Keeping an eye out for 2009 calendar photos. Here's Nez Rongero and the Flag during the Garand Championship. Nikon Coolpix 8700. Polarizer. Big Tiff file. I thought Nez had the Championship won with a 287 until Mark Woodard shot a 289.
I waited and waited on this photo hoping the guy behind the flag would move. Nez has one round left in his belt pack. I was afraid he would complete the string and be gone so I went ahead.
My Garand was shooting better with a new Criterion barrel from the CMP North store, but still not shooting as well as I hoped. Didn't come close to cleaning the 200 yard prone slow fire target, and that's the basic test. 97, I think.
We shot the HXP 69 30-06 bought at the CMP North store. I didn't hear anyone bragging about it but I didn't hear any complaints or see any tracers.
Update: I hope I made a big enough point about the wonderful-ness of taking your old rifles out into the sunlight and shooting them for score. My 1943 Springfield 03-A3 has been at this match last year, Camp Perry twice, killed a deer and now is back here at Temple, Tx. It's still sweating cosmoline. Pleasure to be around these old guns.
Update II: Nice series of a guy shooting a Krag in the prone rapid.