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  THE ARIZONA BASED SITE FOR BLACKPOWDER CARTRIDGE RIFLE SHOOTERS.

           BPCR SILHOUETTE-CREEDMOOR-MID RANGE

                                 (Updated 12/6/2016)


***RESULTS FOR THE 2016 AZ. STATE BPCR SILHOUETTE CHAMPIONSHIPS***

                                                                       

Chip Mate (left) wins the Arizona State Championships for the second year in a row. Chip's spotter was again Steve Rhoades who won the Dan Theodore Best Spotter award.






 Olian Shockley (right) from Wyoming was the 2016 winner of the Shiloh Rifle.




To all:
For 17 years the top shooters in the western
United States have made the trip to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. I want to thank all those in attendance for your support and cooperation for making this years match a success.
I have always said that a shooting match is only as good as the shooters that attend it and this year certainly proved that out.
I’ll do anything to get shooters to show up, even lying about the wind never blowing at our match. Boy did I get caught on that one Friday morning! At sun up it was dead calm with the flags hanging on their poles but by the 9:00 start time you almost had to hold onto those poles to keep from being blown away. But hey, it’s an outdoor event and who better to win the first day match for both Iron Sight and Scope than the two guys from Montana, Darrell Smithson and Howard Smith. Darrell and Howard were partnered up and they coached each other to the top scores the first day.
Close behind though was Butch Ulsher in Scope and Chip Mate shooting Irons.
Having a three day match format means that there is still plenty of time to catch up if you have a bad score one day.
Saturday things tightened up a little in Irons with Del Niemeyer tying Darrell for the match win with 30X40s a pair and in Scope Butch got hot and won that match with a 30X40 as well. Howard and Chip both shot 28X40s in their respective classes to stay in the hunt.
Saturday had the best shooting conditions of the whole weekend with light breezes in the morning and clear skies. It made it nice as well for our dinner that was held after the match along with the prize raffle.
Once again Carolyn, her daughters and grandkids did a wonderful job feeding everyone, as well as keeping score, and the
Shiloh rifle was won by Olian Shockley from Wyoming.
As the saying goes in
Arizona when it’s hot: “It’s a dry heat” someone changed that around a little during our second set of targets on Sunday morning to: It’s a dry rain”. Yes that’s right, it was raining. The rain was forecast for the end of the day but it showed up early and stayed with us for most of the final match. It never rained hard but for the Iron sight shooters it made things really challenging.
Barry Millar, from Kansas, must have had night vision on his rifle as he shot the highest score of anyone for the whole weekend to win the Sunday Iron Sight match with an outstanding 33X40. Chip Mate was right behind him with a 32X40 and since I was spotting for Chip I know how hard it was to see in those conditions!
Surprisingly, in the Scope Class, there were 4 shooters who tied for the match win with 31X40s, Howard Smith, Larry Wilkes, Ivan Dice and Rick Hladky. Usually the Scope shooters have the advantage in low light conditions but not in this match.

Chip Mate and Darrell Smithson were tied for the Iron Sight aggregate so it took a shoot off to determine the State Champion and for the second year in a row Chip Mate from
Elgin, AZ. was our Arizona State Champion.
In the Scope class no shoot-offs were required as the
Montana shooters Howard Smith and Butch Ulsher were 1st and 2nd.
But the real story was Larry Wilkes from
Flagstaff, AZ. Larry started the match on Friday as an “A” scope shooter but shot a 28X40 which moved him up to “AA”. He fell down a little on Saturday only recording a 22X40 but recovered on Sunday with one of the 31X40s and when the final tally was made Larry had secured the 3rd Overall award for the Scope Championship! Outstanding shooting Larry!
For the third year Vintage Sniper has been included into the
Arizona State Championships and even though the turn out is not big the competition is pretty close for the top three spots.
Lee Bumbalow, from Payson, AZ. is always one of the top competitors but this year Texan Robert Garibay came prepared to take home the State Championship trophy.

