President - David Belmont
Acting Vice President - Sharon Rose
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs

Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
Trustee - Wes Childers

AMENDMENT II
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
December 15th, 1791 

Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club Newsletter - August 2020

New Board Member

I wanted to give a special thank you to Wes Childers for stepping up to be our 7th interim trustee through the end of the year. Wes has years of experience with firearms, marketing, and good business practices all of which will help our club greatly! Thank you!

Also, Thank you Club member Ron Martin for your generous cash donation to our Club. It will be used wisely.

Everyone who turned out for our range clean up day, Thank you, Thank you Thank you! It looks amazing

David Belmont | WRRC Club President

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

On July 18 we had 15 volunteers (3.95% of our current members) showed up and were ready to work on our annual Range Improvement Day. We pulled weeds, removed steel cases from the Casual Pistol and Rifle Ranges, removed a bazillion staples from several posts, emptied trash cans, and swept off the concrete parking pad. We smoothed out the front entrance and installed gravel between the road and gate. (No more need for a 4-wheeler to get onto the range!)

With the help of carpenter Troy Stephens, we installed a safety wall between the shop and the big
building and installed a steel man door. The shop is looking really nice. We will be cleaning out the cramped scoring shack and placing several items in the shop so that the Bench rest rifle shooters can
actually, use the scoring shack as a scoring shack again. Robbins Garage Door installed the three garage doors on the shop and did a very nice job. Looks sharp. Owner Steve Robbins gave our Club a very good deal on the installation. If you ever need a quote for new or replacement garage doors, please give Steve a call at 884-8630. Also, Steve is our newest Life Member. Congratulations, Steve. No more waiting in line!

Bill Hunglemann brought his tractor and helped spread gravel onto the Precision Range. A couple volunteers raked it out and it looks very nice again. The gravel was added to cover up the mud from the 100 year flood we had. Bill also repaired the 25 yard Casual Rifle Range berm by filling in the divot areas behind the target stands. He also removed a considerable amount of dirt and rock from the Casual Pistol Range. We are now one step closer to “flattening out” the range so that we can install permanent target stands.

Club Treasurer Brian Ernsberger cut out an enormous stack of target backers for both the rifle and pistols ranges. These should last for a long time before we have to cut out any more. After the morning’s work, Vice President Sharon Rose provided us with a nice lunch. Sure was nice to just sit in the shade, relax and pig out.

The Board of Directors would like to thank each and every volunteer who came and gave their time and effort to enhance and improve our Club.

Head of Range Maintenance Ron Skaggs

SAFETY

  • Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Keep your finger straight an off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Never point the muzzle of your firearm at anything that you are not willing to shoot.
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it.

REMINDERS

  • This is your range. Make your Mother proud by picking up and disposing of your trash.
  • Wearing your red lanyard with your membership card is mandatory.
  • Please observe all posted safety notices.
  • Do not shoot any type of steel core or similar ammo at our steel targets.
  • Observe range closing time. It will vary with the seasons. Times will be posted on the front gate.
  • Our website is www.wenrrc.org
  • Our e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Our Phone Number is 509.662.2388

HANDLOADING

Every manufacturing process has a Quality Control (QC) function. In a manufacturing plant, QC is separated from the assembly process so there’s no temptation to overlook defects. Since the whole kit and caboodle, you need to develop your own QC processes. Cutting corners while manufacturing ammunition can be a bad thing.

A good QC process begins with organization. MTM Case-Gard offers a universal reloading tray that works for most rounds you’re likely to reload. Get several; you’ll use them. While you’re at it, pick up some of their ammo boxes for your finished product.

Although MTM makes labels, I suggest you get a package or two of Avery’s 8066 File labels. Even if you don’t have a computer, you can handwrite on these and stick them on your ammo boxes. Knowing what I will load before getting to the bench, I preprint labels with the caliber, powder charge, bullet and date. These labels stick well, but you can pull them off when it’s time to use the box for a different load. Believe me, having those details on your ammo box will come in handy down the road. You don’t want to discover you’ve developed a tack driver and not remember the recipe.

