Scott – Oregon State Field Target Championships – June 27-28, 2015

My traveling companions and I arrive at the range early Friday evening.

My traveling companions and I arrive at the range early Friday evening.

This is the fourth consecutive Oregon State Field Target Championships that I have attended. It’s one of the top fun West Coast FT matches. Alan (my son), Jeff Carmello (fellow piston competitor), and I made the trip to the 2015 Oregon State Field Target Championships. It was Alan’s second Oregon State match and Jeff’s first. We packed into Jeff’s extended cab Toyota pickup for the ten hour trip. The weather was predicted to be unusually hot for Oregon. When we arrived Friday evening, it was indeed hot, AND humid!

Match day arrived with temperatures rising quickly. The course consisted of 17 lanes, 3 targets per lane, and only one shot per target. There were 51 shots per day. I was squaded with two other piston gun shooters, Jeff Carmello, and Jim Poh. It was pleasant enough in the shade but it was bright, hot, and humid in the sun. This was the first test of my 24x scope with higher mounts under higher temperatures. I have not shot this setup in temperatures over 80 degrees. I was getting some issues with point of impact (poi) shifts. The higher temperatures may have been part of my problem. I ended the day with 35/51. I planned to make up some on Sunday’s course. There were some great scores shot for the day with Larry Durham (49/51) and Alan Hull (50/51) battling it out.

The pistol match commences late Saturday afternoon

The pistol match commences late Saturday afternoon

I was looking forward to the pistol match and shooting my experimental 12fpe Marauder hybrid pistol. I figured shooting my 12fpe pistol would give me an advantage in the wind, but the day was very calm. And then, at the site-in range before the match, I found out my fair weather pistol could not take the heat, either. I was disappointed. A couple of the the other competitors offered to share a pistol, so I teamed up with Scott Schneider. He had a very nice shooting pistol, so I was able to enjoy competing in the pistol match. Rizalde Marquez was the easy winner of the match with 36/40 points. Scott S was not going to let me beat him with his own pistol, so he got second with 32 points. Mark G and I tied for 3rd with 31 points each.

On day two of the rifle match, I re-zeroed my rifle and hoped for the best. The course was similar to Saturday’s course with a few variations in the lanes. My rifle did better in the cooler temperatures of that day. My zero held good until later in the match when the sun came out. The poi shift happened fast and I missed my last three targets. I did 5 points better than the day before so I had to be happy with my 75/102 score. The Diana 54 performed OK but I know it can do better. Jeff, shooting his Diana 54, shot a great match hitting 89/102 in the piston competition. He was close behind the piston winner, Kevin Yee. Alan, shooting his trusty Benjamin Marauder, had the overall high score for the match. Alan, Jeff, and I loaded up the pickup and we went home happy, with plans to return next year.

Scott Hull

Photos taken at the event. Click for a larger view.

Alan cleans the standing lane

Alan cleans the standing lane

Alan takes a tree shot

Alan takes a tree shot

Alan takes a prone shot

Alan takes a prone shot

Bob-Pont

Bob Pont (Oregon) and Vince Pacheco (California)

Many of us set up camp under the steel cover

Many of us set up camp under the steel cover

We went straight to the check-in table

We went straight to the check-in table

Chris Merrit

Chris Merrit

Dan House from Montan

Dan House from Montana

Saturday, some food before the match. Jeff finds the donuts

Saturday, some food before the match. Jeff finds the donuts

25 yard enclosed sight-in range

25 yard enclosed sight-in range

There were tables available for displaying/trading of airgun items

There were tables available for displaying/trading of airgun items

Jim Whittlesey ranges a target

Jim Whittlesey ranges a target

Jim Cyran shoots, Dan House scores

Jim Cyran shoots, Dan House scores

On the line

On the line

Kevin Yee instructs his son, Andrew, in preparation for Andrew's first match

Kevin Yee instructs his son, Andrew, in preparation for Andrew’s first match

This was Jeff's first trip to the Oregon range, so he checks out the varied landscape

This was Jeff’s first trip to the Oregon range, so he checks out the varied landscape

Larry Piercy from Arizona

Larry Piercy from Arizona

Lunch is served after the match

Lunch is served after the match

Alan Hull's rig. The "magic" Marauder goes Freestyle

Alan Hull’s rig. The “magic” Marauder goes Freestyle

Match Director "Wacky" Wayne Burns

Match Director “Wacky” Wayne Burns

Michael Culbertson shooting

Michael Culbertson shooting

Michael Culbertson

Michael Culbertson

Pistol match

Pistol match

Pistol match

Pistol match

Pistol match

Pistol match

Shooters gather for a pre-match meeting

Shooters gather for a pre-match meeting

The Pyramyd Air goody bags handed out to all competitors

The Pyramyd Air goody bags handed out to all competitors

Randy Ebersol with his home built pistol/bullpup conversion

Randy Ebersol with his home built pistol/bullpup conversion

Freestylin LD ranges a target

Freestylin LD ranges a target

Pistol match winner, Rizalde Marquez

Pistol match winner, Rizalde Marquez

Scott Hull ranging a tree target

Scott Hull ranging a tree target

Scott Hull ranging a tree target

Scott Hull ranging a tree target

Scott Hull shooting pistol

Scott Hull shooting pistol

Scott Schneider

Scott Schneider

The site-in range

The site-in range

More from the sight-in range

More from the sight-in range

Some targets at the shoot.

Some targets at the shoot.

Targets

Targets

Targets

Targets

Targets

Targets

Targets

Targets

Tim McMurray from California

Tim McMurray from California

JD Dodge (on right) from Washington state was manning the check-in table.

JD Dodge (on right) from Washington state was manning the check-in table.

One thought on “Scott – Oregon State Field Target Championships – June 27-28, 2015

  1. Excellent Report!!
    Sue and I had fun and that’s what we are in this game for!!
    Nice meeting up with Old and New Friends in our hobby of Air Gunning!!
    See Ya’ll next time!!

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