So, when I started this blog three and a half years, ago, I mainly did so to share my trip to shoot long range with the crew at TBAC. I quite rapidly figured out that, I wanted to start shooting matches like the Steel Safari. Last year was finally to be the year I was able to do it! I signed up for the match, and for a workshop to get ready. I even went as far as pre-ordering the AI AT from EuroOptic. Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors, I had to reneg on my match registration and I wasn’t even able to test fire my AT until this month.
2015, however, I have three main goals:
- Shooting the upcoming Wolf Precision Long Range Shooting School in May. I’ve shot long range before, but I’m out of practice, and I need to get practice behind MY rifle and rock solid familiarity with its Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26×56 scope
- Shooting the Steel Safari match in June. My goal, which is perhaps ambitious, is to shoot a score high enough to put me in the top 50. In a match of 70 contestants, that doesn’t sound like an extreme goal, but most of the 70 attendees are VERY competent long range shooters. I feel a bit like one of the guys who sponsors his own team in the Star Mazda series. When you are an average joe racing against up and coming Formula car drivers, merely being able to hold your own I consider to be a ‘win.’
- Last, but not least, have a successful Safari in July. Back in 2012, I won a South African Plains Game hunt at a charity benefit auction. Due to life events, I was unable to actually follow-through on it…until now. I am going to spend 5-days hunting outside Kimberley in July. I hope to hunt some combination of Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, and Kudu. I am bringing my Tikka T3 in 7 Rem Mag, but I made two small changes. I’ll be mounting a 2-8x Zeiss scope. I’m using Safari Arms to handload me 175 Gr Swift A-Frames to take down Eland, which is admittedly on the ‘big side’ for a 7mm non-super, ultra, lazzeroni, weatherby, dakota, STW etc Magnum.TheNouveauJäger