|Buffalo Match Results
October 12, 2002
|O. J. Riddles||5||1||0||6|
Wow folks, for all of you who just came to YCSA for the silhouette side
matches :~) and didn't stay for the Buffalo championships, you missed the most hotly
contested match that Whitey the buffalo has ever been in. We had 11 shooters, and to
my knowledge a record turnout, competing for the long range title. Old hands and new
shooters alike took their turns. To me, this is a very relaxing shoot. Kinda
like a cool down period after the busy business of a silhouette match. These are
some of my most favorite times at the hill...
For this match I used my Lone Star 40-82 with the new reamer. I bought all new Starline 45-90 brass and made up enough for the shoot. With Dave Higginbotham's expert 'smithin, this brass, totally new load (SWEIN, So What Else Is New) and a whole lotta luck I was able to keep head to head with Gary Krutilek. But as all who were present know that I am no gambler.
The winds laid down nicely for the most part, and the target was proof of that. Spotting was a real chore and took the eyes of multiple spotters as the bullet marks accumulated. We went four relays due to the turnout and just about dried up a paint can between readying for the next shooters. I mean to tell ya, if these were real bison, we'd have barbeque for the next three years easy. I counted up 62 total hits on the animal and this was just for score, not counting what was hit during sight in.
I was pretty busy during the match, and with all the shooters and excellent marksmanship I overloaded on my shot to shot commentary. But what we ended up with was a two way tie for high score of eight, and a three way tie at seven hits. I was thinking about raiding my kids soda straws to settle it all. But in the end, Gary and I flipped for it. And now you know why I ain't no gambler.
I do remember this though. Gary and I shot last relay, and I was thinking to myself just how much work I was going to have to do just to get close to Frank, Marty, and Jack who shared seven a piece. Jeez, I just wanted to get close to OJ, Matt and Jerry. Especially after my first shot went "somewhere", I didn't think I stood a chance. I can't remember who was spotting, but they got me on quick and I let the rifle do the rest. Darned if that rifle didn't do it's job. I was shooting first in the last relay and pegged the gong three of five shots and was thinking I had it made as I was walking back to my shooting box to clean. That is, until Gary shot his last shot. I knew I was had when I heard a "bong" instead of a "whack". Then came the coin flip. Never flip with one of those newfangled quarters without the eagle on the back. Just my luck.
I would like to add a sincere thanks to Liz Riddles for keeping score for us. And with your permission, I would like to dedicate this years match to Mr. Leon Ashton. I know he just loved to shoot the buffalo match as much as the rest of us. God grant him and Henry Heller the ability to join us on occasion.