Robert succeeded, but not without having to win the Cactus Trophy in a shoot-off with Lee for the championship. Lucky for both of them that I crossfired on one of Robert’s pigs or the outcome might have been a little different. LOL!!
Again, I have to thank all the shooters for being ladies and gentlemen. Special thanks again to my Carolyn and her family for the score keeping and dinner on Saturday.
Also doing another great job was Carol Cumming, from
Canada, who expertly ran the matches and Don Pedersen for overseeing the target setters and fixing breakfast for us every morning.
It wouldn’t happen without your help.

Steve Rhoades
Match Director  
C. MATE MASTER AZ. 30X40 28X40 32X40 90X120 STATE CHAMPION
D. SMITHSON MASTER SR. MT. 31X40 30X40 29X40 90X120 2ND PLACE
D. NIEMEYER AAA   MT. 26X40 30X40 27X40 83X120 3RD PLACE
B. ROSENBAUM AAA   TX. 22X40 28X40 32X40 82X120 1ST AAA
C. CUMMING AAA SR. CAN. 26X40 26X40 26X40 78X120 2ND AAA
R. CALDERONE MASTER   AZ. 24X40 27X40 25X40 76X120 1ST MASTER
B. MILLER AAA SR. KS. 20X40 23X40 33X40 76X120 3RD AAA
J. BLOHM AAA   AZ. 25X40 26X40 24X40 75X120  
O. SHOCKLEY AAA   WY. 25X40 24X40 26X40 75X120  
D. WILKES AAA   AZ. 19X40 24X40 29X40 72X120  
T. CRISLER MASTER SR. MT. 20X40 24X40 27X40 71X120 2ND MASTER
A. SLEDGE MASTER SR. CA. 23X40 23X40 24X40 70X120 HIGH SENIOR
R. GREY AAA SR. AZ. 21X40 27X40 21X40 69X120  
B. DELATORRE MASTER   AZ. 24X40 22X40 22X40 68X120  
G. DAVIDS AAA SR. ID. 23X40 22X40 23X40 68X120  
A. WILKES AA   AZ. 20X40 22X40 23X40 65X120 1ST AA
B. HITCHENS AAA   AZ. 21X40 22X40 20X40 64X120 
R. WILKES AA   AZ. 15X40 23X40 24X40 62X120 2ND AA
M. BOYCHUCK AAA   CAN. 18X40 19X40 24X40 61X120  
B. NIEMEYER AAA   AZ. 16X40 19X40 24X40 59X120  
J. SPRATLING MASTER   ID. 16X40 16X40 26X40 58X120  
A. SPRATLING AA WM. ID. 13X40 19X40 25X40 57X120 HIGH WOMAN
B. DUNBAR AAA   TX. 17X40 14X40 24X40 55X120  
R. SCHUETT AA SR. CO. 18X40 21X40 16X40 55X120  
J. DODSON AA   AZ. 18X40 15X40 21X40 54X120  
W. BARE A   AZ. 17X40 11X40 15X40 43X120 1ST A/B
G. LADD AA SR. UT. 13X40 18X40 11X40 42X120  
A. BLOHM A JR. AZ. 13X40 15X40 12X40 40X120 HIGH JUNIOR
P. MESSI B WM. CA. 2X40 9X40 0X40 11X120                    
2016 SCOPE RESULTS              
H. SMITH MASTER   MT. 30X40 28X40 31X40 89X120 STATE CHAMPION
B. ULSHER MASTER SR. MT. 29X40 30X40 28X40 87X120 2ND PLACE
L. WILKES AA   AZ. 28X40 22X40 31X40 81X120 3RD PLACE
M. VENTURINO AAA SR. MT. 23X40 26X40 29X40 78X120 1ST AAA
T. TOMPKINS MASTER   MT. 22X40 25X40 30X40 77X120 1ST MASTER
K. SCHATTLETNER MASTER SR. CO. 21X40 27X40 28X40 76X120 HIGH SENIOR
I. DICE AAA   WA. 22X40 20X40 31X40 73X120 2ND AAA
J. DORRELL AAA SR. AZ. 18X40 26X40 27X40 71X120 3RD AAA
R. HLADKY MASTER SR. KS. 18X40 21X40 31X40 70X120 
L. CHISM AA SR. AZ. 20X40 22X40 28X40 70X120 1ST AA
J. PORTER AAA   CO. 21X40 23X40 25X40 69X120 
D. TONN MASTER SR. ID. 16X40 28X40 23X40 67X120  
R. MCCOLLUM AA SR. AZ. 19X40 22X40 20X40 61X120  
J. BLOHM AAA   AZ. 20X40 25X40 15X40 60X120  
K. GRIGGS AAA   KS. 20X40 17X40 23X40 60X120  
C. MESSI AAA SR. CA. 23X40 15X40 17X40 55X120  
N. RESETZ AAA SR. OK. 17X40 23X40 14X40 54X120  
D. HEINTZ B SR. CO. 15X40 18X40 20X40 53X120 1ST A/B
D. DANKENBRING AA   KS. 19X40 16X40 17X40 52X120  
D. HANKS AA SR. AZ. 15X40 18X40 19X40 52X120  
P. GIERASCH AAA SR. UT. 17X40 14X40 19X40 50X120  
T. LAWRENCE AAA SR. AZ. 18X40 DNF DNF 18X120                                     
2016 VINTAGE SNIPER RESULTS          
R. GARIBAY V/S   TX. 30X40 28X40 25X40 83X120 STATE CHAMPION
L. BUMBALOW V/S   AZ. 31X40 26X40 26X40 83X120 2ND PLACE
S. RHOADES V/S   AZ. 26X40 28X40 28X40 82X120 3RD PLACE
J. SOMMERFIELD V/S   TX. 26X40 24X40 26X40 76X120  
J. CROSSON V/S   AZ. 24X40 26X40 21X40 71X120  
P. TAYLOR V/S   AZ. 25X40 20X40 24X40 69X120  
J. EGGLESTON V/S   CA. 23X40 22X40 23X40 68X120 
  
