Monthly Sporting Rifle match RATON NM

rmfield

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The AR matches are casual matches that are run on scheduled Saturday mornings using various Sporting Rifle Match steel target arrays, so the distances involved are typical 200-700 yards. The stages change for each match, but the ability to shoot accurately and quickly is rewarded. Also, some of the stages may involve moving on the clock, but not a lot. Only AR15s in 5.56 NATO are allowed. It is very important to note that the ammo for this match must not have any iron content in the projectiles. We use magnets to test ammo, so if your bullets are attracted to a magnet, you will not be permitted to shoot. I usually bring 200 rounds, but seldom shoot more than 100. If you struggle hitting the targets, you will probably use more.
 

nfoley

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Has anyone cleared the sporting match 60/60 yet?
Left NM years ago, just curious!
I remember one of the first times I shot the match, shot with Brian Whalen. He missed either the first or second target of the day due to a mental error. He then proceeded to hit every single remaining target. Got 59/60, and I have no doubt he would have cleaned it if not for that one mental error. That guy can flat out shoot!!!
 

Alpine 338

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I tentatively plan on coming down to help, travel Friday, help set up on Saturday, is that still the plan? Still trying to coordinate with those who want to shoot the match, and carpool together.
 

rmfield

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So far, conditions are looking good for next weekend. Only a little snow on the ground at both TWC and the target storage site. Based on the response we've received, it looks like we enough vehicles to haul the targets. We also have about a dozen people for setup on Saturday which should be adequate, but if you are inclined to help, a few more people would be welcome. Check back here before you leave in case a weather issue arises.
 

Starbuck

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So far, conditions are looking good for next weekend. Only a little snow on the ground at both TWC and the target storage site. Based on the response we've received, it looks like we enough vehicles to haul the targets. We also have about a dozen people for setup on Saturday which should be adequate, but if you are inclined to help, a few more people would be welcome. Check back here before you leave in case a weather issue arises.
Great news about all the volunteers. What time do you plan to get started with Saturday a.m. setup - I'll try to make it.
 

rmfield

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Unfortunately, conditions on the ground in Coal Canyon will prevent us from setting up and holding the February 3 match as planned. The major issues are too much snow on the North facing slopes where many of are targets go and too much moisture on the side roads which will end up as mud by the weekend. This was a mutual decision between Mike K and TWC staff. Obviously, this is disappointing, but we will try again for the March match. Stay tuned - we will be looking for volunteers to help out.
 

NineHotel

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Thanks for the update - was considering making an early AM run down Sunday to shoot this. My March calendar is open that day so we will hopefully see you then!!
 

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Magnum Match Update - (for Magnum Match ONLY)

We have 3 Magnum matches on the calendar for 2019. They are April 6, May 4 and July 6.

As you can see the Magnum Matches will be on the same weekend as the regular SRM. We hope/expect to get bigger turnouts for the Magnum Match this year. Due to the nature of the match we will need to limit the number of shooters to approx 15.

Therefore, shooters for the Magnum Match will need to preregister on Practiscore.

Magnum Match Registration

Registration Opens on March 4 and will be limited to 15 spots.
 
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high right

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Anybody know if Raton/ Coal canyon is getting dumped with snow? Is this month going to be tough because of the mud again?
 

rmfield

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You are right Brent!

March Sporting Rifle Match cancelled due to weather and conditions on the ground. There is about a foot of snow on the ground and more coming tonight. Our next opportunity to get the course set up will be the Saturday before the April 7 match. This also results in the need to cancel the April Magnum Rifle Match. We appreciate everyone's patience. As before, we will need some volunteers to help out, but will wait until the date gets closer to organize that.
 

Brent B

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I have only shot the sporting rifle match twice and am new to the sport. After the cancellation of last years matches due to the severe fire threat I realize how much I missed shooting the match, and what beautiful terrain there is near Raton. Mother nature will be kind to us eventually.
 
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LawnMM

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Looking forward to the May Magnum Match, figured it's about time I visit Whittington and get the 338 a chance to reach out.

