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Shot my first 3 gun match today.

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by Nickb, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    And it absolutely sucked! We had 4 stages. I chose to start on stage 4 to get to shoot before the wind picked up. It was the only stage that had targets past 70 yards. The stage only required a shotgun and rifle.
    The day started off terrible, I started with my 870, shooting Winchester super X shells. On the 3rd shot it was really hard to pump the shotgun, 4th shot was the same, only I got it to pump but it ripped the rim off of the shell. Threw the shotgun in a barrel ( I didn't get to engage 8 targets with bird shot and 2 steel at 65 yards with slugs). Switched to the rifle for the 2 close paper targets and 10 steel ranging from 100-375 yards. It started off good with the rifle until I got to the last target, a 12" plate at 375. By this time the barrel was nice and warm and I could not hit the plate, looking back I should have started off on the long shots.
    The rest of the day went the same way with the shotgun, I was able to engage 2-4 targets before the extractor would jump the rim, leaving my shotgun useless and 10-15 targets not engaged.
    On the last stage someone let me use some federal shells and the shotgun ran great. The only time I had fun was on the last stage when the shotgun worked.
    Big lesson learned today, check all equipment with the ammo that I'm going to be using for a match (like I do with my pistols and rifles)
    I think I will stick to steel challenge and USPSA matches for a while.
     
  2. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    How much did the day end up costing you?
     
  3. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Amen.
     
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  4. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Entry fees were $40. 100 rounds of .223 ($30), 100 rounds of 45 ( $15).
    It was one of the more expensive matches as far as entry fees go. Most USPSA and steel challenge matches are $12-$20 and 150-200 rounds of pistol ammo.
     
  5. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    I've found that those Super X shells jam just about every time in my 870. I've read that it's because Remington doesn't do a very good job on polishing the chamber.
     
  6. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I sold the other 3 boxes of super x shells I had last night. I also polished the chamber a little. I will probably take it out Wednesday and shoot some steel to see how it does.