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    Got to think the sniper thing, shooting off some sort of rest, would be a big draw.

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    Naw......the Big guns are the "Big draw" in the N-SSA and I've used them alomst every time to get folks to come to Nationals and get them signed up. They are a main stay and have to stay on Saturday. Have Long Range Wednesday and I'll come early and shoot with you.
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    The longest reasonable distance you are going to get at "The Fort" is 200 yards, and that's hardly "Long Range" for Volunteer and Whitworth Rifles.

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    That's true, but you can always increase the difficulty by making the targets smaller.
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    Long range Match

    We did this event unofficially for many years at a regional shoot, and awarded a small trophy as a prize. We built a rail fence on a wooded knoll and had competitors fire 10 rounds at a hanging steel dinger 240 yards down-range. Any pre-1865 firearm, military or civilian, was allowable, as all were used for sharpshooting during the War. Competitors turned up with 1st Model Maynards, carbines or every sort, a "heavy" .58 rifle with a Malcom scope, Spencer Rifles, Sharps Rifles, and of-course military rifles and rifle-muskets. I never saw a Whitworth. All proved competitive at that range. Shooters could take any position behind the fence and most rested on the fence. It was a fun shoot, perfect for a laid-back regional. I would not, however, favor doing this at a National, as these skirmishes are already way too busy.
    Jim Leinicke- Western Region

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    There is a Long Range match sponsored by the LRML coming up on the Thursday and Friday before Easter weekend at Oak Ridge, TN, but the course of fire starts at 200 yards, and includes legs at 300, 600, and 1,000 yards. Most shooters are using original Whitworths but there are some using Pedersoli Gibbs in .451 and .453, and we had one shooter two years ago using a repro Kerr. He did okay up to 600 but he was nowhere near the paper at 1,000 yard. All of these rifles are shot with vernier tang sights and globe front sights.
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