Open iron sight sporting rifle postal match?

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.22-10-45 posted this 14 November 2023

Just wondering if there is a postal match for open iron sighted sporting rifles?....could also include peep sighted rifles also....no full bore target rifles...just something a deer hunter would have used.back in the day.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 14 November 2023

Yes, there are several different matches that fit that description. Most are scope or iron sights. Results may be filtered based on sights.

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OU812 posted this 14 November 2023

That sounds interesting. Some of the best open sights a have looked thru were older military rifle sights...can't remember the rifle make.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 14 November 2023

Interesting is how there doesn't seem to be many participants in postal matches. How can we change that?

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OU812 posted this 14 November 2023

POSTAL MATCH? Just recently my range no longer allows paper targets, their targets are electronic and groups show on monitor. I liked this range because tables are very sturdy.

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longhunter posted this 15 November 2023

.22,

The different matches to shoot is almost endless.  I shoot a lot of the postal matches.  It takes me to the range a least twice a month.

I shoot Military matches. Iron sights.  Scoped matches, offhand matches.  I probably shoot 5 different rifles.  

Please shoot some matches you will enjoy it!

Jon 

Jon Welda CW5 USA Ret.

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John Carlson posted this 15 November 2023

POSTAL MATCH? Just recently my range no longer allows paper targets, their targets are electronic and groups show on monitor. I liked this range because tables are very sturdy.
That would solve the problem of seeing small caliber holes at long ranges.

John Carlson. CBA Director of Military Competition.

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Boschloper posted this 15 November 2023

The iron sight category of the lever / pump / auto match fits your description. I have shot it with a Winchester 94 and a Marlin 336. I shoot the scope class with a Remington 760. All classic deer guns. 

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RicinYakima posted this 15 November 2023

If folks don't talk about postal matches, few want to shoot them. I loved postal matches and that is how I started 30 years ago. It was great fun. 

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JeffinNZ posted this 15 November 2023

The 'post' in postal is the issue for me at the bottom of the world.  Expensive for you guys to send me targets, expensive for me to return them.  That and NZ Post of arguably the worse guvmint agency on the planet to deal with.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 15 November 2023

jeffin ... maybe cba could step our informal bunny matches up a couple notches to a

serious gentlemen's

internet riflery competition ...

highest scorers could have a gold star placed in their forum avatar ... and receive a 5 per cent discount in their membership for each season class win.

**********************

increasing the size of the carrot ... as it were ...

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tominct posted this 15 November 2023

 I'm not a tech savvy guy, can't post pics right now but one way might be a text or net match.

 Take a pic of your target with a ruler imposed over the two widest shots and send in. A phone or camera could do the deed.

 Choose the conditions, open sights, 100 yard 10 shot group 20 minute time limit, for an example. Any paper target shooter supplied, just a ruler on top. Keep it simple. One class for open, one for peep sighted rifles. You can expand to other classes if it flies.

 No awards, bragging rights only. You could set a standard to hopefully attain, say 4" for open sights and 2.5" for peeps. Get an attaboy for making or breaking the standard.

 Not my idea, they do this on the m14BR forum with a small but loyal following, both rifle and pistol.

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Tom Acheson posted this 15 November 2023

I joined the CBA in 1986, mainly to shoot the paper target silhouette matches. That event eventually was dropped but then I started shooting the single shot postal and I also started the 200-yard BPCR event. Both of those have separate iron sight and scoped sight categories.

6-years ago I started a postal program for our gun club members and their families. (10) events. One is a 100-yard iron sight hunting rifle match, (10) rounds from the bench for score.

If you like shooting offhand, the CBA has a 100-yard event with 2 distinct sight categories.

Postal events are a good way to introduce and recruit eventual match shooters.

Tom

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 15 November 2023

The only thing stopping any member of the forum from hosting an informal match is YOU! If you think there should be one, host it. Keep it simple or complex. Simple is less work. Pictures of targets with group or score with known or printer friendly targets is the easiest. snail mailing targets is more complicated and costly. It was $6 and some change to mail the two targets in the squirrel shoot in a big manila envelope. 

Not to hijack the thread. I have yet to shoot a postal match. When I started I jumped right into shoulder to shoulder matches. I do remember that my Dad was pretty active in postal matches in the early years. I just have not made the time. as mentioned earlier there are a number of postal matches where an open or iron sighted rifle fits. 

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LeverGunner posted this 17 November 2023

I'd be interested in a postal match. Not sure that I'm ready to host one. I was a part of one once before and it was pretty fun.

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TrapdoorJohn posted this 24 January 2024

Hi Boschloper,

I am interested in how your 760 shoots. I bought a used one i 30-06 when I was in college to shoot deer and coyotes.  I added a 1X7 Red field scope and had a great rifle.

I had been casting for muzzle loader for a long time and decided to try my luck casting for the 760. Got some loading info from Lyman's Cast bullet book. To shorten the story it shoots Lee's 170 grain flat nosed bullet with 16.4 grains just under or over an inch at 100 yards depending  on how I shoot.

Just wondering what caliber you shoot and if you get similar results with yours?   

Trapdoor 1948

 

 

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Tom Acheson posted this 24 January 2024

As a bit of a "veteran" of the CBA Postal program (my 2024 Postal targets arrived earlier today), I wonder if an M-1 Garand would qualify as an "open sight sporting rifle"? True, finding a reliable and acceptable cast bullet load for the M-1 might be challenging, it could be an interesting Postal match gun category.

I've thought about trying to find a CB load for my M-1. The cover on our newest Fouling Shot shows a Garand with a couple of clips with Lyman (I think) 314299 bullets. I don't have that mold....yet. Not trusting the current Lyman quality control, I would consider an Accurate clone of that mold.

Maybe a trial CBA Postal for the M-1 might have some appeal?

Tom

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MP1886 posted this 25 January 2024

For old eyes 03 sights suck, but if you're young they are quite useable.  That later peep sights are much better young or old. Funny how I'm hearing lots of positives about two groove barrels when in the past there were many that condemned them. Little did they know. 

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oscarflytyer posted this 25 January 2024

Following.  Interested.  And thought about using target pics vs snail mail target sends.

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Boschloper posted this 25 January 2024

Trapdoor: My 760 is a 30-06 with a Weaver K4 scope.  I have tried Lyman’s 311291 and 311284. The 311284 seems to be the best. I have been using 2400, working up from 16 gr., the last batch loaded but not shot yet was 20 gr. My groups average 1.5 - 2.0 inches. I have also had good results with 4895 & 4198, and not so good with Unique. The gun is early 70’s vintage, I bought it about 5 years ago specifically to shoot in the Lever/pump/auto postal matches but now I am thinking about using it for deer season. 

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