July 2021 Postal Match

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This month we are celebrating the 4th of July with a good old fashioned picnic, there is only one problem, flies! As fate would have it, all we have to keep the flies away from the food is our trusty smokepoles!

Download and print your target attached below. Write your forum screen name on the front of your target as soon as you print it!

This is a Five shot target. Fire 1 shot at each fly.

Scoring will be as follows:
Shots landing inside a circle = 5pts
Get lucky and hit the fly = 10pts
Accidentally hit a sandwich = -5pts

The shooting distance for this contest is 25 yards.
No do-over’s. Print and shoot one target only. One rifle and one pistol is acceptable.
Only registered forum members may participate.

If you would like please take a picture of your target and post it on the forum under this months (July) shoot to share with other members. However, to be officially scored and posted in the final results you must still mail in your target unless you are overseas as noted below.

Only traditional, open iron sighted muzzle loading firearms; peeps are allowed under the condition you mark your target so I know you used a peep. (Tracking it) NO Cannons. Percussion, flintlock or matchlock ignition only. Pistol will be in their own class. Cap and Ball revolvers are OK.

Single patched round ball only. No restrictions on caliber. (a patchless ball may be used if so desired)

Shots shall be taken off-hand at the stated distance. Standing or seated is allowed, elbows unsupported by anything other than the shooters torso. In the event that a member is not physically able to hold his rifle up unsupported, a "prop-rod" that is supported only by the shooters torso, no part of which prop-rod may touch the ground, may be used to hold up the fore-end of the rifle.

Only original targets will be accepted. No copies, faxes, scan, etc. unless you're an overseas participant...
Overseas participants may scan and e-mail me. Just send me a PM through the forum and attach it or I'll give you my e-mail address. As long as I can CLEARLY make the target out I'll accept it.** (I recommend using a dark backing paper when you scan / copy it if possible so that the holes show clearly)

Old Eyes - Small Targets, What To Do?
Considering the nature of the event being, a print and mail target and there being no prize other than bragging rights, the object is to encourage shooters to shoot and share their results, whatever they may be, in hopes we can all learn a bit. In September 2020 shoot participants overwhelmingly voted to adjust the rules to allow adding color to the target(s) to add contrast to better see the intended point of impact. This can be done at the individual shooters desire, this is optional.
Note: This may not be necessary with all targets but it has been adopted as a standing rule.

Pistol Class:
For those who would like, you can shoot one target with long gun and one with pistol. Please mark your target accordingly.

How close is close enough? Over half the ball must penetrate inside the scoring ring to be counted at the highest value. In other words, the ring in which the majority of the ball hits the target will be the score value. The center of the shot placement on the target will be determined by the judge. Judges decisions are final.

Fire 5 shots only, misses count! Mutilated targets or targets with more than 5 holes will be disqualified. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

Mail your target, postmarked no later than July 31st to:

Chris Duncan
1260 N Osage rd
Mulvane, KS 67110
Attn: July Target

If you don’t mind sharing I would also like to know what you’re shooting. Include type of firearm, caliber, ball diameter, patch thickness, lube, powder type and grains used, barrel length and twist rate. This isn’t required I’m just the curious sort.

Thanks for shooting, now lets get out there and swat those flies!

Chris
 

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My Pedersoli Pennsylvania proved itself a worthy flyswatter this afternoon. 2 dead flies and many a near miss. Looks like the big one lives on though, Drat! I really wanted that bugger!

Happy Shooting!
 

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I just got back from the range after shooting this month's target: no flies, but I didn't go hungry! I don't know whether I should get my head examined or what, but I chose to shoot with with a 20ga. NW trade gun. In spite of the heat and humidity, it fired reliably once I substituted FFg for FFFFg in the pan and fired immediately after priming. As I was using a "bare ball" load, I had to brush and damp swab the bore frequently.

Particulars: 70gr. GOEX FFg with a thin card stock over shot "wad" atop the powder. That was followed by a .618", i.e., bore diameter RB cast from pure Pb. That was followed by another thin OS wad and rammed home. Btw, the gun has a 36" bbl. and was made by Green River Forge and has no rear sight. Usually I'd use a smaller RB with a patch, but I thought I'd give the bare ball + thin patches another try, but as you can see from my target, it wasn't my brightest idea! It was fun though!
 

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Got out to the range today with my Hawken .45 percussion rifle. I installed a set of peep sights I had laying around. My first couple of shots hit the rings, but then the rear aperture got too dark too see. Might have been cloud cover or who knows what but I couldn't hit the side of a barn after that. So my pistol target will have to do for this month. I will send it in.
 

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