August 24th, 2007

IBS Score National Results

The 2007 IBS Score Nationals last weekend (August 18-19), in Canastota, NY, was a hard-fought battle that went down to the wire. Bradley Niese won the Varmint for Score Grand Aggregate, with a 500-32X combined score, just one “X” ahead of Danny Hensley (500-31X) and Dave Short (500-31X). Bradley was shooting a 30BR with a BAT Action, Bartlein barrel, smithed by Dwight Scott and stocked by Scoville. His winning load consisted of BIB 118gr bullets, pushed by 34.5 grains of H4198 powder and Fed 205m primers.

IBS VFS Nationals Canastota

A very skilled and competitive field of shooters–with superbly accurate rifles–graced the firing line at Canastota. The first 13 finishers in Grand Agg rankings all had perfect 500 scores. In the 100-yard Varmint for Score Match, Ken Alfredo, Ken Wood, and Ricky Read tied at 250-21X (ranking third through fifth), and the next five shooters had identical 250-20X scores. That’s tight competition.

Al Kogoy Sr. dominated the Varmint Hunter class, winning both the 100-yard match (250-19X) and 200-yard match (248-4X). Al’s 30BR was smithed by B. Green, and featured a BAT action and Hart barrel. Gary Long was “top dog” in Hunter class, winning the 100-yard stage (250-16X) and finishing second at 200 (248-4X), just behind Frank McKee (249-3X). Gary was shooting the 30 Aardvark wildcat with Euber 112s and Vihtavuori N130. Gary smithed his own rifle which had a Hart action and Krieger barrel. For complete match results and competitors’ equipment lists, go to the IBS website, and click on “Match Results” in the left navigation column.

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August 24th, 2007

Custom Topo Maps for Canada Offered

MyTopo.com sells custom topo maps centered on the customer’s choice of location. Until recently, Mytopo’s offerings were limited to the United States. Just this week, MyTopo announced the addition of all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. The MyTopo Canadian system provides access to more than 12,000 new base maps, allowing customers to center a custom map print anywhere in Canada. Each map is available in a variety of sizes from 18″ by 24″ to a huge 36″ x 48″. Available finishes include waterproof synthetic paper, glossy poster finish, and full-seal laminated. Every map is printed with UV/fade-resistant inks.

“Those who have planned a backpacking or hunting trip to Canada know it can be hard to find good paper maps,” said Kevin Toohill, founder of MyTopo.com. “We expect the service to be a welcomed resource, and we know map enthusiasts will appreciate our customizing features, our folded, lightweight, waterproof paper option, and our ability to ship the maps within 24 hours.” With the ability for custom-centering and custom-scaling, map buyers have found they can often carry just a couple maps instead of a dozen or more.

Canadian topographic maps are based on the 1:50,000 scale, versus the US Geologic Survey (USGS) topo maps which are 1:24,000. MyTopo’s Canadian maps are made from scans of the original Natural Resources Canada topographic maps. MyTopo offers a choice of paper finishes, including waterproof, glossy, and laminated maps. The topographic maps range in price from $9.95 to $44.95, depending on map’s size. For more information, visit <a href=”Canadian topographic maps are based on the 1:50,000 scale, versus the US Geologic Survey (USGS) topo maps which are 1:24,000. MyTopo’s Canadian maps are made from scans of the original Natural Resources Canada topographic maps. The maps can vary between metric (meters) and English (feet) units. Newer maps are metric. The datum of the original maps also varies between the older North American Datum of 1927 (NAD27) and newer NAD83 maps. Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grids are pre-printed on ALL of the Natural Resources Canada base maps.

MyTopo’s Canadian topographic maps range in price from $9.95 to $44.95, depending on map size. For more info, visit MyTopo.com or call 1-877-587-9004 (toll-free).

MyTopo.com Canada Map

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