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June 9th, 2007

New Hodgdon Powder Database

Hodgdon reloading powderHodgdon now offers a searchable Reloading Data Center with reloading info for hundreds of cartridges, with loads from all three lines of powders that Hodgdon distributes: Hodgdon, IMR, and Winchester.

With the new online database, you start by selecting a cartridge, such as .308 Winchester (see photo below). You can get all load data for that caliber, or restrict the search results to a particular powder type or bullet weight. Or you can filter by manufacturer–choosing just Hodgdon powder recipes, just IMR, or just Winchester loads. Once you get the hang of it, the database works very well, letting you target your recipe to specific bullets and powders you know will work. While Hodgdon still offers a “book-style” online load manual, listing loads by calibers, the new searchable database makes it easier to dial in a load for a particular bullet type and weight. You get only the load data you need and you don’t have to scan through a long page of load recipes for powders/bullets you don’t use.

Above is the actual output when we searched for “.308 Winchester”, 155 grain bullets, and “all” Hodgdon-label powders. Click HERE for a LARGE PHOTO.

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June 9th, 2007

Summer Youth Marksmanship Programs

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), a federally sponsored program to advance rifle shooting skills, offers a variety of training and competition programs dedicated to junior shooters. The US Army Marksmanship also hosts a Youth Clinic in August.

2007 CMP Three-Position Air Rifle Summer Camp
The 2007 CMP camp season is underway and there are still a few openings, especially in the June 11-15, Reno, NV camp and the July 2-6, Millersville, PA camp. Applications are still being accepted, but some programs are full. Commuter porgrams cost $225.00 while residential programs cost $350.00. Click HERE for complete information on the Summer Camp program. For questions please contact Sommer Wood at or by phone at 419-341-5248. Summer Camp Application Form. General background on three-position air rifle shooting is found on the CMP website, where you can download the National Standard Three-Position Air Rifle Rules.

CMP Junior Three-Position Air Rifle Camps are for school-age junior shooters who have a basic knowledge of the sport. Athletes should have completed basic rifle marksmanship training and one season of three-position competition. CMP camps are designed for students who will be in grades 9 through 12 during the coming school year. There is no minimum score requirement. Here is the schedule of remaining Camp programs:

June 11-15: Reno, NV – COMMUTER ONLY
June 25-29: Bowling Green, KY (FULL)
July 2-6: Millersville, PA
July 13-15: Fort Benning, GA (Standing Position Camp)
July 16-20; 23-27; July 30-Aug 3: Fort Benning, GA (All FULL)

Junior Rifle CMP ChampionshipEastern Jr. Highpower Clinic
and Championship

From June 24-30, 2007, under the auspices of the CMP, a full week of clinics, coaching and competition will be offered at Camp Butner, NC for junior service rifle competitors. Instruction and coaching will be provided by the USMC Rifle Team and military personnel. The purposed of this event is to promote interest, education, and competition to the sport of Highpower Rifle Shooting among Junior shooters.

Eastern US Jr. Highpower ClinicExperienced coaches and instructors from the United States Marine Corps Rifle Team and military personnel will be conducting clinics for both new and experienced junior shooters. Instruction in both shooting individual matches and shooting as a member of a coached team will also be provided. This week-long program is offered to help junior shooters expand their current knowledge, experience and expertise. It is also an opportunity for juniors to form bonds of camaraderie within the sport. Click HERE for complete information on the Eastern Jr. Highpower Clinic/Championships.

USAMU Smallbore/Air Rifle Summer Camp
The United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) will once again host a Junior Rifle Camp this summer. The dates are 13-17 August 2007 at Fort Benning, GA. This junior shooting camp is open at shooters ages 12-20 with a cost of $35 per shooter. For further information and registration packet, please contact 2LT Lucas Leinberger at lucas.leinberger [at] or call (706) 545-2343.

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