QC starts with examining your raw materials. Brass is the only reusable component, so it warrants special attention. Although many don’t clean their used brass before reloading, I suggest it. It looks pretty, but more importantly you can get a better view during inspection.

Start by keeping your brass separate by caliber. Separating by brand is generally unnecessary unless you’re loading high performance rounds for accuracy, hunting or long distance shooting.

You can clean your brass chemically or in a tumbler. I use a tumbler exclusively now that I’ve discovered corn cob media works better than walnut shells. Add a bit of auto polish to make your brass shiny rather than spending two to three times as much on a specialized cartridge case polish.

I use a plastic kitchen colander to separate my brass from the media. I pick up and look at every cartridge as I take it from the colander and place it into a reloading tray. Check for splits, bulges, burs, and enlarged or distorted primer holes. Depending on the cartridge type, you may have to trim it and clean up some edges.

When you’re satisfied with your brass, turn your attention to the primers. Make sure you’re using correct primers for the load and they’ve been kept clean and dry. When priming, inspect each round to ensure the primer is flush and not damaged from seating.

David Freeman American Handgunner September/October 2019

7x57 MAUSER

In the late 19th century, the development of smokeless military cartridges was frantic. A half dozen 6.5mm cartridges, a dozen 8mm cartridges and several more “in between” metric military cartridges were adopted by various countries between 1886 and 1905. Only one was a pure 7mm using a 0.284 inch bullet: the 7mm Mauser (1892), adopted by Spain in the improved 1893 Mauser rifle.

The 7x57 was ultimately adopted by 18 countries. Fearing British aggression, President Martinus Steyn of the Orange Free State and President Paul Kruger of the Transvaal Republic secured huge quantities of the new 1895 Mauser and 7x57 ammunition. So in the Second Boer War (1898-1902) the Brits with .303s faced the Boer 7x57 Mausers. Also in 1898, American troops with Krags faced Spaniards armed with 7x57 Mausers.

The “Boer Mauser” may not have been superior to the 10 shot Lee-Enfield, but it’s certain the Boer farmers outshot the Brits. It’s clearer that the clip loading Spanish Mauser proved superior to the Kraig. Both Americans and British came out of the conflict with lasting respect for the 7x57 Mauser, which quickly became a popular sporting cartridge worldwide.

With its heavy for caliber, 173 grain solid, the 7x57 Mauser was used by some including of course, Walter Bell for game up to elephant. In England, John Rigby renamed it the .275 Rigby, offering a fast 140 grain load, greatly increasing its versatility.

Although never as popular here as across the pond, the 7x57 gained and has kept an American following. Best known for championing the .270 Win., Jack O’Conner was also a lifelong fan of the 7x57, using it and not a .270 for the majority of his desert sheep.

Modern factory loads are mild out of concern for use in older rifles. With good handloads, the 7x57 can exceed the 7mm-08 Rem. and performs better with heavier bullets, but common 7mm-08 factory loads are faster. The 7mm-08 can be housed in a shorter action. This has hurt the 7x57’s popularity, but it still retains a loyal following and there are a few new modern rifles chambered for it.

The 7x57 has history, nostalgia, and romance, and it’s probably more popular than the 7mm-08 in custom rifles. I can’t argue with Karamoja Bell, but I don’t see it as an elephant cartridge. However, it is extremely effective on game up to and including elk, with mild recoil and awesome performance.

Craig Boddington Rifle Shooter July/August 2020

WRRC Events

All events will be continuing as normal from here on out, see you at the range!

  • Speed Steel: July 25th, 2020. 14 Guns.
  • Bullseye: Scheduled as usual
  • Center Fire Rifle Match: Match is back on Scheduled for  August 15th!

Keep and eye on the calendar! We have plenty of upcoming events through out the rest of the year.

David Belmont, WRRC President and Chairman of the Events Committee


You might be a Redneck if you’ve ever moved a refrigerator on a skateboard.

Ron Skaggs
WRRC Secretary and Editor.