President - David Belmont
Acting Vice President - Sharon Rose
Treasurer - Brian Ernsberger
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Chris Wilder
Trustee - Wes Childers
"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 - November 2020
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Members of WRRC,
Welcome to Fall! We've hit a record number of new members this year (Over 550 Members!). As such there may be some growing pains as we adjust to the new amount of shooters on our premises. Don't forget basic range ettiquite as we move forward!
On a safety note. Please DO NOT HANDLE FIREARMS IN THE PARKING LOT. If you need to handle or show off a firearm take it the bench so the muzzle stays pointed down range.
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
Many say that the upcoming elections are the most consequential in American history. Never say your one vote won’t matter. Your one vote does matter. Numerous elections in our nation’s history have been won or lost by one vote. It is a matter of record. Carefully consider the issues and vote your conscience. It is an honor, a privilege, and our civic duty to vote.
WRRC Board of Trustees
- 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.
If you’re not an active USPSA or IDPA competitor, you may be confused by the term “power factor”. Guidelines were established early on to prevent competitors from using unrealistically light loads in their guns. Maintaining their ties to responsible defensive handgun use, USPSA and IDPA officials decided to institute minimum power requirements.
Power factor is broken down into two groups—major and minor—and the formula used to determine which category your load will fall into is projectile weight (in grains) times velocity (in feet per second) divided by 1,000. So, for example, a 150 grain 9mm bullet traveling at 850 fps(feet per second) will have a power factor of 127.5. For USPSA and IDPA competition, a power factor of 125 is the minimum requirement. A major power factor must be above 165. In USPSA Production and Carry Optics divisions, every competitor is scored as minor. Therefore, shooters will often choose a caliber that produces as little recoil as possible.
Mike Detty Tactical Life April/May 2019
- 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
You’d think a cartridge introduced when Grover Cleveland was president would be nothing but an artifact by now, but the .30-30 Win. is doing quite well as it celebrates its 125th birthday this year.
The original load was a 160 grain soft point bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1970 f.p.s., but it has improved through the decades with better bullets and increased velocities. Single metal bullets include the Cutting Edge Lever Gun Raptor and Barnes Triple Shock Flat Nose, which are both constructed with wide open tips to initiate expansion. Dual core bullets include the Swift A-Frame Lever Action and Nosler Partition. Ordinary bullets with an exposed tip, such as the Sierra 170 grain Flat Nose or Hornady 150 grain Round Nose Interlock, still reliably expand and hold together at the .30-30’s relatively sedate velocities. Hornady 160 grain Flex Tip eXpanding (FTX) bullets, with a pointed elastic tip, do marginally flatten the .30-30’s trajectory and carry nearly 20 percent more energy than the flat nose bullet at 200 yards.
When I started handloading the .30-30 Win. more than 40 years ago, my hunting load was Sierra 150 grain FN bullets fired by IMR 4320 at approximately 2100 f.p.s. from the 20” barrel of a Winchester Model 94. Today, propellants such as IMR 8208 XBR, CFE 223, TAC and Varget significantly increase that velocity. LEVERevolution, though, is the leader, firing Hornady 150 grain Round Nose Interlock bullets at 2469 f.p.s. from the 24” barrel of a Model 94 Legacy. The same load delivered 2357 f.p.s. from the 20” barrel of my standard Model 94. That velocity boost makes the .30-30 Win. an excellent cartridge in a lightweight lever action rifle for hunting deer, black bear and even larger game at short range, just as originally intended.
John Haviland, Field Editor American Rifleman
The easiest compensation is to rotate the scope body so the crosshairs appear level when the desired amount of rifle cant is used. However, in NRA highpower, especially the long range events, that’s not going to be good enough because slight changes in cant won’t be detected and can lead to a loss of Xs or points.
The best solution is a bubble level, a piece of gear that’s advantageous in any kind of precision rifle shooting because the bubble quickly shows changes in both shooting position and the orientation of the rifle itself, changes that will manifest themselves in point of impact.
Just as I have been using a bubble level on all my front iron sights for competitive shooting since the early 1970’s, I have also used a level on all my scope equipped precision rifles. Over the years I looked at many designs for a scope mounted level, but I never saw one that was exactly what I was looking for, namely one that was compact, lightweight and allowed the shooter to see the level with the non-shooting eye. So I designed my own.
I actually prefer a forward mounted cant indicator system since its use requires nothing other than an “infinity stare”, which you are already doing when looking through your scope. However, not having a barrel with the necessary mounting provision machined into it, the next best choice is a scope mounted indicator.
I use a bubble level of my own manufacture that can be mounted so that the bubble is on the left side (right handed shooter) and below the scope’s centerline. The way it’s set up, you can still look downrange to reference your proper target (so as not to crossfire) and also watch wind indicators, either at the firing point or natural features downrange, with your non-aiming eye.
If you are shooting along and you see that your bubble is off to one side or the other, you can quickly shift the rifle or your shooting positions the bubble is in the proper spot.
David Tubb Rifle Shooter January/February 2014
IN OTHER NEWS
I suppose you’ve noticed the world has gone crazy?
Among all the terrible news, this New World Order of global insanity has been a huge boon to the firearms industry. Some gun stores are reporting ten times their normal sales volume and one major manufacturer just admitted to this corner some of their most popular guns are backordered until late spring of 2021!
This tidal way of gun buying has had several effects. First, gun prices, even for clapped out junkers, guns which have spent their entire lives under the seat of farm or ranch pickup trucks and appear to have been gnawed upon by wolverines, are sometimes going for twice the typical price. This makes your personal gun collection worth much more, if you are inclined to sell.
I wouldn’t, but if you already have plenty of guns, right now is a great time to let a couple of your less used firearms go at a premium.
Ammo supplies are tight but no major shortages have been seen. The same with other accessories as manufacturers have been working mandatory overtime to fill orders.
Another interesting effect is the fact you might see fewer new models being released. While this time of year is typically a lull for new firearms releases, with gun companies working at maximum capacity, there is no need to announce new guns to help bump sales.
Finally, it would appear the lessons of the “Obama bump” have been learned. Almost no one in the industry is buying additional equipment or hiring extra people because everyone knows this wave will eventually end at some point. An unfavorable presidential election could extend things, but right now the industry is primarily working with existing capacity. Hopefully, no bankruptcies this time around.
Brent T Wheat Guns Magazine October 2020
All events will be continuing as normal from here on out, see you at the range!
- Speed Steel: October 31st, 2020. 17 Guns. Next match January 30th.
- Bullseye: Scheduled as usual.
- Center Fire Rifle Match
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
Please remember that November 3, 2020, is coming up. If you are not registered to vote yet, please read the above column on voting. Thank you.
WRRC Secretary and Editor.