                                             EQUIPMENT LIST

 
Chip Mate          Ballard 40-65  Badger Barrel  MVA Sights  Starline Brass
                           55 gr. Olde Eynsford  Saeco 740  SPG  Walter’s Wad                                Patched w/Anti Freeze
 

Darrell Smithson  Remington Rolling Block  45-90  Kreiger Barrel  MVA                                 Starline Brass  78 gr. Swiss Powder  SPG  Plastic                                         Wads  Blow Tube
  
Howard Smith  Shiloh  45-70  MVA Scope  Starline Brass  68 gr. 1 ½                            Swiss  Brooks Bullet  H/M Lube  Poly Wad  Blow Tube
  
Butch Ulsher       Rem. Hepburn  45-90  Krieger Barrel  MVA Scope                               Starline Brass  Swiss Powder  BACO Bullet  H/M Lube                               Walter’s Wads  Blow Tube 
 
Del
Niemeyer      Shiloh  45-70  MVA Sights  Starline Brass  66gr. 1 ½                                                 Swiss  Paul Jones Bullet  SPG  King Wad  Blow Tube 
 
Ron Calderone    C Sharps  45-70  Badger Barrel  MVA  WW Brass
                               69 gr. 3F Swiss  Saeco 745  SPG  Walter’s Wads                                Patched W/Antifreeze
 
Ted Tompkins     
Shiloh  45-70  MVA Scope  Starline Brass 60 gr. Swiss                                1 ½  Paul Jones Bullet  Pioneer Lube  Poly Wad                                 Blow tube
 
Mike Venturino    Shiloh  45-70  MVA Scope  WW Brass  60 gr. 3F                                Swiss  Brooks Bullet  SPG  Walter’s Wad Blow tube
 
 
Robert Garibay    M1903 Remington  30-06  Post Oak Gun 8X Scope
                               52.5 gr. H-4350  Nosler 175 gr.
 

Lee Bumbalow    Swedish Mauser  6.5X55  Weaver K-4  45gr. RL-22                                                   140 gr. Bullet 
 
Steve Rhoades   1903
Springfield  30-06  MVA B-5 Scope  Lakewood                                                   Brass  51.2 gr. IMR 4064  155gr. Sierra Palma Bullet


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