Buffalo Match Results                 

July 8, 2000

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Competitor

Hits Gongs Bullseye Total Points
Paul Blanton 5 3 0 8
R. D. Blanton 5 2 0 7
George Conner 3 1 0 4
John Knesek 4 0 0 4
Leon Ashton 2 0 0 2
David Pierce 0 0 0 0

 

The Buffalo Match turned out to be a husband and wife type thing. R. D. had so little fun during the regular silhouette portion of the match that she told Wayne Lovell that she was going to win.

To quote RD, "I'm just trying to figure out how I can hit that darned buffalo at 800+ yards when I can't seem to get the blankety-blank pigs at 300 meters. Sure, the buff is bigger, but it's a lot farther away, and my lousy eyesight made it almost impossible to see the gong. In fact, there was a time or two when I wasn't even sure I was on the buffalo!"

Well, we’ve all had those days, RD. Just looking at David Pierce’s exercise in futility shows that it isn’t always a given that you’re going to hit the beast. David had such troubles that he attempted his last 2 or 3 shots offhand.

I know you guys don’t think I was paying attention, since I was working the kinks out of some loads for my great-grandfather’s old Springfield .50-70, but I was. In the future, when you change shooting squads, be sure to call a halt on the firing line and go paint. The Buffalo Match has 1st priority vs practice on the firing line. It gets very difficult to spot the hits, and if there’s too much clutter, it’s almost impossible.

Tom Berwick