I assume the more folks who bring spotting equipment, tripods, etc. the better for this format? Roughly same distance on foot? ~2 miles?
 

c ward

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MRM is set up all at 1 firing position, longest walk is from the truck to the firing line . There is always 2 or 3 good spotters on line but more are always good .
 
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Nice! Edited to add a question, again...

Is the Magnum version set up the same way with some sight in / dope checking the day prior? Just getting started with magnums and ELR and my opportunities to shoot past 1k aren't numerous.
 
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stevenc23

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Nice! Edited to add a question, again...

Is the Magnum version set up the same way with some sight in / dope checking the day prior? Just getting started with magnums and ELR and my opportunities to shoot past 1k aren't numerous.
No sight in/dope check the prior day. Brief dope check usually available the morning of the match.
 
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stevenc23

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Just got word from the boss that the APRIL 6 MAGNUM Rifle match is a go once again.

BIG thanks to Kevin and gang (sorry don't have all the names of those who helped) who set up targets on their own time to help make this happen.

Signup is open and REQUIRED for the Magnum Match:

 
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rmfield

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Adding to Steve's post above:

Good news. The April 6 Magnum Rifle and April 7 Sporting Rifle Matches are a go assuming we don't get weathered out.

Kevin, Andy and a couple of other guys took advantage of the fact that JJ and Denise were setting up some of our targets at Coal Canyon for their 2-rifle match and got most of the rest of the course set up as well. The Magnum Rifle targets are not yet set up, but we expect to be able to get that done on Friday, April 5.

The Magnum Rifle Match now requires preregistration on Practiscore, so if you are interested, be sure to sign up. The Practiscore Link for any Sporting Rifle Match Events that require registration is https://practiscore.com/clubs/sporting_rifle_match. If you are interested in helping set up the Magnum Rifle targets, we are meeting at Coal Canyon (the SRM site) at noon Friday to pick up the targets and will then proceed to the S. Flats where we will do the setup.

The SRM course is not completely set up, but we expect that we can finish it up after the Magnum Rifle Match on Saturday and hopefully have the practice range open by 3:00 PM per our usual schedule. Setup is planned to start at 12:00 noon on Saturday and we could use a few volunteers to help out.

Please note:

- As of 2018, the match has a 3000 fps maximum muzzle velocity requirement for precision rifles.

-New for 2019, smoking will be prohibited entirely at the Coal Canyon venue for any Sporting Rifle Match events. South Flats (Magnum Rifle) will continue with smoking only allowed in your vehicle.

- The SRM course has been renumbered from 1 on the right through 10 on the left. Otherwise, the course will be the same as it was last year with only a couple of changes. The latest target chart on the SRM website reflects this.
 
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rmfield

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Weather is looking good for the Magnum Rifle Match and Sporting Rifle Match this weekend. Here's the schedule and a couple of important things to note:

Friday noon - We plan pick up targets from the Coal Canyon site and haul them to S. Flats site where we will set up the MRM. We could use 1-2 people to help. If we have time, we will return to Coal Canyon and begin the work on the SRM setup there.

Saturday morning - Magnum Rifle Match at the S. Flats on the front side of the Whittington Center. Preregistration required. Front gate folks can direct you to the match site. Sight-in at 7:00 AM and match starts at 8:00 AM and we expect to finish up around noon. A few guys who are not shooting the MRM will also be over in Coal Canyon working on the SRM setup during the morning if you want to help out.

Saturday, noon - We will join the others already working in Coal Canyon and complete the setup for the Sporting Rifle Match. We hope to have the practice range open for competitors 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Sunday 7:00-8:00 AM - SRM registration and safety briefing. 8:00 AM - Gate locked and match starts. Be sure to show up at 7:00 AM if you are trying to squad two or more people together. Maximum squad size is total number of competitors divided by 10 plus there must be a SRM veteran that knows where the targets are in every squad.
 

NineHotel

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Is anyone interested in carpooling down early Sunday AM, down and back in the same day, from the SW/S side of the denver metro? Sharing driving will make the trip back a bit easier on both of us. PM me if interested.
 

Wormydog1724

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Well hot damn I did better than I was expecting.
Thanks for the awesome match.