbed a target & set up a flashlight so I could see the target & away I went:




    Was that your Anne?

  • @martino1 yup! it’s the only rimfire I shoot these days 😉

  • Got a chance to shoot one of these today. Been a while.

  • @tpk936
    Not bad bud, good shooting

  • @gash Nicely done.

  • Took my 513 to the range yesterday for a try. No sighter, just started with a plain white target then two of the tan ones. I shot the two five round groups last waiting on some other shooters to finish and pick up targets. That one is a legitimate five rounder unless I completely pulled off of the paper. Anyway, I forgot to fill in the blanks before I took pictures so here it is:
    513 T Matchmaster
    Nikon Monarch 5-20 SF
    Sitting Bag Front And Rear
    Wind 16 Gusting To 25 Variable 76Degrees Overcast
    Center X
    50 Yards

  • Just shot the top score for 2018 so far! Quite unexpectedly. It was cold and there were swirling winds today. 1400 is the score to beat! If I just could have converted those two 50's... I could have cleaned it.

    Some history on this rifle: I purchased this via gunbroker last year for around $400. It had a broken extractor, and a tormented stock set. I sent it to my very good friend Wayne J. (@rimfire ) and he replaced the extractor and created a new walnut stock set. The rifle was manufactured by BSA in 1954 and was inspected in the Birmingham proof house by inspector #3. It was very sad to see this rifle in such a sad state of repair when it arrived, but with Wayne's help, it's in serviceable condition now. I mounted a Unertl 24x 2" target scope that I won last year at a local auction.

    These martini's are an incredible piece of history. I'll no doubt collect more of them in the future. It should be noted that these rifles violate many "rules" of modern firearms design, yet will out-shoot most of those modern rifles without issue. The handguard is screwed to the barrel, and is not free floating.

    The sad news is that I only have 250rnds of this batch of ammo remaining. I sincerely hope I can find another lot number that shoots so well in this rifle. Were it 60 degrees rather than 35, I'd like to think these targets would have turned out better. This rifle, optic, ammo, and myself have a date with destiny on a calm day to come this spring. We'll clean this challenge target. :)

    64 years old, and still sending them right in there. Incredible.

    Rifle: BSA Martini MKII
    Optic: Unertl 24x 2" Target model
    Position: Prone
    Rest: Bipod & rear bag
    Ammo: Lapua Midas +
    Distance: 50yds

    Time: 6:30 PM
    Temp: 35f
    Wind: 3-5mph @ Swirling
    Lighting: Sunny

    Score: 1225, 1375, and 1400


  • @orkan I'm going to have to make some time to shoot soon so I can beat ya :)

    PS - good job dearest ;)

  • Shot at 25yds today, just to show how much easier things are when you half the distance. ;)



Looks like your connection to Gunhive was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.